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Psychocandy [Original recording remastered]

the Jesus and Mary Chain Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Reissued and remastered for superior sound of their 1985 album which Rolling Stone selected as #268 on their list of 'The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time'. Founded and led by brothers William and Jim Reid, guitarists and vocalists both, these Glasgow-based post-punk icons changed the course of Alt-Rock with their bold Velvet Underground-meets-Brian Wilson sound. Atmospherically dense, the Mary Chain was equal parts white noise and sweet pop-accessible and revolutionary-and they've never sounded better. The album includes the singles "Never Understand", "You Trip Me Up" and "Just Like Honey". The song "Just Like Honey" was featured on the soundtrack of the film Lost in Translation (2003).

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4.0 out of 5 stars classic................ Nov. 3 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lou Reed passed away recently and the Velvet Underground's White Light / White Heat is set for a deluxe package with bonus material. It seems fitting that one returns to the Scottish brothers Reid and their take on the Velvets meet the Beach Boys. There continues to be something classic and pure pop about Psychocandy after all these years. Again the deluxe package with two CDs and live / promo vids on the DVD is a must own for anyone that was obsessed with the JAMC's debut release. It does not disappoint as it recalls a bygone era yet feels timeless just like VU.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Oct. 1 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Inspired by The Velvet Underground and perhaps The Cure, The J&M Chain made feedback and distortion an integral part of their wall of sound, creating a unique and distinctive niche in rock music. It was in the way they did it - the distortion never sounds intrusive or discordant but instead complements the detached vocals for a cohesive music of eerie beauty. In this crucial way the music differs from most of the output of the industrial genre, in that it has a flowing, hypnotic quality. My favorite tracks on this seminal album include Just Like Honey, The Living End, The Hardest Walk, Sowing Seeds, My Little Underground and the sublime You Trip Me Up, a poignant blend of the tender and the ominous. Psychocandy is a successful experiment in blending feedback with melody, creating atmospheric but always tuneful soundscapes that linger in the mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brooding Beauty Jan. 18 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Inspired by The Velvet Underground and perhaps also The Cure, The J&M Chain made feedback and distortion an integral part of their wall of sound, creating a unique and distinctive niche in rock music. It was in the way they did it - the distortion never sounds intrusive or discordant but complements the detached vocals for a cohesive music of eerie beauty. In this crucial way the music differs from most of the output of the industrial genre, in that it has a flowing, hypnotic quality. My favorite tracks on this seminal album include Just Like Honey, The Living End, The Hardest Walk, Sowing Seeds, My Little Underground and the sublime You Trip Me Up, a poignant blend of the tender and the ominous. Psychocandy is a successful experiment in blending feedback with melody, creating atmospheric but always tuneful soundscapes that linger in the mind.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Older Ears Oct. 24 2009
By kwd
Format:Audio CD
Maybe I'm not the right person to write a review of this selection but... Theres definitely a tip of the hat to the Velvet Underground here which would be a good thing had there not been a sharp biting edgy swath of high pitched guitar distortion deliberately thrown into just about every tune. Maybe on younger ears this would just be ambient noise but to mine I left a listening session @ moderate levels in discomfort. The songs are good but not good enough to warrant permanent hearing loss! So aside from picking out a tune or two for a mix that has less of this noise or listening @ low levels this disc regretably won't see much action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hear it for the first time April 2 2008
By Jess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't old enough to hear the original verison of this album on vinyl so I've always been stuck with the "muddy" sounding original CD version. I'm always a little skeptical about the so-called digitally remastered albums but it seems they took their time on Psychocandy. The album sounds blisteringly better than the older version. I would recomend it to anyone who has listened to the older CD versions, it is great.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subversive Pop Masterpiece April 30 2010
By kabalabonga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Never Understand", probably the standout track from "Psychocandy" contains one of the most heavily distorted guitar riffs ever recorded, and reminds me of the sound of massive panes of glass breaking into individual shards while being levitated within the funnel of a gigantic cyclone. It's a backwash of pure, tuneful feedback meshed with a thick, propulsive bassline and rudimentary drumming while a warm, disaffected male voice mourns that his girl will "Never understand me/never understand me".

The Jesus and Mary Chain have been described by critics and admirers alike as sounding like the "..Beach Boys on acid", with their guitar sound famously described as "..chainsaws in a hurricane." The fourteen songs on their first release are raw, sometimes aggressively paced, at others bouncy and harmonious, short, and often cluttered with feedback, yet retain a kind of hypnotic, highly melodic sound to them. Many of these songs were college radio standards when "Alternative" meant "way out of the mainstream." And they were played frequently, which is where I first heard "Never Understand", "The Hardest Walk", "Just Like Honey", "Cut Dead", "Sowing Seeds", and "Taste of Cindy". This was a landmark CD, and its influence is impossible to overestimate; while looking over their shoulder at the Velvet Underground as their spiritual predecessors, the Jesus and Mary Chain essentially provided the blueprint for shoegazing rock, a debt freely acknowledged by Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, whose "Isn't Anything" is widely considered to be the first proper shoegazing release.

But don't get it just because it's a pioneering release. Buy it because it's a catchy pop masterpiece that just about totally subverts that genre by burying it under heavily distorted guitar riffs and a massive wash of feedback. Buy it because it's melodic, hummable, and as memorable on the five-hundredth listen as it is on the first. This is as close to a can't-miss recording as I have heard in the 25 years since its release. Just buy it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooks and Feedback May 1 2003
By C. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Taking the best elements of 1960s bubblegum, pop, and surf music (and even 50s rockabilly at times) and processing them through the most jaded sensibility imaginable, "Psychocandy" is a pivotal album in post-punk history. Classic. Sounds like the sound engineer was either asleep, tied up in the back room, or on the nod from horse, because every song is drenched in reverb and the knobs are stuck on ten. The guitars keen like bagpipes, squeal like tires, change into Coltrane-like lines then dissolve in clouds of white noise. Made in 1985, it still sounds fresh, and you can see the influence of this album through many bands, from the Butthole Surfers to My Bloody Valentine to Nirvana and Pavement and the new bands of the 1980s revival like Interpol.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites for 20 years and running Jan. 19 2005
By S. A. Mathis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Okay, so here's another review for the earlier reviewer who was surprised that only 2 other people have reviewed this album thus far.

Psychocandy is by far my favorite album by the J&MC. By far. The only thing that ever came close for me was the B-sides collected in Barbed Wire Kisses. I followed the J&MC's career throughout the '90s but was dismayed that nothing else really captured the unique sound of this album. They hit on something truly fascinating and then seemed to move on towards more mediocre endeavors.

That said, Psychocandy is undeniably amazing. Equal parts Ramones, Velvet Underground at their trippiest and Tommy James & the Shondells, even a bit Beach Boys at times, Psychocandy is like very little else I've heard.

I first bought a cassette of this album the month it was released in the US, mid-80s sometime, following a blurb in Time Magazine and a story in the local news about a Scottish band that was starting riots wherever they performed.

Since finally getting it (I had to wait for two weeks for the store to get it in; ah, pre-internet!) I have listened to it repeatedly like no other album from that era, except "maybe" Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising. J&MC set a mark for all the ethereal, noisy groups that followed from Lush to My Bloody Valentine to the Catherine Wheel and on. In my opinion, it is a mark that has yet to be exceeded.

It wasn't until I heard the song "Just Like Honey" (IIRC) in the movie, Lost in Translation, that I realized just how warped and used my old cassette was. So I came here to pick up a copy to find that they are now only available via import. That's a crime. This is truly one of the defining albums of the '80s. It deserves to be recognized as such.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brooding Beauty Jan. 18 2004
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Inspired by The Velvet Underground and perhaps also The Cure, The J&M Chain made feedback and distortion an integral part of their wall of sound, creating a unique and distinctive niche in rock music. It was in the way they did it - the distortion never sounds intrusive or discordant but complements the detached vocals for a cohesive music of eerie beauty. In this crucial way the music differs from most of the output of the industrial genre, in that it has a flowing, hypnotic quality. My favorite tracks on this seminal album include Just Like Honey, The Living End, The Hardest Walk, Sowing Seeds, My Little Underground and the sublime You Trip Me Up, a poignant blend of the tender and the ominous. Psychocandy is a successful experiment in blending feedback with melody, creating atmospheric but always tuneful soundscapes that linger in the mind.
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