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Extra Width [2-CD] [Digipak]


  • 0. DISC 1: EXTRA WIDTH:
    1. Afro
    2. History of Lies
    3. Backslider
    4. Soul Letter
    5. Soul Typecast
    6. Pant Leg
    7. Hey Mom
    8. Big Road
    9. Train #2
    10. Inside the World of the Blues Explosion
    11. World of Sex, The
    12. Afro (Mo' Width)
    13. Out of Luck
    14. Cherry Lime
    15. Rob K Is President
    16. Ole Man Trouble
    17. Wet Cat Blues
    18. Johnson
    19. There Stands the Glass
    20. Lion Cut
    21. Beat of the Traps
    22. Memphis Soul Typecast
    0. DISC 2: MO' WIDTH:
    1. Relax-Her
    2. Fat
    3. Son of Sam
    4. Bent
    5. Jailhouse Blues
    6. Caroline
    7. Brenda
    8. Train #1
    9. Train #3
    10. Push Some Air
    11. When Will You Know
    12. Shake a Leg
    13. Naked
    14. Starlight Romance
    15. Rapp
    16. Big Yule Log Boogie
    17. My Christmas Wish
    18. Hey Mom - (live)
    19. Soul Letter - (live)
    20. Afro - (live)
    21. Lost Someone - (live)
    22. Vacuum of Loneliness, The - (live)
    23. Inside the World of the Blues Explosion - (live)
    24. World of Sex, The - (live)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11764

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Palo; Jon Spencer; Jon Spencer (Reissue)
    Engineer

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Jon Spencer (vocals, guitar); Judah Bauer (guitar); Russell Simins (drums).
    Engineers: Doug Easley, Davis McCain, Jim Waters.
    Recorded at Easley Recording, Memphis, Tennessee, on November 23-24, 1992, and Waterworks Recording, New York, on July 30 and December 3, 1992. Includes liner notes by Herb Hitts.
    2 LPs on 1 CD: EXTRA WIDTH, MO' WIDTH.
    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Jon Spencer (vocals, guitar); Judah Bauer (guitar); Russell Simins (drums).
    Additional personnel: Hollis Queens, Rob K (vocals); Kurt Hoffman (saxophone); Doug Easley (organ).
    Engineers: Doug Easley, Davis McCain, Jim Waters.
    Recorded at Easley Recording, Memphis, Tennessee, on November 23-24, 1992, and Waterworks Recording, New York, on July 30 and December 3, 1992. Includes liner notes by Herb Hitts.
    Audio Mixer: Jim Waters.
    Audio Remasterer: Fred Kevorkian.
    Liner Note Authors: Mike Edison ; Herb Hitts.
    Recording information: BC Studio, Brooklyn, NY (07/30/1992); Easley Recording, Memphis (07/30/1992); Fun City, New York, NY (07/30/1992); Waterworks Recording, New York, NY (07/30/1992); Waterworks, New York, NY (07/30/1992); BC Studio, Brooklyn, NY (10/1993); Easley Recording, Memphis (10/1993); Fun City, New York, NY (10/1993); Waterworks Recording, New York, NY (10/1993); Waterworks, New York, NY (10/1993); BC Studio, Brooklyn, NY (10/20/1992); Easley Recording, Memphis (10/20/1992); Fun City, New York, NY (10/20/1992); Waterworks Recording, New York, NY (10/20/1992); Waterworks, New York, NY (10/20/1992); BC Studio, Brooklyn, NY (11/23/1992-11/24/1992); Easley Recording, Memphis (11/23/1992-11/24/1992); Fun City, New York, NY (11/23/1992-11/24/1992); Waterworks Recording, New York, NY (11/23/1992-11/24/1992); Waterworks, New York, NY (11/23/1992-11/24/1992); BC Studio, Brooklyn, NY (12/03/1992); Easley Recording, Memphis (12/03/1992); Fun City, New York, NY (12/03/1992); Waterworks Recording, New York, NY (12/03/1992); Waterworks, New York, NY (12/03/1992); BC Studio, Brooklyn, NY (1992-1993); Easley Recording, Memphis (1992-1993); Fun City, New York, NY (1992-1993); Waterworks Recording, New York, NY (1992-1993); Waterworks, New York, NY (1992-1993).
    Photographers: Ali Smith; Michael Lavine; Richard Kern.
    On their self-titled debut album, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion had worked out the basic framework of their sound -- lots of guitar clatter, booming drums, and wild vocal gesticulations from Spencer -- but it took a while for the pieces to really come together, and 1993's Extra Width was the first album where they revealed their true potential. The opening tune, "Afro," provides the key -- Spencer and Judah Bauer's guitars lock in with a sharp call and response, drummer Russell Simins pounds the kit with the force of a punk rocker but the groove of a soul man, and the organ that chimes in with the band slyly pays homage to any number of classic funk sides while adding a good, greasy undertow to the sound. The Blues Explosion were never any kind of blues band (as they freely admitted when anyone bothered to ask), but on Extra Width they copped to the fact they'd learned a lot from classic R&B of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and after spending the better part of a year on the road, their studying and hard work paid off. Not everything on Extra Width comes together with the precise chaos of "Afro," but practically every track feels like a better song and a stronger performance than anything on the debut album, and the layers of vocal reverb, keyboard patches, and dubwise studio effects showed that JSBX had learned a lot about the possibilities of the studio since the bare-bones sessions that produced their earliest recordings. If The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion sounded like the work of a band that was a natural evolution from what Spencer was doing with Pussy Galore, Extra Width made it clear they were something quite a bit different -- still crazed and noisy, but with lots more soul, some butt-shaking tunes, and a sense of fun thoroughly absent from the earlier group. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (4/00, p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a unique cross-fertilization of British beat group blues with the abrasive Detroit power of The Stooges and MC5....touting howled vocals over bass-less proto R&B..."
    Alternative Press (7/95, p.104) - Ranked #88 in AP's list of the `Top 99 of '85-'95' - "...The groove from Jon Spencer comes from a possession of spirit and soul. There is enough rock 'n' roll there to hold on to but its presence is neither the purpose nor the goal. It's heavy like a hammer and sassy with organ..."
    Option (9-10/93, p.127) - "...like Mick Jagger and David Johansen before him, Spencer mines all the appropriate blues and soul men, from John Lee Hooker to Al Green. Unlike those, he ain't making a lot of tokens doing it..."
    Melody Maker (9/25/93, p.34) - "...Jon Spencer plough[s] an even more maverick furrow than before....[EXTRA WIDTH] is a great row....One of the best records in months..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's stewed in funk and soul....Spencer played sinful loverman, his lycanthrope snarl drenched in slapback reverb, sounding gargantuan."
    NME (Magazine) (9/4/93, p.30) - "...EXTRA WIDTH throws it all up...our Jon is willing to regurgitate 40 years' worth [of rock] any damn way he pleases..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.103) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Bass-less, earnest, witty and fierce, the Blues Explosion mashed blues, rock, soul and punk on this 1993 breakthrough."
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