Medicine Show (album)

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Medicine Show
The Dream Syndicate - Medicine Show.jpg
Studio album by
Released1984 (1984)
RecordedSan Francisco
GenreAlternative rock
Length45:08
LabelA&M
ProducerSandy Pearlman
The Dream Syndicate chronology
The Days of Wine and Roses
(1982)
Medicine Show
(1984)
Out of the Grey
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[2]
Spin Alternative Record Guide5/10[3]
Uncut4/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB−[5]

Medicine Show is the second studio album by The Dream Syndicate. It was released in 1984.

The Dream Syndicate left Slash Records, a small label that released the band's first album The Days of Wine and Roses (1982), and signed with the A&M label. Medicine Show was produced by Sandy Pearlman; Pearlman had previously worked with Blue Öyster Cult and The Clash.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Wynn except where noted.

  1. "Still Holding on to You" — 3:39
  2. "Daddy's Girl" — 3:02
  3. "Burn" — 5:34
  4. "Armed with an Empty Gun" — 3:56
  5. "Bullet with My Name on It" (Karl Precoda) — 6:20
  6. "The Medicine Show" — 6:29
  7. "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" — 8:48
  8. "Merrittville" — 7:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Wynn – guitar, vocals
  • Karl Precoda – lead, rhythm guitars
  • Dennis Duck – drums
  • Dave Provost – bass

Additional musicians:

  • Tom Zvoncheck – piano, Hammond B3 organ
  • Sid Griffin – background vocals
  • Stephen McCarthy – background vocals
  • Paul Mandl – background vocals
  • Gavin Blair – background vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Medicine Show – The Dream Syndicate". AllMusic. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Dream Syndicate: Medicine Show". Mojo: 118. Pearlman transformed them into a wired, manic hard-drilled rock machine, turning Wynn's dark outlaw tales into epic journeys of cinematic voiolence... Oddly powerful...
  3. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  4. ^ "The Dream Syndicate: Medicine Show". Uncut: 91. Medicine Show -- dense with songs of violence, paranoia, lurking evil, and Karl Precoda's uncanny guitar -- is a punk/noir magnum opus...
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 24, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 31, 2018.