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Upside Down: The Best Of Double CD

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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • ASIN: B0041EPTK2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,543 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Just Like Honey
  2. April Skies
  3. Blues From A Gun
  4. Far Gone And Out
  5. Some Candy Talking
  6. Come On
  7. Head On
  8. I Love Rock'n'Roll
  9. All Things Must Pass
  10. Reverence
  11. Sidewalking
  12. Cracking Up
  13. Upside Down
  14. Never Understand
  15. The Hardest Walk
  16. Happy When It Rains
  17. The Perfect Crime
  18. Sometimes Always
  19. Almost Gold
  20. Darklands
  21. 45 RPM
  22. Head

Disc: 2

  1. Half Way To Crazy
  2. You Trip Me Up
  3. Rollercoaster
  4. Birthday
  5. Happy Place
  6. Something I Can't Have
  7. I Hate Rock'n'Roll
  8. Tower Of Song
  9. Vegetable Man
  10. In A Hole
  11. Kill Surf City
  12. 33 1/3
  13. Cherry Came Too
  14. Between Planets
  15. Moe Tucker
  16. Little Stars
  17. God Help Me
  18. New York City
  19. Nine Million Rainy Days
  20. Drop
  21. Black
  22. Psychocandy

Product description

Product Description

A huge name on the 80s and 90s indie scene, the Jesus And Mary Chain were a seminal name in British guitar music and played a huge part in shaping the way music sounded for years to come. Upside Down is a proudly compiled and constructed 2CD career-spanning Best Of and is the very first of its kind for the Glaswegian brothersand the various other band members involved.
This release coincides with the release of a documentary feature film `Upside Down: The Story Of Creation
Records' which is backed by Sony Pictures and features interviews with the Jesus & Mary Chain (as Creation's first big act), and like this compilation is named after the band's first single. There is an interest from the producers towork with us on cross-promotional opportunities including a big launch parties and
screening parties up and down the country.
The band continue to tour since their reformation in 2007, recently headlining the Coachella Festival in the US and the Meltdown festival over here.
Their songs crop up frequently in TV and films, most notably in recent years the Sofia Coppola film "Lost In
Translation" which made great use of the classic "Just Like Honey". Their unique feedback-saturated sound
is increasingly influential and acknowledged by a new generation of guitar bands such as the Raveonettes,
Horrors,Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dum Dum Girls and Wavves
* 2CD collection featuring all their single `A' sides, key album tracks and rarities including guest appearances by Shane MacGowan (The Pogues) and Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star).
* Includes 2 UK Top 10 UK chart hits ("April Skies" no. 8 in May 1987 and "Reverence" no. 10 in Feb 1992) and 10 other singles that charted in the top 40.
* Features 2 tracks never before featured on a Jesus And Mary Chain release - 2008 recording "All Things
Must Pass" (recorded for the NBC TV programme "Heroes") and "45 RPM" (previously only available on a long-deleted mid-90s XFM compilation).

BBC Review

To declare, as this CD’s artwork does, that East Kilbride’s The Jesus and Mary Chain are "arguably the last great British rock’n’roll band" is almost as provocative as the music with which they kicked off their career. Early releases may have been deeply influential for plenty of artists that followed – like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Horrors and shoegazers galore – but whether such a superlative is justified remains questionable.

The Reid brothers’ 1985 debut Pyschocandy, represented here by the deliciously fuzzed-up Just Like Honey and the trebly squall of tracks like Never Understand, still remains one of the most exciting records of the last quarter-century, its alternating mess of screaming feedback and narcotic acoustics shaped by a love of Phil Spector’s production techniques, 1960s pop and biker mythology. 1987’s Darklands – which saw Bobby Gillespie leave to focus on Primal Scream, his single drum replaced by a machine – found the brothers’ fierce rage ousted in favour of a shadowy languor accessible enough for April Skies to chart, though the latter’s similarity with follow-up single Happy When It Rains hinted at limited horizons. But with 1989’s Automatic they already seemed to be a pastiche of themselves, the thunder of the previous year’s stopgap single Sidewalking often neutered by heavy-handed, programmed drums.

Automatic’s considerably slicker production, however, endeared them to the US, and by 1994’s Stoned & Dethroned they seemed to have entirely lightened up, its highlights – the dreamy Sometimes Always and the languid God Help Me – tellingly featuring guest vocalists, respectively Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and The Pogues’ Shane McGowan. But 1998’s Munki saw them re-embittered, I Hate Rock’n’Roll’s nihilist roar and Jim Reid’s lazily drawled Cracking Up amongst the best moments of their career. Sadly the public had moved onto the laddish, self-indulgent pleasures of Britpop, and few noticed when the brothers separated amidst the kind of fraternal acrimony that had ironically become part of Oasis’ appeal.

Ten years later, however, they returned with triumphant shows at California’s Coachella Festival and London’s Royal Festival Hall, and this retrospective – complete with non-album singles like the unforgettable Some Candy Talking – offers plenty of good reasons. In its generous 44 tracks, however, it also reveals a band with a surprisingly conformist agenda, the simplicity of their songs as often one dimensional as powerfully immediate, their later tightness at odds with their chaotic genesis, their reliance on trad’ rock’n’roll Americanisms overshadowing more exciting (if admittedly crude) lines like "I want to die just like Jesus Christ". Upside Down therefore ends up highlighting that, despite their current sacred cow status, The Jesus and Mary Chain were merely an occasionally great British rock’n’roll band rather than the last.

--Wyndham Wallace

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