`Up On The Sun' is the Meat Puppet's third album, originally released in the spring of 1985. I'd rate it as their best, along with its predecessor, `Meat Puppets II'. It's an extension of the same sound, again mixing up punk, bluegrass, folk and country, with a more psychedelic emphasis than before. Curt Kirkwood's guitar sound still has a gloriously desert sun-drenched feel about it, but here it's deeper, lazier almost. While `Meat Puppets II' came across as a soundtrack to wandering about in the Arizona sun, here you're chilling and lying back in the shade. It's an album you'll want to start your day with on a summer morning, with the sun streaming through the curtains. Some of the Pups' all-time best songs are here - `Up On The Sun', `Maiden's Milk' (an instrumental with some hilariously wacked-out whistling from the Pups), `Away', `Swimming Ground' and `Hot Pink' are my personal picks. In fairness, though, every track is a classic.
Like all the Rykodisc reissues of the Meat Puppets SST albums, the cd comes with a detailed insert, featuring notes by Derrick Bostrom, and bonus tracks. Listen, in particular, to the very different demos of `Hot Pink' (two of them!) and the title track. There's also a video clip, an early live version of `Swimming Ground'.