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  • Audio CD (June 14 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, EP, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000IGSH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She's Hot
2. Out My Way
3. Other Kinds Of Love
4. Not Swimming Ground
5. Mountain Line
6. Good Golly Miss Molly
7. I Just Want To Make Love To You
8. On The Move
9. Burn The Honkey Tonk Down
10. Boyhood Home
11. Backwards Drums
12. Everything Is Green
13. Other Kinds Of Love

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Vinyl version includes bonus tracks and download card! The Meat Puppets stretch their legs on 1986's "Out My Way," jamming their way through a bunch of tunes, including the title track, "She's Hot," and "Good Golly Miss Molly."

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It was often hard to pin the Meat Puppets down: just when you thought they were hard-core thrash (1981's Meat Puppets), or an electrifying blend of desert country, hillbilly, and psychedelia (1985's seminal Up on the Sun), the Kirkwood brothers would come out with something like 1986's six-track Out My Way. Much more classic rock and country than their previous offerings, it still gave their fans a typically warped perspective--particularly on the sing-along title track and a completely maniacal version of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly." If guitarist Curt was by now wanting to move a little more towards accessibility, it sure didn't show. The seven bonus tracks here (recorded around the same time) include the self-descriptive Orb-like "Backwards Drums" and a Mekons-esque rambling version of George Jones's "Burn the Honky Tonky Down." By this point, the Phoenix trio were cruising on easy. --Everett True

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The stuff added onto the reissue is very cool -- makes you want to fire up your own jam session -- but the original six tracks still constitute a terrific EP in their own right. Basically, this EP bridges the subtlety of "Up On The Sun" and the punch of "Huevos" (overlooking "Mirage", where despite some fine tracks the muse felt a little forced). And its best tracks have a certain "magical" quality that is impossible to describe, but instantly recognizable. Agree w/ previous reviewer re "Out My Way" -- simply an amazing, hypnotic spin on so-called "classic rock". "Down in its cave/My heart lays/Its own sun/Lights the day". Incredible stuff. Also superb is "Not Swimming Ground", with a wondrous solo and joyous bass, seriously threatening to get you a speeding ticket. These two alone are among the very best stuff by the band, probably among the most transcendent hundred-odd rock songs I know of (from "Rubber Soul" up through the present -- I admit I kind of lost track of most stuff after "Too High To Die" or so. Maybe because I turned 30 around then or something). "Other Kinds of Love" is the other standout, a psychedelic gem, and the rest range from solid to fun, with nary a dog in the bunch.
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By A Customer on Dec 8 1999
Format: Audio CD
"Out My Way" was already pretty good; unfortunately it ended abruptly after six songs, leaving this listener with some blank cassette time to fill. Now, the band has stretched a good EP into one of The Great Rock Efforts. Yeah, it's polished, but it's also utterly psychedelic without a single wasted note. I love jamming, but they don't even need to jam to astrally transport you, here. On "Other Kinds of Love" the band sounds as though they require Eastern melodies simply to accomodate their expanded definition of love. "Not Swimming Ground" and "Mountain Line" are perfect hybrids of bluegrass and rock; at the end of the former, one can faintly make out the guitarist muttering, "I played my head on that one," meaning it. One wonders how they left "On the Move" off the original album, since it is so catchy you'll swear you must have already purchased a product that it was advertising. On "Everything is Green," the band does stretch it out at long last, and it might make you wonder why the Grateful Dead needed so many members. "Out My Way" simply takes rock to another level and, shrugging, drops it there, announcing, "This is what the music can be; now what do we do, next?" OK?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
the Great Underrated Meat Puppets Album Dec 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Out My Way" was already pretty good; unfortunately it ended abruptly after six songs, leaving this listener with some blank cassette time to fill. Now, the band has stretched a good EP into one of The Great Rock Efforts. Yeah, it's polished, but it's also utterly psychedelic without a single wasted note. I love jamming, but they don't even need to jam to astrally transport you, here. On "Other Kinds of Love" the band sounds as though they require Eastern melodies simply to accomodate their expanded definition of love. "Not Swimming Ground" and "Mountain Line" are perfect hybrids of bluegrass and rock; at the end of the former, one can faintly make out the guitarist muttering, "I played my head on that one," meaning it. One wonders how they left "On the Move" off the original album, since it is so catchy you'll swear you must have already purchased a product that it was advertising. On "Everything is Green," the band does stretch it out at long last, and it might make you wonder why the Grateful Dead needed so many members. "Out My Way" simply takes rock to another level and, shrugging, drops it there, announcing, "This is what the music can be; now what do we do, next?" OK?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Some of the Pups' best stuff, or anyone's, for that matter Oct. 11 2000
By OutMyWay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The stuff added onto the reissue is very cool -- makes you want to fire up your own jam session -- but the original six tracks still constitute a terrific EP in their own right. Basically, this EP bridges the subtlety of "Up On The Sun" and the punch of "Huevos" (overlooking "Mirage", where despite some fine tracks the muse felt a little forced). And its best tracks have a certain "magical" quality that is impossible to describe, but instantly recognizable. Agree w/ previous reviewer re "Out My Way" -- simply an amazing, hypnotic spin on so-called "classic rock". "Down in its cave/My heart lays/Its own sun/Lights the day". Incredible stuff. Also superb is "Not Swimming Ground", with a wondrous solo and joyous bass, seriously threatening to get you a speeding ticket. These two alone are among the very best stuff by the band, probably among the most transcendent hundred-odd rock songs I know of (from "Rubber Soul" up through the present -- I admit I kind of lost track of most stuff after "Too High To Die" or so. Maybe because I turned 30 around then or something). "Other Kinds of Love" is the other standout, a psychedelic gem, and the rest range from solid to fun, with nary a dog in the bunch.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Oh, so close to 5 stars (4.5 stars) May 27 2005
By John Alapick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Meat Puppets released Out My Way in 1986 as a six-song EP stopgap release between the albums Up On The Sun and Mirage. As on their previous albums, they continued to expand their horizons by adding funk and more traditional classic rock to their cowpunk roots. Cris Kirkwood's bass lines were also becoming very creative at this point which not only complemented his brother Curt's guitar work but also made them sound even more distinctive than they already were.

Out My Way starts off with "She's Hot" and the title track which are both catchy and very funky proving the band could pretty much pull off any genre they try. "Other Kinds Of Love" is another great track with its mood swings sounding reminiscent of the material on Up On The Sun. "Not Swimming Ground" is an awesome song and arguably the best example of the musical interplay between the Kirkwood brothers. "Mountain Line" is a return to their cowpunk roots, possessing the fire that comprised their previous work but not sounding as rough. And speaking of rough, we get the loose and heavy version of "Good Golly Miss Holly" which is actually the weakest track of the original six that comprised the album. As with all of their earlier albums, several tracks have been added to the remastered version. However, the extra songs included here actually add to the release. "Burn The Honky Tonk Down" and "Boyhood Home" continue the band's country leanings while "Background Drums" shows the experimentation that would comprise their next album Mirage. "On The Move" is also another strong track. However, the best of the new tracks, and one of the best on the album period, is the 8 1/2-minute instrumental "Everything Is Green" which shows that the Meat Puppets can also be an awesome jam band if they so choose. Also included is another rough cover tune, this time it's "I Just Want To Make Love To You." The truth is, it's the rough cover versions of this and "Good Golly Miss Molly" which prevent this from being one of their classic albums. Still, it's a great release and definitely worth picking up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Borderline Favorite Nov. 30 2006
By Dmilmax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I must say that this EP comes very close to being my favorite work by the Meat Puppets (and I really like the cover art!). The consistency of "Out My Way," "Other Kinds of Love," "Not Swimming Ground," and "Mountain Line" is just wonderful. Creative guitar work (of course), awesome lyrics...excellent in every regard. I'm also fond of the added songs "On the Move," "Burn the Honky Tonk Down," "Backwards Drums," and "Everything is Green" (the latter two being musicals). However, even with the addition of these great songs, it still doesn't *feel* like an album, which is perhaps the only reason I wouldn't rank it above other Meat Puppet's works such as "II," "Up On the Sun," or "Monsters." Still, an awesome work by the Pups, and one that I have likely listened to more than anything else by this wonderful band. Definitely a must-own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Six -song classic EP now expanded!!! July 31 2007
By Likebeingalive - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is a prime example of the Meat Puppets' sun-baked, cow-punk aesthetic. The cover art serves as an accurate representation of the music contained within, a skewed southwestern desert vision. Off-kilter slices of country, punk, and rock converge into a sound which defies categorization.

Of all the Rykodisc reissues of the SST albums, Out My Way is the one that benefits the most from the bonus material. The track list is expanded from the original six songs to thirteen. Highlights from the album include the title track, along with the bizarre, hallucinatory "Other Kinds of Love" which contains sonic elements reminiscent of the 13th Floor Elevators, only with the jug replaced by some sound from an unidentifiable instrument. "Not Swimming Ground" is a Puppets' classic and "Mountain Line" is an up-tempo, idiosyncratic country rocker that contains all the nervous energy of early Talking Heads.

As far as the bonus material is concerned "Everything is Green" features Curt Kirkwood laying down some killer riffs over a drum loop. I imagine him in a room all by himself just ripping it. This is a convincing display of musical dexterity from one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history. Also, "Backwards Drum" takes an unexpected turn into electronic experimentalism, which the reviewer in the liner notes correctly compares to Aphex Twin. The cover of George Jones' "Burn the Honky Tonk Down" has to be heard to be believed because it is too hysterical to describe in words.

Out My Way is a complete success. It acts as a bridge between Up On the Sun and Mirage, combining the finer points of both, while remaining a unique entity unto itself. It ranks right up there with the Meat Puppets' best work. I recently stumbled across an original vinyl copy and have been spinning it nonstop. A highly enjoyable album!


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