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on December 4, 2010
I was looking for a song The Afghan whigs Re-made.My world is empty with out you {Live}, and it was on this CD. i loved it and was Happy that some other songs were also live { What Jail is like}..Love it!
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on January 7, 2003
The What Jail is Like EP is not only a great vehicle for the title track (from the impressive album Gentlemen), but a superb collection of studio covers and live cuts.
The EP opens with the song "What Jail Is Like," a harrowing tune that splices splintered guitars with chiming piano. Definitely one of the best songs from Gentlemen, this is the band at their best, a song both soothing and jarring simultaniously. A cover of the Ass Ponies' "Mr. Superlove" is a surprisingly effective song, a dark song about abuse. The lyrics are given surprising clarity over singer Greg Dulli's overdriven guitar and a *banjo* (a gesture toward the slight twang the Whigs sometimes used).
The next two tracks, James Carr's "Dark End of the Street" and the Rodgers & Hart classic "Little Girl Blue" are some of the best songs the Afghan Whigs have ever recorded. Lots of piano (thanks to Howlin' Maggie frontman/longtime Whigs goon Harold Chichester) and string accompaniment make these songs sublime and eerie (in a gorgeous way).
The last trio, live versions of "What Jail Is Like," "Now You Know," and the Supremes' "My World Is Empty Without You/I Hear a Symphony," give a great peek into the versitility of the band's live show. The band shows they're just as passionate on stage as they were in the studio.
The What Jail Is Like EP is a great recording, and probably my favorite by the Whigs. I highly recommend it.
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on August 12, 2002
This cd is a great value for the money--it only has seven songs, but it has the emotional depth of a full-length album. "Mr. Superlove" is a great song. The live versions of "What Jail is Like," "Now You Know" and "My World is Empty Without You/I Hear a Symphony" are just as awesome as one could hope they would be. Note: this may be the sort of thing that may be interesting only to me, but Gram Parsons also recorded a version of "Dark End of the Street."
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on June 7, 1999
great disc. 'dark end of the street' is dark, moody, classic whigs. 'My World Is Empty Without You/I Hear A Symphony' is great, too. really gives you a feel for what they sound like live. get this. now.
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on December 30, 2013
An interesting take on "Mr. Superlove"...the rest...meh. Afghan Whigs were all about taking soul covers and have them dripping with menace when EP's where released.
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