Acme [2010 Expanded Edition]

Acme [2010 Expanded Edition]

by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
     
 

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Part of the reason the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are so distasteful to the legions of blues purists is that Spencer cherishes not the mythology of the blues or the songcraft, but the groove, the actual sound of classic blues records. He could care less about songwriting or technique; what's important is the feel and the grit of the

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Part of the reason the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are so distasteful to the legions of blues purists is that Spencer cherishes not the mythology of the blues or the songcraft, but the groove, the actual sound of classic blues records. He could care less about songwriting or technique; what's important is the feel and the grit of the performance, whether it's on-stage or on record. Often, that means that the Blues Explosion's records are better when they're playing than they are in memory, but there's no question that ever since Extra Width, the New York trio was exceptionally shrewd in crafting albums that pack real sonic force. They also were sharp enough to subtly explore new territory with each album, gradually moving from the Stonesy blooze of Extra Width through the funky Orange and gutbucket Now I Got Worry to Acme, where pure sound matters more than ever. Like the Stones, the Blues Explosion never abandon their signature sound, even when they're branching into new territory. No matter how many electronic bleeps, hip-hop loops, or cut-and-paste arrangements rear their heads on Acme, or how many producers or remixers are employed (including Calvin Johnson, Steve Albini, Suzanne Dyer, Alec Empire, Jim Dickinson, and Dan the Automator), the primal two-guitar racket remains at the center of the Blues Explosion's sound. But the electronica and hip-hop flourishes aren't folly, either -- they confirm Spencer's ultimate goal of sound over structure, force over sense. And while there is only a handful of songs to latch onto -- the slow, sexy "Magical Colors," the gonzoid rant "Talk About the Blues," the Jill Cunniff duet "Blue Green Olga" -- the dynamic explosions of sounds guarantee that Acme is a captivating listen, at least the first time through. While frequently exciting, the sonic experimentations sound cerebral instead of primal. [The 2010 expanded edition of the album amplifies this feeling of "groove over logic," adding eight bonus tracks to the original album as well as an extra disc featuring Xtra-Acme USA, the offshoot album that collects outtakes and remixes from the Acme sessions. Some of the bonus tracks amplify the sense of fun that sometimes got lost in the mix on Acme, especially a purposefully goofy cover of Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time" (recorded for the Scream 2 soundtrack) and two raw collaborations with Andre Williams, "Black Godfather" and "Lap Dance." However, the mass of additional material and the variant versions of several tracks frequently point to the same conclusion -- while JSBX's experiments with hip-hop and electronic production modes work well enough, this band is really at its best when the bandmembers simply plug in and play loud, and it's the indefatigable drumming of Russell Simins that holds this massive crazy quilt of sounds and ideas together. Passionate fans of the Blues Explosion will welcome the expanded version, but the original album is a better bet for more casual observers.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Mark Deming

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2010
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663118186
catalogNumber:
11818
Rank:
61172

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Calvin
  2. Magical Colors
  3. Do You Wanna Get Heavy?
  4. High Gear
  5. Talk About the Blues
  6. I Wanna Make It All Right
  7. Lovin' Machine
  8. Bernie
  9. Blue Green Olga
  10. Give Me a Chance
  11. Desperate
  12. Torture
  13. Attack
  14. Right Place, Wrong Time
  15. The Black Godfather
  16. New Year
  17. Confused
  18. Hell
  19. Bacon
  20. Lap Dance
  21. Blues Power

Disc 2

  1. Wait a Minute
  2. Get Down Lover
  3. Confused
  4. Magical Colors
  5. Not Yet
  6. Get Old
  7. Bacon
  8. Blue Green Olga
  9. Heavy
  10. Lap Dance
  11. Leave Me Alone So I Can Rock Again
  12. Soul Trance
  13. Electricity
  14. New Year
  15. Lovin' Machine
  16. Chowder
  17. T.A.T.B.
  18. Hell
  19. Torture
  20. Blues Explosion Attack
  21. Calvin
  22. Shhh

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Primary Artist
Andre Williams   Vocals
Moby   Bass,Percussion
James Luther Dickinson   farfisa organ
Money Mark   Piano
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Nick Sansano   Organ
Garo Yellin   Cello
Jill Cunniff   Background Vocals
Dan the Automator   scratching
Brian Weber   Organ
Greg Talenfeld   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Jerry Vivino   Saxophone
Dexter Conyers   Background Vocals
Hollis Queens   Background Vocals
Brian Waters   Percussion,Background Vocals
Cristina Martinez   Background Vocals
Audrey Rose   Background Vocals
Ralph Farris   Violin
Jerome "Rome" Cohen   Background Vocals
Joey Moskowitz   Piano
Joel Diamond   Organ
Gregg Foreman   Piano
Chris Shaw   Organ,Synthesizer
Luther Dickinson   Sitar
Cody Dickinson   Washboard
Brass Monkey   Horn Section
Gabby Abulruch   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Jason Powell   Background Vocals
Lee "Scout" Ford   Background Vocals
Filet O'Fresh   Beat Box
Otha Turner   Guest Appearance
Jeremy Jacobson   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
Rick Lee   Noise
Krisztof Witek   Violin

Technical Credits

Techno Animal   Remixing
Steve Albini   Engineer
Scott Harding   Engineer
Kurt Hoffman   String Arrangements
Calvin Johnson   Engineer
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Composer
Jack Dangers   Remixing
Dr. John   Composer
T-Ray   Arranger,Remixing
Jim Waters   Remixing
Jon Spencer   Reissue Producer
John Gamble   Remixing
Greg Talenfeld   Engineer
Dante Ross   Remixing
Scott Benzel   Remixing
Mike McHugh   Engineer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Karrie Stouffer   Artwork
Dave McIntosh   Music Business Affairs
Suz Dyer   Engineer
Mike Edison   Liner Notes

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