The Power of Negative Thinking

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What an appropriate name for the upcoming box set by The Jesus and Mary Chain via Rhino.  If you are weighing your options maybe this info will help you decide whether to break into your piggy bank (or gas fund) for this collection:

The 4-disc set covers the history of the band from their first single (1984) on Creation to the last single (1998) put out by Subpop.  By my count there are 8 unreleased tracks along with demos and acoustic versions peppered about.

The hard copy is more expensive ($55), but it sounds as though it will be nice for those collectors – a 6¾ x 10¾ gatefold shell, rare photos, an 18¾ x 24¾ double-sided poster featuring a hand-drawn “family tree” tracing the band’s evolving lineups on one side and artwork from many of the band’s singles on the other. 

The press release also says there will be new interviews from Jim and William to boot.  (I think I’d rather have some of the old ones honestly.)  If you just want the tunes, the set will be available in digital format for $40. 

I’ll be on the lookout for the artwork as we near the release date, September 30.  In the meantime, here’s the tracklisting:

DISC ONE DISC TWO
* 1. UP TOO HIGH 1. KILL SURF CITY
2. UPSIDE DOWN 2. BO DIDDLEY IS JESUS
3. VEGETABLE MAN 3. WHO DO YOU LOVE
4. SUCK 4. EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT WHEN YOU’RE DOWN
5. AMBITION 5. SHAKE
6. JUST OUT OF REACH 6. HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS (demo)
7. BOYFRIEND’S DEAD 7. HAPPY PLACE
8. HEAD 8. F.HOLE
9. JUST LIKE HONEY (demo Oct. ’84) 9. RIDER
10. CRACKED 10. ON THE WALL (Porta Studio demo)
11. TASTE OF CINDY (acoustic version) 11. SURFIN’ USA (April out-take)
12. THE HARDEST WALK 12. HERE IT COMES AGAIN
* 13. NEVER UNDERSTAND (alternate) 13. DON’T EVER CHANGE
* 14. MY LITTLE UNDERGROUND (demo) 14. SWING
* 15. THE LIVING END (demo) 15. SIDEWALKING
16. SOME CANDY TALKING 16. SURFIN’ USA (summer mix)
17. PSYCHOCANDY 17. SHIMMER
18. HIT 18. PENETRATION
19. CUT DEAD (acoustic) 19. BREAK ME DOWN
20. YOU TRIP ME UP (acoustic) 20. SUBWAY
* 21. WALK AND CRAWL 21. MY GIRL
   
   
   
DISC THREE DISC FOUR
1. IN THE BLACK 1. THE PERFECT CRIME
2. TERMINAL BEACH 2. LITTLE STARS
3. DEVIANT SLICE 3. DROP-RE-RECORDED
4. I’M GLAD I NEVER 4. I’M IN WITH THE OUT CROWD
5. DROP (acoustic re-mix) 5. NEW YORK CITY
6. ROLLERCOASTER 6. TAKING IT AWAY
7. SILVERBLADE 7. GHOST OF A SMILE
8. LOWLIFE 8. ALPHABET STREET
9. TOWER OF SONG * 9. COAST TO COAST (alternate – William vox)
10. HEAT * 10. DIRTY WATER (demo – William vox)
11. GUITARMAN * 11. TILL I FOUND YOU
12. WHY’D YOU WANT ME 12. BLEED ME
13. SOMETIMES 13. 33 1/3
14. TEENAGE LUST (acoustic version) 14. LOST STAR
15. REVERBERATION (DOUBT) 15. HIDE MYSELF
16. DON’T COME DOWN 16. ROCKET
17. SNAKEDRIVER 17. EASYLIFE, EASYLOVE
18. SOMETHING I CAN’T HAVE 18. 40,000K
19. WRITE RECORD RELEASE BLUES 19. NINETEEN666
20. LITTLE RED ROOSTER* Previously Unissued  
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