DVD and mp3s of two Chad and Jimmy Carl Black show from 1992, amazing modern hijinx on versions of Zappa, Hendrix, Beefheart, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, &c.
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99 minutes/NTSC All Regions + 3 hours of mp3 recordings
Label: Modern Alchemy
Catalog ID: Modern Alchemy 01
Squidco Product Code: 9466
Packaging: DVD Digipack
Recorded live in Rotterdam, Holland September 9, 2001. Produced and directed by Robert O'Haire
Jimmy Carl Black
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"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.
Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.
Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eugene-chadbourne-mn0000172925/biography)
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1. Orange Claw Hammer (Van Vliet)
2. Dropout Boogie (Van Vliet)
3. Plastic Factory (Van Vliet)
4. Apache a Go Go (Jack and Jim)
5. Ethnic Cleaning (Chadbourne)
6. Click Clack (Van Vliet)
7. My Human Gets Me Blues (Van Vliet)
8. (I'm Your) Hoochie-Coochie Man (Dixon)
9. Colorado Kool-Aid (Thomas)
10. One Rainy Wish (Hendrix)
11. Bold as Love (Hendrix)
12. Willin' (George)
13. Ridder Bar (Jack and Jim)
14. Wishing All of These Old Things Were New (Haggard)
15. Mom and Dad (Zappa)
16. Who the Heck is Sonny Black (Jack and Jim)
17. That's the Way Love Goes (Frizzell)
18. [a visit from Dorothy Helms / fire at the airport]
19. Willie the Pimp (Zappa)
20. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Zappa)
21. Orange Claw Hammer (Van Vliet)
22. Big Boss Man (Smith/Dixon)
23. Throw My Money Around (Hooker)
24. Le Hippie Dogg (Jack and Jim)
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Dr. Chad has played with ex-Mother of Invention Jimmy Carl Black over many years, and the results are amazing modern hijinx versions of Zappa, Hendrix, Beefheart and songs from other rock and folk icons. This live show from 1992 in Yorkshire, 1992, captures a great mix of the aforementioned, along with songs from Merle Hagard, John Lee Hooker, and Willie Dixon. The music from an entirely different show from the same tour, Rotterdam 1992, is also included as a set of bonus mp3 files.
From the back cover:
"The good Doctor, also known as Jack, comments thusly on the release of this new DVD package:
I am delighted to see this important chapter of the Jack and Jim Show available as a film for families to watch at home: families of freaks, that is! The CD released from this 2001 tour is entitled 2001: A Spaced Oddity, and that is kind of what Jack and Jim and documentarian extraordinaire Bob O'Haire were as we wandered through Holland and France. The Rotterdamn show depicted heein was clearly the performance highlight of this particular venture, a perfect setting and crowd, a big plate of roast duck after the show, all what the Dutch would call "lekker!" We had made a new set with a clear Beefheart slant, which is an interesting contrast to the Zappa-rich set from 1992 which is included as an mp3 bonus. I was even more excited about this because this terrific live show from another first class venue was among the recordings I thought were lost forever due to the non-release of what would have been the Jack and Jim Show's first CD release. So this predates Locked in a Dutch Coffeeshop and features lots of songs we don't do anymore, makes me want to do them again. Sorry about the cheesy banjo sound but I hadn't given up playing with a pickup yet.
99 minutes/NTSC All Regions + 3 hours of mp3 recordings
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