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Behind The Magnolia Curtain / Blow Your Top Double CD

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Stag-O-Lee
  • ASIN: B005GEPT5Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Come On Little Mama
2. She's the One That's Got It
3. Hey High School Baby
4. Brazil
5. You're Undecided
6. Oo Ee Baby
7. River of Love
8. Snake Drive
9. Blind Man
10. Where the Rio Del Rosa Flows
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I'm On This Rocket
2. Pantherman
3. Love Is My Business
4. Bertha Lou

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CD Description

* 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of mindblowing debut album (with Alex Chilton) plus follow-up EP *

Double-CD in wallet sleeve contains two individual discs in vinyl replica covers plus a 24 page booklet containing memorabilia and three essays on the mighty Panther Burns.


Sunday Times' Re-issue of the Week 18th Sept 2011 --Sunday Times 18/09/2011

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Seminal neo realist rockabilly, ramschackle, drunk, lubricated, high on hops and extremely delicious to the taste. This is a record harnessed to the true soul of Pan, as they just go wild into the studio knocking out new standards of old show tunes. The double bass beats a low rumble as the record kicks off with all the greats lined up assembled and ready with knuckle dusting lust to launch you into party time. Blind Man, River Rosa Flows, Brazil, She's the one that's got it! Got what? Yooooouuuuu know.

Why wait?

This record is aiming to an astronomical price; beg, steal or borrow it because it is a life changer. When it's party time this one kicks off with Tiki clad cocktails as leopard skin halter waiters pour fruit juices laced with rum and liquers into a never ending shape shifting panaroma of the southern states seguing into the south pacific. Harley Davidson Panheads, Indians and Bonneville parked outside the greasy cafe as leather clad heroes jive stocking clad miniskirted vixens into whipped up froth tasting frenzies, sweating until the early dawn, as the cock crows its time to blast away into the new dawn listening on the silver plated highway to a never ending future with Panther Burns performing the soundtrack as we roar down the sweet perfurmed highway....nice
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This could be a twenty star or a no star album for you; for me its the former.Up there with random backwater greats like Little Feat's first record, the Pretty Things latest Balboa Island and Lou Reed's Coney Island Baby Its always on the verge of falling apart. It smells of artifice and authenticity at the same time. For me with a long time love of mEmphis music its an essential, beautifully packaged and annotated re-release.If you have been taken by the joy of Jay Reatard's stuff Matador Singles 08 here's its scruffy,drunken elderly uncle.
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By Pipkin on 24 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I could write a great long winded review about this c d, but I wont. Tav Falco is the antidote to everything that is bad about "today's" music.Seek out the rest of his catalogue, you won't be disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Cool and Twice'st as Gone! 17 Dec. 2004
By musicburgler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A wierdo from Arkansas records a live studio session of cover songs and tributes all in one take in Memphis. Thow in a burned out teen pop star, liqour and a North Mississippi fife and drum corps.

What you get is an original oddity, a one of a kind romp through the muddy delta swamp so thick with kudzu that ol' Bill Faulkner couldn't find his way back home.

Tav Falco's voice is not drenched in reverb, he don't need it. LX Chilton's guitar licks are mangled out of time feedback prone and hazy.

And in the background keeping everything together are the Tate County Drum corps, with their pre-Civil War era syncopation and African rhythmns, among them Jessie Mae Hemphill.

This debut album finds the Panther Burns channeling and desconstructing the ghosts of the Deep South like Johnny Burnette, Leadbelly, WC Handy, Carl Perkins, Junior Wells, Jerry Lee Lewis even a little Elvis.

Its a good thing this is out of print and hard to get cause most people couldn't handle such an incendiary sound.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Crystal meth, corn liquor, and strange tang in leopard spot panties, you want this album 10 Oct. 2005
By Bachelier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To say that this album is the birth of psychobilly would be too much (perhaps that crown goes to the Cramps, but more appropriately to the original artists of the genre that inspired them both), yet Gustavo Nelson (`Tav Falco') and Alex Chilton were ahead of their time when they recorded Behind the Magnolia Curtain. Chilton's production and minimalist guitar licks were clearly taking their inspiration from Jim Dickinson's `clear signal and a light hand' technique, and the chaotic tone evident in Behind the Magnolia Curtain both bespoke of the l'air du temps, and the Memphis music circle of the time: an incestuous group who all knew each other and each others' musical capabilities, on a sliding scale, which included Leeza Aldrich's "The Klitz," Hull and Chertow's "The Randy Band," Branyan and Burns's "The Scruffs" and a host of bands and musicians even more obscure and less skilled. Nelson and Chilton threw the scale away when they plucked talent for this recording, and Chilton began his "man called destruction" imago from the wreckage. Backbeat courtesy of Mr. Ross Johnson.

I witnessed `Tav Falco's' debut solo performance at "The Well" in Memphis, where, --perhaps for the first time--he "played" a Hofner fiddle guitar (not a Beatle Bass, a guitar). "Falco" proceeded to produce as much feedback as possible while shrieking a version of "Train Kept a Rollin'" - which he either extended for 30 minutes or played multiple versions of in succession, depending on your interpretation. Within weeks he had formed a band, and soon was roaming the streets of Midtown Memphis on his vintage Italian motor scooter and plastering his oddly visual handbills advertising his art scenes at "The Well" various other improbable locations.

To characterize Panther Burns as No Wave during this recording would be to name the baby too soon. The boundaries between artist and audience were thin during this time, since only a handful of Memphians could stand the cacophony that is all too faithfully recorded here. Yet A Panther Burns show had both a hypnotic and irresistible appeal, for, after all, even if it was crazy, there actually was something going on in the swamp on Saturday night. Best bring a lanthorn and go.

In addition to Falco's invitations to arrive and gain free admission if you wore a diaper to his performances (true), the show frequently featured Southern Belles in full lace cotillion dresses and satin shoes dancing in a slow groove towards a carnal and decadent madness that bespoke the "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" persona from which arose its inspiration. You knew the evening would end on a long dark country road with an inappropriate song coming from the radio while you washed blood from a wound with whisky.

The music that was standard and acceptable during this era in Memphis was a payola horror of boogie, soft rock, and no rock, for this was a town where z-list bands such as "Foghat" sold out the largest arena. So desperate were the residents to hear anything that was not programmed straight for the boardrooms of Capitol Records they'd listen to anything, and for this birthplace Panther Burns had fertile ground. Chilton and Nelson were taking pages from inspiration that was rejecting ascendant and bland Southern Calvinist culture in favor of the poor white Scotts-Irish meet the creepy mixed-blood French Catholic Arcadians, and a good time was had by all. This album, therefore, is both timeless and a product of its time. By reaching back to the roots of `rock and roll' Chilton and Nelson gave it new life and a new audience. By Falco's tireless appeal towards both the visual and the random of a sonic event, he made both this album and his shows lively and bursting with gothic potential. And by refusing to polish songs until they became lifeless, Panther Burns invoked the Dionysian over the apollonian at a time when even punk bands strove for the production values of a Steely Dan record. Falco and Chilton just said, and said loudly, that that was all wrong. The music world has been better for it, and this classic album should return to print.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
How can this be out of print? 12 Nov. 2002
By Hank Schwab - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Is there no justice? How can this be out of print? This was a project of Alex Chilton, produced right around the time he was producing the first Cramps albums. Each song was evidently recorded in one take, probably while intoxicated, and I'm not sure all the musicians had heard the music before. Tav Falco does a dead-on Johnny Burnett impression, and the result is raw, sloppy and fun. The Cramps in comparison sound like seasoned professionals.
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