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Controversial Negro
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Controversial Negro
Genres: Blues, Pop
 
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The 1997 live album Controversial Negro was only available as a promo LP and Japanese CD before quickly going out of print. It captures JSBX at a sweat-drenched show in Tucson in 1996, and this reissue adds 4 more tracks f...  more »

     
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All Artists: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Title: Controversial Negro
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shout Factory!
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 5/18/2010
Genres: Blues, Pop
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 826663118162

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The 1997 live album Controversial Negro was only available as a promo LP and Japanese CD before quickly going out of print. It captures JSBX at a sweat-drenched show in Tucson in 1996, and this reissue adds 4 more tracks from the show, plus 12 tracks recorded in 1994 at the same venue.

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Paul Rayson | 07/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The official Controversial Negro used to be available only in Japan. It was out in 1997 and recorded the year before in Tuscan, Arizona, although the nine songs at the end of this reissue are from 1994. Promo versions had a cool Mick Jagger cover, but they had to replace that when Mick Jagger said so. They replaced him with an ape. The cover of the reissue, which preserves the Japan design, is still pretty cool.

A record of the Blues Explosion in concert is vital. The outtakes and alternate versions of songs, say, on Mo' Width or the Now I Got Worry reissue testify that the band are in an ongoing conversation with rock & roll. A conventional studio album catches only part of the conversation. Collaborations such as those with R.L. Burnside get another side of it, of course. A live version of a song, though, expands more on what they're talking about, and sometimes it's dirtier.

The "hits" are in the set ("Afro", "Bellbottoms", "Flavor"). The show-stopper "Blues X Man" is in the set. The liner notes are, as with those for the Dirty Shirt Rock 'N' Roll compilation and Now I Got Worry reissue, filled with insight and diverse detail (hardware info: they used vintage Music Mann and Sunn amplifiers!). The theremin is in full effect. Enjoy the show."