The Blackberry Jams

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Jason Becker is the protagonist of one of rock & roll's most tragic and inspiring stories, refusing to give up his joie de vivre or his inspirational muse despite being struck down by A.L.S. almost 15 years before this particular release, 2002's The Blackberry Jams. Of course, the fact that Becker's difficult condition has made it impossible for him to pick up, much less play, a guitar in over a decade, predicates that the 31 solos and song-snippets collected here were all committed to tape a long time ago, mostly between 1987 and 1988. Recorded by Becker on his home four-track recorder, this C.D. contains predominantly demo-quality, solo performances on electric,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Jason Becker is the protagonist of one of rock & roll's most tragic and inspiring stories, refusing to give up his joie de vivre or his inspirational muse despite being struck down by A.L.S. almost 15 years before this particular release, 2002's The Blackberry Jams. Of course, the fact that Becker's difficult condition has made it impossible for him to pick up, much less play, a guitar in over a decade, predicates that the 31 solos and song-snippets collected here were all committed to tape a long time ago, mostly between 1987 and 1988. Recorded by Becker on his home four-track recorder, this C.D. contains predominantly demo-quality, solo performances on electric, and occasionally, acoustic guitars, and, quite understandably, the fidelity ain't all that. But there's more than enough clarity to get the point across, and some tracks were even augmented here and there by Becker's many friends and supporters, most notably old running mate Marty Friedman. Hardly what you'd call a conventional album; this release provides a living document of a truly great talent, and a uniquely courageous soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • UPC: 026245115927
  • Catalog Number: 1159
  • Sales rank: 106,742

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go Off! Intro (0:56)
  2. 2 Groin-Grabbingly Transcendent (1:48)
  3. 3 Opitudes (5:32)
  4. 4 Church of the Weird (4:01)
  5. 5 Mabel's Air...Could It Be Any Faster? (4:15)
  6. 6 Short X-Ray Eyes (0:50)
  7. 7 Airage (1:29)
  8. 8 Perpetual Burn (3:26)
  9. 9 Ashram of You, Lee (3:17)
  10. 10 Images Intro (0:21)
  11. 11 Mabel...Simple Little Nibbling (2:12)
  12. 12 Jewel (1:44)
  13. 13 Kind of Like a Spring (0:56)
  14. 14 Air (2:48)
  15. 15 Ten Yellow Pointy Kitties (2:42)
  16. 16 Absurd Temple Jig (1:04)
  17. 17 Part of Stranger (0:48)
  18. 18 There's That (1:33)
  19. 19 Black Cat (4:14)
  20. 20 Little Rippage (0:35)
  21. 21 Perpetual Ties (4:50)
  22. 22 Floor Pie (1:06)
  23. 23 El Beckero (1:04)
  24. 24 Pocus I Say (1:38)
  25. 25 Conglomeration...Boy Meets Guitar (5:10)
  26. 26 Little Dweller (1:00)
  27. 27 Jewel #2 (2:49)
  28. 28 Long X-Ray Eyes (4:58)
  29. 29 Altitudes Jam (2:50)
  30. 30 Bemesderfer's Wooping Stick (1:14)
  31. 31 If It Weren't So Purdy I'd Call It Skin Flute (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Becker Primary Artist, Multi Instruments
Mike Bemesderfer Flute, Wind Controller
Gary Becker Guitar
Martine Friedman Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jason Becker Arranger, Producer, Cover Design, Booklet Design
Atma Anur Contributor
Mike Varney Executive Producer
George Bellas Booklet Design
Gary Becker Cover Art
David Creamer Contributor
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