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James: Laid/Wah Wah

Track List

>Out to Get You
>Sometimes (Lester Piggott)
>Dream Thrum
>One of the Three
>Say Something
>Five-O
>P.S.
>Everybody Knows
>Knuckle Too Far
>Low Low Low
>Laid
>Lullaby
>Skindiving
>Hammer Strings
>Pressure's On
>Jam J
>Frequency Dip
>Lay the Law Down
>Burn the Cat
>Maria
>Low Clouds
>Building a Fire
>Gospel Oak
>DVV
>Say Say Something
>Rhythmic Dreams
>Dead Man
>Rain Whistling
>Basic Brian
>Low Clouds, Pt. 2
>Bottom of the Well
>Honest Joe
>Arabic Agony
>Tomorrow
>Laughter
>Sayonara
>Carousel [Rehearsal Demo] - (previously unreleased)
>Unknown Track 8 [Rehearsal Demo] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Dream Thrum [Rehearsal Demo] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Chicken Goth [Rehearsal Demo] - (previously unreleased)
>Jam J (Additional Jam) [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased, take)
>You Were Born [Take 1] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Bruce Jam, Pt. 1 [Mix 1] - (previously unreleased)
>Jam D [Rhythmic Dreams Alt. Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Jam E [Outtake] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Jam 11 (Slow Jam-Grotesque/Angular) [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased)
>Jam 12B (Dream Later Singing) [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Jam P (Fabulous Melody But Unusual Bass) [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Jam P2 (Later) [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Jam Q [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Jam R: Beefheart Jam [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Who is Gospel Oak? [Early Version] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Falsetto [Instrumental Version of Skindiving] - (previously unreleased)
>Jam 13: Fast Marcus Has Mixed [Rehearsal Jam] - (previously unreleased)
>America [Live in the U.S. 9/92]
>Building a Charge
>Wah Wah Kits
>Lake, The
>Seconds Away
>Say Something [New Version]
>Assassin
>Laid [Acoustic 99x, Atlanta 26/2/94]
>Low Low Low [BBC Session 27/9/93] - (previously unreleased)
>Sometimes [BBC Session 27/9/93]
>Tomorrow [BBC Session 27/9/93] - (previously unreleased)
>Five-O [BBC Session 27/9/93]
>Jam J [Arena Dub/Amphetamine Pulsate 12" Remix] - (remix)
>Jam J [Sabresonic Tremelo Dub/Spaghetti Steamhammer 12" Remix] - (remix)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Phill Savidge.

Recording information: Real World, Box, England; The Windings, Wrexham, Wales.

Photographers: Nigel Schermuly; Kevin Westenberg.

This heavyweight 2015 Super Deluxe box set combines James' two '90s experiments with producer Brian Eno: the 1993 hit Laid and its elastic successor, Wah Wah. The two albums are included in their entirety, and then come the outtakes, B-sides, and BBC Sessions -- the kind of thing that seems like collector bait but, in the context of this box, whose messiness only highlights how this was possibly James' creative peak. All the untitled jams -- and there are a lot, some subtitled with instructive descriptions like "Fabulous Melody But Unusual Bass" or "Beefheart Jam" -- give a good sense of the band's ambition, while the live renditions show how they could sharpen their execution on-stage. Surely, this is something for the already converted, but for those listeners, this Super Deluxe edition can only deepen their love. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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