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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Weathermaker Music
  • ASIN: B001W63E04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. King of Arizona
2. Slowhole to China
3. Nickel Dime
4. Sea of Destruction
5. Oregon
6. Easy Breeze
7. Hale Bopp Blues
8. Four Lords
9. Rising Son
10. Guild of Mute Assassins
11. Willie Nelson
12. Equinox
13. Hoodoo Operator
14. Day of the Jackalope
15. Ship of Gold (West Virginia)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 2002 rarities collection now including three additional tracks. Slow Hole To China features 15 remastered rarities straight from the West Virginia and Maryland vaults of Neil Fallon, Jean-Paul Gaster, Tim Sult, and Dan Maines! Includes Clutch's dynamic cover of John Coltrane's 'Equinox'.

Customer Reviews

It's hard to describe but, oh man, it's great.
Michael
It's a record but who cares it's well worth the buy to anyone who's a clutch fan or just a music fan.
SDMFdenver
I own all of the other albums, and this one was far better than I expected it to be.
Jonathan M. Pitts

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric H on June 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I don't usually write reviews, but I figured I'd add this rating as a counter to the reviewers that feel gouged. (Note: I think the album description is inaccurate, the one with the brown cover background and 12 tacks is "Rare and Unreleased", the 2009 one with the green background I picked up is called "Rare and Re-Released")

First, I'll agree with Ian's comments that any of these tracks could have been on a standard album and are not cutting room floor fodder. Second, there are new Clutch fans being created all the time (such as myself) who didn't yet have the prior album. If you feel slighted at having bought the first one, you can get the 3 new tracks from this one as MP3s for $0.99 each... hardly going to break the bank.

Finally, the music business is just that... a business. According to wiki, the prior album was released by two labels I've never heard of... this time it's being released by Clutch's own recording label Weathermaker. I had yet to see the older version in stores, so this re-release is more of a replacement to the prior version, which made it much easier for me to get it... and if it puts more money in Clutch's pocket, well that just helps them to keep making new music.

Consider the bands that release a string of largely redundant "best of" albums... this is not nearly that blatant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Will Mindspin on July 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yes, it's true. This rerelease has only 3 new tracks compared to the original version. If that's all you care about, then just download the new mp3's at $0.99 each and skip buying the whole album.

But a very important fact that no one else has yet to mention is that this release is digitally remastered. If you have a half-way decent stereo and the original version, then you already know that the original release is very poor quality. If you don't have a half-way decent stereo, then you haven't really heard Clutch at their full power.

So my suggestion? Get this rereleased version if you have a good stereo. If you don't have a good stereo, then get a new stereo and then get this rerelease. You'll thank me later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jvsmith77 on February 22, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
This is my personal favorite Clutch album , it is a good blend musically of the older stuff and the emergence of what Clutch would come to sound like after "Pure Rock Fury". It's like you put the self titled album and "Blast Tyrant" in a blender and this what would likely come out. Best tracks are "Nickel Dime" , "Rising Son" , "Willie Nelson" , "Day of the Jackalope" , and "Sea of Destruction" which the latter I feel is the best Clutch song in the library. If you like newer Clutch this album will please you more but if you are into "Transitional Speedway League" or the self titled album (which is the only other Clutch album that competes with this one from start to finish) you may not be into this as much. But hey , the beauty of Clutch is their independent creation of the music they make along with one of the best live shows out there , especially for those who miss the days of bands making the real music they want to make and not what a label tells them too. The working mans rock and roll band!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian C. Fitzpatrick on May 4, 2009
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Absolutely great album focusing on some of Clutch's tunes. Hardly a B-side album, any of these songs could have very easily been in previously released albums.

Now the part that grinds my gears...

I don't like the whole re-releasing scheme... Add three songs to an album that most all Cluth fans already have, and expect them to buy it again. I'm sure they wouldn't have to look very far to find another eight or nine songs, and they could have an entirely different "Rare and Unreleased" album, not one that has been out for seven years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Webber on December 13, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
i just rcently started listening to these guys . a buddy of mine i just met at work told me about em after i asked him if he ever heard of kyuss./anyway im 31 years ol and ive heard alot of music and these guys here deserve to be heard.they jam like most people dont know how to jam. they sing and play what makes anyone ive turned em on to says 'HEY, WHOS THAT THEY JAM!!'
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Format: Audio CD
There's always a stigma that surrounds b-side collections, this is probably due to the fact that these tracks tend to be what's left over after all of the good tracks have been recorded onto the final product. But even the obligatory "b-sides" album seemed a little bit beneath Clutch, considering the fact that these albums are usually just good only for a quick money-grab in between proper releases (Kind of along the lines of "greatest hits" releases). The thing about "Slow Hole..." is that it feels more like a "proper release", even more so now that it's been updated with 3 new tracks, and a complete remaster (Which this album desperately needed); and if you've heard the original 2003 release, you would understand why it needed a remaster.

Despite how good this album is, it really lags behind the rest of Clutch's ever expanding catalogue of LP's, EP's, and side projects up to that point and beyond to some extent. While this album has songs like Hoodoo Operator, Guild of Mute Assassins, King of Arizona, and Sea of Destruction which are the highlights of the album; it also has tracks like Nickel Dime, Rising Son, Easy Breeze, and Oregon that I think weigh it down into "b-sides" territory. Let me be clear about this: None of these are bad songs by any stretch, but they are the tracks that I tend to skip past when listening (Which makes this the only Clutch album that I'll skip songs on). They also do a cover of a Coltrane song on here, "Equinox" which is good; considering you have a rock band covering the work of a professional jazz composer, and it does stand out as decent.

It may sound like I'm bashing this album, but I really do like it! It's just kind of bland when compared within the full body of Clutch's work.
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