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Stoned & Dethroned [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: B0059067I0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dirty Water
2. Bullet Lovers
3. Sometimes Always
4. Come On
5. Between Us
6. Hole
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Perfect Crime
2. Little Stars
3. Drop (Re - recorded)
4. I'm In With The Out Crowd
5. New York City
6. Taking It Away
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Snakedriver
2. Something I Can't Have
3. Sometimes Always
4. Come On
5. Something I Can't Have - Later with Jools Holland
6. Snakedriver - Later with Jools Holland
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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CD Description

* The Jesus And Mary Chain’s fifth studio album was originally conceived as an acoustic album. Mutating over the course of the recording to incorporate electric performances played by a live band, it is nevertheless their most mellow and intimate collection. Incorporating elements of Cosmic Country, Americana and 60s West Coast Pop into their signature sound, the brothers Reid redefined what the band were capable of once again. Their collaboration with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval on "Sometimes Always" was their biggest chart hit in the USA and the album also features guest vocals from The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan. * This deluxe expanded edition features all the non-album b-sides, the pre-Stoned & Dethroned Sound Of Speed EP (including the classic Mary Chain track "Snakedriver" recorded for the film 'The Crow'), previously unreleased material including a 1994 BBC radio session, an alternate version of "God Help Me", and a radio interview with Jim and William Reid discussing the making of the album. There are also outtakes, previously uncompiled material (including the band's rendition of the Cramps' classic "New Kind Of Kick", and a complete 1995 live set. * The 55-minute DVD features the promo videos for all the singles including the first time on DVD for the video for "Something I Can't Have" and previously unreleased archival TV appearances, including their 1993 appearance on Later with Jools Holland, four studio performances shot for MTV and a revealing 1994 interview with Jim and William Reid. * The 24 page booklet contains exclusive new interviews that tell the band’s story in their own words, alongside lyrics, rare memorabilia and previously unpublished photos.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Well, it's not quite acoustic, but the tone is certainly softer and more reflective than their other records. As a collection of songs it was their best album since Darklands and there's a lot to love in these seventeen (generally brief) songs. There's atmosphere, melancholy, and some surprising optimism, plenty of strong melodies and sensitive arrangements. This was the first record on which the Reid brothers wrote separately, and their contributions are distinct. William writes most of the album, his songs ranging from the wistful to the bleak to the cautiously optimistic as on the closing 'Feeling Lucky' ('I've found someone who knows me/ And she still wants to hold me'). Jim's songs are more poppy, the best beinng the lovely ballad 'You've Been a Friend'. The one song they co-wrote, 'Save Me', is also a highlight. The single 'Sometimes Always', a duet between Jim and Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandovaal, is a classic pop song, and the guest vocals of ex-Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan lend the sombre but redemptive 'God Help Me' a depth and authenticity that adds to the album's appeal. The album's title reflects both its hazier mood and the band's fall from critical grace, but this album, cruelly underappreciated at the time, is actually a great collection of songs which more than merits attention.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoned (maybe) but certainly not dethroned! 18 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album sees the Marychain keeping their collective cool whilst all around them were loosing theirs. Some may cite this recording as the beginning of the end of the Marychain but those people have probably never listened to it in the first place. With hindsight it is very easy to see that this is a diamond hidden amongst the vast amounts of garbage produced in the early 90s.

At the time, there were rumours they were set to record an accustic album supported by a variety of vocalists. For whatever that didn't happen and history has this album instead.

I'll be completely honest; I love this record. It holds many memories; some of them very personal. Consequently, it's difficult to single out particular tracks but "Dirty water", "Bullet lovers", "Girlfriend", "She", "Till it shines" and "Everybody I know" all resonate nearly thirteen years later. Good stuff.

I'd disagree with the previous reviewer on one point - the Marychain where far from being a one trick pony. They were a fine slightly left field pop band who produced a cannon of work that continues to endure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Never Understand 18 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album sucks

Rabidly brilliant til now, the Reid Bros tried to do a Mazzy Star,,,,

,,,without the guitarist or tunes

I think goin out with Hope Sandoval made them go soft, not surprising given the beauty of Mazzy Star records,,,

This album could have made a decent EP.

Regarding the remaster, yeah the sound is better so one star for that, and another two for the awesome bonus tracks,

just listen to their versions of Little Red Rooster or Alphabet Street at top volume to appreciate the album they could have made.

As it is, the brilliance of the JAMC meant you got dross like this lp just as you get heaven with just about most everything else they did
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I don't feel that this album is so much a drastic shift in The Jesus and Mary Chain's sound - there's always been songs that reflect the laid-back, slighty melancholic/slightly optimistic sound that this album exudes - "Drop", "Good For My Soul", "About You", to name but a few. Having said that, it is very different from their feedback-riddled debut, but so are all their albums post-Psychocandy. A general unpretentious sound and lyrics, and soft tuneful optimism make this my favourite Jesus and Mary Chain album. If you love Psychocandy, but find the feedback oppresive at times, and think that Sidewalking and Reverence were a step too far, I very much recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm out with the In Crowd. 24 Nov 2012
By Rooksby
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to discover The Jesus & Mary Chain very early on - praise be to John Peel & his legendary Maida Vale sessions. I bought those initial, semi-iconic, skree-drenched singles, worshipped Psychocandy at an altar of feedback, & saw them live when they were still spotty, skinny East Kilbride goths with National Express bus tickets. Darklands, perhaps inevitably, was a massive disappointment for me - I played it over & over again, desperate to "click" with it, but it never happened. Worse still, MY DAD LIKED IT - it reminded him of Lee Hazlewood & Johnny Cash I think? - &, as much as I now love Lee's music myself, 20 Year Old Me didn't want to be caught approving of ANYTHING The Old Man listened to (save for those battered copies of Dylan's electric LPs, which I covertly smuggled out with me when I finally left home). Consequently, I opted out of The Mary Chain ride thereafter & didn't buy another record by them until I heard "Sometimes Always" on daytime radio (this WAS the '90s after all) & was utterly mesmerised.

I still don't like Darklands - I bought the deluxe edition for completism's sake &, as much as I dig those squally, amped-up b-sides, the LP itself still leaves me cold. Stoned & Dethroned is, however, an oft overlooked, much neglected corker. It's no masterpiece - the songs all begin to sound the same after a while, & there are too many of them - but a little judicious cherry-picking reveals a very fine album indeed. It's true, I suspect, that The Mary Chain were consciously "doing a Mazzy Star" in the hope of breaking into the American market but, on reflection, the likelihood of that ever happening was ludicrously slim - Hope Sandoval, after all, was a stunner with a beautiful voice. Jim & Reid, meanwhile, were neither (sorry lads).
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3.0 out of 5 stars By no means as bad as the critics would have you believe
This album has been widely condemned by critics as the start of the Mary Chain's decline. It certainly marked the point at which the band strayed furthest from its original... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Chris G
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and Gentlemen I give you Th Jesus and Mary Chain
Stoned & Dethroned is the fifth album by the Scottish alternative band The Jesus and Mary Chain. For the first time since Psychocandy, JAMC recorded with an actual full band. Read more
Published on 14 April 2010 by P. Frizelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly suprised
I actually bought this album after reading some of the other reviews here on Amazon. I, like many, lost interest in the band after Honeys Dead and got engrossed in the whole grunge... Read more
Published on 27 July 2007 by Ghostdriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mary Chain album after 'Psychocandy'...
Following `Honey's Dead' and the Rollercoaster tour with Dinosaur Jr, Blur & My Bloody Valentine, the Mary Chain delivered the `Snakedriver' and the relative to `Barbed Wire... Read more
Published on 3 July 2006 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JMC album
This album continues the JMC's move away from the tinny over-feedbacksound of the 80s and towards their laid-back, melancholic-yet-optimisticsound of the 90s. Read more
Published on 28 April 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best JMC album
I'm not much of a fan of the JMC in the 80s, finding that most of itsuffered from incredibly low production values and tinny feedback. Read more
Published on 26 April 2004 by "steveargent2"
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite my Mary Chain :(
This is a drastic shift for the Mary Chain, ditching feedback and great sleazy stadium anthems for a lighter, more acoustic based sound. Read more
Published on 3 April 2004 by Robin
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