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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent update to an excellent album, August 31, 2011
This review is from: Pocket Full of Kryptonite (20th Anniversary) (2CD) (Audio CD)
Pocket Full of Kryptonite is really one of the albums that most influenced me. It was the first modern, and first rock album that I bought. Yes, I bought it for Two Princes. But the rest of the album was so important to me. Tracks like Forty or Fifty showcased a certain atmosphere, tracks like Off My Line and What Time Is It showed me what it meant to rock out.
The Spin Doctors are effectively a power trio. Plus a singer. Besides the excellent quality of the songs on this album, this album was mixed correctly, which is one of my complaints about the band's subsequent albums - they started to downplay the musical strengths the band had.
This album is really, really consistent. Some of the songs take a little longer to appreciate (the vocal for Refrigerator Car is not especially catchy, but it's just an incredible force once you get used to it.)
As far as the tracks being remastered - I can't hear a difference. I might be imagining it, but at best, I think I might hear some of the drums a little more clearly.

The real highlight of this release is the second disc. After giving it a listen, I can honestly say.... yes, buy it.
The demos are really fascinating. As a person who knows the studio versions inside and out, and has listened to plenty of live recordings, this is quite an insight into the ways that songs developed.
Most of the songs retain the same general format, and the main difference is that the solos are different. The biggest changes are in the vocal. For many, the lyrics had already coalesced, but the phrasing hadn't. Barron doesn't sound as confident as he normally does - on any the studio albums, or live recordings. These changes in phrasing are really interesting, particularly on Forty or Fifty. It's nice to have another copy of House, especially since the version on You've Got to Believe in Something was so different. Hearing Freeway of the Plains like this is very interesting. Without the intro (as recorded on Up For Grabs) the song seems a little more hollow... with less tension. It still makes me wish they had released a proper studio recording of it. Oddly, I really like the solo on this one.
The demo of How Could You Want Him is also drastically different as far as the guitar work goes. The vocal sounds like Chris still hasn't found the right way to approach the song, and the lack of dynamics in the bridge is very different from any of the versions I've heard.

There are a few other noteworthy differences - horns on a few tracks, and Hungry Hamed's has some interesting lead lines that don't exist on the studio version.

The real, real gem here is Turn it Upside Down. This is not the funkiest version I've heard of it, but it's the cleanest, and still a very tight version.
Go buy this if you liked the album to begin with. Rediscover it.
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