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Title - 'Rhino Re-Issues'
Artist - Jesus And The Mary Chain

Jesus and Mary Chain remain to be one of my favorite bands and so it's unfortunate they broke up. However these brand new Re-Issued, Re-Mastered Dual Discs from Rhino are a quite stunning way to bring those classic musical memories flooding back! In comparison to bands which are popular today like Nickleback, Sum 41, Creed, etc, its amazing how lacking in quality they are. Jesus and Mary Chain possesed a quality which is nowhere to be found on the scene today, and its a shame. Among included highlights spread here on these five discs are tracks such as 'You Trip Me Up,' 'April Skies,' 'Sometimes Always,' 'Never Understand,' 'I Hate Rock and Roll,' 'I Love Rock and Roll,' 'Happy When It Rains,' 'Someday Talking,' 'Darklands,' 'Almost Gold,' 'Far Gone and Out,' 'Reverence' and many, many more.

Supercharged and aggressive, 1989ís 'Automatic' spawned the smash modern rock singles "Blues From A Gun" and "Head On" plus the favorites "Halfway To Crazy" and "Gimme Hell." On this new Dual Disc version you have the DVD side, which features all the songs in high resolution stereo, plus videos for "Blues From A Gun," "Her Way Of Praying," and "Head On."

Calmer but just as powerful, 1994ís 'Stoned & Dethroned' was their last for Blanco y Negro and they went out with the high notes of "God Help Me" featuring guest vocalist Shane MacGowan and "Sometimes Always" spotlighting Mazzy Star front woman Hope Sandovalís ambient vocals. Plus the stand-outs "Come On" and "Never Saw It Coming." The DVD side features all the songs in high resolution stereo plus bonus videos for "Sometimes Always," "Come On," and "Snakedriver."

If any album was going to break the Mary Chain through in the US this is probably would have been the one. The songs off this album were in heavy rotation on their ill-fated stint at Lollapalooza and they cranked out a few videos as well (including, the controversial one for "Teenage Lust"). This was a fine return to form for the boys as they kicked things off with the feedback-drenced "Reverence" that made no bones about their love-hate relationships with the US. Lyrics like "I wanna die just like JFK/I wanna die in the USA" certainly didn't endear them to the politically correct. The DVD side features all the songs in high resolution stereo, video content includes clips for "Reverence," "Far Gone And Out," and "Almost Gold."

Following the sucess of their first (and sadly most sucessful) album, the Mary Chain stripped away the fuzz, distortion, and feed back, to create this haunting and beautiful album. Dark (as the title implies) though with some light moments, this album is slightly reminiscent of the gothic Cure while remaining pure Mary Chain. This album is the clean cousin of Pshchocandy--a mirror image and yet different and as inspiring as any of the Mary Chain's great records. If you liked Psychocandy or any of their other albums buy this one, its one of their best. The DVD side features all the songs in high resolution stereo, video content includes clips for "Darklands," "Happy When It Rains," and "April Skies."

A Keen Pop Sensibility Meets Sonic Squelching: This is the Jesus and Mary Chain. 'Psychocandy' was originally released in 1985, featuring the tracks 'Just Like Honey', 'Taste of Cindy', 'Never Understand' and twelve more. Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) handles the drumming duty on this recording. The DVD side features all the songs in high resolution stereo plus videos for "Just Like Honey," "You Trip Me Up," and "Never Understand."