Stoned & Dethroned CD+DVD, Box set
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* The Jesus And Mary Chain’s fifth studio album was originally conceived as an acoustic album. Mutating over the course of the recording to incorporate electric performances played by a live band, it is nevertheless their most mellow and intimate collection. Incorporating elements of Cosmic Country, Americana and 60s West Coast Pop into their signature sound, the brothers Reid redefined what the band were capable of once again. Their collaboration with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval on "Sometimes Always" was their biggest chart hit in the USA and the album also features guest vocals from The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan. * This deluxe expanded edition features all the non-album b-sides, the pre-Stoned & Dethroned Sound Of Speed EP (including the classic Mary Chain track "Snakedriver" recorded for the film 'The Crow'), previously unreleased material including a 1994 BBC radio session, an alternate version of "God Help Me", and a radio interview with Jim and William Reid discussing the making of the album. There are also outtakes, previously uncompiled material (including the band's rendition of the Cramps' classic "New Kind Of Kick", and a complete 1995 live set. * The 55-minute DVD features the promo videos for all the singles including the first time on DVD for the video for "Something I Can't Have" and previously unreleased archival TV appearances, including their 1993 appearance on Later with Jools Holland, four studio performances shot for MTV and a revealing 1994 interview with Jim and William Reid. * The 24 page booklet contains exclusive new interviews that tell the band’s story in their own words, alongside lyrics, rare memorabilia and previously unpublished photos.
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I still don't like Darklands - I bought the deluxe edition for completism's sake &, as much as I dig those squally, amped-up b-sides, the LP itself still leaves me cold. Stoned & Dethroned is, however, an oft overlooked, much neglected corker. It's no masterpiece - the songs all begin to sound the same after a while, & there are too many of them - but a little judicious cherry-picking reveals a very fine album indeed. It's true, I suspect, that The Mary Chain were consciously "doing a Mazzy Star" in the hope of breaking into the American market but, on reflection, the likelihood of that ever happening was ludicrously slim - Hope Sandoval, after all, was a stunner with a beautiful voice. Jim & Reid, meanwhile, were neither (sorry lads). Stoned & Dethroned is still my favourite Mary Chain LP after Psychocandy though, vying with the sporadically brilliant Munki for 2nd place.
This terrific "deluxe edition" is liberally stuffed with excellent additional tracks - the entire Sound Of Speed EP (including a raucous must-hear cover of "Little Red Rooster"), BBC sessions, & a slew of surprisingly caustic b-sides among them - a bona fide "value for money" package, basically. Stoned & Dethroned itself probably only justifies a 4-star rating, but the packaging, annotation & extra material here is so exemplary that it's worthy of that additional 5th star itself.
I gotta say its great, when I read that it was a much more acoustic affair than standard Mary Chain offerings I had my doubts as noise and distorted guitars can very often cover up weak songwriting but the Reids have produced a very good LP here, it has also lead me to purchase Munki, their final offering of the nineties, hope its as good.
At the time, there were rumours they were set to record an accustic album supported by a variety of vocalists. For whatever that didn't happen and history has this album instead.
I'll be completely honest; I love this record. It holds many memories; some of them very personal. Consequently, it's difficult to single out particular tracks but "Dirty water", "Bullet lovers", "Girlfriend", "She", "Till it shines" and "Everybody I know" all resonate nearly thirteen years later. Good stuff.
I'd disagree with the previous reviewer on one point - the Marychain where far from being a one trick pony. They were a fine slightly left field pop band who produced a cannon of work that continues to endure.
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Rabidly brilliant til now, the Reid Bros tried to do a Mazzy Star,,,,
,,,without the guitarist or tunes
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