Wildfires and Misfires: Two Decades of Outtakes and Rarities

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Subtitled Two Decades of Outtakes and Rarities, this generous 19-track, 72-minute disc assembles odds and sods from cowpunk's hardest-rocking gang. Although they may be called leftovers, these tunes slice as hard and sharp as what was originally released on their studio albums from 1983-1998 (OK, so it's not quite 20 years), and in some cases better. From an unplugged radio performance of Jimmie Rodgers' "Last Blue Yodel" to a very plugged-in version of Johnny Burnette's "Tear It Up" with guest guitarist Link Wray tearin' it up at the Roskilde Festival in 1985 that must be heard to be believed, Jason Ringenberg and the band obviously find their niche on-stage. That's not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Subtitled Two Decades of Outtakes and Rarities, this generous 19-track, 72-minute disc assembles odds and sods from cowpunk's hardest-rocking gang. Although they may be called leftovers, these tunes slice as hard and sharp as what was originally released on their studio albums from 1983-1998 (OK, so it's not quite 20 years), and in some cases better. From an unplugged radio performance of Jimmie Rodgers' "Last Blue Yodel" to a very plugged-in version of Johnny Burnette's "Tear It Up" with guest guitarist Link Wray tearin' it up at the Roskilde Festival in 1985 that must be heard to be believed, Jason Ringenberg and the band obviously find their niche on-stage. That's not to say that the studio outtakes aren't worthwhile too, but these C&W and Stones-loving Southerners let loose in concert like few others. Between Jason Ringenberg's nasal twang and Warner Hodges' limber guitar, their sound seesaws between the heartfelt hillbilly of "The Slow Train Never Ends" -- a duet with Hodges' mom -- and their fire-spittin' cover of Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie." That song, which got them signed, leads off the album in a 1983 demo that pounds with raw power. From a flaming version of Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie," the only track here sung by Hodges, to the Drivin' N' Cryin' Southern metal swagger of "Too Much Too Young" and the tough ballad "Window Town" (one of their best tracks, previously only available as a B-side to a British EP), this is prime stuff that's not just meant for existing fans who own all the band's material. With their music confusingly scattered over three, now four labels, it's time for a comprehensive collection of Jason & the Scorchers' best work. Until listeners get one, this ragtag anthology will work just fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457203129
  • Catalog Number: 2031
  • Sales rank: 72,582

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason & the Scorchers Primary Artist
Perry Baggs Drums, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Warner Hodges Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jef Lee Johnson Bass
Jason Ringenberg Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Ken Fox Bass
Kenny Ames Bass
Blanche Hodges Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jason & the Scorchers Producer
Terry Manning Producer
Dorsey Burnette Composer
Jeff Bakos Engineer
Barry Beckett Producer
Johnny Burnette Composer
Jerry Dammers Composer
Warner Hodges Producer
Jef Lee Johnson Producer
Gary Laney Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Jason Ringenberg Construction
Mike Janas Engineer, Mastering
Slick Lawson Cover Photo
Jozef Nuyens Executive Producer
Richie Owens Engineer
Rob Earle Engineer
Frank Jimenez Engineer
D.G. Strong Sleeve Design
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