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Like Flies on Sherbert [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Alex ChiltonAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (January 5, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Redeye Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000G5GU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baron Of Love, Pt. II
2. Girl After Girl
3. My Rival
4. No More The Moon Shines On Lorena
5. I've Had It
6. Rock Hard
7. Waltz Across Texas
8. Alligator Man
9. Hey! Little Child
10. Hook Or Crook
11. Like Flies On Sherbert
12. Boogie Shoes
13. Baby Doll
14. She's The One That's Got It
15. Dateless Night

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherbert Isn't Ice Cream January 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. It's about how music is played as opposed to beautiful musical ideas. It's about interaction and willful screwups. Most Big Star fans don't like this album, recorded at various studios in Memphis around 1978 and originally released, on LP, in the fall of 1979 (those original LPs of "Sherbert" numbered only 500). There's more verve, insolence and real musicianship here than in just about any release since the 1950s. Alex Chilton has been quoted as saying that "Like Flies On Sherbert" is his masterpiece, and who are we to argue? Plus drummer/monologuist Ross Johnson's tale of drugs, Soft-Tex and Elvis, "Baron Of Love Part 2," is worth the price of admission, as is "Hey! Little Child" and the amazing "Hook Or Crook." This album is the Memphis spirit, as live as you would wish to have it. Just remember, when you listen to this crazy quilt of obscure covers from artists as disparate as Ernest Tubb, Jimmy C. Newman, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band, that a guy named Elvis did something quite similar with odd material back in the '50s. And for all the supposed indisicipline of the performances, these are great musicians just having a good time, Memphis-style. Don't miss it. I got a love to go...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoulda Used the Soft-Tex? April 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that divides Alex Chilton fans. On the one hand, there are people who revere the Big Star albums as the ultimate revisionist take on British-Invasion and west-coast pop music. "#1 Record" and "Radio City" certainly derive from the Byrds, Beatles, Zombies, Who, Kinks, as well as from the Beach Boys and Moby Grape. And the Big Star albums are untouchable. On the other hand, there are fans who, in my opinion, get the bigger picture and see how "Like Flies on Sherbert" and other solo works by Chilton ("Bangkok," "Walking Dead," "Take Me Home and Make Me Like It") are the next step past mere reverence for the admittedly storied past.
I'm of the opinion that "Sherbert" is one of the great albums of the late '70s, or indeed of any era. As a corrective to the mere reverence I referred to earlier, it's unbeatable; and of course it fits in with the so-called psychobilly of bands like the Cramps. Yet "Sherbert" is unique because it combines a lingering affection for the somewhat naive products of men like Ernest Tubb and Jimmy C. Newman with a desire to reveal the rather unpleasant or at least geographically and romantically fraught realities that lie beneath seemingly artless songs like A. P. Carter's version of an old Civil War song, "Lorena," that later became, through some alchemy, a song about slavery called both "Way Down in Alabama" and "No More the Moon Shines on Lorena."
Many, including the obviously challenged folk at AMG, simply dismiss this album. Goodness gracious, what delicate sensibilities one must have to be offended by the twanging guitars and sprattling synthesizers of "Sherbert.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally Unique Experience August 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There are only a few albums that are greater than the sum of their parts. Even a collection of great songs (for example, Dylan's Blood on the Tracks) is in the end just a collection of great songs, whereas the type of album that I'm talking about is, in the end, a totally unique experience. Albums of this type include Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, Charles Gayle's Touchin' on Trane, Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity, Junior Kimbrough's All Night Long and the album that I'm reviewing, Alex Chilton's Like Flies on Sherbert. I feel no need to defend this album against the many criticisms that have been leveled against it-either you get it or you don't. From Baron of Love through the cataclysmic ending of the title track, the listener is given the rare opportunity to witness the quirky, yet passionate impetus at the root of Memphis music. Like Flies on Sherbert is for Memphis music what John Water's early movies are for the underbelly of Baltimore: Both combine parody of and passion for their subjects to such an extent that the line between the two is thoroughly blurred. To some listeners this is irritating. To me it is exciting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most storied albums ever! November 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First of all this is not a conventional GOOD or BAD album. It requires too much explaining for most people to even care to "get it". The album was recorded in a few boozy/druggy nights and was mixed on and off for a year according to Mr. Chilton. The musicians were very unfamilliar with the material (and unrehearsed) which was somehow very attracive to Alex. The album kinda makes sense considering Alex's state of mind at the time - having been burned a few times by the music industry by now. He was in a "if anyone's gonna screw this up it's gonna be me" spiteful mind set. False starts, wrong notes and pure lunacy is accentuated in the mix. Even flaunted.

The Replacements boozy tendencies make a lot of sense after hearing this record. You hear the influence right away.

Maybe it's just me but there's something very exciting and even primal in this recording which you simply don't hear much in "music".

Thank you Mr. Chilton
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Cool Mess of Music
Alex multiplies the sloppiest, most chaotic moments from Third/Sister Lovers to create create his weirdest album. And that makes it one of the weirdest albums ever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ed Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Record fans beware!
Critical ambivalence to Like Flies on Sherbert often stems from people paying attention to the 60s pop nostalgia of Big Star's #1 Record, and not following Chilton through Radio... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Max Coombes
5.0 out of 5 stars very awesome album by the late great alex chilton-perhaps his best.
i picked this up on ebay for under $10 (shipping included) the cover of k.c and the sunshine band's 'boogie shoes' kicks serious butt. Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by robb sososikwitit
3.0 out of 5 stars On a bender
So, which is the "real" punk rock? The Clash slamming home the loudest, tightest, most powerful political rants anyone had ever heard in 1977? Read more
Published on October 13, 2005 by Mark A. Horowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars "Baron of Love pt. II"
Ross Johnson's "Baron of Love pt. II" is missing from this version. A pity, for Johnson's masterpiece provides another glimpse at this fantastically creative time in the... Read more
Published on May 31, 2005 by Bachelier
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent effort but was expecting more
When I first listened to the album, I have to admit I had second
thoughts. The more I listened to it, it kind of grew on me. Read more
Published on January 15, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive version
This is the definitive version of this album. It has been remixed by Jim Dickinson who "produced" the original recording and there are three great bonus tracks. Read more
Published on November 20, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Would Make An Interesting Loony Case Study
Not one to straddle the fence, Chilton's release of "Flies" could be compared to Lou Reed's attempt at artistic/commercial suicide with "Metal Machine... Read more
Published on October 16, 2002 by Carlo Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars lost masterpiece not for the faint of heart
A great album. When I first heard this CD, way back when it first came out, I thought it was the most horrible thing I ever heard. Read more
Published on November 5, 2001 by Marcus Brandt
4.0 out of 5 stars NEVER trust AMG!
AMG totally miss the point on this record as they do on many other great ones (not really to compare apples and oranges, but SOMETHING is amiss when "Like Flies on... Read more
Published on January 31, 2001 by Mr. Mark
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