Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jon Blues Expl Spencer|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Some of the greatest dub albums are jam sessions. Think of Lee "Scratch" Perry's genius Black Ark recordings in the '70s or Adrian Sherwood's early experiments in noise with On-U Sound. New York City punk-soul outfit Jon S... more »
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Some of the greatest dub albums are jam sessions. Think of Lee "Scratch" Perry's genius Black Ark recordings in the '70s or Adrian Sherwood's early experiments in noise with On-U Sound. New York City punk-soul outfit Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Dub Narcotic's salaciously deep-voiced producer Calvin Johnson had already recorded together at Johnson's Olympia studios for JSBX's 1998 album, Acme. Around the same time, during a two-day session, the artists laid down the nine tracks that comprise this loose, sprawling, eminently lovable studio album. JSBX was the house band, Johnson the mischievous frontman. So what d'ya get? Plenty of echoed harmonica, deep bass drums, James Brown-style squeals, and lyrics that focus mostly on food and being cool ("Banana Meltdown," "Chicken Legs," "Frosty Junction"). "If you come to my town," Calvin sings on the 10-minute funkafied "Fudgy the Whale," "you've got to know all 16 dances." Damn right! --Everett True
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Arvid J Ludfister | Cypress, CA | 01/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this album sounds like johnny cash and fat elvis went insane, got real drunk and turned on a tape recorder."
This CD is ment to be played loud!
Matt | 10/05/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Like always the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion compines their punk funk blues to make for a great time. Though not alone this time- The Dub Narcotic Sound System joins them to make some of the most freeborn expressionalism rock this world has ever known. Guaranteed to keep your feet tapping. However, there are some things that drag this CD down. During Frosty Junction there is a small annoying melodica solo and Chicken Legs has an distorted echo effect to Calvin's voice, both taking away from the song. On most every song Calvin sings lead. For those that haven't ever heard him, he sounds like a Beck that can't (or doesn't try to) sing right... who cares though- The CD sounds really good for those who like rough jammin' - Go For It!"
Love Ain't On The Run.
Matt | New Zealand | 02/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can tell you one thing I loved this record! It's like one big jam session. It features some new tracks as well as some re-worked tracks from xtra acme USA. I loved Xtra acme as well as Acme and this album seems to go deeper inside these albums getting a more gritty sound. Calvin Johnson from Dub Narcotic sound system does a lot of lead vocal work on this while Spencer shouts in the background in agreement to Johnson's ramblings, giving encouragement in his Elvis in heat vocal style.Johnson's vocal style is more out there in fact that it doesn't work but it does, you know in the context of this album he is a good singer his deep voice goes with the vibe. You may remember his collaboration with Beck on One foot in the grave his voice was put to good use as it is on this album where we get a kinda Johnny Cash kinda thing going on in tracks like Love ain't on the run and Fudgy the whale. So all and all this is in my opinion a top album."