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Munki [CD+DVD, Box set]

Jesus & Mary Chain Audio CD
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Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine ... Read more in Amazon's Jesus & Mary Chain Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Edsel/DMG
  • ASIN: B0059067JE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Love Rock'n'Roll
2. Birthday
3. Stardust Remedy
4. Fizzy
5. Mo Tucker
6. Perfume
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 45 RPM
2. Bleed Me
3. 33 1/3
4. Lost Star
5. Hide Myself
6. Rocket
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. I Hate Rock'n'Roll
2. Cracking Up
3. I Love Rock'n'Roll
4. I Love Rock'n'Roll - Later with Jools Holland
5. Cracking Up - Later with Jools Holland

Product Description

* Returning to their original home of Creation Records for their sixth album in 1998, the Jesus And Mary Chain delivered this sprawling double album master-class in experimental rock'n'roll. Unjustly ignored at the time of release by a music scene that had written the band off and unavailable since Creation closed its doors at the end of the century, Munki is a lost classic. Taking the listener on a journey through cracked AM radio melodies, beautifully doomed late night slow burners, and feedback-fuelled noise-pop. By this point the always volatile relationship between the Reid brothers had disintegrated to the point where they were recording their songs separately, though the resulting album is an oddly cohesive and satisfying whole. Their final album to date, Munki summarises all the elements that had made their records great over the years into a powerful valedictory statement. * This deluxe expanded edition features all the non-album b-sides, rare comp track "45 rpm", and previously unreleased material from the BBC archives including a 1998 radio session and a live set recorded at the Electric Ballroom that captures the band at the peak of its powers. * The DVD features the previously unreleased promo videos for all the singles alongside a rarely seen TV performance of two songs on Later with Jools Holland. * The 32 page booklet contains exclusive new interviews that tell the story of the bands break-up and eventual reformation in their own words, including a contribution from ex-member and Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, alongside rare memorabilia and previously unpublished photos.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Hailed by some as the saviours of rock'n'roll on the release of their debut LP 'Pychocandy' in 1985, it was perhaps inevitable that the Jesus and Mary Chain's career path would be downhill from thereon in. This, their last record, originally appeared in 1999 to widespread disinterest and the band split up soon after, bitter and disillusioned. It's a good record though, sometimes a fantastic record one, though at other times it is admittedly a little hard on the ears. The tension between Jim and William Reid, the brothers from East Kilbride who basically were the band, is nowhere more evident than it is here. Jim's songs are upbeat and melodic, celebrating his life and what he has made of it with music, as on the opening blast of 'I Love Rock'n'Roll' and the heartfelt 'Stardust Remedy'. One wonders to what extent Jim's optimism is an attempt to annoy his famously surly brother Wiliam, whose bitterness, misanthropy and self hatred manifest themselves in a number of uncompromising songs. On some, like 'Birthday' and 'Cracking Up', the result is bracing, dynamic, a perfect demonstration of the group's mastery of indie-rock dynamics; elsewhere, as in 'Commercial' and 'Degenerate', it's a (no doubt intentionally) bruising grind. The album is by no means unremittingly grim, however. Guest appearances by the brothers' sister on 'Mo Tucker' and Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandovaal on 'Honey' provide light relief and musical variety, while several more delicate songs towards the end, William's 'Never Understood' and 'I Can't Find the Time for Times' and Jim's 'Man in the Moon' and 'Dream Lover' prove that both could write impeccably melodic, sensitive, even moving pop music when they so chose. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cynical noise masters saving the best to last 7 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
...Truth is it's not been of my car CD player for three weeks! Driving to work these days has taken on a whole new meaning.
I was a J&MC fan throughout the eighties having caught them early on during one of the chaotic Glasgow shows back in 84. I must admit that come the early 90's I thought they had become the 'Ramones' of feedback.
This album changes everything and I just wished I had picked it up four years ago! Not a duff track in sight with, to these ears, the best set of songs on any J&MC album, great trashy lyrics courtesy of the ever cynical Ried brothers, you can sense history in the making as the two songwriters clash between the hate/love rock 'n' roll central theme.
I mean who can not sit back and enjoy a song with the immediate lyrical onslaught of 'I was just a teenage Jesus freak'? Production is huge and the noise guitars and bathtub drums work brilliantly with the tunes and melodies underpinning the chaos.
William sounds so p****d off on some of the tracks that you can almost sense the inevitability of the soon to happen split.
Leaving the very best to last this is a suitable swansong for a group who wouldn't compromise. Totally overlooked upon release this perhaps makes this an even more important masterpiece in the J&MC anti fashion. For Creation & no doubt McGee to take responsibility for the release is a fitting end from where it all started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised! 8 April 2013
By yangtze
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Always been a casual fan of the J&MC, but I never heard Munki until today. Astonishingly good. A fabulous indie rock album of epic proportions and, in my humble opinion, their best work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another classic 17 Jan 2013
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disc 1 is disappointing and sounded like they ran out of ideas but disc 2 is a classic with b side songs that I had not heard before and are superb and finishes off with live performances which are only regret is I never went to see these perform first album I bought was darklands when I was a teenager in the eighties and was hooked on these guys a very underrated band who deserved more credit than they got. I am now 45 and still blast their music today in my car with the best guitar sounds ever.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the critics.... 3 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
..if you are a fan of the later work of the Chain, beginning with Honey's Dead, you'll love this album. If you are more into the tinny, over-feedback sound of the 80s, don't bother. A couple of the tracks on Munki are so-so, but the rest more than make up for minor lapses in Chain coolness. Especially good are Perfume, Commercial and Cracking Up. Make up you're own mind. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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