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Martin & Me [Import]

J. Mascis & the Fog, J Mascis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000005JCO
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thumb
2. So What Else Is New
3. Get Me
4. Blowin It
5. Repulsion
6. Going Home
7. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
8. Not You Again
9. On the Run
10. Keeblin
11. Flying Cloud
12. Anticipation
13. Drawerings
14. Every Mother's Son

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant surprise 7 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album surprised me as I'm sure it did other Dinosaur Jr fans who may have been wary of the acoustic sound. The combination of Mascis' raw, emotional voice and faultless strumming creates a wonderful sound which it is obvious the crowd appreciate. One of the highlights of the album for me is Mascis' outstanding cover of The Smiths 'Boy with the thorn in his side' which sounds at least as good as the original. Superb!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic album from the Dinosaur Jr frontman 20 Mar 2001
By Ghad
Format:Audio CD
J mascis has never gained the sort of recognition that he deserves because he doesnt have the commercial sounding vocals that other big names of the same style, like Kurt cobain and Eddie Vedder, have. I had never heard his acoustic songs before, and wasnt sure what the would be like, because all his dinosaur Jr albums, like More Light, have been electric, and heavilly based around his outstanding solos. This album did not dissapoint me. His rough and sometimes messy vocals complement his sound amazingly, and his song writting is still on top form. Fans of Dinosaur Jr will love this album, as will fans of Blind Melon, Pearl jam and John Frusciante. This is an amazing album from one of the most under-rated artists around.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mascis loses marbles, goes solo acoustic 1 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On Martin and Me, J Mascis sings terribly, plays sloppily, showcases no new material, and covers the horrible, atavistic Lynard Skynard. This album is so much fun! Actually, the guitar playing wasn't that bad. One music magazine reviewer (I forget which, I read too many, plus this album came out in 1996) compared his guitar playing to that of a man with webbed hands. Which was accurate enough, but it seemed to these ears that his muddy strumming was a fledgling attempt at using the guitar as a percussive instrument in the absence of one, something that can be heard in the guitar-and-voice songs of folk blues players like Greg Brown, for instance. Whether or not he succeeded is a matter for another branch of the court, but he wasn't suffering from frostbite or anything. He has a great solo on "Drawerings," too. Mascis' solos are always great though, almost like novels in that they have rising action, climax, and conflict resolution. There's no excuse for singing this bad, though, other than it's a goddamn hoot. I'd rather listen to Mascis warble and creak through Morrisey's "Boy with the Thorn in His Side" then hear Celine Dion shatter all the wine glasses in Napa Valley on a radio tune. However, he does sing with a lot of passion. Let's cut him some slack, people. His cover of Carly Simon's "Anticipation" is both tender and touching. The best of his own tunes on this album include "So What Else is New" (from the terrific radio rock air guitar opus "Where You Been"), "Keeblin" (from their self-titled 1985 debut, if memory serves), and "Drawerings" (also from "Where You Been"). The worst is "Not You Again," an inexplicable interpretation of the expendable song from the mediocre "Whatever's Cool with Me." Mascis also deserves credit for having guts and a sense of humor. The album art depicts a long, brown haired nekkid women running toward flames and a certain crucifixion (well at least a cross, but work with me here, people). Certainly Mascis chose this artwork knowing he was doing the same with this collection. And he was right, receiving the only one-star review I ever remember seeing in Rolling Stone magazine. But nobody has ever claimed there's any geniuses at that publication. "Martin and Me" didn't deserve one star from a publication that warmly receives so much mediocrity. They could have given him two. Maybe they only have so many stars available, like there's a warehouse with them lying on the floor, and they need to horde them for their apologist reviews of their aged namesake band. I give Mascis four because he's fun, and this album's sloppy simple passion is almost punk in a way, from one of the first undergrounders to sign on the corporate dotted line. That said, one live acoustic album's enough, Mr. Mascis. Now get back in that studio and hire some backing vocalists. I'm sick of all the cats on my fence when I play this album.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure soul 26 Oct 2000
By Ben Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Stripping down Dinosaur Jr's songs to their bare essentials reveals the incredible ability of J's guitar talent and reveals a heart of pure mellow acoustic gold behind the more complex and distorted arrangements to be found on most Dinosaur Jr. albums. The acoustic format - and this is music in one of it's purest and most genuine forms, just a man and his guitar - adds a new dimension to the songs that undoubtedly works. Take 'Thumb', which in it's acoustic form is a beautiful, honest sound aided by J's fragile, straining vocal. The album exudes a subtle warmth that slowly pentrates your heart and makes you want to play it over and over again. Mascis' stroke of genius lies in his focused, passionate and heartfelt delivery of his songs which are revealed to be masterpieces in their own right. The album has an intimate feel which many unplugged albums lack, and this further draws you to the acoustic heaven which lies within. Overall, the sparse acoustic format is a triumph for J Mascis, producing a rich, rewarding sound and is definately recommended for Dinosaur Jr. fans looking to discover the gentle melodies behind their songs and for anyone who appreciates to sound of a great songwriter with passion.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous and Pure 29 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A lot of bands put out albums during the unplugged craze of a few years ago, but only J Mascis had the courage to do a truly unplugged album. (Can you really call the Nirvana album unplugged?) Yes, as the title suggests, it's just Mascis and his guitar.
I had the benefit of seeing Mascis (at the Black Cat in DC) during his unplugged tour right before this one came out, so perhaps I am overly influenced by that. But I truly enjoyed this album. You get a much greater sense for the melody and artsmanship behind such great songs as "Thumb" and "Repulsion".
The Mascis persona? A twit during interviews, as one of the reviews below suggests? I think there's something wonderfully refreshing about Mascis: an honesty and unpretentiousness that is fully reflected in -- and gives so much power to -- his music.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Martin's an acoustic guitar, it's an FYI for the dumb... 12 Jun 2003
By heywood jablowme - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Amazing album, J. showcases why he's been such an influence for many. If you're new to Dino Jr. and interested in what makes the fans tick, buy a couple of early albums then get this to see how amazing this man is as a songwriter. Hey, it's a four star album, most of you won't lay on your death bed listening to this, but you will always remember this as being a quality purchase.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone interested in learning how to write great songs? 26 Jun 2000
By Azen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If so, this should be a CD in your collection. It offers the best parts of Dino Jr (minus the drumming) and delivers many of J's best songs, distortion-free, so the listener is able to hear the very very cool riffs and hooks J uses to build his songs...on top of that, you feel like you are right there, sitting in front of him, most likely at a small bar in Northampton, MA., where J lives (I think) and plays these kinds of small, informal shows. His ability to play form and layer complex guitar structures while singing great songs are both reason to buy this album, which is a great companion to an existing Dino Jr collection. Even if you don't own any of their other CD's, try this one first, because it still contains a variety of his songs, his unique voice and singing style, and great lyrics...plus the fact that it is live/acoustic may make a fan out of someone who tends to shy away from distortion, which (typically) Dino Jr albums are full of...
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