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The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Singles Collection 1992-2011

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Singles Collection 1992-2011

By Kenny McMurtrie

Too often these days, as more and more musical product is made available in a greater number of forms than at anytime in history, the fatuous question of “When’s the new sound coming?” (or words to that effect) gets bandied about on a regular basis. Screw the new sound; it’ll arrive in its own good time if at all but who’s to say it’ll be likeable? Better to concentrate on who is or isn’t making a go of it with the established forms and not following fads. Anton Newcombe and his vast number of collaborators continue to do this better than many outfits and as a record of the man’s craft and vision with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, these 22 tracks amply highlight the multi-faceted talents of all concerned in their creation.

Over half of the songs compiled herein are making it onto CD for the first time (assume it’s the same as far as downloadability is concerned too) and the focus is on the band’s two song 7”s so where applicable versions are different from those on 2004’s Tepid Peppermint Wonderland double set. No doubt the odd hair will be split about completeness but you can’t have it all ways.

Disc one kicks off with ‘She Made Me’ and progresses through variations on Sixties themes and Nineties shoegaze on the likes of ‘Convertible’, ‘Hide & Seek’ and ‘Anemone’, culminating in the brilliantly stoned raga of ‘Feelers’ and the back–handedly complimentary ‘Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth’ (depending on which version of the story of that song’s creation you adhere to).

Disc two journeys from the late Nineties through to the present day with such wigged out pleasures as ‘This Is Why You Love Me’, ‘Prozac vs Heroin’ and the slow superfuzz epic that is ‘There’s A War Going On’ before rounding things out in circuitous hazy fashion with the two songs (‘Never Ever’ and ‘Thoughts Of You’) that Newcombe made in 1993 with Travis Threlkel and released under the moniker of Acid as part of a compilation box set. To paraphrase – Thank God For Musical Geniuses.

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