Friday, February 12, 2010
'SHEAR BRILLIANCE" : The Weekend Mix
This was a lot harder to do than I thought. As I searched for what I thought would best represent Jules Shear, I realized I couldn't possibly stop at just 45 minutes of music. Then I thought, maybe I didn't have to. I'll just compile it and let you unzip and do what you want with the music.
90% of what I chose for this mix is either no longer in print or has never been released. I feel good about that.
Finally, and here's where I might twist a couple of you, I chose NO Jules & The Polar Bears. (That should be ok, since those CDs are still in print.) I've always preferred solo Jules over the Polar Bears, even though I have a sentimental place in my heart for "Got No Breeding," as it was one of the free albums I got for subscribing to Creem Magazine.
Some random notes:
"Watch Dog" was produced by Todd Rundgren
The "Raisins In The Sun" are Jules Shear, Harvey Brooks, Jim Dickinson, Paul Q. Kolderie, Chuck Prophet, Sean Slade & Winston Watson.
The "Reckless Sleepers" are Jules Shear, Jimmy Vivino, Brian Stanley & Steve Holly.
Prior to "Dawson's Creek," Paula Cole had some street cred.
"Long Way Across Tennessee" is Jules and The Band, from a collection of demos for the never completed "Jules & The Band" album.
"Never Again Or Forever" is Jules' acoustic version of a song he wrote for Rick Danko, that appeared in completed form on "Healing Bones."
"Within Myself" is a still unrecorded killer, recorded live at NYC's Village Underground.
"Healing Bones" was produced by Peter Van Hooke & Rod Argent.
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" is "Bag Of Soup," a one-off featuring Jules, Marshall Crenshaw, & Graham Maby. That full show from Tramps can be found HERE.
Track List and origin is below. I love everything on here. Hope you do, too. And please, go buy what's in print.
Whispering Your Name ("Watch Dog")
Trap Door ("The Great Puzzle")
Deep ("Allow Me")
Be Nice To Me ("Sayin' Hello To The Folks")
Hard Enough ("Allow Me")
Last In Love w/with Paula Cole ("Between Us")
Candy From A Stranger ("Raisins In the Sun")
You Might Show Up ("More")
The Great Puzzle ("The Great Puzzle")
Baby, Baby (I Still Love You) ("Sayin' Hello To the Folks")
The Sad Sound Of The Wind ("The Great Puzzle")
Love Will Come Again ("Watch Dog")
Long Way Across Tennessee (Unreleased)
Never Again Or Forever ("Unplug This")
The Tide Has Turned ("More")
All Through The Night ("Watch Dog")
A Prayer (For Those Not Here) ("Healing Bones")
If She Knew What She Wants ("The Eternal Return")
Within Myself (Unreleased)
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore (Unreleased)
If We Never Meet Again (Reckless Sleepers' "Big Boss Sound")