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Stray Blues [Import]

Beck Audio CD
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Japanese-only compilation of choice flipsides from select singles off of the first three albums he cut for DGC/ Bong Load Custom Records, 1994's 'Mellow Gold', 1996's 'Odelay' and 1998's 'Mutations', plus his original contribution to the soundtrack to the 1997 film 'Suburbia' entitled 'Feather In Your Cap'. Eight tracks total, many of which are now extremely rare & would make the day of any fan of Mr. Hansen, including the highly treasured mix of 'Jack-Ass' entitled 'Burro'. The full title is 'Stray Blues B-Side Collection'. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MATERIAL! Feb. 2 2003
By jbembe
Format:Audio CD
Somebody without alot of sense took this CD back to the used CD shop. One persons waste is anothers gain, and in this case I was quite excited to get this CD for relatively cheap. I don't know how long it will take you to find every single release to get all of these MISC B sides, but one way or another I HIGHLY recommend you finding these songs. Beck borrows a line from Johnny Cash on Halo of Gold, which I am deeply impressed with. In fact, seeming as how Cash plays the Beck song Rowboat on Unchained, it looks like Beck returns the cover-your-song favor by recreating "I Walk The Line." Almost unfamiliar in Beck's hands, it is actually an instant classic, as the steel guitar (I think) twangs in the background as Beck belts out "because your mine I walk the line." The out of place drum sample that breaks through at the end of the song, initially seeming very random to me, is actually a sample of the signature boomchickaboom sound Cash founded his career on, and emphasizes the very obscure way Beck references "I Walk The Line" in this song. Indeed, the major part of the song has little to do with the original. "Halo of Gold" transforms "I Walk The Line" into a modern day version complete with new story line and drama, and captures quintessential Beck- profound knowledge of music history, and a huge capacity to borrow, sample and recreate sounds into something completely his. I also really like Burro, an absolute requisite hear for any fan, the greatness of this song is immediately apparent, especially for fans of the odelay album. (When my brother and I saw Beck unplugged last summer at a small venue, we drove up windows down blaring Burro for good effect.) I have "Electric Music and Summer People" on another single, but this is a different version and quite cool. Read more ›
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If you're a Beck fan, you may already know of the insane amount of B-side and unreleased material that is out there. I have spent ridiculous sums of money tracking down out of print CDs, Euopean releases, etc. In any case, if you love Beck's major label releases, Stray Blues is as great an introduction as you can find as to what is bubbling under Beck's mainstream stuff. Since Amazon doesn't list the tracks, I'll give my own review of each song. You can find more in-depth info on Beck.com about these songs. 1. Totally Confused-great early acoustic number by Beck, really beautiful song. 2. Halo of Gold-from the Mutations sessions so think that vein. It wasn't my cup of tea but it's not bad. 3. Burro-this is a Mariachi version of Jack-Ass with vocals sung in Mexican by Beck! Brilliant! 4. Brother-This was from Beck's first version of Odelay, which was originally going to be all acoustiic tracks. Nice cut w/ Guitar & piano. 5. Lemonade-This song alternates between Beck acoustic and Beck singing over white noise. Only for Da Real, but if you're into Beck's experimental side you won't be disappointed. 6. Electric Music and the Summer People-I have no idea how this got left off Odelay because it's Beck's rockinest party song ever. Beck w/ electric guitar & cheesy casio but, as always, it works. 7. Clock-another Odealy out-take. I personally feel he should have left off "Where It's At" and included this. 8. Feather in Your Cap-from the "Brother" sessions, acoustic and more upbeat. Great track, you can also find this on the "Suburbia" soundtrack. Anyway, this CD only scratches the surface, but it's a great primer. You will not be disappointed, though 30 clams is a lot for 8 songs. By the way, if you ever see his song "Mexico" available it is another unreleased must have. Beck, please stop toying with your fans emotions and make your stuff more readily available!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to nag, but can't let this one go July 23 2000
By A Customer
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Dear msrocks,
I just wanted to point out to you that one does not release an album with a track "sung in Mexican."
But I must say that the mariachi version of "Jackass" is remarkable. Great album, but unless you have oodles of disposable income or are a Beck-o-phile that has to own the factory release of every experiment or song he has recorded, buy yourself a nice meal instead and get a generous Beck fan-club chat-room member to burn you a copy of these songs for the price of a CD-R and the shipping cost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must if you love Beck.... June 22 2000
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I picked up this disc about a year ago, and could'nt be more pleased. All the tracks are completely beck-ian, but since they are B-Sides, many of them do not have over sampling or too mush studio sound. If your into the raw Beck, than this is for you! (Also Amazon offers this album far cheaper than what I paided to get mine...)
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