- Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
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- Label: Not Lame Records
- ASIN: B00006ALDR
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Fan Club (From the Rare to the Unreleased... And Back Again) Box set, Original recording remastered
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Not Lame Records in conjunction with EMI Records put together this very cool 4 CD box set filled with tons of demos, acoustic tracks, radio station performances, live tracks & interviews. 24 page booklet with essays, track info & comments. 'Fan Club' feat
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Mostly right. A few things have made this 4 disc set -which is nearly TWICE as long as their entire career-long recorded output -possible: It helps that some ex-members of this band , such as Jason Falkner and Roger Manning, went on to bigger, better things. It helps that the band was extremely talented, both live and in the studio, and at least somewhat prolific, especially in the demo-producing department. The main reason this set exists, though, is the efforts of the best record company in Fort Collins, Colorado-Not Lame Records. Not Lame has discovered a niche in marketing the sounds of "Power Pop" in all of its many forms and guises-and they discovered a small but previously untapped market of like-minded individuals interested in getting a hold of all of the `work in progress/back story/live' stuff possible from previous major label acts with a small but loyal fan base such as the Posies and now Jellyfish. Releases such as these won't garner the kind of sales a major label finds attractive, but Not Lame considers selling, say, a thousand plus copies of the Jellyfish box a raging success.
The set is a thrill for the `already converted'-fans of the `Fish. A good disc worth or so of this material was out there for the dedicated to track down previously in hard-to-find and expensive compilations, promos and foreign CD singles-but now all of that and much more is readily available for about the same price of a couple of the real rarities usually go for. The set is organized chronologically with label-seeking/first album demos on disc 1, touring for the 1st album stuff on disc 2 (includes some pretty good "only-played-`em-live" songs), demos for the 2nd album (and five submissions for Mr. Starkey to consider for the "Time Takes Time" album) on disc 3 and the final 9 months or so of touring on disc 4. (Wait around after the last listed song for a live radio "King is Half Undressed" as a hidden track).
Some of the live stuff sounds amazingly good , especially the stuff prior to the final five songs on disc 2 or the Universal Amphitheatre stuff on disc 4. Those last five on disc 2 are from a poorly recorded radio source but are historically significant as they're from what was no doubt the biggest crowd Jellyfish ever played to (Wembley stadium). Other than one horribly recorded radio song ("New Mistake" on disc 4) the sound on these discs is pretty good-especially given that about half the set is demo quality at best.
There's more than enough here for any rabid fan-almost too much at times, with certain songs showing up three or even FOUR times (i.e. demo, live accoustic, live band, TV appearance)-That's plenty of times to hear "Baby's Coming Back", believe me. There are a couple of songs from the discs not represented by demos here, and the demo is often a clear blueprint for the very-similar disc version, but it's still good to hear these songs in a somewhat stripped down, less elaborate form.
Anyone wondering what all of the fuss is about and wishing to get acquainted with this band should seek out "Bellybutton" and "Spilt Milk"-the two actual discs are the essential and fully-realized musical statements of the band. This is all most people would ever need. If you've done that and fallen totally in love with this band, you'll find yourself wanting more. You'll want to hear/have the unpolished, behind-the-scenes, collector's only stuff. If that happens, this set is where your next, and final, stop should be.
A single disc is devoted to the demos of each album (with 16 demos for the first so clearly there's unreleased material there) and 21 for the second (ditto). A single disc of live performances (some of the tracks were available on various websites)and a single disc containing radio, t.v. appearences and contributions to various anthologies (like the Harry Nilsson tribute album).
There's a great book (it's packaged in book format)with plenty of great classic memorabilia. There's comments from the band galore. The sound is terrific and many of the tracks have been remixed by the band's long time sound engineer and remastered for this special limited edition CD boxed set.
The bulk of the material here is of a high quality and many of the tapes come from band members' personal archieves. Let's hope that we can see more of these type of items from Not Lame. There are plenty of bands (like The Vapors, etc.) that only produced two albums, a number of single b-sides and live tracks and then vanished. While it's not a load of material, Jellyfish's 10cc meets Queen style was both influential and commerically viable for their brief life. They deserve this set, darn it!
The ultimate gift for the Jellyfish fan, Fan Club Box Set is similar to Xtc's A Coat of Many Cupboards in concept. While the band only produced two albums (come on guys! get it together and record another album for God's sake!), they had plenty of material to make a terrific boxed set. Just remember that there are many demos here and if you're not a completist, this boxed set probably isn't for you. Not Lame deserves kudos for the fine job they've done here with the co-operation of the band's label EMI/Virgin Records.
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