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Automatic (Expanded Version)

The Jesus And Mary Chain

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The Jesus and Mary Chain's third studio album was a mixed bag, a touch rougher and more aggressive-sounding than Darklands, but still not the equivalent of Psychocandy for sheer kicks. Part of the problem was the actual studio setup; while soon-to-be superstar producer/engineer Alan Moulder did a great job on the sound, finding a way to mix thick guitar rumbles without sounding uncommercial, the fact was that the band was really just the brothers at this point. Like on Darklands, all drumming was courtesy of machines, and here the approach often felt monotonous; Bobby Gillespie's approach, for better or worse, really was distinct and individual, fitting with the style of the band beautifully. Meanwhile, much of the bass was also created via keyboards, another unusual switch. When Automatic was on, though, it was on, especially courtesy of another blazingly brilliant single. If "Sidewalking" was a T. Rex homage, "Head On" paid tribute to rock's eternal image of supercharged cool; one can almost smell the black leather as Jim Reid delivers the ultimate "Break on Through" lyric: "Makes you wanna feel/Makes you wanna try/Makes you wanna blow the stars from the sky." The music sure didn't hurt either; even the synth bass sounded perfectly right. Other songs, like the brawling "Blues From a Gun" and the aggro-sneer of "Her Way of Praying," suggest a new energy on the part of all involved, though likely enough they came across better live in the end with the Reids' then-touring band of the time. Meanwhile, there are definitely some sharp individual moments: the sudden massive feedback clang during the instrumental break on "Coast to Coast," the "Sweet Jane"-inspired melody on the nicely moving "Halfway to Crazy," and the hint of strings on the brief "Drop."
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Here Comes Alice
Various Interprets
00:03:53

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd.

2
Coast to Coast
Various Interprets
00:04:12

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Blues From a Gun
Various Interprets
00:04:43

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Between Planets
Various Interprets
00:03:27

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd.

5
UV Ray
Various Interprets
00:04:05

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Her Way of Praying
Various Interprets
00:03:46

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Head On
Various Interprets
00:04:11

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Take It
Various Interprets
00:04:34

William Reid, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Half Way to Crazy
Various Interprets
00:03:40

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Gimme Hell
Various Interprets
00:03:19

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Drop
Various Interprets
00:01:58

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Sunray
Various Interprets
00:01:34

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Sidewalking (Extended Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:07:52

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Sidewalking
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:03:32

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Sidewalking (Chilled To The Bone Mix)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:03:36

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Surfin' USA (Summer Mix)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:03:32

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Shimmer (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:02:47

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Penetration (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:02:46

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Break Me Down (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:02:30

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Subway (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:02:06

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

21
In the Black (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:02:54

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

22
Terminal Beach (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:02:24

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

23
Deviant Slice (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:03:02

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

24
I'm Glad I Never (Single Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:01:30

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

25
Drop (Acoustic Re-mix Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:01:54

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd

26
Coast to Coast (with Alternate Vocal -- William Reid)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:03:23

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd.

27
Just out of Reach (1988 Barbed Wire Kisses Version) (19988/Barbed Wire Kisses Version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain
00:03:08

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

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

The Jesus and Mary Chain's third studio album was a mixed bag, a touch rougher and more aggressive-sounding than Darklands, but still not the equivalent of Psychocandy for sheer kicks. Part of the problem was the actual studio setup; while soon-to-be superstar producer/engineer Alan Moulder did a great job on the sound, finding a way to mix thick guitar rumbles without sounding uncommercial, the fact was that the band was really just the brothers at this point. Like on Darklands, all drumming was courtesy of machines, and here the approach often felt monotonous; Bobby Gillespie's approach, for better or worse, really was distinct and individual, fitting with the style of the band beautifully. Meanwhile, much of the bass was also created via keyboards, another unusual switch. When Automatic was on, though, it was on, especially courtesy of another blazingly brilliant single. If "Sidewalking" was a T. Rex homage, "Head On" paid tribute to rock's eternal image of supercharged cool; one can almost smell the black leather as Jim Reid delivers the ultimate "Break on Through" lyric: "Makes you wanna feel/Makes you wanna try/Makes you wanna blow the stars from the sky." The music sure didn't hurt either; even the synth bass sounded perfectly right. Other songs, like the brawling "Blues From a Gun" and the aggro-sneer of "Her Way of Praying," suggest a new energy on the part of all involved, though likely enough they came across better live in the end with the Reids' then-touring band of the time. Meanwhile, there are definitely some sharp individual moments: the sudden massive feedback clang during the instrumental break on "Coast to Coast," the "Sweet Jane"-inspired melody on the nicely moving "Halfway to Crazy," and the hint of strings on the brief "Drop."
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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