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The Jesus and Mary Chain's 2008 Rhino four-disc box set The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities, collects all of the influential Scottish noise-pop band's various B-side singles, cover songs, and sundry demos in one terrific package. Fans of JAMC who already own the band's albums should be pleased to see that none of the original album tracks are included here. For those who don't own them, Rhino's 2006 bonus disc reissues of Psychocandy, Darklands, Automatic, Honey's Dead, and Stoned & Dethroned is the place to start. However, in many ways The Power of Negative Thinking is a more honest portrait of JAMC than even the studio albums reveal. Often mischaracterized as gloomy, goth rock misanthropes -- only partly true -- JAMC were in truth huge fans of '60s sunshine pop, surf rock, and even hip-hop and aspired to a kind of D.I.Y. Phil Spector Wall of Sound aesthetic that found them substituting Spector's strings and horns with walls of feedbacking guitar. These are rough demos meant to capture the Reid brothers' raw creative vision of rock music that -- as guitarist Jim Reid says in the liner notes -- had, "the pop sensibilities of the Shangri-Las, but with the production values of the Birthday Party." In that sense, we get JAMC from their dreamy lo-fi punk roots with the 1983 drum machine-driven demo for "Up Too High" and 1984's sludgy feedback-laden "Upside Down," to their time as '90s alt rock icons on such pristinely polished efforts like shimmering 1992 ballad "Why Do You Want Me?" and the catchy folk-rock of 1994's "Something I Can't Have." We even get one of the few non-Reid entries in bassist Ben Lurie's pop nugget "Rocket." Also enlightening are such giddy cover songs as JAMC's version of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Prince's "Alphabet Street," and the Temptations' "My Girl" which purportedly JAMC were so drunk during the recording of they could barely hold their instruments. It's also true that the Reid brothers were big fans of Bob Dylan and that many of these songs were written on acoustic guitar. Not surprisingly, here we get blissfully melodic acoustic versions of "Just Like Honey" and "Taste of Cindy," which actually come fairly close to fulfilling JAMC's Spector-ish aspirations. Ultimately, The Power of Negative Thinking isn't the whole JAMC story, but it's the whole story behind the scenes and A-side singles, and sometimes the B-sides. Even better. ~ Matt Collar

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1
Up Too High (Demo '83) 00:03:42

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 The Jesus And Mary Chain

2
Upside Down 00:02:59

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Vegetable Man (Single Version) 00:03:34

Syd Barrett, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Suck (Single Version) 00:02:07

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Ambition (Single Version) 00:03:29

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Vic Goddard, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Just out of Reach 00:02:07

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Boyfriend's Dead (Single Version) 00:01:41

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Head 00:03:49

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Just Like Honey (Demo Oct. '84) 00:02:57

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Cracked 00:03:45

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Taste of Cindy (Acoustic Version) 00:02:00

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd

12
The Hardest Walk (Single Version) 00:03:12

William Reid, Composer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Never Understand (Alternate Version) 00:03:24

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd

14
My Little Underground (Demo Version) 00:02:32

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd

15
The Living End (Demo Version) 00:02:16

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Some Candy Talking (Single Version) 00:03:17

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Psycho Candy 00:02:52

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Hit 00:03:27

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Cut Dead (Acoustic Version) 00:02:46

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

20
You Trip Me Up (Acoustic Version - Radio One - John Peel Show) 00:02:40

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Walk and Crawl (Single Version) 00:02:23

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd

22
Kill Surf City 00:03:11

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

23
Bo Diddley Is Jesus 00:03:16

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

24
Who Do You Love 00:04:03

William Reid, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Producer - E. Mcdaniels, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

25
Everything's Alright When You're Down 00:02:38

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

26
Shake (Single Version) 00:02:00

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

27
Happy When It Rains (Demo Version) 00:03:46

William Reid, Writer - Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

28
Happy Place 00:02:23

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

29
F. Hole (Single Version) 00:01:08

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

30
Rider 00:02:11

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

31
On the Wall (Porta Studio Demo Version) 00:03:41

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

32
Surfin' USA (April Out-Take Version) 00:02:57

Brian Wilson, Composer - Chuck Berry, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

33
Here It Comes Again 00:02:32

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

34
Don't Ever Change 00:03:32

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

35
Swing 00:02:24

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd

36
Sidewalking 00:03:34

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

37
Surfin' USA (Summer Mix) 00:03:32

Brian Wilson, Composer - Chuck Berry, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

38
Shimmer (Single Version) 00:02:47

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

39
Penetration (Single Version) 00:02:46

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

40
Break Me Down (Single Version) 00:02:30

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

41
Subway (Single Version) 00:02:06

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

42
My Girl (Single Version) 00:03:04

Ronald White, Writer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

43
In the Black (Single Version) 00:02:54

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

44
Terminal Beach (Single Version) 00:02:24

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

45
Deviant Slice (Single Version) 00:03:02

William Reid, Writer - Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

46
I'm Glad I Never (Single Version) 00:01:30

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

47
Drop (Acoustic Re-mix Version) 00:01:54

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

48
Rollercoaster (Single Version) 00:03:51

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd

49
Silverblade (Single Version) 00:02:56

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd

50
Lowlife (Single Version) 00:03:28

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd

51
Tower of Song (Single Version) 00:04:49

Leonard Cohen, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd

52
Heat (Single Version) 00:03:01

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

53
Guitarman (Single Version) 00:03:42

Jerry Reed Hubbard, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

54
Why'd You Want Me (Single Version) 00:03:12

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

55
Sometimes (Single Version) 00:02:51

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

56
Teenage Lust (Acoustic Version) 00:02:25

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

57
Reverberation (Single Version) 00:03:46

Erickson, Composer - Stacy Sutherland, Writer - Tommy Hall, Writer - Hall, Composer - Roky Erickson, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Sutherland, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

58
Don't Come Down (Single Version) 00:02:41

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

59
Snakedriver (Single Version) 00:03:40

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1993 Warner Music UK Ltd

60
Something I Can't Have (Single Version) 00:03:03

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1993 Warner Music UK Ltd

61
Write Record Release Blues (Single Version) 00:02:57

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1993 Warner Music UK Ltd

62
Little Red Rooster (Single Version) 00:03:27

WILLIE DIXON, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1993 Warner Music UK Ltd

63
The Perfect Crime (Single Version) 00:01:35

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd

64
Little Stars (Single Version) 00:03:32

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd

65
Drop (Re-Recorded Single Version) 00:01:53

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd

66
I'm in with the out Crowd (Single Version) 00:02:36

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd

67
New York City (Single Version) 00:01:58

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd

68
Taking It Away (Single Version) 00:02:12

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Ben Lurie, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd

69
Ghost of a Smile (Single Version) 00:02:54

Shane Macgowan, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd

70
Coast to Coast (with Alternate Vocal -- William Reid) 00:03:23

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd.

71
Dirty Water (Demo Version - William Reid Vocal) 00:03:14

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd

72
Till I Found You 00:02:04

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd

73
Bleed Me (Single Version) 00:03:37

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1995 Warner Music UK Ltd

74
33 1/3 (Single Version) 00:03:19

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1995 Warner Music UK Ltd

75
Lost Star (Single Version) 00:02:05

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1995 Warner Music UK Ltd

76
Hide Myself [Single Version] 00:03:29

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1998 Creation UK Ltd., under exclusive license to Sub Pop Records.

77
Rocket [Single Version] 00:03:02

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Ben Lurie, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1998 Creation UK Ltd., under exclusive license to Sub Pop Records.

78
Easylife, Easylove [Single Version] 00:04:08

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1998 Creation UK Ltd., under exclusive license to Sub Pop Records.

79
40,000k [Single Version] 00:02:51

The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1998 Creation UK Ltd., under exclusive license to Sub Pop Records.

80
Nineteen666 [Single Version] 00:03:30

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Dick Meaney, Writer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1998 Creation UK Ltd., under exclusive license to Sub Pop Records.

81
Reverence (Al Jourgensen Mix) 00:06:10

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - Anjali Dutt, Engineer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

82
Some Candy Talking (Acoustic Version) 00:03:12

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2008 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

Album Description

The Jesus and Mary Chain's 2008 Rhino four-disc box set The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities, collects all of the influential Scottish noise-pop band's various B-side singles, cover songs, and sundry demos in one terrific package. Fans of JAMC who already own the band's albums should be pleased to see that none of the original album tracks are included here. For those who don't own them, Rhino's 2006 bonus disc reissues of Psychocandy, Darklands, Automatic, Honey's Dead, and Stoned & Dethroned is the place to start. However, in many ways The Power of Negative Thinking is a more honest portrait of JAMC than even the studio albums reveal. Often mischaracterized as gloomy, goth rock misanthropes -- only partly true -- JAMC were in truth huge fans of '60s sunshine pop, surf rock, and even hip-hop and aspired to a kind of D.I.Y. Phil Spector Wall of Sound aesthetic that found them substituting Spector's strings and horns with walls of feedbacking guitar. These are rough demos meant to capture the Reid brothers' raw creative vision of rock music that -- as guitarist Jim Reid says in the liner notes -- had, "the pop sensibilities of the Shangri-Las, but with the production values of the Birthday Party." In that sense, we get JAMC from their dreamy lo-fi punk roots with the 1983 drum machine-driven demo for "Up Too High" and 1984's sludgy feedback-laden "Upside Down," to their time as '90s alt rock icons on such pristinely polished efforts like shimmering 1992 ballad "Why Do You Want Me?" and the catchy folk-rock of 1994's "Something I Can't Have." We even get one of the few non-Reid entries in bassist Ben Lurie's pop nugget "Rocket." Also enlightening are such giddy cover songs as JAMC's version of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Prince's "Alphabet Street," and the Temptations' "My Girl" which purportedly JAMC were so drunk during the recording of they could barely hold their instruments. It's also true that the Reid brothers were big fans of Bob Dylan and that many of these songs were written on acoustic guitar. Not surprisingly, here we get blissfully melodic acoustic versions of "Just Like Honey" and "Taste of Cindy," which actually come fairly close to fulfilling JAMC's Spector-ish aspirations. Ultimately, The Power of Negative Thinking isn't the whole JAMC story, but it's the whole story behind the scenes and A-side singles, and sometimes the B-sides. Even better. ~ Matt Collar

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