Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities
One of the most important U.K. bands of the last 25 years, Jesus And Mary Chain formed in East Kilbride, Scotland in 1983. They created a new intersection of noise and pop, draping curtains of guitar distortion over melodies worthy of The Ronettes or The Beach Boys. Rolling Stone called their 1985 debut LP Psychocandy (#268 on their list of 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time) a "decadent alt-rock masterpiece of bubblegum pop.drowned in feedback." With the famously contentious Reid brothers as the band's sole constant, JAMC went on to become just as famously prolific-along with five classic Blanco y Negro albums, they issued a wealth of compelling non-LP material. For the first time, it's collected in one place on Rhino's 4-CD box THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING: B-SIDES & RARITIES. After disbanding in 1998, JAMC reunited in 2007 and are currently recording their first album in a decade, making this the ideal time for Rhino's exploration into their storied past. Album Facts " 4-CD boxed set presents 81 rarities, including 8 previously unreleased tracks. " Spanning 1983-1998, selections are arranged chronologically. " Opens with the previously unreleased "Up Too High," a Darklands-esque rarity recorded on cassette in 1983, and closes with "Nineteen666" from their late '90s Sub Pop era. " Other previously unissued gems include an alternate version of "Never Understand," demos of "My Little " Underground" and "The Living End" and the unheard song "Walk And Crawl" (all from the Psychocandy era) as well as three Stoned And Dethroned-era discoveries including the lost song "Till I Found You." " Highlights also include their 1984 debut Creation single ("Upside Down" b/w "Vegetable Man"), an acoustic version of "Teenage Lust," "Bo Diddley Is Jesus," and much more. " Deluxe box packaged in a 6" x 10" gatefold shell. " Booklet features new interviews with Jim and William Reid, rare photos, and an 18" x 24" double-sided poster featuring a hand-drawn JAMC "family tree."
Schön finde ich die chronologische Abfolge der Songs, so kann man quasi den musikalischen Werdegang aus einem etwas anderen Blickwinkel betrachten.
Eine feine Box, schick aufgemacht mit aufwändigen Liner-Notes und einer Posterbeilage, in der so ziemlich alle Coverillustrationen aufgeführt sind. Sollte sich jeder Fan der Band ins Regal stellen, zumal der Preis ja durchaus gerechtfertigt ist.
That all being said, If you love the Jesus and Mary Chain, you will love "The Power of Negative Thinking".
I'm also most excited to get all these tracks premastered and hopefully the sound will be evened out across the tracks. For example the version of SOMETHING I CAN NEVER HAVE on Hate Rock N' Roll is ear shattering loud, compared to the Sound Of Speed mix (and the rest of tracks on the disc as well)
I'll try and edit this review as soon as I receive the set and let you know the end result.
Yes this set is just as sweet, as the picture, sounds great, although SOMETHING I CAN NEVER HAVE still pierces. But the Unreleased stuff is Stellar. I feel sorry for anyone who downloaded this, because the packaging is worth it. And the poster's cool too. Don't think, just buy it. Remember "You Don't Need Money, If you Got Soul."
the sheer quality of this influential band's songs make this box a must have item.