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Budget price compilation of the Mary Chain,
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This review is from: Upside Down: The Best Of (Audio CD)
'Upside Down' is a nice budget-price compilation that manages to blend material generally found on the '21 Singles', Barbed Wire Kisses' and 'Sound of Speed' compilations with selections from all their albums and a few oddities.
Having most of their material on vinyl or tape and not completely updated to CD, this was a budget price joy containing 44 tracks for £4. Some of the selections may be a bit random and two b-sides ommitted ('Taste of Cindy - acoustic' & 'Heat') seem a bit silly as they featured in a film ('Adventureland') and TV-advert (car? beer? can't remember) - so would have contrasted well with 'Just Like Honey' (now associated with the end of Lost in Translation). & not all the singles are included - 'Snakedriver' (which was included on '21 Singles' and a lead-e.p. track) is missing - instead 'Something I Can't Have' is included from that e.p (though the claim on the sleeve that all their singles are included isn't very accurate...and the sleevnotes also state 'Cherry Came Too' was from Automatic, which is sloppy).
Still, plenty of odd b-sides, from their early take on Syd Floyd's 'Vegetable Man' to a cleaner 'The Hardest Walk' (recorded for 'Some Kind of Wonderful) to their fine cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Tower of Song' to 'Some Candy Talking' b-side 'Psychocandy.' Plenty of great singles - 'Upside Down', 'Never Understand', 'You Trip Me Up', 'Just Like Honey', 'Some Candy Talking', 'April Skies', 'Happy When It Rains', 'Darklands', 'Sidewalking'...
Though the 'Automatic'-material has a production that thinks it's Suicide, but comes across as 'Midnight to Midnight'-Psychedelic Furs blended with Billy Idol's 80's material. By the early 90's the Mary Chain had Stone Roses' style drum-beats (think 'What the World is Waiting For') and weren't completely convincing. Still, 'Far Gone and Out' is pleasant enough and 'Sometimes Always' with Hope Sandoval is thoroughly charming. Even towards the end the singles were strong - 'I Hate Rock & Roll', 'I Love Rock and Roll', 'Cracking Up' - and the new track 'All Things Must Pass' (recorded for TV's Heroes) is fine and suggests the Reid-brothers should think about a new LP.
It was a fairly enjoyable career, despite the fact the Mary Chain were eclipsed by many of the bands they influenced in the early 90's - still, it's churlish to sniff at a double-cd that includes such wonders as 'Kill Surf City', the 7" of 'Sidewalking', early b-side 'Happy Place', the Shane MacGowan-fronted 'God Help Me', and the pure noise of 'In a Hole.' Lovely and the ideal budget primer into a fairly great band...
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2011, 03:18:31 BST
mister joe says:
The good news is you have stopped reviewing.After 1400 reviews....it borders on insane.
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