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Having gone to college in the Bay Area in the late 60's/early 70's, that's the music I identify with. That era from somewhere starting in the 1960's and into the 1970's was (is) the period of music I like best. It seemed that with each passing year (and decade) I heard less of what I listen for in music. And by the 1990's, thanks to my age and the then current musical styles, I heard even less I liked when compared to the 60's. But then along came JELLYFISH. Their first album, "Bellybutton", seemed to fit in with my musical likes. And with "Spilt Milk", they proved they weren't a "one album" band. Yes I know, they had that retro vibe from the period I like. But underneath all that they were truly a good band. In the studio they played real instruments or hired players for certain sounds/arrangements they wanted. Even sound effects were done live-they actually broke a large mirror in the studio because they wanted to use the sound it made-instead of using a prerecorded sound effect. And live they proved they were exciting to hear in person.
And that brings me to this set. It's the basic instrumental tracks as originally laid down by the band all those years ago-no tinkering. Who would think that both albums-shorn of vocals-would be such an interesting and entertaining listen? And could stand on their own? With (virtually) no vocals to concentrate on, so much more of the music-the arrangements and the actual sounds of the instruments-is brought into the clear light of day. There's nothing that will really hit you over the head-it's the subtleties that make for great listening-like the guitar that begins "Russian Hill".Read more ›
These guys made two of greatest albums of the last 20 years or so, each song brimming with more melodic ingenuity, vocal and instrumental chops, and songwriting and arranging craftsmanship than most bands achieve over the course of 10 or 20-year careers. So what could be better than this collection of instrumental backing tracks, allowing us to listen into the mix and to hear in all their glory these insanely great recordings.
Bellybutton and Spilt Milk contain some of the most memorable, catchy, hook intensive post-Beatles pop/rock on the planet. For those who have not had the pleasure, get those records and brace yourself. For those of you who already know how great these albums are, here's your chance to hear them in a whole new light. What a gift for Jellyfish fans!
Yes and yes. Why four stars? There are a couple of tracks here and there that really needed the vocals to make them shine. Most of the music stands well on its own although I'm a bit partial to the first album vs. the second personally. A pity that there aren't any incomplete/alternate mixes included but that's a minor quibble given that we can get this release "offically" when it was only available as a bootleg for the last decade.
The first disc includes all of their debut Bellybutton. This allows fans to hear all the detailed playing that provided the backbone for the songs. The second disc includes all of Spilt Milk. The CDs are packaged in a gatefold cardboard sleeve. Each is embossed with a number on the back (this is limited to 2500 or 2000 copies the offical Omnivore website had BOTH numbers listed)and my only complaint with this set is that mine set, for example, ended up with some minor surface scratches after CAREFULLY pulling them out (I suspect they sustained them when they were either put in or from moving around inside the packaging).Read more ›
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what a band..what a band! These cats are amazing and shame they are no longer together.Published 6 months ago by John Foster
This is essentially a karaoke CD of the band's two (amazing) albums. If you're a big fan that's looking for demos or unique mixes of your favorite Jellyfish songs (like I was),... Read morePublished 11 months ago by RWWO
Interesting item , certainly not your usual fare from a pop group.
Jellyfish mine their influences well and provide the listener with quite a unique take on their album... Read more
What you have here is both of Jellyfish's studio albums sans vocals. This recording lets you hear just how brilliant these musicians were in their heyday. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Arnold S Delarisch
Oh what fun! Now, if only I could sing, I could have a pretty awesome karaoke party. Well, maybe I'll have a private one. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by D. Cushing
Fun to sing along with, but i found i needed a lyric sheet to help me along. Some mild sweetener thrown in at times so you know you're in the right spot. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by A. Lowell
KIND OF I'LL TAKE THIS BAND ANY WAY I CAN LOVE THEM SOOO MUCH WISH THEY COULD REUNITE AND TOUR THANKS GREAT SERVICEPublished on July 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer