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Medicine Show (Audio Cassette)

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B00AGGP7R4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Woah, I wonder how many people would name their review of 'Medicine Show' by The Dream Syndicate after a JBJ (as he is affectionatly known) lyric. Truth be told, Mr John Francis Bongiovi Jr would kill to have ever once produced anything within the calibre of 'Medicine Show'. Not that the public would probably agree or care. Oh well, I'm too old in the tooth and exasperated to really care whether the general public will ever appreciate anything this real. If your reading this you probably already agree anyway so I'll just bite my lip and continue. Rant over.

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).
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I thought I had better edit this review since my original was pre-release.As I write I see that the CD is not currently available via Amazon presumably (hopefully) having sold out of its first pressing. Either that or it's the return of the A & M conspiracy which prevented re-release for some 20 years. I therefore speak to the nation and say rise up and protest. Luckily I have my copy but had I not chanced upon the pre-release offer I might had missed out. Anyway to recap...back in the dark ages when men were men & sheep were worried,elpees walked the earth and syn drums ruled the airwaves.Guitars were just those things that your elder brother remembered. Into that land that taste forgot came a band that welded a southern Lou Reed with Crazy Horse style rifferamma. Steve Wynn was and still is a hugely underappreciated songsmith and a pretty mean rhythm player - added to that is the incendiary guitar heroics of Karl Pecoda - "lead guitar". Behind them a crack bass/drum squad of Dennis Duck & Dave Provost. To that add a gig up to the piano/keyboards of Tommy Zvoncic (spelling ?)who manages to move between Al Kooper oomph and Mike Garston type impressionism(Bowie band). Tommy later went onto play with B.O.C. as I recall. In an album which has no weak songs it is churlish to pick out favs but it would be rude not to try. The song "Merrittville" is a creepy song of small town americana which would make a cracking film of Southern vengence. "Burn" positively steams along in sultryness. Few can drawl as well as Steve Wynn on "Bullet with my name on it" - the one song written soley by Pecoda. The word "name" gets elongated to the point of Jaggerism.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
i have always loved Medicine Show when i got a cdrw drive this was my first burn.
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!
Medicine Show
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I remember emailing Steve Wynn singer and front man of the Dream Syndicate about the possible reissue of `Medicine Show' CD. This about eight years ago. Wynn could not elaborate. It was only by serendipity that I stumbled on this re-release. I am lucky.

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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