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Up on the Sun Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 16, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000I9KV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Up On The Sun
2. Maiden's Milk
3. Away
4. Animal Kingdom
5. Hot Pink
6. Swimming Ground
7. Buckethead
8. Too Real
9. Enchanted Porkfist
10. Seal Whales
11. Two Rivers
12. Creator
13. Hot Pink
14. Up On The Sun
15. Mother American Marshmallow
16. Embodiment Of Evil
17. Hot Pink

Editorial Reviews

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This is the album where most fans agree that Curt, Cris, and Derrick came into their own as a totally original artistic force, where the intricate wordplay of Curt's heat-driven visions is finally matched by the tricky rhythmic exchanges and turbulent, trippy melodicism emanating from the instruments. When listening to songs such as the whistle-led "Maiden's Milk," the outrageously Talking Heads-funky "Away," or the giddy, rollicking "Seal Whales," it becomes almost impossible to believe that only three instruments could create such a delicate, textured record. It truly seemed that this Phoenix trio had managed to capture the sound of the desert on vinyl--the sense of echoing loneliness, the cactus prickliness, the vast open spaces. This reissue (originally released in 1985) includes five bonus eight-track demos. --Everett True

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Includes five previously unreleased tracks, plus a live video of "Swimming Ground" originally prepared for French TV. Also, an essay by Scott Schinder and recording notes by Derrick Bostrom.

The high watermark of their early years, "Up on the Sun" remains as most Meat Puppets fans' all-time favorite. Recorded in just three days back in early 1985, the album recieved universal praise. In the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Mikal Gilmore described it as the "most articulate version yet of what is proving to be one of the more intriguing private musical languages in American pop." Richard Grabel effused thusly in New Musical Express: "Uplifting, delicate, inspiring, intricate, personal, important -- 'Up on the Sun' is all these things."

For this edition, the album has been expanded to include five additional tracks, including very different demo versions of "Hot Pink," "Up on the Sun," and "Maiden's Milk," plus the previously unreleased "Embodiment of Evil." Also included is the original extended instrumental of "Hot Pink."

As an added bonus, the albums in this series include an "Enhanced CD" partition for play on home computers. "Up on the Sun" offers a lucky find, a complete live video of the Meat Puppets performing "Swimming Ground" at Hollywood's Music Machine club in January of 1986. Originally produced for French television by I/O Productions, this video offers a rare glimpse of the band at the peak of their early career.


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Of course it's flawed... but flaws define beauty and originality.
Marc (with a 'c')
Up on the sun is a great opening song a laid back happy groving piece with a dersert sounding guitar line.
stephen summerlin
II is still the best Meat Puppets albums, but Up on the Sun is a great, weird, funny album.
C.D. Usselman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Listened to this'n driving from El Paso to Phoenix to see The Flaming Lips back in '89. Plays like an endless stretch of scrubby desert. My ex-wife began her ship into evil psychosis because I wouldn't take this tape out of the player. She hit me with a sandwich and tried to get out of the car. It's that good!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on July 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
How many albums can you think of that you like EVERY song on ? For me, the Beatles' "Abbey Road " and "Murmur" by REM come to mind. After listening to "Up on the Sun" by the Meat Puppets for the past 6 months, it has just hit me that this is a perfect album; I love every song on it.
The songs are fast, simple, fun, and really catchy. This record sounds like it is was recorded live in the studio during a session where the band had a lot of fun; it sounds real, not fake. The music is not as deep as the music on the Meat Puppets' album which came before this one (Meat Puppets II) but that's OK, it's a different album (by the way, Meat Puppets II is great and nearly perfect). Most of the songs focus on electric guitar but there are also songs where the bass rules the guitar (Maiden's Milk, Hot Pink). I have never heard bass like this before; it's amazing.
For anyone who likes alternative music, this is a must have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Noisoid on December 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This record is certainly on par as one of the best albums of the eighties along w/ Zen Arcade, Double Nickels, also on SST. This is a psychedelic masterpiece...probably as good as Cream Disreali Gears was when it came out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ludwig J. Pluralist on December 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've long loved the Meat Puppets, and was ecstatic to see them live, at a dinky little club in Madison, Wisconsin in 1988; it was my only time ever in a mosh pit, though, it being a Meat Puppets show, it was a more playful than aggro group of moshers. I had much fun that night.

Anyway, this, along with Meat Puppets II, is my favorite of their many recordings. Later records would generally contain anywhere from two or three to a half-dozen great tracks. But with Up on the Sun, they deliver the goods from start to finish. Granted, it's not as punky speedy as is II, but it need not be. Instead, what it is is a record of gentle, semi-acoustic tunes, with an emphasis on tunefulness. Check out a song like Swimming Ground, or Away, and try to keep from smiling; I don't think it can be done.

Overall, I'd describe this as gentle, blissful cowpunk, appropriate for driving across the Arizona desert after having consumed a few bites of hash brownies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on April 9, 2005
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Up On The Sun is the Meat Puppets' third album and the followup to their now legendary Meat Puppets II which introduced the world to cowpunk, a mixture of country and punk music. While that album as well as several of their releases are easy to define (ex...Meat Puppets I is their punk album, Huevos, the power-trio album, Monsters, the heavy album), Up On The Sun is beyond categorization. It is also their most cohesive listen and ranks with Meat Puppets II and Too High To Die as their best work.

While their first two albums were furious and very ragged, the songs here are much tighter. Their brand of cowpunk is replaced by songs that are equally based on mood and melody and the results are stunning. Curt Kirkwood's vocals are very somber and this along with his moody guitar work truly carry the album. The excellent tracks "Away", "Buckethead", and "Swimming Ground" are both upbeat and catchy while "Animal Kingdom" has a strong new-wave vibe with Curt's unique guitar work providing the appropriate background. Songs like "Hot Pink" and the title track are very laid back and feature creative interplay between Curt and his bass-playing brother Cris. The tracks "Enchanted Pork Fist" and "Creator" offer glimpses of their punk sound but are much more structured than tunes like "New Gods" and "Split Myself In Two" from their previous release. The band continue to write great instrumentals as both "Maiden's Milk" and "Seal Whales" add to the album's low-key vibe. Other strong tracks include the haunting "Two Rivers" and "Too Real." As with all of their remastered releases, Rykodisc has added several bonus tracks. There are two additional versions of "Hot Pink", a looser version that's pretty decent, and a longer and weirder instrumental version that drags on for over 8 minutes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Pross on December 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After Meat Puppets I, the indie fans expected another raspy punk rant and they got a psychedelic, country-rock excursion. When the fans were then expecting the same on their 3rd effort, this is what happened: Up on the Sun. A beautifully interwoven mix of undistorted guitars playing almost jazzy, occasionally complex, tweed-pop licks. Amazing bass lines, interplaying perfectly with the guitar. And lyrics that make you cock your head and wonder what these guys were smoking. (Up in my head there's an animal kingdom, I am the king of the animals there)

This is an album whose style, in the history of music, has never been duplicated or even attempted. Even those that don't care for it must admit to its originality. You may find it too weird or different for your liking, but that's the way Curt & co. like it. Weird. Original. Like nothing else you've ever heard. They never cared if it wasn't accessible to the public. Sorry if that upsets some people, but that's what they're about.

So for me, this is THE perfect example of why the Meat Puppets are the greatest band the world will never appreciate. Totally original, musically amazing, never compromising. Please expose yourself to their genius.
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