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Add another rock band to the late-in-the-year compilation pile: influential Scottish noise-pop band The Jesus and Mary Chain will release a two-disc compilation of tunes in the U.K. on September 27.

The Jesus and Mary Chain, formed around a pair of brothers (Jim and William Reid), took the messy, noisy ethos of The Velvet Underground and The Sex Pistols and made it interesting for the U.K. indie scene. Bands like The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. owe them some sort of a sonic debt, and while The JAMC never had much consistent pop success, they remain a hallowed act, particularly now that the Reids reunited in 2007 after a nine-year split.

They’ve been anthologized before – Rhino spent part of the last decade reissuing JAMC LPs, as well as a compilation (21 Singles in 2002) and a rarities box (2008’s The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities) – but this British comp will include a few tracks not found on that box, a sure bet for those with gaps in their collection.

Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain is due in U.K. shops next Monday, and the track list is below.

The Jesus and Mary Chain, Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain (Music Club Deluxe, 2010)

Disc 1

  1. Just Like Honey
  2. April Skies
  3. Blues from a Gun
  4. Far Gone and Out
  5. Some Candy Talking
  6. Come On
  7. Head On
  8. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
  9. All Things Must Pass
  10. Reverence
  11. Sidewalking
  12. Cracking Up
  13. Upside Down
  14. Never Understand
  15. The Hardest Walk
  16. Happy When It Rains
  17. The Perfect Crime
  18. Sometimes Always
  19. Almost Gold
  20. Darklands
  21. 45 RPM
  22. Head

Disc 2

  1. Half Way to Crazy
  2. You Trip Me Up
  3. Rollercoaster
  4. Birthday
  5. Happy Place
  6. Something I Can’t Have
  7. I Hate Rock ‘n’ Roll
  8. Tower of Song
  9. Vegetable Man
  10. In a Hole
  11. Kill Surf City
  12. 33 1/3
  13. Cherry Came Too
  14. Between Planets
  15. Moe Tucker
  16. Little Stars
  17. God Help Me
  18. New York City
  19. Nine Million Rainy Days
  20. Drop
  21. In the Black
  22. Psychocandy

Disc 1, Tracks 1 and 14-15 and Disc 2, Tracks 2 and 10 from Psychocandy (Blanco y Negro, 1985)
Disc 1, Tracks 2, 16 and 20 and Disc 2, Tracks 13 and 19 from Darklands (Blanco y Negro, 1987)
Disc 1, Tracks 3 and 7 and Disc 2, Tracks 1, 14 and 20 from Automatic (Blanco y Negro, 1989)
Disc 1, Tracks 4, 10 and 19 and Disc 2, Track 3 from Honey’s Dead (Blanco y Negro, 1992)
Disc 1, Tracks 6 and 18 and Disc 2, Track 17 from Stoned & Dethroned (Blanco y Negro, 1994)
Disc 1, Tracks 8 and 12 and Disc 2, Tracks 4 and 15 from Munki (Creation, 1998)
Disc 1, Track 9 from Heroes: Original Soundtrack (Adrenaline, 2008)
Disc 1, Track 11 from non-LP single (Blanco y Negro, 1988)
Disc 1, Track 13 and Disc 2, Track 9 were a non-LP single (Creation, 1984)
Disc 1, Track 17 and Disc 2, Track 16 were B-sides to “Sometimes Always” single (Blanco y Negro, 1994)
Disc 1, Track 21 from 104.9: An XFM Compilation (XFM, 1995)
Disc 1, Track 22 was the B-side to “Just Like Honey” single (Blanco y Negro, 1985)
Disc 2, Track 5 was the B-side to “Happy When It Rains” 12″ single (Blanco y Negro, 1987)
Disc 2, Track 6 from The Sound of Speed EP (Blanco y Negro, 1993)
Disc 2, Tracks 7 and 12 from non-LP single (Blanco y Negro, 1995). Disc 2, Track 7 later released on Munki (Creation, 1998)
Disc 2, Track 8 from Rollercoaster EP (Blanco y Negro, 1990)
Disc 2, Track 11 was the B-side to “April Skies” single (Blanco y Negro, 1987)
Disc 2, Track 18 was the B-side to “Come On” 12″ single (Blanco y Negro, 1994)
Disc 2, Track 21 was the B-side to “Head On” single (Blanco y Negro, 1989)
Disc 2, Track 22 from Some Candy Talking EP (Blanco y Negro, 1986)

Written by Mike Duquette

September 21, 2010 at 12:16

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