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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).
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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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!
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.Read more ›
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Another live one from Jane's but I don't love it quite as much as their selt-titled live album. If you like Jane's, you will have heard most of these songs before. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Bookworm
I've been a Jane's fan for 14 years now, seen them live several times... Love them - my favorite band on earth. But... Read morePublished on July 10 2003
Though it's not one, you could kind of look at this as a live "best of" album, with new songs. Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by H3@+h
Well, I bought this CD for the beautiful song "Kettle whistle" with electronic elements then I was mesmerized by "Slow divers" tom-tom and guitar (simple song). Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Guylaine Le Ber
I'm a big Jane's fan. The "new" tracks aren't actually new at all.. I've heard them on bootlegs for years. Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by Nate
"Kettle Whistle", "My Cat's Name is Maceo", "So What!", and "Slow Divers" are tracks that I had never heard before. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2002 by American Individual
considering this album was put toghether by jane's addicion so many years after breaking up, the album sounds really good. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2002 by Neel Aroon
I listen to this CD at work, and I spend many hours at a desktop, so I need a swift kick occasionally. This music provides that kick. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002