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First time & remastered from the vinyl originals is the band's singles compilation . This double CD features 14 tracks that have not been available on CD before , these versions are completely different from any version that found itself on a full length album. It also features two tracks from the band's alter ego Acid recorded in 1993 , & also the unreleased anywhere apart from this CD & the original 7" the tracks Convertible & Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique's Dream) & also the most recent 2011vinyl single release ) Illuminomi & There's A War Going On. The 2CD comes with a 24 page booklet featuring the front & backs of all the picture covers of the original covers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pay attention to the small print...Only for the serious fan.June 25 2012
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Format: Audio CD
"THESE versions previously unavailable on cd"...many of these songs sound like demos or contain a rough quality not found on their CD issues. Despite lengthy remastering, very few of these songs are from master tape sources. MEANING, they have been remastered from vinyl sources or 2nd/3rd generation cassettes or(perhaps) DAT's...Despite the rough quality of the songs, they are very unique in that they were special to their 7" & 12" releases. Longer versions & very unique mixes make up this compilation. Different arrangements & takes makes this compilation completely different than any other BJM release. If you are just getting into the Brian Jonestown Massacre(and i sincerely hope you do...), make the Tepid Peppermint Wonderland you're starting point. Great, great starting point to the BJM catalog however, it's versions of "hide and seek" and "swallowtail" are worth it by themselves...This compilation is cool but only if you have most of the BJM catalog and are looking for something unique & different...FYI, The 12" of "Not if you were the last dandy on earth" B-side was not included here (as stated in the liner notes) because there was a manufacturing error during the printing of the 12" that caused the vinyl to skip constantly...How do i know? I bought one, took it home and played it, took it back to the store and got another one, took THAT one home and played it, and realized that it wasn't a coincidence that both 12" were manufactured improperly...Thanks for buying music instead of stealing it...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Everything you never heard by the Greatest Band in the World!Feb. 16 2012
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Format: Audio CD
I have followed this band ever since I heard a song by them somewhere on the radio. From that moment on I was hooked and was not satisfied until I had every album they recorded. Me personally thinks "Strung Out In Heaven" was their masterpiece, and if you don't go immediately and get this (the prices are incredibly low right now-a real steal)stop reading my review and go buy Simon and Garfinkel. Anyway, this has all the singles that came out before I got "turned on" to this incredible music. So this gives me a feeling of completion with the bonus that it's all remastered to the hilt. Really sounds like Anton cared what it would sound like. Buy this if you never heard BJM before because it also contains their latest single, which is incredible. Words like "astounding" and "Heavy" spring to mind. It's like the classic "Codeine" played by "The Spiders From Mars". It has to be heard to be believed. Then, to close disc 2, you have the BJM changed to a band called Acid which sounds just like the name. Get this or miss a world of music you will always be missing in your hollow life. Make Anton Newcombe the Rock Hero he's meant to be!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Hard Pill to Swallow, but a Good One in the EndJuly 9 2012
Kirk A. Gauthier
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I first heard of the Brian Jonestown Massacre while watching the rockumentary, "DiG!". Shortly after the release of "Welcome to the Monkey House," I became a pretty big fan of the Dandy Warhols (still am), so I was intrigued to learn of the friend/foe relationship of Dandys frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor and BJM mastermind Anton Newcombe. The rockumentary is a fascinating view and gives a lot of insight into the recording industry, but it also made me rather interested in the music of Anton Newcombe and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
2008's "Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective" caught my eye, but the pricepoint was a little steep for a band from whom I'd only heard fractions of songs. My local library had nothing by the BJM for me to borrow, so I had to look around for a relatively cheap album in order to jump on board. Right around the holidays, the price of this compilation dropped to $4.99, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to give 'em a shot. I'm glad I bought the comp., but I'll admit it's not something I think I'll listen to all that often.
First of all, the audio quality on this compilation isn't the best. The first 9 or 10 songs sound as if they were recorded in an aquarium with equipment stored in an abandoned warehouse for 30 or 40 years--very muddy. It's not until "Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth" that the audio quality becomes clear. And, from that point on, this comp. gets really good. Unfortunately for me, while the Dandy Warhols clearly have their sound rooted in the fuzzy, spacy distortion of '60s pop and rock, the BJM can't seem to leave that sound behind.
This compilation, honestly, is not for those looking to get into the band. Like J. Dunivin said, "This compilation is cool but only if you have most of the BJM catalog and are looking for something unique & different." If only "Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective" wasn't so darn expensive....
EDIT (July 31, 2013): Okay, so I may have lied when I said, "it's not something I think I'll listen to all that often." Since writing this initial review over a year ago, I've listened to this comp. probably a dozen times, and I like it more each time I listen to it. Originally, the only song I really dug was "Maleka," but other favorites have popped up since then: "She Made Me," "Evergreen," "Convertible," "Methodrone," "Anemone," "This Is Why You Love Me," "Lantern," "When Jokers Attack," "Prozac Vs Heroin," "Nailing Honey to the Bee," and "Thoughts of You." The truth is, these are songs that will grow on you more and more each time you listen to them. If at first you don't like them, try try again!