Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain

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Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain
Greatest hits album by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Released 27 September 2010
Genre Alternative rock, noise pop
Label Music Club Deluxe
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities
(2008)
Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain
(2010)
The Complete Vinyl Collection
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[2]
The Quietus positive[3]

Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain is a greatest hits album by Scottish alternative rock band, The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released on 27 September 2010 via Music Club Deluxe.[4][5][6][7]

The album contains various key tracks from the band's discography, including their singles and a number of rare B-sides, alternative versions and live cuts.[8] Rare songs featured in the albume include the band's reunion song, "All Things Must Pass", which was recorded for the television series, "Heroes" in 2008 and an alternative version for the "33 1/3", "45 RPM", which appeared on 104.9: An XFM Compilation Album.[9][1]

Reception[edit]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic gave the album a positive review, stating: "Upside Down might seem like too much for casual fans, but it retails for the price of a single disc and functions as a thorough, accurate representation of the band’s discography."[1] PJ Meiklem of The Skinny wrote: "The evolution between 1984’s debut single Upside Down and All Things Must Pass (the only new material released since reforming in 2007) may be clear, but it’s not so marked as to drag you through a 44-song-journey to chart it."[2]

Julian Marszalek of The Quietus praised the album, commenting: "Splendidly mastered to boost the fuzz that fizzes throughout the Jesus and Mary Chain’s three chord gems, Upside Down… is a great introduction for anyone seeking an alternative to received wisdom erroneously taken as fact, as well as a timely reminder of Reidian greatness for any lapsed apostles."[3] Johnny Dee of Classic Rock magazine also wrote: "unchronological, Upside Down doesn’t tell the story of The Mary Chain’s transformation from Creation Records agent provocateurs to gothic pop stars to rock’n’roll class act. Instead it darts between eras and demonstrates the breadth of their career."[10]

Robert Spellman of Daily Express described the album as "a useful 44-track gathering of JAMC material spanning the Reid brothers' recording output from 1984 to 2008."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jim Reid and William Reid, except where noted. 

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Just Like Honey"     Psychocandy  
2. "April Skies"     Darklands  
3. "Blues from a Gun"     Automatic  
4. "Far Gone and Out"     Honey's Dead  
5. "Some Candy Talking"     Some Candy Talking EP  
6. "Come On"     Stoned & Dethroned  
7. "Head On"     Automatic  
8. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"     Munki  
9. "All Things Must Pass"     Heroes: Original Soundtrack  
10. "Reverence"     Honey's Dead  
11. "Sidewalking"     Non-album single  
12. "Cracking Up"     Munki  
13. "Upside Down"     Non-album single  
14. "Never Understand"     Psychocandy  
15. "The Hardest Walk"     Psychocandy  
16. "Happy When It Rains"     Darklands  
17. "Sometimes Always"     Stoned & Dethroned  
18. "The Perfect Crime"     Sometimes Always  
19. "Almost Gold"     Honey's Dead  
20. "Darklands"     Darklands  
21. "45 RPM"     104.9: An XFM Compilation Album  
22. "Head"     Just Like Honey  
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Half Way To Crazy"     Automatic  
2. "You Trip Me Up"     Psychocandy  
3. "Rollercoaster"     Rollercoaster EP  
4. "Birthday"     Munki  
5. "Happy Place"     Happy When It Rains  
6. "Something I Can't Have"     Sound of Speed  
7. "I Hate Rock 'n' Roll"     Munki  
8. "Tower of Song" (Leonard Cohen cover) Leonard Cohen Rollercoaster EP  
9. "Vegetable Man" (Pink Floyd cover) Syd Barrett Upside Down  
10. "In A Hole"     Psychocandy  
11. "Kill Surf City"     April Skies  
12. "33 1/3"     I Hate Rock 'n' Roll  
13. "Cherry Came Too"     Darklands  
14. "Between Planets"     Automatic  
15. "Moe Tucker"     Munki  
16. "Little Stars"     Sometimes Always  
17. "God Help Me"     Stoned & Dethroned  
18. "New York City"     Come On  
19. "Nine Million Rainy Days"     Darklands  
20. "Drop"     Automatic  
21. "Black"     Munki  
22. "Psychocandy"     Some Candy Talking EP  

Personnel[edit]

The Jesus and Mary Chain

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy. "The Jesus and Mary Chain Upside Down - The Best of the Jesus and Mary Chain". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Meiklem, PJ (14 November 2010). "The Jesus and Mary Chain – Upside Down: The Best Of...". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Marszalek, Julian (18 November 2010). "Reviews: The Jesus And Mary Chain - Upside Down". The Quietus. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Cosores, Philip (21 September 2010). "The Jesus & Mary Chain releasing double-disc anthology". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain" on Amazon". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  6. ^ ""Upside Down – The Best of The Jesus & Mary Chain" on Creation Records". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain on Demon Music Group". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Murray, Robin. "The Jesus And Mary Chain Best Of Due". Clash. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Hudson, Alex (20 September 2010). "The Jesus and Mary Chain Receive New Best Of Set". Exclaim!. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Dee, Johnny (December 2010). "The Jesus And Mary Chain". Classic Rock. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Spellman, Robert (12 December 2010). "The Jesus And Mary Chain: Upside Down: The Best Of... (Demon)". Daily Express. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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