Extra Width [2-CD]

Extra Width [2-CD]

by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
     
 

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On their self-titled debut album, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion had worked out the basic framework of their sound -- lots of guitar clatter, booming drums and wild vocal gesticulations from Spencer -- but it took a while for the pieces to really come together, and 1993's Extra Width was the first album where they revealed their true

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On their self-titled debut album, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion had worked out the basic framework of their sound -- lots of guitar clatter, booming drums and wild vocal gesticulations from Spencer -- but it took a while for the pieces to really come together, and 1993's Extra Width was the first album where they revealed their true potential. The opening tune, "Afro," provides the key -- Spencer and Judah Bauer's guitars lock in with a sharp call and response, drummer Russell Simins pounds the kit with the force of a punk rocker but the groove of a soul man, and the organ that chimes in with the band slyly pays homage to any number of classic funk sides while adding a good, greasy undertow to the sound. The Blues Explosion were never any kind of blues band (as they freely admitted when anyone bothered to ask), but on Extra Width they copped to the fact they'd learned a lot from classic R&B of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and after spending the better part of a year on the road their studying and hard work paid off. Not everything on Extra Width comes together with the precise chaos of "Afro," but practically every track feels like a better song and a stronger performance than anything on the debut album, and the layers of vocal reverb, keyboard patches, and dubwise studio effects showed that JSBX had learned a lot about the possibilities of the studio since the bare-bones sessions that produced their earliest recordings. If The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion sounded like the work of a band that was a natural evolution from what Spencer was doing with Pussy Galore, Extra Width made it clear they were something quite a bit different -- still crazed and noisy, but with lots more soul, some butt-shaking tunes, and a sense of fun thoroughly absent from the earlier group. In 2010, Majordomo Records, an imprint of Shout! Factory, released a new edition of Extra Width as part of their series of remastered and expanded Blues Explosion reissues, and for hardcore fans this package is overstuffed with goodies. Extra Width and its companion album, the outtakes collection Mo' Width, both appear in full on disc one, and the remastered audio is sharp and vibrant throughout. Disc two features 64 minutes of relevant single sides, alternate takes, and unreleased numbers, including a seven-song live-in-the-studio session cut for a radio broadcast. If disc two isn't as consistent as disc one, it still rocks plenty hard, and the live material confirms that this band never dogged it in front of an audience. The package also includes a booklet packed with rare photos -- including one that finally reveals the source of the title -- and a lengthy essay by Mike Edison; if this isn't the final and definitive version of this album, it's hard to say what could be.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663117646
catalogNumber:
31176
Rank:
73329

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Afro
  2. History of Lies
  3. Backslider
  4. Soul Letter
  5. Soul Typecast
  6. Pant Leg
  7. Hey Mom
  8. Big Road
  9. Train #2
  10. Inside the World of the Blues Explosion
  11. The World of Sex
  12. Afro (Mo' Width)
  13. Out of Luck
  14. Cherry Lime
  15. Rob K is President
  16. Ole Man Trouble
  17. Wet Cat Blues
  18. Johnson
  19. There Stands the Glass
  20. Lion Cut
  21. Beat of the Traps
  22. Memphis Soul Typecast

Disc 2

  1. Relax-Her
  2. Fat
  3. Son of Sam
  4. Bent
  5. Jailhouse Blues
  6. Caroline
  7. Brenda
  8. Train #1
  9. Train #3
  10. Push Some Air
  11. When Will You Know
  12. Shake a Leg
  13. Naked
  14. Starlight Romance
  15. Rapp
  16. Big Yule Log Boogie
  17. My Christmas Wish
  18. Hey Mom
  19. Soul Letter
  20. Afro
  21. Lost Someone
  22. The Vacuum of Loneliness
  23. Inside the World of the Blues Explosion
  24. The World of Sex

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Primary Artist
Doug Easley   Organ
Kurt Hoffman   Saxophone
Jon Spencer   Group Member
Russell Simins   Group Member
Judah Bauer   Electric Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Andre Williams   Composer
Doug Easley   Engineer
Davis McCain   Engineer
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Composer
Wharton Tiers   Engineer
Jim Waters   Engineer
Jon Spencer   Composer,Producer,Reissue Producer
Dorothy Schneider   Composer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Karrie Stouffer   Artwork
Dave McIntosh   Music Business Affairs
Mike Edison   Liner Notes
Herb Hitts   Liner Notes

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