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Kettle Whistle Best of


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 4 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002NI4
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kettle Whistle
2. Ocean Size
3. My Cat's Name Is Maceo
4. Had A Dad
5. So What!
6. Jane says
7. Mountain Song
8. Slow Divers
9. Three Days
10. Ain't No Right
11. Up The Beach
12. Stop
13. Been Caught Stealing
14. Whores
15. City

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This highly-anticipated Jane's Addiction CD, Kettle Whistle, which consists of rare, previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, demos, and one brand new track, Kettle Whistle, was recorded by the relapse line up (Perry Farrell/vocals, Dave Navarro/guitar, Stephen Perkins/drummer, and Flea/bass).

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Cult heroes Jane's Addiction are the Grateful Dead for the should-I-be-a-punk-or-a-hippy-or-metal-head-or-just-get-high-and-become-one-with-the-music underground; so Kettle Whistle, the band's collection of live recordings, a few new songs, and B-sides from their two albums, would be as must-have for fans as all those Dead bootlegs--even if it sucked. This is definitely an album for the converted, and the extended jams and live ramblings would be hard to endure without a frame of reference. The electronic filler and robotic knob-twiddling on the new songs, "Kettle Whistle" and "So What," suggest that Jane's Addiction's breakup was well timed, but the demos and live cuts ooze the band's tremendous energy and chemistry. In the 1988 demo of "Ocean Size," Perry Farrell's charismatic, raspy howl mingling with Dave Navarro's screeching guitar sucks you into the music and sends you to an alternate groove-plane. --Megan O. Steintrager

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Die-hard fans and critics alike lukewarmed to this album or else hated it with a passion. My respect for the band's genius during their heyday is tempered by the blatant barrel-scraping on the part of Warner Brothers.
This compilation of various live tracks (including one more from the LA Palladium; ridiculous for the fact they've got the whole show on tape, and should just go ahead and release the requisite 'live' album) and demos is interesting, but the nostalgia factor was (by the time of this release) quite low.
Reworking the studio tracks with Flea substituting for Eric Avery is a mistake, the two bassists having completely different styles of playing. Dave Navarro's foray with the RHCP was similarly unsuitable, although it did have its fan-base. In any event, "My Cat's Name Is Maceo" and "Slow Divers" aren't worth the tape they wasted in recording (and re-recording) them, although I for one would have liked to see the original band take a serious stab (in the studio) at "Kettle Whistle".
Perry and Warner Brothers: please take a note from Polydor (or Rhino) records and do the barrel-scraping right!
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With the latest Janes reunion underway it seems only fitting to look back at 97's "relapse" and its accompanying tie-in CD. This disc collects demos/outtakes, live tracks and four "new" songs (actually, only "So What" was penned after the breakup) spanning all eras of the group. Any Janes Addiction fan should find this stuff fantastic, especially the live material which captures their blend of punk/metal might and psychedelic artiness at its fullest--what can one say about
the live "Three Days"? The demos for "Ocean Size", "Had A Dad" and "Mountain Song" all present interesting (if not necessarily better) variations on the released versions. Of the four "new" tracks, "Kettle Whistle" is perhaps the most disappointing; one of their oldest songs (they played it live as early as '86), the melody and lyric retain their mystery but the quasi-electronic arrangement lacks real drive. "So What?!" is better, and proves that the group's sound could have evolved nicely into the 90s (the group later complained that the record company gave them little studio time to properly record either cut). The best one, however, is the dreamy "Slow Divers", a psych-oriented number from the acoustic show recorded for their first album given latter-day overdubs--Perry's vocal and echo effects on this sends shivers down the spine, and why it was not released earlier is puzzling. Other tracks like the jokey "My Cats Name Is Maceo", off-the-cuff "City" and the jazzy vocal arrangement on the "Been Caught Stealing" outtake round out the collection by presenting us with facets of the band not normally associated with their image.
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I'm sure a lot of fans would agree with me if I said I wish Jane's Addiction had stayed together. Although I say this, it seems like people hate this record because of the new songs, and/or are happy they broke up because they would have made more songs like these. This shouldn't happen, mainly because the two new cuts are pretty cool. Sure, they don't sound like old Jane's songs but it just shows how capable they were of evolving into another Led Zeppelin or something greater. This record is a great thing to look back upon the career of one of the best bands ever to play music. On the live cuts, Perry's voice waves out in the audience, kind of an open, airy sound. Dave's guitar is as funk driven as ever, artsy and everything. The drumming here is some of the best I've heard from them, and I especially love the steel drums used in Jane Says. And the bass is great when it drives songs like My Cat's Name Is Maceo. If you're a first time Jane's Addiction fan, don't buy this. Get Ritual De Lo Habitual instead, not only is it better, but it brilliantly illustrates their sound in general. If you are a fan and are looking for a great collection of unreleased, rare, and live material, check this out. Suggested tracks: Jane Says, Had A Dad, Up The Beach, Ocean Size, Slow Divers. Suggested bands: Bicycle Thief, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Suggested albums: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Uplift Mofo Party Plan, Jane's Addiction's Jane's Addiction (Live), Porno For Pyros' Good God's Urge.
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Everytime I listen to this album I'm taken back to the time when I was younger and things felt simpler. This was the very first Jane's album I had and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Some people think this is just a sign of Jane's selling out. It isn't. Like the Beatles anthology or a greatest hits album it was made to show how far the band has come. There are some new tracks and demos that do sound different from the original. (I like this version of "Had a Dad" the most) And the song I never get tired of "So what" always blows me away (if you love movies as much as I do then you'll notice that "So what" is playing at a club in the movie "Bringing out the Dead")! Maybe with Perry much older it's better that Jane's doesn't make a new album. Look at the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. Sure they are good but watching them rock out is like watching my grandpa rock out. I reccomend that anyone who wants to start listening to Jane's should get this album first. At least it has a better version of "Been caught stealing" for other fans who own most of this stuff.
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