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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: In the Red
  • ASIN: B000VT69VO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Welcome to the world of Jon Spencer. It's a world where Elvis didn't make movies and never got fat. Instead, the King moved to the backwoods, took too many amphetamines and listened to too much Ornette Coleman. The result is the Blues Explosion: an intense, extreme mix of distorted hillbilly shrieking, feral grunts, obscenity, basic rock 'n' roll riffs, stop-start rhythms and twitchy drums.

This album gathers together ten singles made by the group a decade ago for In The Red records. Short, sharp single bursts are perfect for this music, as listening continuously for long periods is likely to send a man plain loco. Single number one 'Shirt Jac' throws down the gauntlet: it's 'Blue Suede Shoes' rewritten by the Cramps' out of control, out on parole, psychotic younger brother. The b-side 'Son Of Sam' is a wild cacophony of screams, saxophone and murder.

Other highlights include the twisted, scatological blues of 'Caroline', and 'Get With It' where honky tonk piano and harmonica fight to be heard in a dissolving soup of beeps and raw, almost unlistenable guitar. The Explosion grab hold of anything that can make a noise and add it to their sonic assault, including the primitive synthesizers that squelch and squeal on 'Showgirl' and that saxophone prowling around looking for a punch up wherever it can find one. Single number four 'Ghetto Mom' is an absolute classic. The band stop jerking around, lock into a fast groove and deliver a prime slice of head shaking rock 'n' roll.

The CD is completed by rare tracks, some of which aren't great. But 'Jailhouse Blues' sounds like Pere Ubu covering 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' and is brilliant, while 'Down Low' is lean, mean and nasty.

Who's the world's greatest Elvis, then? Jon Spencer gets my vote. --Nick Reynolds

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A true gem of an album for all BX fans and curios.
A whole album of non albumtracks from In The Reds jukebox collection.
This is pure rocknroll fired on all cylinders.
Son Of Sam with its blast of stax horns worth the price alone.
JonSpencer is at the moment doin the rounds in Heavy Trash but I along with alot of other BX fans hope it aint too long til we et some new stuff
Buy this it stands head and shoulders above todays raw rockers such as Gossip and white stripes.
ACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Mr. I. Stephen VINE VOICE on 9 April 2010
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If I'd have known these 'in the red' 7"ers were all as good as this I'd have made more effort to track them down at the time ... still - here we have them all gathered together plus a few more tracks. If you like your JSBX loud and raw then this lot should be right up your Strasse.
Just the job for blowing away some winter cobwebs and getting the blood coursing through the veins ... check it ! crank it !!
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What it it with holier than thou critics like Andrew Gaerig of Pitchfork the can't recognise rock n roll in its essence even when they are mainlining it: with Jukebox Explosion by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. They have their style like ANY band and yet are accused of playing the same song with slight variation and deteriorating quality for years. How snide such music snobs are! If anyone should know better, they should. They make their living off music, but not being able to appreciate the pure vein that Spencer reveals, it seems they are just leaching off it.

This critic understands the total thrill of Showgirls Part 1 & 2, and then feels compelled by unchecked cynicism or blind loyalty to the anti- Blues Explosion press herd mentality, to still trash the band when the rest of the tracks crowded around it, with the exception of just a couple of more conventional cuts (which would be the best songs recorded by most other bands: Son of Sam and Ghetto Mom), are right up their with it for sheer full-on, unhinged rock n roll: its essence, with Spencer as conduit. Showgirls Parts 1 and 2 is the peak here, yes, but I'd say it's around the peak in terms of the sheer thrill of rock n roll stripped back to the current that fuels it, of all songs of any band ever.
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HASH(0x939170cc) out of 5 stars Killer comp.... 28 Oct. 2008
By Barry P. S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Here you go! A killer comp of raw and dirty tracks from the most exciting years of this band's existance.....only thing is a few tracks don't have the "vinyl scuzz" from the overdriven mastering. But all that aside,here's a batch of stuff that'll get ya higher than Moonshine with Formaldehide as a kicker!
By J. Steffey - Published on Amazon.com
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Good album. Highly recommended for Jon Spencer fans.
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HASH(0x92b9be10) out of 5 stars JSBE at it's most raw 14 Jan. 2008
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If you like your JSBE on the punk side, you'll love this one. Pure raw, and plenty of it.
HASH(0x92c79930) out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Dec. 2010
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RAW!
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HASH(0x92c79a14) out of 5 stars Blues Explosion early days 18 April 2011
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The first sound album of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion that we observed was Orange. Our impression and image of the group was formed by Orange. We then followed the group's discography and observed later albums like Now I Got Worry and Acme. The progress was clear and we understood the group's identity. Nearly 10 years later, one of our members discovered Jukebox Explosion. This sound album rocked the very foundation that our impression of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was built on. It is raw, experimental and certainly a blues explosion. Some of our members found it to be a blues mutation or even blues dismantling. Nevertheless, the sounds of this album must be learned and understood by all Resistors in our organization.

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