Slow Hole to China: Rare & Unreleased Import
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There also an instrumental cover in 'Equinox' and some very different Clutch songs such as 'Guild Of Mute Assassins' which are different enough to keep longtime fans interested and intrigued too.
Curiously though there are other B-Side songs not featured here such as 'Apache' and 'Big News III', hopefully they'll come to light some other day...
But as far as this album goes if you're a Clutch fan - GET IT! You're very unlikely to regret it. If you're new to Clutch then it's best to try their more celebrated albums such as 'Clutch', 'Elephant Riders' and 'Blast Tyrant,' but this album definetley beats 'Jam Room' as a starting point. A great collection of Clutch songs which somehow manages to be an awesome album as well!!
As a generalization; Many band's rarities and b-sides albums consist of a collection of songs with wildly fluctuating song writing and production qualities sitting uncomfortably beside each other, with a bad ratio of worthwhile material to poor material. After all, the bands decided not to put it out in the first place for some reason or other.
Slow Hole To China feels much more like a complete studio album than any rarities collection I've ever heard before, with a pretty consistent audio quality and a musical quality up to Clutch's usual, remarkably high standard. The fact that the band still to this day perform a lot of these songs live is testament to their worth; as is the fact that some have found their way onto the band's live albums.
The music ranges from straight forward rockers, to slow burn stoner style numbers, to complex instrumental workouts and the odd acoustic section here or there. Something for fans of all eras of the band.
Highlights include 'Sea Of Destruction,' 'Easy Breeze,' 'Hoodo Operator,' and 'Day Of The Jackalope,' all of which would be more than at home on one of the band's proper studio albums and which would fit perfectly into a live set without seeming out of place.
Overall, Slow Hole To China isn't just for collectors and is not for hardcore fans only. If you like Clutch you should pick up a copy. Slow Hole' is a great collection of eclectic material from various styles but with a feeling of cohesion and unity that is rare among this type of release. I highly recommend it.
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An album of studio outakes that would put most artists main releases to shame,quality stuff from a quality band.who wants to rock?!Published on 2 May 2014 by Bobs big Toe
The studio mix on this album (along with Blast Tyrant) breaks new ground and helps propel Clutch up to a new strata of rock. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2009 by JD