Jane's Addiction (album)

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Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction album.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMay 15, 1987
Recorded1987 at The Edge Studio in Los Angeles, California
January 26, 1987 at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California
GenreAlternative metal, alternative rock
Length39:08
LabelTriple X
ProducerMark Linett and Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction chronology
Jane's Addiction
(1987)
Nothing's Shocking
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars [2]
Select5/5 stars [3]

Jane's Addiction is the eponymous live album[1] by Jane's Addiction, released on May 15, 1987. Its basic tracks were recorded live at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on January 26, 1987, with additional overdubs and corrections recorded at The Edge Studio in Los Angeles. An audience applause dub from a Los Lobos concert was overlaid onto the final mix.[4]

Music[edit]

The basic tracks were recorded live over a single night in Los Angeles, with additional in-studio recording and overdubs done later. Several songs would be rerecorded for other releases. Of the band-written songs, only "Trip Away," "1%," "I Would For You," and "My Time" have not been rerecorded and rereleased. (A demo of "I Would For You" was released on the 1991 compilation Live and Rare; however, this was recorded in 1986, predating the Jane's Addiction album.[5])

Of the original recording, Perry Farrell recalled: "There was a lot of heat in that room. Heat from brains and bodies that were fully charged up. I knew it was important to speak to the artisans, but I really felt I was addressing the powers that be, too."[6]

"Jane Says" and "Pigs in Zen" were rerecorded for Nothing's Shocking, the band's major label debut. "Whores" and "Chip Away" were rerecorded in 2009 by the reunited Jane's Addiction for the NINJA EP, a collaboration with Nine Inch Nails to promote the joint NINJA tour.

The album included two covers: "Rock & Roll" by The Velvet Underground, and "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones, the latter retitled "Sympathy".

At least one other song, "Slow Divers," was recorded for the album[7] but left off for unknown reasons. "Slow Divers" would eventually be released ten years later on the band's 1997 outtake/alternate/live/new compilation Kettle Whistle.

No singles were released from Jane's Addiction.

Reception[edit]

"Here is proof that Jane's Addiction surpassed puberty before they came of age," wrote Nick Griffiths in a review of a CD reissue for Select. "Jane's Addiction is sex, obsession, tortured-soul food – a rape of the senses. It's no Immaculate Conception, but it's immaculate."[8]

Packaging[edit]

Jane's Addiction has a large number of packaging variations. There are at least four distinct variations of the CD artwork, and seven variations of the vinyl.[9]

The variations all deal with actual disc color and art; the album cover and liner notes remain consistent across all variations in most cases. The very first CD pressing of the album, which is just a standard silver disc with track names and other info in black typeface, contains a typo in the track list on the disc itself; "Pigs in Zen" is listed as "Pigs in Ten." This typo was corrected on all subsequent pressings.

Later versions of the CD album include a blue colored disc with rounded, stylized text for the track list as well as a version that has the actual cover artwork silkscreened on the disc itself.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Trip Away" 3:34
2."Whores" 4:04
3."Pigs in Zen" 4:54
4."1%" 3:31
5."I Would for You" 3:52
6."My Time" 3:32
7."Jane Says" 4:52
8."Rock n Roll" (Velvet Underground cover)Lou Reed4:03
9."Sympathy" (Rolling Stones cover)Keith Richards, Mick Jagger5:25
10."Chip Away" 2:43
Total length:46:31

Personnel[edit]

Jane's Addiction

Production

  • Mark Linett – production
  • Patrick von Wiegandt – recording engineer
  • Eddy Schreyer – recording engineer

Design

  • Karyn Cantor – photography[10]
  • Perry Farrell – artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  3. ^ Select, March 1991'
  4. ^ Brendan Mullen (14 Mar 2006). Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction. Da Capo Press. p. 121. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Jane's Addiction Discography". JanesAddiction.org. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  6. ^ Halbert, James (August 2001). "Nasy habits". Classic Rock. No. 30. p. 55.
  7. ^ janesaddiction.org/songs/janes-addiction/slow-divers/
  8. ^ Select, March 1991
  9. ^ "Jane's Addiction Discography". JanesAddiction.org. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  10. ^ Brendan Mullen (14 Mar 2006). Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction. Da Capo Press. p. ix. Retrieved 8 September 2012.