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Very Good Album Marred By Some Weak Vocals
on 16 November 2017
Dream Syndicate were lumped in with a bunch of early eighties West Coast bands underan umbrella called 'The Paisley Underground', alongisde the likes of The Long Ryders, Naked Prey, Rain Parade and The Three O'Clock. 'Medicine Show' was their major-label debut (their one and only), produced by Sandy Pearlman, who had produced Blue Oyster Cult and The Clash, and it is very, very good. The old 'side 2' features 'John Coltrane Stereo Blues', which was a live tour-de-force for guitarist Karl Precoda, and 'Merrittville', a kind of Bruce Springsteen flavoured opus. It's worn pretty well, however, I think that the band's main weakness was vocalist and leader Steve Wynn - he just wasn't a great singer, and the songs could perhaps have been even more effective with a better lead vocalist. This CD reissue is fleshed out with the 'This Is Not The Dream Syndicate...Live' 12" mini album that came out soon after the album debuted in 1984.