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Crockodials [Import]

Kelley Stoltz Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0007ZP0MG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a tribute, it's a revival March 30, 2008
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I noticed on Amazon that Kelley Stoltz recommends as a favorite album Echo & The Bunnymen's "Porcupine." I'd love to hear him interpret that LP as well as he's done what's "based upon" Echo's 1980 debut here. Tribute albums run the risk (as at times with his fellow San Franciscans Doug Beatty & Carolyn Hilsinger's similarly ambitious take on Eno's "Taking Tiger Mountain") of sounding too much like the original, leaving you as with many cover versions wondering why the artist carbon copies the original; on the other hand, of course, the willfully iconoclastic remakes of LPs--often as tribute collections by various bands, one of those early '90s rock fads-- may leave you nonplussed at the mediocrity of many of the remakes/remodels.

"Crock-o-dials" can be found only as an English import, but it's well worth it. My 15-year-old son liked it as much as I did, an Echo fan from the start. He noticed, knowing nothing about Stoltz, his integration of glam styles and early-'70s textures while I'd have expected more of a Doors influence that the original band worked with and also revamped (improving on the Doors themselves, I'd say). Stoltz, on an 8-track the last week of 2001, gets down the feel of demo tapes that Echo might have made; the sound's both rawer than the wonderfully rich Echo studio recordings and viscerally true to the neo-psychedelic aggression that the post-punks recovered from their love of the '60s era combined with the tension in late '70s British punk and earlier garage "Nuggets" distortion.

As the album moves on, it wanders into more of a spaghetti-Western guitar twang and reverb that considers Wil Sergeant's attack in an intelligent manner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic with a new twist November 10, 2008
An interesting pairing, Echo and The Bunnymen's debut album and San Francisco's psychedelic son, Kelley Stoltz, and it works incredibly well. Covering an album in it's entirety is risky business, but Kelley pulls it off with ease. Buzzing acoustics, fuzz galore, drum machines mixed with real drums and Kelley's delightful voice. Although he plays all of the instruments, it really sounds like a full band.

The Bunnymen were obviously influenced by garage and psych, but Kelley goes all the way. It's a very raw, in the basement recording but with plenty of soul. It's apparent he knows this material like he knows his own. The amazing thing is, he's able to invoke the same feeling and pace of the original album while changing the tempos and vibe of several of the songs.

Bummer it's not available domestically right now. I remember picking it up for around 10-12 bucks a few years back. (A side note- if you can find it, The Flaming Lips did a nice Bunnymen cover of their own, combining "All That Jazz" and "Happy Death Men". Worth seeking out)
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