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Mother Love Bone: On Earth as It Is: The Complete Works [Box] [PA]

Track List

>This Is Shangrila
>Stardog Champion
>Holy Roller
>Bone China
>Come Bite the Apple
>Captain Hi Top
>Man of Golden Words
>Capricorn Sister
>Gentle Groove
>Mr. Danny Boy
>Crown of Thorns
>Thru Fade Away
>Mindshaker Meltdown
>Half Ass Monkey Boy
>Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
>Holy Roller
>Bone China
>Hold Your Head Up
>Capricorn Sister
>Lady Godiva Blues
>Red Hot Shaft
>Seasons Changing [Live at the Plant]
>Stardog Champion [Live at the Plant]
>Lubricated Muscle Drive - (previously unreleased)
>Savwhafair Slide - (previously unreleased)
>Jumpin Jehova - (previously unreleased)
>Showdown - (previously unreleased)
>Bloodshot Ruby - (previously unreleased)
>Elijah - (previously unreleased)
>Chloe Dancer - (previously unreleased)
>Have You Ever Kissed a Lady - (previously unreleased)
>Otherside - (previously unreleased)
>These R No Blues - (previously unreleased)
>Made of Rainbows - (previously unreleased)
>Bloody Shame - (previously unreleased)
>One Time Fire - (previously unreleased)
>Stardog Champion [Live From Alpine Valley] - (previously unreleased, featuring Chris Cornell/Pearl Jam)

Album Notes

Personnel: Andrew Wood (vocals, piano); Bruce Fairweather, Stone Gossard (guitar); Greg Gilmore (drums).

Recording information: American Studios, Burbank, CA (1989); London Bridge Studios, Seattle (1989); The Plant, Sausalito, CA (1989).

Photographers: Lance Mercer; Charles Peterson ; James Bland; Glen La Ferman.

The 1992 compilation Mother Love Bone didn't contain everything the doomed Seattle grunge band recorded -- far from it, actually, as the 2016 set On Earth as It Is: The Complete Works makes plain. Sprawling out over three CDs and a DVD, On Earth as It Is pairs the 1990 LP Apple and the 1989 EP on the first disc, essentially replicating the 1992 comp, and then over the course of two CDs it serves up all the B-sides, alternate takes, demos, and unreleased rarities. Some of this material, particularly the B-sides, are as finely honed as Apple, but the tracks that really kick are the rougher material on the third disc. Here, the band seems ragged and rangy, a low-rent Seattle spin on Guns N' Roses -- not just for the loud songs, either; when Andrew Wood sits down at the piano for "These R No Blues," it seems prescient, pointing toward such Use Your Illusion ballads as "November Rain" -- and that only winds up underscoring how Mother Love Bone was both thoroughly of the pre-grunge moment but also forward-looking. For anybody who wore out the original 1992 disc, that's reason enough to pick up this set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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