Medicine Show (Audio Cassette)
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The Dream Syndicate formed in California in 1981, by 1982 they'd already released the seminal debut 'The Days Of Wine And Roses' and had gained a reputation as a ferocious live act. But by 1984 the band (Steve Wynn - Guitar/Lead Vocals, Karl Precoda - Lead & Rythm Guitar, Dave Provost - Bass and Dennis Duck -Drums) had reached somewhat of a crossroads, for a start how do you follow up such a tremendous debut record but also their recent signing to major label A&M Records had given their hardcore following of fans some ammunition for the inevitable 'sell-out' tag and the introduction of Sandy Pearlman (manager to Blue Oyster Cult & Black Sabbath and CBS in-house producer of The Clash's 1978 record 'Give Em' Enough Rope') to the production table only gave further ammunition for that mis-guided viewpoint. Sadly, this all led towards the album being a commercial flop which did untold damage to the core members of the band and depressingly denied the general public a bona-fide classic record.
The first side of the album is dominated by potetial chart hits such as 'Still Holding On To You' and ' Burn' (a personal mix-tape favourite of mine).Read more ›
strictly for personal use only of course.
as far as i know this has never been available on cd before.
although there have been live recordings and a few tracks on compilations.
£15.99 looks expensive but it is a deluxe edition with a bonus live cd.
if you are interested in guitar rock you must hear this!
While I'm not a fan of the Syndicate: I do admire the above-mentioned release and their `Live at Rajas' set, which features a fair amount of material from `Medicine Show' including the title track, `Burn' and `John Coltrane Stereo Blues' which has special guest Peter Case of `The Plimsouls' on harmonica.
But returning back to this reissue, why is the Medicine Show worth hearing and purchasing? Well, the sound on the disc is excellent, very crispy and upgraded. I have a Cyrus 8XP D amp and Cyrus CD 8 SE player and Spendor S3e speakers and the stereo imaging of the disc is indeed hi-fidelity. Sandy Pearlman's production, whilst slick, ensues that Wynn's vocals are way up in the mix. I've never heard Wynn sound this demented (at times) before or since. And above all, the songs are a paradox of commerciality and the dark.
The disc comes in a digi pac format too. There are liner notes which include Wynns' brief account of time it took to record the disc, how the recording is unlike anything he's ever recorded and how he calls the album a "beautiful loser." Plus, there is an additional live mini-album which starts with the most amazing piano introduction that I've ever heard before breaking into `Tell me when it's Over.' The remaster is excellent as one can hear a lot of clarity and detail in comparative to the original release. It is these reasons, plus much more, why I would recommend this version of Medicine Show. Enjoy.
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I bought this when I was a student. Tastes have moved on. Not much here worth going back to.Published 15 months ago by David Edwards
None of the different versions released of the musics in this disk sound the same as the originals. This is it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nelson
I always found the first two Dream Syndicate albums the best of the decade! Can't wait to get this one at home. Well, I've waited 20 years by now. :-)Published on 6 Aug. 2010 by Ronny Delgado