Janes Addiction Import
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When this release was recorded at the Roxy in 1987, Jane's Addiction had not yet become the icons of alternative rock culture they would soon become. The L.A. band's unorthodox fusion of hard rock, dark Velvet Underground-ish imagery and stream-of-consciousness art rock wasn't as focused or confident as it would be on their commanding latter releases. Regardless, the band showed considerable potential. As erratic and self-indulgent as this set gets, many of the songs are quite irreplaceable. Lead singer/composer Perry Farrell was always fascinated with the dark side of the human psyche, and that fascination is quite evident in 'Pigs in Zen', 'Whores', and the timeless rock favorite 'Jane Says'.
It may have taken until 1991 for punk to break as a commercial form, but the genre was hardly new. In that story, even Jane's Addiction were latecomers to the revolution. But it was the frenzied trailblazing rock of this quirky Los Angeles quartet that made the later successes of Nirvana, etc. somehow inevitable. In this recording of a hometown club gig, Jane's offer raw versions of songs that would appear in a more refined form on their debut album, along with a dubious cover of "Sympathy for the Devil." Hear a noticeably younger and shriller Perry Farrell while guitarist Dave Navarro plays out his Jimmy Page dreams across a punk canvas the rest of the world would soon discover. --Steve Appleford
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Particularly the first 5 songs on this live CD prove how good Jane's Addiction already were back then. The interplay of Perry's echoed vocals and Dave's juicy, voluminous guitar playing cause an eargasm, no more no less.
Compared to the band's 1988 studio debut "Nothing's Shocking", however, this is just an embryo. Later, as we know, it would grow into a voluptuous, beautiful girl.
Not every song works as well as the opener "Trip away" or the conscious, street-smart "Whores" and "1%". The covers of "Sympathy for the devil" by Rolling Stones and "Rock'n'roll" by Lou Reed don't leave any impression- these songs were only played for this record and didn't belong to the band's repertoire.
This album features 2 early versions of Jane's Addiction classics "Jane says" and "Pigs in zen", the best song ever written about pigs with a spoken part not featured on "Nothing's Shocking": "The pig is led to the slaughter/This he says is the price some pay for a simple life". Perry's lyrics- deep and insightful as on any Jane's Addiction album.
4 recommending stars for this ear-blowing live disc
Some people were drawn to the genere-crashing sound. Tribal. Metal. Dub. Freaked out f'ed up echo wah solo madness. I was drawn to the poet warrior side of this band. "Chip Away" gets a little maligned in these reviews and it was by far the masterpiece on this record that pushed me out into this world for he second time. It was the crushing power of the drums (played on a mic'd up ice chest live) and the lyrics. God help us those lyrics.
I chip away
Cause I'm not ok
I chip away
Poked a hole right into myself
And inside I found someone
Who said I was O.K.Read more ›
yes, it's a live performance, recorded at the Roxy in LA, I believe, but they did some studio overdubbing so that the sound quality does not suffer. besides... Jane's is, above all, a live band. their recordings are great, but live play is where they really deliver.
only two of the songs on this album are recorded on the studio albums (Pigs in Zen and Jane Says). there are some high-quality songs here that you need to hear to understand the full Jane's Addiction vibe. Whores and Trip Away, especially, are old-time fan favorites that the more discerning Jane's fan looks forward to at a live show. Chip Away, a raging, percussive exercise in drum thunder and spooky downtempo vocals, is the song they used to close the show during their 2001 tour, and that one brings down the house.
it's an interesting look into the band's raw and gritty club days. it's not as immediately accessible as their other work, but it certainly grows on you over time. this album won't have the broad appeal that the two later studio albums did, but it's a must-have for any Jane's fan. if you own Ritual de lo Habitual and Nothing's Shocking, and you really enjoyed them, pick this one up. if you don't own any Jane's, I'd definitely suggest you get Nothing's Shocking or Ritual first.
The highlights are the rockin' Libertarian anthem "1%" and the absolutely gorgeous "I Would For You" and "My Time." Personally, I don't like the early version of "Jane Says" as much as the one that appeared on Nothing's Shocking because Perry's voice is much rougher and raspier on this one.
While the first 4 songs will make you wanna rock out and jump around, the last 6 songs are pretty mellow, with the exception of "Chip Away," which is just plain interesting and hard to describe.
I don't really understand why someone would describe Jane's version of "Sympathy" as "dubious." It is a lot less dubious than many other peoples' covers of classic rock songs. I like Jane's "Sympathy" much better than the Rolling Stones'version. I also enjoy their cover of "Rock n Roll" more than the original. (Yes, probably because I'm a big Jane's fan.)
I highly recommend this album. It's nice to get a taste of Jane's Addiction oh so long ago.
Most recent customer reviews
Their other albums might have gotten more attention, but this debut from "Jane's Addiction" is just as good as the next two. In some ways it's better. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by H3@+h
For a live album, this disc is incredibly crisp & audible. You can hear the energy of the band and can't help but jam out. The tracks are a lot of fun... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Bookworm
Probably the most incisive thing ever said about Jane's was a comment my brother made, just after we got out of one of their early gigs. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by Greekfreak
This is a wonderful album. Its a bit raw and unpolished but that's what makes it so great. This is Jane's Addiction's debut album and it's a live album. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by Jesse J. Morris
Its not everyday an album comes out where you listen to it and realize that listening to it was a learning experience. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2001
I've buy this album in 1988 and i was 14 at this time. During that period i was a singer and guitar player in a metal band. Guys, this album have change my mind totally! Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001
This was my first intro to Jane's. A friend in junior high school gave this to me as a Christmas gift. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2000 by EriKa
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