A Cabinet of Curiosities [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the most lavish box sets ever devoted to an alternative rock act, A Cabinet of Curiosities is packaged in a wooden cabinet with a metal clasp, and includes a thick book, tarot cards, and tiny voodoo dolls. The packaging alone makes it an obvious necessity for fans, but the music inside the cabinet is problematic. Including three CDs of mostly unreleased demo or live material, plus a DVD of live footage and video clips, A Cabinet of Curiosities illustrates that, for Jane's Addiction, the finished product was by far the best possible way to hear the band's recordings -- no surprise, given that Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual are two of the best LPs of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the most lavish box sets ever devoted to an alternative rock act, A Cabinet of Curiosities is packaged in a wooden cabinet with a metal clasp, and includes a thick book, tarot cards, and tiny voodoo dolls. The packaging alone makes it an obvious necessity for fans, but the music inside the cabinet is problematic. Including three CDs of mostly unreleased demo or live material, plus a DVD of live footage and video clips, A Cabinet of Curiosities illustrates that, for Jane's Addiction, the finished product was by far the best possible way to hear the band's recordings -- no surprise, given that Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual are two of the best LPs of the alternative era. Jane's Addiction was powerful but also very eccentric, which makes minor variations in their songs -- which is what listeners hear on the majority of the studio demos here -- sound oddly diminished in comparison. It's not just that the band picked the right version for release; from the evidence here, they entered the studio with virtually every song laid out and arranged very close to its finished version, leaving little intriguing about their demos. An example is "Up the Beach," unchanged in form, just lacking the punch and clarity that a first-rate production gave it to make it the powerhouse it is on Nothing's Shocking. Vocally, Perry Farrell's attempts at summoning the spirit of the frontman worked much better in the studio and on-stage after he grasped the most effective way to deliver each song. And though they were a powerful live force, the live tracks here (which comprise all of the third disc) make it clear that the band's appeal was visual as well as aural. As could be expected, the songs that never got an airing on their studio albums are the most interesting. Although it's clear why "Suffer Some" languished in the vaults, it's a more intriguing listen (and says more about the band) than any of the demos of released songs. The DVD is unsurprisingly the most interesting disc, including Soul Kiss (featuring the full version of the video for "Mountain Song," which MTV had banned), six of their video clips, and three tracks recorded live in 1990 for MTV Italy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227990992
  • Catalog Number: 512813
  • Sales rank: 113,829

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jane Says (4:04)
  2. 2 Pigs in Zen (3:59)
  3. 3 Mountain Song (4:05)
  4. 4 Had a Dad (3:52)
  5. 5 I Would for You (3:29)
  6. 6 Idiots Rule (3:01)
  7. 7 Classic Girl (5:03)
  8. 8 Up the Beach (2:52)
  9. 9 Suffer Some (5:04)
  10. 10 Thank You Boys (1:19)
  11. 11 Summertime Rolls (5:55)
  12. 12 City (2:33)
  13. 13 Ocean Size (4:32)
  14. 14 Stop! (3:58)
  15. 15 Standing in the Shower...Thinking (3:02)
  16. 16 Ain't No Right (2:55)
  17. 17 Three Days (9:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ted, Just Admit It... (6:57)
  2. 2 Maceo (4:25)
  3. 3 No One's Leaving (3:29)
  4. 4 My Time (3:30)
  5. 5 Been Caught Stealing (4:23)
  6. 6 Ripple (4:39)
  7. 7 Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey - Ice-T (4:18)
  8. 8 L.A. Medley: L.A. Woman/Nausea/Lexicon Devil (3:43)
  9. 9 Kettle Whistle (6:23)
  10. 10 Whole Lotta Love (4:08)
  11. 11 1970 (2:39)
  12. 12 Bobhaus (2:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Drum Intro (3:35)
  2. 2 Up the Beach (3:05)
  3. 3 Whores (3:50)
  4. 4 1% (3:27)
  5. 5 No One's Leaving (3:16)
  6. 6 Ain't No Right (3:39)
  7. 7 Then She Did... (10:01)
  8. 8 Had a Dad (5:23)
  9. 9 Been Caught Stealing (5:49)
  10. 10 Three Days (12:11)
  11. 11 Mountain Song (4:04)
  12. 12 Stop! (4:45)
  13. 13 Summertime Rolls (8:14)
  14. 14 Ocean Size (4:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Mountain Song
  2. 2 City
  3. 3 Had a Dad
  4. 4 Ocean Size
  5. 5 Stop!
  6. 6 Been Caught Stealing
  7. 7 Classic Girl
  8. 8 Ain't No Right
  9. 9 Whores
  10. 10 Then She Did...
  11. 11 Three Days
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jane's Addiction Primary Artist
Eric Avery Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Group Member
Perry Farrell Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Navarro Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Stephen Perkins Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Mason Williams Producer
Exene Cervenka Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Henry Rollins Author
David J Author
Robert Hunter Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Pat Smear Composer
Jeff Gold Memorabilia
Eric Avery Composer
John Bonham Composer
Hugh Brown Package Concept
Ronnie S. Champagne Engineer, Remixing
Guy Charbonneau Engineer
Billy Corgan Author
Darby Crash Composer
Perry Farrell Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Flea Author
Bob Forrest Author
Joe Gibb Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Ice-T Author
Ethan James Producer, Engineer
Dave Jerden Producer
Mark Linett Producer, Engineer
Tom Morello Author
Dave Navarro Composer
Stephen Perkins Composer
Ralph Sall Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Andrew Warwick Engineer
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Mathieu Bitton Contributor, Art Direction, Memorabilia, Package Concept
Pat Lydon Engineer
Kenny Nemes Memorabilia
Steven Baker Executive Producer
Casey Niccoli Producer
Chester Bennington Author
Scott Webber Art Direction
Jane Bainter Author
Steve Baltin Liner Notes
Alex Katofsky Memorabilia
Jim Kochel Memorabilia
Dominic Zangari Memorabilia
Robby Krieger Composer
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