Rhino records continues to amaze me. One of their latest and greatest
offerings is a series of re-issues of the entire Jesus And Mary
Chain catalog previously available on Warner Bros. Records. Each
of the five greatest JAMC records are re-issued in their entirety
on the fantastic new Dual-Disc format, which features a CD side release
of the entire album playable on all standard CD players, and a DVD
side that features not only the entire album in DVD audio format,
but also a string of videos from the respective release.
I was given a chance to check out the reissue of Automatic,
and the sound quality is slightly improved from the original CD release,
cleaned up and broadened in the remastering process. The entire DVD
side is available in DVD-Audio as well as a version of the album remixed
into Dolby surround format, which would be an awesome way to here
some of the spacious sonic delights hidden on each of these JAMC releases
unfortunately, I don't have a 5.1 system, so I can't really tell you
about that. But I expect it would be awesome.
The real meat of the DVD sides are the videos, at least for technological
throwbacks like myself. This disc includes the videos for "Blues
From A Gun", "Her Way Of Praying", and "Head On".
"Blues Form A Gun" is instantly recognizable, with its swirling
epileptic imagery of Jim and William Reid playing their
hollowbody guitars while colors change and a sixties-hatted girl moves
around behind a brightly lit screen with guns. It's cool
forgotten how cool the graphic imagery was at the tail end of the
80's. "Her Way Of Praying" is a story video, showing the
exploits of a cute girl with a movie camera filming the seedy underbelly
of the city, complete with neon signs and nudey clubs. I'd never seen
this video, and it was nice to recapture those innocent days of post-punk
imagery. The straightforward "Head On" video closes out
the feature. Classic song and a classicly shot video with lots of
simple movement. Cool.
Each package also includes a somewhat lengthy commentary by Kieron
Tyler that covers the history of the album and the adventures
of the Reid boys at the time the album was made and released. These
little snippets of information offer a bit of insight into the musical
times when each record was made for those that weren't there the first
time around, and a nice little reminder for those of us that were.
All told, Rhino has put together a great package in these re-issues,
which will hopefully lead to a new generation of youngsters experiencing
more of the greatness of the JAMC, as well as reminding us older folks
where we came from.
1. Here Comes Alice
2. Coast To Coast
3. Blues From A Gun
4. Between Planets
5. UV Ray
6. Her Way Of Praying
7. Head On
8. Take It
9. Halfway To Crazy
10. Gimme Hell
13. Blues From A Gun [DVD]
14. Her Way Of Praying [DVD]
15. Head On [DVD]
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