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# Song Title   Time
1)    Nobody's City - (featuring Thurston Moore)
2)    Kisses for My President
3)    Just Like a Mexican Love
4)    Weird Kid's Blues
5)    Ain't My Problem Baby
6)    Constant Limbo (Constant Rain) - (featuring Mark Lanegan)
7)    Into the Fire
8)    Thunderhead
9)    Desire by Blue River
10)    Kitty ina Moonlight
11)    Secret Fires
12)    Kisses for My President
13)    Body and Soul
14)    Goodbye Johnny [Andrew Weatherall's Nyabinghi Noir Mix] - (remix)
15)    Break 'Em Down
16)    When I Get My Cadillac
17)    Journey Is Long, The
18)    Shame and Pain
 
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Performer Notes
  • Tributee: Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
  • Liner Note Authors: Paul Bearer; Sam Kinchin-Smith; Merle Leonce Bone; Jacqui Pierce; Ashlee Elfman.
  • Recording information: Absinthe Studio, Westminster, CO (01/2013); Atlantis Sound, Port Melbourne (01/2013); Bananas Studios, Haarlem, The Netherlands (01/2013); Cottage Road Studios, Leeds, U.K. (01/2013); Dark Harbour Water, St. Mawes, UK (01/2013); Das Bunker, London (01/2013); Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (01/2013); Electric Fish Studio, Wadebridge, Cornwall, U.K. (01/2013); Electric Studios, Brighton, U.K. (01/2013); Elsham Road, London (01/2013); Gracie's Lane (01/2013); Hansa Studios, Berlin (01/2013); Kenway Studios, London (01/2013); Les Studios De La Seine, Paris (01/2013); Malabar Studios, Oslo, Norway (01/2013); Mercy Sound, East Village, New York, NY (01/2013); Mile High Club, Melbourne (01/2013); Outhouse Studio, Reading, U.K. (01/2013); Pie and Tart Studio, North Hollywood, CA (01/2013); South Beach Studios, FL (01/2013); Urchin Studios, London (01/2013); Absinthe Studio, Westminster, CO (02/1993); Atlantis Sound, Port Melbourne (02/1993); Bananas Studios, Haarlem, The Netherlands (02/1993); Cottage Road Studios, Leeds, U.K. (02/1993); Dark Harbour Water, St. Mawes, UK (02/1993); Das Bunker, London (02/1993); Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (02/1993); Electric Fish Studio, Wadebridge, Cornwall, U.K. (02/1993); Electric Studios, Brighton, U.K. (02/1993); Elsham Road, London (02/1993); Gracie's Lane (02/1993); Hansa Studios, Berlin (02/1993); Kenway Studios, London (02/1993); Les Studios De La Seine, Paris (02/1993); Malabar Studios, Oslo, Norway (02/1993); Mercy Sound, East Village, New York, NY (02/1993); Mile High Club, Melbourne (02/1993); Outhouse Studio, Reading, U.K. (02/1993); Pie and Tart Studio, North Hollywood, CA (02/1993); South Beach Studios, FL (02/1993); Urchin Studios, London (02/1993); Absinthe Studio, Westminster, CO (03/2012); Atlantis Sound, Port Melbourne (03/2012); Bananas Studios, Haarlem, The Netherlands (03/2012); Cottage Road Studios, Leeds, U.K. (03/2012); Dark Harbour Water, St. Mawes, UK (03/2012); Das Bunker, London (03/2012); Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (03/2012); Electric Fish Studio, Wadebridge, Cornwall, U.K. (03/2012); Electric Studios, Brighton, U.K. (03/2012); Elsham Road, London (03/2012); Gracie's Lane (03/2012); Hansa Studios, Berlin (03/2012); Kenway Studios, London (03/2012); Les Studios De La Seine, Paris (03/2012); Malabar Studios, Oslo, Norway (03/2012); Mercy Sound, East Village, New York, NY (03/2012); Mile High Club, Melbourne (03/2012); Outhouse Studio, Reading, U.K. (03/2012); Pie and Tart Studio, North Hollywood, CA (03/2012); South Beach Studios, FL (03/2012); Urchin Studios, London (03/2012); Absinthe Studio, Westminster, CO (03/2013); Atlantis Sound, Port Melbourne (03/2013); Bananas Studios, Haarlem, The Netherlands (03/2013); Cottage Road Studios, Leeds, U.K. (03/2013); Dark Harbour Water, St. Mawes, UK (03/2013); Das Bunker, London (03/2013); Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (03/2013); Electric Fish Studio, Wadebridge, Cornwall, U.K. (03/2013); Electric Studios, Brighton, U.K. (03/2013); Elsham Road, London (03/2013); Gracie's Lane (03/2013); Hansa Studios, Berlin (03/2013); Kenway Studios, London (03/2013); Les Studios De La Seine, Paris (03/2013); Malabar Studios, Oslo, Norway (03/2013); Mercy Sound, East Village, New York, NY (03/2013); Mile High Club, Melbourne (03/2013); Outhouse Studio, Reading, U.K. (03/2013); Pie and Tart Studio, North Hollywood, CA (03/2013); South Beach Studios, FL (03/2013); Urchin Studios, London (03/2013); Absinthe Studio, Westminster, CO (05/2013); Atlantis Sound, Port Melbourne (05/2013); Bananas Studios, Haarlem, The Netherlands (05/2013); Cottage Road Studios, Leeds, U.K. (05/2013); Dark Harbour Water, St. Mawes, UK (05/2013); Das Bunker, London (05/2013); Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (05/2013); Electric Fish Studio, Wadebridge, Cornwall, U.K. (05/2013); Electric Studios, Brighton, U.K. (05/2013); Elsham Road, London (05/2013); Gracie's Lane (05/2013); Hansa Studios, Berlin (05/2013); Kenway Studios, London (05/2013); Les Studios De La Seine, Paris (05/2013); Malabar Studios, Oslo, Norway (05/2013).
  • Illustrator: Rob Jones .
  • Photographers: Chris Stein; Manda Mosher; David McCluney; Liz Reed; Sylvain Mercier; Edward Colver; Steve Gullick ; Cypress Grove; Masayoshi Sukita; Niall O'Brien; Dwight Pentacost; Andrea Schroeder; Kirsty Garland; Elise Passavant; Jesper Lehmkuhl; Daniel Tyrrell; Chiarra Dom.
  • It seems sadly fitting that Jeffrey Lee Pierce (best remembered as the founder and leading light of the fabled band the Gun Club) is better recognized in Europe years after his death in 1996 than he was in his native United States in the final decade of his short life; it was just the sort of fate that met many of the innovative blues and jazz artists and outlaw poets that were his heroes and role models. Though audiences overseas more eagerly embrace Pierce's vision, there was something strongly and defiantly American in his lyrical voice and his fusion of blues, punk, jazz, folk, country, and nearly any other native musical strain that crossed his path. Thankfully, a handful of Pierce's friends and admirers have kept the flame alive with a series of albums that offer fresh, sometimes radical interpretations of his songs, with Pierce's old running buddy Cypress Grove contributing guidance and a cache of old demo cassettes that held a treasure trove of unrecorded Jeffrey Lee Pierce compositions. The third album from the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project, Axels & Sockets, offers more rare and unheard Pierce tunes performed by a rotating cast of musicians, ranging from folks who knew and worked with Pierce (Debbie Harry and Lydia Lunch) to like-minded left-of-center rock icons (Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Thurston Moore), and young upstarts who see Pierce as an influence and kindred spirit (Black Moth, Honey). While a number of these performances are rave-ups in the Gun Club's tradition of punk informed by rootsy blues and country accents -- notably Honey's version of "Thunderhead" and Slim Cessna's Auto Club's romp through "Ain't My Problem Baby" -- many of the participants put different spins on his work, showing how diverse his songs could be in the right hands. Iggy Pop's wiry vocals fit "Nobody's City" like a glove, Primal Scream's electronic overhaul of "Goodbye Johnny" transports the song's swampy vibe into cyberspace, Nick Cave's duet with Debbie Harry on "Into the Fire" reinforces both the beauty of the melody and the emotional intelligence of the lyrics, Mark Lanegan finds something both lovely and ominous in "Desire by Blue River," and Lydia Lunch's spoken word duet with an old recording of Pierce on "The Journey Is Long" is effective enough that it ought to be longer than just over a minute. (Pierce's vocals also pop up on Mark Stewart's reworking of "Shame and Pain," with Thurston Moore adding his own brand of dissonance.) In their third round, Cypress Grove and his colleagues are still finding fascinating things in the Jeffrey Lee Pierce archives, and Axels & Sockets is a potent reminder of the strength and imagination of his songwriting, making a powerful case for his status as an overlooked visionary. ~ Mark Deming
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