Brian Jonestown Massacre, The - Thank God For Mental Illness [LP]

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"Available on 180-gram yellow vinyl with download code for the original CD's 33-
minute closing track ''Sound of Confusion,'' excluded from this LP. This the first time
that this title has been available on vinyl. At the risk of belaboring a rather obvious
point, with Thank God for Mental Illness, their third collection of absolutely
stunning music to be released in 1996, The Brian Jonestown Massacre
parallels the prolific and effortless brilliance of The Rolling Stones at their
fevered late-1960s peak; the sheer scope of their achievements is stunning -- rarely
are bands quite so productive, or quite so consistently amazing. Thank God is The
BJM's down-and-dirty country-blues outing, all 12-odd tracks supposedly recorded
on a single July day at a cost of just $17.36. The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a
psychedelic rock band originally from San Francisco, California, led by guitarist
and singer Anton Newcombe. Since 1995, The Brian Jonestown Massacre has
released numerous albums, first for Bomp!, the label that gave them their start, and
later for TVT and Tee Pee. The BJM has been essential in the development of the
modern U.S. garage scene, and many LA and SF musicians got their start playing
with Newcombe, including Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Originally, Newcombe was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones' psychedelic
phase -- the band's name combines the name of Stones founder Brian Jones with
a reference to cult leader Jim Jones -- but his work in the 2000s has expanded
into aesthetic dimensions approximating the UK shoegaze genre of the 1990s and
incorporating influences from world music, especially Middle Eastern and Brazilian
A1. Spanish Bee
A2. It Girl
A3. 13
A4. Ballad of Jim Jones
A5. Those Memories
A6. Stars Newcombe
B1. Free and Easy, Take 2
B2. Down
B3. 'Cause I Love Her
B4. Too Crazy to Care
B5. Talk-Action=Shit
B6. True Love"

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