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  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Glitterhouse
  • ASIN: B006ZJTP9W
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Deluxe packaging with 20 page
booklet. The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project follows 2009's acclaimed We Are Only Riders collection with a second volume of the late Gun Club leader's previously-unreleased work-in-progress, brought to life by old friends, collaborators and acolytes.
Many songs started as nascent ideas captured on a cassette unearthed by Pierce's latter day collaborator Cypress Grove while clearing out his loft. Harking back to the collective ethos of Pierce's beloved jazz, artists spill into each other's tracks, reinterpreting or finishing lyrical and melodic sketches while some chose personal favorites from his catalogue.
This time, the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project includes Nick Cave (who also takes part in a return duet with Debbie Harry on 'The Breaking Hands'), Mick Harvey, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, The Jim Jones Revue, Kid Congo Powers, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, Youth's Vertical Smile, Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Warren Ellis, Barry Adamson, Bertrand Cantat & Pascal Humbert, Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw, Hugo Race, Dom Beken and Kris & Michelle Needs, sometimes in different combinations.

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Jeffrey Lee Pierce died aged 37 in 1996, a textbook rock casualty to excessive drink and drugs. At least the music he left behind burns: his albums with The Gun Club and their scorched-earth white-boy blues broke open territory that Pixies and The White Stripes (among others) would go on to explore, and solo album Wildweed was disarmingly romantic. He’s still being celebrated – for the art and not the self-destruction, one hopes. Whether he’d have forged an enduring career like that of peer Nick Cave is debatable, but the best Gun Club fusillades – single Fire of Love, album The Las Vegas Story – delivered much and promised more.

Pierce, born in LA but something of an Anglophile, carved a persona from goth, glam and roots to roar and charm. As Blondie’s US fan club president, he was as influenced by pop and punk as by Robert Johnson or The Doors, so his songs could be melodic, anarchic, or both. This second in a planned trilogy of not-exactly-tribute albums demonstrates as much (2009’s We Are Only Riders led the way). What it is not is a bunch of covers (though there are a couple of those.) Later-years collaborator Cypress Grove found a batch of Jeffrey’s cassette demos and works-in-progress in his loft, and a group of former colleagues, friends and admirers have effectively coloured these sketches in, bringing them to strange fruition. (Proceeds go to charity.)

The credits have Pierce playing guitar on some, nothing on others, but his stamp is loud and clear on the gutsy flair of From Death to Texas (performed by Steve Wynn) or the keening tug of The Breaking Hands (which is interpreted here twice, first by Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell and then by the dream pairing of Nick Cave and Deborah Harry, who are joined by Mick Harvey and Chris Stein). Cave also sings City in Pain, this album’s opener, all restrained aggression and controlled desire. Harvey depicts an eerie-lovely St. Mark’s Place, while Barry Adamson, Lydia Lunch and The Jim Jones Revue are also committed believers, fanning the still-smouldering ashes of a legend that yet grows.

--Chris Roberts

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ANOTHER TRULY GREAT COLLECTION OF SONGS GUYS.I THINK IT IS SOME OF THE BEST STUFF THAT HE EVER WROTE,SAD THAT HE WILL NEVER GET TO HEAR IT.
TWO VERSIONS OF 'BREAKING HANDS' BOTH VERY DIFFERENT BUT NICK AND DEBBIE'S RENDITION IS THE CLEAR WINNER FOR ME.I CERTAINLY PREFER THEM TO THE OVER-PRODUCED ORIGINAL!
LYDIA LUNCH MAKES AN APPEARANCE AGAIN.........WHY?.........SHE CANNOT SING AND JUST DRONES BUT I DO LIKE THE SONG.
HEARD THE RUMOUR THAT THERE IS ONE MORE ALBUM IN THE PIPELINE.................BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL IN ALL I LOVED IT.PLAY IT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL HAIL JLP........ENCORE! ENCORE!
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A lovely tribute to Jeffery (RIP) by the prominent song writers of our time who have global appeal.
Definitely recommend The Journey Is Long to all fans of good music. Highly recommended.
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Big fan of The Gun Club, bought this not knowing what to expect, brilliant, love it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa02af870) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0xa015b5f4) out of 5 stars The best disc of this three volume tribute series 25 Jan. 2016
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Format: Vinyl
**Review originally appeared at https://midnighttosix.wordpress.com

Jeffrey Lee Pierce was one of the great unheralded talents of the American Underground. Whether part of The Gun Club, or working as a solo artist, Pierce’s shamanistic performances and brilliant songwriting combined the best parts of punk, blues, early rock and jazz into something that still sounds vital decades later. He was also his own worse enemy, with a demonic penchant for drink and drugs that led to an early death from a brain hemorrhage in 1996, at the age of 37. That’s where this album comes into play. On the surface, The Journey Is Long seems like a tribute album, but it’s actually made up of previously unreleased material Pierce left behind on a series of cassettes, brought to life by an impressive line-up of friends, peers, and artists he influenced. While the album is best appreciated by Pierce’s fans, Nick Cave fans (and there’s probably a lot of crossover between the two groups) should seek this out as well since Cave performs two songs, and a parade of Bad Seeds (Hugo Race, Warren Ellis, Kid Congo Powers, Mick Harvey and Barry Adamson) show up as either solo performers, instrumental contributors to other people’s songs, or both. The fact that a many artists pop up repeatedly throughout the album should not be overlooked since it gives the project a more close-knit “family” feel than the typical “let’s get a bunch of well-known bands to play another well-known band’s most popular songs” approach that you usually find with tribute albums. The album also features a few snippets of Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s own guitar playing wherever it was possible, which adds to an already spooky collection of haunted blues (“I’m Going Upstairs” by Hugo Race and “L.A. County Jail Blues” by Cypress Grove), punk rock howls (“Zonar Roze” by Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw and “Ain’t My Problem Baby” by The Jim Jones Revue) and mournful ballads (“The Breaking Hands”, recorded twice – once by Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell and the other by Nick Cave and Deborah Harry – and “Sonny Boy” by Mick Harvey). It’s uniformly great, and I’ll definitely be looking out for the third volume in this series, titled The Task Has Overwhelmed Us, slated for release later this year.
HASH(0xa01b4420) out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Feb. 2016
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Fantastic compilation of music from an eclectic group of musicians doing JLP justice!
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