The Sound of Speed

Summary

The Sound of Speed
JAMC TheSoundOfSpeed Album.jpg
Compilation album by
Released12 July 1993
Recorded1988–1993
GenreAlternative rock
Length74:11
LabelBlanco y Negro
ProducerJim Reid, William Reid
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
Honey's Dead
(1992)
The Sound of Speed
(1993)
Stoned & Dethroned
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]

The Sound of Speed is a compilation of singles and rare tracks by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain.[3][4]

The track listing below is for the version released in most of the world - the Japanese version dropped "Snakedriver", "Something I Can't Have", "Write Record Release Blues", "Tower of Song", "Little Red Rooster", "Lowlife" and "Reverberation", but added "Subway", "In the Black", "Terminal Beach" and "I'm Glad I Never".

It reached #15 on the UK albums chart.[5]

Critical reception

The Independent gave the compilation a mixed review, writing that "the most interesting tracks here are the cover versions of songs like 'Guitarman' (Elvis done in the vein of Dylan), 'Little Red Rooster', and Leonard Cohen's 'Tower of Song', whose exhausted languor makes a surprisingly smooth transfer to Mary Chain mode".[6]

Track listing

All songs written by Jim Reid and William Reid, except where noted.

LP (4509-93104-1)

Side 1

  1. "Snakedriver" – 3:44
  2. "Reverence (radio mix)" – 5:39
  3. "Heat" – 3:00
  4. "Teenage Lust (acoustic version)" – 2:25
  5. "Why'd You Want Me?" – 3:15
  6. "Don't Come Down" – 2:39
  7. "Guitarman" (Jerry Reed) – 3:43
  8. "Something I Can't Have" – 3:02

Side 2

  1. "Sometimes" – 2:53
  2. "Write Record Release Blues" – 2:58
  3. "Shimmer" – 2:46
  4. "Penetration" – 2:48
  5. "My Girl" (Smokey Robinson) – 3:05
  6. "Tower of Song" (Leonard Cohen) – 4:49
  7. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 3:25
  8. "Break Me Down" – 2:29
  9. "Lowlife" – 3:27
CD (4509-93104-2)
  1. "Snakedriver" – 3:44
  2. "Reverence (radio mix)" – 5:39
  3. "Heat" – 3:00
  4. "Teenage Lust (acoustic version)" – 2:25
  5. "Why'd You Want Me?" – 3:15
  6. "Don't Come Down" – 2:39
  7. "Guitarman" (Jerry Reed) – 3:43
  8. "Something I Can't Have" – 3:02
  9. "Sometimes" – 2:53
  10. "Write Record Release Blues" – 2:58
  11. "Shimmer" – 2:46
  12. "Penetration" – 2:48
  13. "My Girl" (Robinson) – 3:05
  14. "Tower of Song" (Cohen) – 4:49
  15. "Little Red Rooster" (Burnett, Dixon) – 3:25
  16. "Break Me Down" – 2:29
  17. "Lowlife" – 3:27
  18. "Deviant Slice" – 3:01
  19. "Reverberation" (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland) – 3:46
  20. "Sidewalking (extended version)" – 7:52

Original releases

Personnel

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Additional personnel

  • Brad Davidson – bass (track 15)
  • Wiff – drums (track 15)
  • Dick Meaney – engineer (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 to 10, 15)
  • Anjali Dutt – engineer (track 2)
  • George Kaleve – engineer (track 4)
  • Alan Moulder – engineer (track 7)
  • Flood – engineer (track 17)
  • John Loder – production (track 20)
  • Colin Bell – photography

References

  1. ^ "The Sound of Speed - The Jesus and Mary Chain". Allmusic.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (27 May 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Jesus and Mary Chain". Trouser Press. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  4. ^ Howe, Zoe (11 November 2014). The Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses. Macmillan. ISBN 9781250030245 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain Barbed Wire Disses". exclaim.ca.
  6. ^ "ROCK / Until the pips squeak: Albums: It's the Year of the Pumpkin". The Independent. 15 July 1993.