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To mark the passing of Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon, the surviving band members and EMI catalog marketing anthologize the band's tragically short but influential musical career with this first ever Best Of collecton. Capitol. 2005.
Personnel: Shannon Hoon (vocals, acoustic guitar); Christopher Thorn, Terry Stevens, Rogers Stevens (guitar); Brad Smith (bass guitar, background vocals); Glenn Graham (drums).
Liner Note Author: Terry Stevens.
Recording information: Club Eastbrook, Grand Rapids, MI; Portland Meadows, Portland OR.
Photographers: Gene Kirkland; Danny Clinch.
A selection of tracks mostly culled from Blind Melon's first two albums, with the addition of a couple of inclusions from NICO, the collection released after singer Shannon Hoon's 1995 death from an overdose, as well as previously unreleased live material. Though the still-fresh and gloriously strange-sounding "No Rain" is the most instantly recognizable song here, the compilation also spotlights the band's more progressive tendencies in cuts like the Led Zep-flavored "2X4," while "Soup"'s flavorful combination of gentle acoustic textures and hard-edged rocking hints at a sadly unrealized promise of greatness.