The Singles Collection (1992-2011)
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This double CD features 14 tracks that have not been available on CD before. Features two tracks from the band s alter ego Acid recorded in 1993 & also the unreleased Convertible & Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique's Dream) . Also included is 2011 s single only release Illuminomi & There s A War Going On . Comes with a 24 page booklet featuring the front & backs of all the original covers.
About the Artist
Originally Newcombe was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones' psychedelic phase - the name comes from Stones guitarist Brian Jones combined with a reference to cult leader Jim Jones, but his work in the 2000s has expanded into aesthetic dimensions approximating the UK Shoegazing genre of the 1990s and incorporating influences from world music, especially Middle Eastern and Brazilian music. The Brian Jonestown Massacre has been somewhat of a musical commune for many respected musicians over the years, a band from the 1990 s that has spurned other great bands ever since. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Warlocks, The Silver Rockets, The Black Angels, The Ravenettes, The Dilettantes (to name a few) are all part of this musical family tree. Indeed, this is a band that has witnessed many incarnations, since its inception in San Francisco in 1992.
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A handy all-on-one-place collection of amazing songs by one of the most underrated performers of the last twenty years.
Quite a few 'first time on CD' tracks.
An interesting overview of TBJM's influences.
Needless to say a significant proportion of the original source material is long gone.
The first disc sounds pretty rough in places, and definitely suffers more when played through anything remotely resembling audiophile kit. Unfortunately these days that's pretty much all hifi gear.
Where original source material has been used the remastering isn't great. The seperation is poor, the soundstage is too thick, yet there are some nasty overbright moments.
Both discs offer very low volume wav files. You'll have to crank up your system much more than usual if you want to play them at a decent volume.
A shame. This material definitely deserves respect. It deserves to be given the best possible opportunity to shine, cos shine it does - at least the songs do.
A wasted opportunity. This compilation could have functioned as an excellent 'introduction to' collection.
Instead it isn't worth the asking price.
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2008's "Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective" caught my eye, but the pricepoint was a little steep for a band from whom I'd only heard fractions of songs. My local library had nothing by the BJM for me to borrow, so I had to look around for a relatively cheap album in order to jump on board. Right around the holidays, the price of this compilation dropped to $4.99, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to give 'em a shot. I'm glad I bought the comp., but I'll admit it's not something I think I'll listen to all that often.
First of all, the audio quality on this compilation isn't the best. The first 9 or 10 songs sound as if they were recorded in an aquarium with equipment stored in an abandoned warehouse for 30 or 40 years--very muddy. It's not until "Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth" that the audio quality becomes clear. And, from that point on, this comp. gets really good. Unfortunately for me, while the Dandy Warhols clearly have their sound rooted in the fuzzy, spacy distortion of '60s pop and rock, the BJM can't seem to leave that sound behind.
This compilation, honestly, is not for those looking to get into the band. Like J. Dunivin said, "This compilation is cool but only if you have most of the BJM catalog and are looking for something unique & different." If only "Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective" wasn't so darn expensive....
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EDIT (July 31, 2013): Okay, so I may have lied when I said, "it's not something I think I'll listen to all that often." Since writing this initial review over a year ago, I've listened to this comp. probably a dozen times, and I like it more each time I listen to it. Originally, the only song I really dug was "Maleka," but other favorites have popped up since then: "She Made Me," "Evergreen," "Convertible," "Methodrone," "Anemone," "This Is Why You Love Me," "Lantern," "When Jokers Attack," "Prozac Vs Heroin," "Nailing Honey to the Bee," and "Thoughts of You." The truth is, these are songs that will grow on you more and more each time you listen to them. If at first you don't like them, try try again!
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