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Medicine Show

The Dream Syndicate Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B0007Q1RTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Still Holding On To You
2. Daddy's Girl
3. Burn
4. Armed With An Empty Gun
5. Bullet With My Name On It
6. The Medicine Show
7. John Coltrane Stereo Blues
8. Merrittville
9. Tell Me When It's Over [Live]
10. Bullet With My Name On It [Live]
11. Armed With An Empty Gun [Live]
12. The Medicine Show [Live]
13. John Coltrane Stereo Blues [Live]

Editorial Reviews

1984's Medicine Show is the second record from Steve Wynn & Co., the follow up to their classic debut The Days Of Wine And Roses. This album is a little less Velvet Underground and Television, and a little more Neil Young and CCR, but still features Wynn's distinctive songwriting and plenty of guitar workouts. Water's deluxe reissue includes the This Is Not The New Dream Syndicate Album Live! EP as bonus tracks and notes by Steve Wynn, Peter Buck (REM), and David Fricke (Rolling Stone), along with vintage photos. A classic album back in print on CD!

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medicine Show back in print! July 16, 2010
By ScottE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After the Dream Syndicate's debut album the classic "The Days Of Wine And Roses", the band signed with A&M Records and went into the studio with Blue Oyster Cult producer Sandy Pearlman. As Steve Wynn said in many an interview it was like boot camp with Sandy. "The Medicine Show"#173 finally sees the light of day after 26 years. This album reminds me of the Clash's 2nd album they did with Pearlman.
Song highlights:
Still Holding On To You- has the original sound from the debut. But things change after this.
Daddy's Girl- Sound's like cow-punk to me. Great piano rolls by Tom Zvoncheck. Great lyrics by Wynn.
Burn- Classic! great story song.
Armed With A Empty Gun- Karl Precoda's workout. Zvoncheck great piano.
Bullet With My Name On It- sounds like late 70's Neil Young. Also has that B.O.C. feel near the end of the song, with a the guitar solo.
The Medicine Show- Classic track! Another great story song. Steve's has been doing this now for 30 years.
John Coltrane Stereo Blues- Perfect jam track. Good guitar by Precoda/ get the live CD they came out with in 1989.
Merrittville- A chilling song that goes from bad to worse as the song goes on. Has a Springsteen feel.
"This Is Not The New Dream Syndicate Album...Live!" is added on with this new re-issue great concert from Chicago,Ill. July 7th 1984. "Tell Me When It's Over" never sounded so fresh here! Every song sounds different than the studio tracks, good banter by Steve. Great musicianship by: Steve Wynn,Dennis Duck, Karl Precoda,Dave Provost and Tom Zvoncheck on the Medicine Show album. Mark Walton joined them on live album.
Some of the newer bands could learn a few things by listening to the Dream Syndicate's live EP too.
Hopefully this album will stay in print for a long time. Oh by the way the CD sounds tremendous congrats to Water Music. Thanks for reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this version-2010 remastered album superior October 11, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Wynn finally got the rights this year to re-release this album and had it remastered. The latter has amazing sound quality. Unfort. as of this writing, no mp3 version of it is available yet on Amazon, iTunes or, so you'll have to spring for the CD, but check the DATE first!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Dream Syndicate were one of the "lost generation" of '80s bands - too Guitar-based to fit into the new-wave synth-pop mold, too Unconventional to fit into the impossibly narrow-minded boundaries of the most musically conservative decade in rock culture history. They were the forerunners of singer-songwriter-based '90s bands like the Wallflowers and Counting Crows.
......"Medicine Show" was a big change from their wild, punk-influenced 1983 debut "Days of Wine and Roses." Early fans were disappointed as the band turned more towards blues-based, Rolling Stones-ish ballads. But Steve Wynn's "average-guy" vocals and Karl Precoda's eccentric guitar style still gave the Dream Syndicate its own distinct flavor.
.... "Medicine Show" is not a masterpiece, but two of the greatest songs this 45 year-old rock DJ/programmer has Ever heard start off this album: "Still Holding On to You" - a ballad of searing heartbreak with a memorable melody and great guitar riffs, and "Daddy's Girl" - a bluesy piano-rocker that personifies rock'n'roll bravado, topped off by a guitar solo that turns all the rock guitar cliches upside down. "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" starts off teetering on the brink of hokiness, but builds into an intense 8-min. twin-guitar studio jam with some manic Steve Wynn howling that made it possibly the edgiest song released by a major record co.label in 1984. "Medicine Show" brought the Dream Syndicate out of obscurity long enough to spend 4 weeks at the bottom of Billboard's Top 200 album sales charts.
...This very Very long-awaited CD re-issue(the original CD became so rare it spent the past 10 years selling for $100 or more online)is made better a notch by the inclusion of the 5 songs from their 1984 live EP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this album since it came out in 1984 - you may not love it at first listen but it will stay with you for the rest of your life - viva Steve Wynn, Dave Provost, Dennis Duck, Karl Precoda!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Band Too Good August 8, 2010
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It was bad thing to be a member of this great band The Dream Syndicate.
Well, the early eighties was dominated by a different type of popular music that was not even close to sounds of this bunch of rockers from Los Angeles. The Syndicate, was a modern version rock band that had closer ties to The Doors of 1967, than Duran Duran of 1984. But, as many popular bands of the eighties were all smoke and mirrors and had little substance, The Dream Syndicate was all but ignored by most. It is a case of the right band at exactly the wrong time.

And how did a furry beast like myself, travel down the same path as these majestic misfits? Well, I bumped into this group in an old fashioned manner. As I was struck in the gut by their live show as openers for R.E.M. at the notorious, (and well-documented) gig in Virginia Beach, Va on a hot summer's night in 1984.

For me, it felt like these guys were bringing the 1960's (in sound & spirit) right at us in the middle of thoe horrible days of Reaganomics. I had discovered new music that kicked A$$! Led by Steve Wynn on guitars and vocals, Karl Precoda on wild outta control lead guitars, Dennis Duck & Dave Provost holding down the bottom on drums and bass guitar duties. As an added bonus, Tom Zwoncheck plays some amazing keyboards on this album.

"Still Holding On To You" "Daddy's Girl" "Bullet With My Name On It" "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" and the title track: "Medicine Show" are great stompin' rock songs, that don't let up.
This is hard-driving music that is best played loud to drown out the neighbor's dog. This music didn't receieve the huge audience that it deserved, I don't think "Medicine Show" got anywhere near the top-200 album listings. Everybody else wanted: "Thriller.
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