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Psychocandy [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 (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Edsel/DMG
  • ASIN: B005906780
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Just Like Honey
2. The Living End
3. Taste The Floor
4. The Hardest Walk
5. Cut Dead
6. In A Hole
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Upside Down
2. Vegetable Man
3. In A Hole
4. You Trip Me Up
5. Never Understand
6. Taste The Floor
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Never Understand
2. You Trip Me Up
3. Just Like Honey
4. In A Hole - Old Grey Whistle Test
5. Riot at North London Polytechnic - Interview and Live Clips
6. Interview - VRT, Belgium
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

* Since Psychocandy was first released in November 1985, the Jesus And Mary Chain's debut album has received a massive amount of critical acclaim and is now widely regarded as a classic. Regularly featured in articles on classic albums, it has recently appeared on the NME’s list of the Top 50 Greatest Debut Albums Ever and Q Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest British Albums, and continues to exert a considerable influence on contemporary bands. * This deluxe expanded edition features all the non-album b-sides, as well as previously unreleased demos, rare outtakes including controversial early track “Jesus Fuck” which the pressing plant refused to manufacture at the time due to the blasphemous lyrics – it is heard here for the first time, the complete BBC Radio Sessions the band recorded for John Peel in this period (including their legendary 1985 acoustic session) and the seminal debut single “Upside Down”, the release that put the nascent Creation Records on the map and immortalised in the recent documentary film of the same name. * The DVD features the promo videos for the singles released from the album alongside seminal and previously unreleased TV appearances, including their jaw-dropping live TV debut on the Old Grey Whistle Test, a performance of two songs on The Tube, a studio performance and interview from Belgian TV, and never before seen footage of the infamous riot at North London Polytechnic – this includes excerpts of the band’s performance on the night, highly entertaining interviews with all four original members, and scenes of the crowd destroying the venue! * The 32 page booklet contains exclusive new interviews that tell the band’s story in their own words, including an extensive contribution from Psychocandy-era drummer Bobby Gillespie, who went onto fame as frontman of Primal Scream, and the first ever interview with elusive first drummer Murray Dalglish, along with rare memorabilia and previously unpublished photos.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Lenny
Format:Audio CD
Well it did, prior to this I was listening to Queen's 'Greatest Hits', 'Genesis' by Genesis, Rush's '2112' and Scorpions 'World Wide Live'. Dear God, what was I thinking. Basically I hadn't heard 'my' music yet, only my friends taste in it, hence the appalling selection above. This all changed when my best friend Lee bought this album and I listened to it in his bedroom. Quite simply it blew me away. This is the moment, a moment all music lovers have, which I can point to and say 'there, it all started there'. I could bore you with a long list of namechecked bands but I won't, suffice to say that this album and this band led me to exciting new places.

The music itself? Well, I understand that it has just been re-issued and re-mastered which says a lot in itself. It still sounds great, perfect pop underneath a torrent of guitar and drums, fresh as ever, youth captured and held. It deserves its standing as one of the finest debut albums of recent times. What else is there to say but buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The review isn't for the music, I love the Mary Chain and this album is one of my all time favourites. The poor rating is down to the state of the vinyl that was supplied - covered in smears and fingerprints and one side had about 4 deep scratches on it. Returned with no hassle, but just disappointed in the whole experience.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK GOD FOR JESUS 19 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Jesus and Mary Chain offered the only significant respite to the terminal state of popular music in the 1980s and almost single handedly brought a resurgence to the whole dire scene. While the Smiths were wailing on the moor tops, people who liked the JAMC wanted to hear the sound of breaking glass to the revving of motorcycle engines . For a variety of reasons including an increasingly self absorbed music press it never really happened for them (whatever "it" is) and all the glorious melody, gleeful abandon, anarchy, threat and reworking of those rich primal seams of rock n' roll were only to be enjoyed by a relative few at the time. Hugely undervalued and underrated all albums are superb - the worst of the Mary Chain was always miles better than the best of everyone else. What was the Orson Welles quote about starting at the top and working his way down after Citizen Kane? This 3 disc set bristles with an excitement that the corporate music industry cannot manufacture and with career spanning appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test, Top Of The Pops to Jools Holland they really looked looked like they meant it. If this album put some fire into your adolescence - buy it for your children before they start pestering you for the Smiths box set.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great package 20 Oct 2011
By Hutters
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Memories came flooding back - the music and the experience of the early gigs. If you're a fan, you've probably got most of this in different places, but it's great to have decent copies of it all. I thoroughly recommend this, the J&MC's finest hours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars play LOUDLY 18 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
Better sound with this release, louder, maybe compressed?

I would have preferred the lp on its own on disc one, with the b-sides on the bonus disc instead of the demos which I don't really care for

At least Some Candy Talking has been rightfully removed

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5.0 out of 5 stars don't read, get and listen! 3 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
As a 14 year old at school seeing the Mary Chain do 'In a Hole' on BBC2's Whistle Test in early 1985 was the starting point for a journey into alternative culture for me, a journey that continues to this day.

It's hard to describe how crap music was in 1985, even the independent scene was living on the fag ends of punk, then came this...quite simply one of the most original records ever recorded.

I'll always remember playing my school mates-who at the time were big fans of Phil Collins, Tears for Fears and Frankie Goes to Hollywood- 'You Trip Me Up', and trying to convince them the feedback soaked melodies sounded like a top ten hit!

Thank you Jim, William, Douglas and Bobby you saved my life!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 17 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Influenced by the guitar sound of The Stooges and The Velvet Undeground-like vocals the Reid brothers made this stunning record and so they set the bar for Noise pop and indie-rock to come. I have yet to come over anything more original and stunning than this from it's genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ominous beauty 22 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Inspired by The Velvet Underground and perhaps also The Cure, The J&M Chain made feedback and distortion an integral part of their wall of sound, creating a unique and distinctive niche in rock music. It was in the way they did it - the distortion never sounds intrusive or discordant but complements the detached vocals for a cohesive music of eerie beauty.

In this crucial way the music differs from most of the output of the industrial genre, in that it has a trance-like, hypnotic quality. My favorite tracks on this seminal album include Just Like Honey, The Living End, The Hardest Walk, Sowing Seeds, My Little Underground and the sublime You Trip Me Up, a poignant blend of the tender and the ominous.

Psychocandy is a successful experiment in blending feedback with melody, creating atmospheric and always tuneful soundscapes that linger in the mind. Those who like Mercury Rev or My Bloody Valentine will love this classic album which takes rock music to places it's never been before.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Demon - vinyl 2014 reissue - sloppy quality control for such an...
22+ for this, brand new, vinyl reissue on 180g. Which is filthy as hell, and warped on one side.

Great music, but the quality control on offer here is amongst the worst... Read more
Published 4 days ago by N. Mcalister
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy
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Published 21 days ago by andrew thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychocandy
In 1985 there was an album released that blew away the cobwebs of 80s music. It helped redefine music of that period. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SAM67
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Mary Chain
Jesus and Mary Chain were pioneers in what became known as corporate indie: bands apparently signed to an indie label which was in fact a subsidiary of a major label. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars skanking Joe
utter classic. file next to velvet underground and nico,Raw power,never mind the bollocks,etc. For some its hard to get into at first but worth perciverance. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by skanking Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars still great
It's 1985 and me, a callow youth, vaguely into The Smiths and my elder brother's Jam records, reads about the next big thing in the NME, the Jesus and Mary Chain. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2009 by Fill Her Up Jacko
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing album number 1
1985 and i just bought upside down(which sadly doesnt feature on this album,maybe because murray dalglish is on drums)i thought this is incredible so when this finally came out... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2007 by Paul Wilson
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