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RE: Conditioning

From: Jennifer Dunn <jdunn_at_bizjournals.com>
Date: Thu 21 Mar 2002 - 06:37:32 PST


I second your preference regarding Southern Mark Smith. 'here here' and other words like that, I say.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Miles Goosens [mailto:outdoorminer@mindspring.com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 9:40 AM
> To: jbc-list@adjective.com
> Subject: Re: Conditioning
>
>
> At 02:05 PM 3/21/2002 +0000, Doug English wrote:
> >You are so right about Harlan, except I'd put it behind
> Southern Mark Smith
> >and The Human Jungle, and well ahead of Soul Happy Hour. With all due
> >respect to Max and the person who said the albums without him aren't as
> >good: Condition Blue is a great album that does not suffer from Max's
> >absence in the slightest, in my humble OPINION.
>
> Agreed. Do I love Max? Yes, I do. Would it have been cool if he had
> continued in the JBC through the late '80s and early '90s? Sure. Is Max
> supremely talented and one of the best players I've ever seen or
> heard? You betcha!
>
> But jeezus folks, the guitar playing on things like CULT OF THE BASEMENT
> and CONDITION BLUE is just out of this world, in large part thanks to the
> godlike Alex Lee. If you think they're lesser albums (I don't, but bear
> with me as I play Devil's Paralegal for a sentence), seems like the blame
> would be better placed on Pat's writing, rather than ascribing it to the
> absence of Max.
>
> And speaking of "Southern Mark Smith" -- I *strongly* prefer the
> "original"
> version on the "Real Men" 12" (and on BLOODY NONSENSE) to the
> "Big Return"
> take. I take it that the band and/or their anthologizers prefer it the
> other way, since it's the "Big Return" version that's on A SCANDAL IN
> BOHEMIA, DRAINING THE GLASS, and probably a dozen other
> anthologies, which
> I find doubly tragic since my BLOODY NONSENSE vinyl has a big, probably
> permanent POP! in the first few bars. Anyone else share my preference?
>
> later,
>
> Miles
>
Received on Thu, 21 Mar 2002 09:37:32 -0500

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