The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities

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The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities
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Box set by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Released September 2008
Genre Alternative rock, noise pop, post-punk
Label Blanco Y Negro
Rhino
Producer Mason Williams, Phil Ward-Large, John Loder, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Bill Inglot, Stephen Hague, Joe Foster
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
Live in Concert
(2003)Live in Concert2003
The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities
(2008)
Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain
(2010)Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
ChartAttack 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
Mojo 4/5 stars[4]
Paste 8.7/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Uncut 4/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice favorable[10]

The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities is a box set compilation album by the noise pop band The Jesus and Mary Chain, released in 2008. As the title proclaims, it contains b-sides and rarities from the group's career.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jim Reid and William Reid; except where indicated.

Disc one
No. Title Music Length
1. "Up Too High" (demo '83) William Reid 3:44
2. "Upside Down"   3:00
3. "Vegetable Man" Syd Barrett 3:35
4. "Suck"   2:08
5. "Ambition" Vic Goddard 3:29
6. "Just Out of Reach"   2:08
7. "Boyfriend's Dead"   1:43
8. "Head"   3:50
9. "Just Like Honey" (demo Oct. '84)   2:59
10. "Cracked"   3:47
11. "Taste of Cindy" (acoustic version)   2:00
12. "The Hardest Walk"   3:13
13. "Never Understand" (alternate take)   3:26
14. "My Little Underground" (demo)   2:33
15. "The Living End" (demo)   2:17
16. "Some Candy Talking"   3:18
17. "Psychocandy"   2:54
18. "Hit"   3:28
19. "Cut Dead" (acoustic)   2:47
20. "You Trip Me Up" (acoustic)   2:42
21. "Walk and Crawl"   2:24
Disc two
No. Title Music Length
1. "Kill Surf City"   3:11
2. "Bo Diddley Is Jesus"   3:18
3. "Who Do You Love" Ellas McDaniel 4:05
4. "Everything's Alright When You're Down"   2:39
5. "Shake"   2:01
6. "Happy When It Rains" (demo)   3:47
7. "Happy Place"   2:24
8. "F. Hole"   1:09
9. "Rider"   2:12
10. "On the Wall" (Porta Studio demo)   3:42
11. "Surfin' U.S.A." (April outtake) Chuck Berry, Brian Wilson 2:58
12. "Here It Comes Again"   2:33
13. "Don't Ever Change"   3:33
14. "Swing"   2:26
15. "Sidewalking"   3:35
16. "Surfin' U.S.A." (Summer mix) Berry, Wilson 2:58
17. "Shimmer"   2:47
18. "Penetration"   2:48
19. "Break Me Down"   2:31
20. "Subway"   2:06
21. "My Girl" Smokey Robinson, Ronald White 3:05
Disc three
No. Title Music Length
1. "In the Black"   2:55
2. "Terminal Beach"   2:25
3. "Deviant Slice"   3:03
4. "I'm Glad I Never" Lee Hazlewood 1:31
5. "Drop" (acoustic remix)   1:54
6. "Rollercoaster"   3:52
7. "Silverblade"   2:58
8. "Lowlife"   3:28
9. "Tower of Song" Leonard Cohen 4:50
10. "Heat"   3:01
11. "Guitarman" Hubbard, Jerry Reed 3:43
12. "Why'd You Want Me"   3:14
13. "Sometimes"   2:52
14. "Teenage Lust" (acoustic version)   2:25
15. "Reverberation (Doubt)" Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland 3:47
16. "Don't Come Down"   2:41
17. "Snakedriver"   3:41
18. "Something I Can't Have"   3:03
19. "Write Record Release Blues"   2:57
20. "Little Red Rooster" Chester Arthur Burnett, Willie Dixon 3:27
Disc four
No. Title Music Length
1. "The Perfect Crime" J. Reid 1:35
2. "Little Stars" W. Reid 3:33
3. "Drop" (Re-recorded) W. Reid 1:53
4. "I'm In With the Out Crowd" J. Reid 2:37
5. "New York City" W. Reid 1:59
6. "Taking It Away" Ben Lurie 2:12
7. "Ghost of a Smile" Shane MacGowan 2:55
8. "Alphabet Street" Prince 2:17
9. "Coast to Coast" (alternate - William Vox)   2:17
10. "Dirty Water" (demo - William Vox) W. Reid 3:15
11. "Till I Found You"   2:05
12. "Bleed Me" J. Reid 3:38
13. "33⅓" J. Reid 3:19
14. "Lost Star" W. Reid 2:05
15. "Hide Myself" J. Reid 3:31
16. "Rocket" Lurie 3:02
17. "Easylife, Easylove" J. Reid 4:08
18. "40.000k" J. Reid 2:51
19. "Nineteen666" Dick Meaney, W. Reid 3:31
20. "Some Candy Talking" (acoustic version; iTunes US bonus track)   3:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Vanessa Atkins - Editorial Supervision
  • Glenn A. Baker - Photography
  • Paul Barber - Project Assistant
  • Barry Blacker - Drums
  • P.G. Brunelli - Photography
  • Andrew Catlin - Photography
  • Murray Dalglish - Drums
  • Brad Davidson - Bass
  • Donna DeChristopher - Project Assistant
  • Geoff Donkin - Drums
  • Steve Double - Photography
  • Terry Edwards - Trumpet
  • Casey Estevez - Package Supervision
  • Dave Evans - Guitar (Rhythm)
  • Dele Fadele - Liner Notes
  • Sheryl Farber - Project Assistant
  • Lyn Fey - Project Assistant
  • Lincoln Fong - Bass
  • Joe Foster - Producer
  • Bobby Gillespie - Drums
  • Steven P. Gorman - Photo Research
  • Dick Green - Bass
  • Stephen Hague - Producer
  • Douglas Hart - Bass
  • Dan Hersch - Remastering
  • Martin Hewes - Drums
  • Robin Hurley - Project Assistant
  • Wendy Idele - Photography
  • Bill Inglot - Compilation Producer, Remastering
  • Ivan Ivan - Remixing
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain - Producer
  • Philip King - Bass
  • Gie Knaeps - Photography
  • Masaki Koike - Art Direction, Design
  • John Loder - Producer, Engineer
  • Ben Lurie - Bass, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals (background)
  • Shane MacGowan - Vocals
  • Ross Marino - Photography, Cover Photo
  • Patrick Milligan - Discographical Annotation
  • Steve Monti - Drums
  • John J. Moore - Drums, Guitar (Rhythm)
  • Kenny Nemes - Product Manager
  • Karen Parker - Vocals (background)
  • Matthew Parkin - Bass
  • Steve Peck - Engineer
  • Joshua Petker - Art Supervisor
  • James Pinker - Drums
  • David Ponak - Project Assistant
  • Alessandra Quaranta - Photo Research
  • Jim Reid - Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Instrumentation
  • Julie Reid - Project Assistant
  • Linda Reid - Vocals
  • William Reid - Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Instrumentation
  • Paul Rider - Photography
  • Ebet Roberts - Photography
  • Nick Sanderson - Drums
  • Hope Sandoval - Vocals
  • Tom Sheehan - Photography
  • Nina Talikka - Research Assistant
  • Richard Thomas - Drums
  • Phil Ward-Large - Producer
  • Scott Webber - Project Assistant
  • Kevin Westenberg - Photography
  • Mason Williams - Compilation Producer
  • Steve Woolard - Project Assistant

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