Edison Rocket Train – East River Delta Deluxe (CD, US)

01. Tattoo
02. Passionate Man/Holler
03. Ride Your Pony
04. Monster Free Tokyo
05. Strut (Parts I & II)
06. This Train
07. Sugar Baby
08. Milk Cow Blues Boogie
09. Another Man Done Gone
10. Beep! Beep!
11. Strut (Parts III & IV)
12. Interstellar Stomp
13. Future Blues
NOTES:
All details currrently unknown/unconfirmed this was mentioned on rockettrain.com several years ago.

Tracks given above are from the original vinyl release the CD version is due to include “bonus tracks, comics and more!

Jon Spencer produced this album and performs on Monster Free Tokyo, Milk Cow Blues and This Train which was released as a single in France with non-album B-Side Low Down Ways.

This album was recorded by and features Matt Verta-Ray of Heavy Trash / Speedball Baby.

Matt Verta-Ray, Ron Salvo, Jon Spencer and Mike Edison appear on the Speedball Baby track on A Salvo of 24 Gunshots (2xLP/7″, FRANCE).

Mike Edison also published his memoirs and released the I Have Fun Everywhere I Go “sonic companion” which featured Jon Spencer on Guitars, Synthesizers, Drums, Theremin and Tire Iron.

PRESS RELEASE: “IN DOWNTOWN NEW YORK CITY, somewhere between 14th St and the Brooklyn Bridge, lies the heart of the East River Delta. As mysterious as it is powerful, this is the illusive center for a new kind of blues. EAST RIVER DELTA, the new LP from the EDISON ROCKET TRAIN, has drawn on the spirit of the mythological power of the East River to create an album of unprecedented soul and depth.

Along with producer JON SPENCER, MIKE EDISON (ex Raunch Hands) ripped apart the roots of whisky-driven rock’n’roll and dug deeper into the blues than anyone before him.

While songs like PASSIONATE MAN scream old-school boasting in the Jerry Lee Lewis tradition (I know how to drink, and I know how to fuck, I know how to roll, and I know how to rock… I’m a passionate man!), slide guitar numbers like HOLLER and MILK COW BLUES recall the Mississippi Delta and ANOTHER MAN DONE GONE harkens back to African Slave songs. INTERSTELLAR STOMP is like the SONICS in outerspace, and STRUT combines New Orleans street rhythms with STOOGES-like attituded and guitars. Edison plays SUGAR BABY, an old Kentucky banjo song from the 1930s, on his two-string guitar which he calls a Diddley Bow.

On THIS TRAIN, Edison leads a gospel choir along with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray on guitars and MR AIRPLANE MAN on vocals.

But the real surprise on the record is MONSTER FREE TOKYO, an accoutic song Edison wrote about September 11 using a science-fiction metaphor.

“I was nervous about singing it,” says Edison, who rarely seems nervous about anything. “But Jon (Spencer) told me that if I had something to say, I should say it. I should sing it. Besides getting great sounds and getting them down on tape and all that, his faith in me singing, especially a dark song like this, is what made this record so great.”

As usual, the version of the Edison Rocket Train that performs on EAST RIVER DELTA had no bass and no cymbals… just drums and maracas and tambourines. And yet the sound is complete and full.

“Heavy strings and a lot of percussion,” that’s the secret, says Edison.

He also plays a stylophone, a primitive electronic toy, on Beep! Beep! “I wanted to sing that song in Spanish,” says Edison, but I never finished translating it. One night Jon said just do it the way you have it, half English, Half Spanish. I was very drunk. It came out Spanglish!””
– humanbretzel.com

Jon Spencer has appeared on the Edison Rocket Train releases This Train, Yes!, Yes!!, Yes!!! , East River Delta, I Walked With a Zombie , the I Have Fun Everywhere I Go soundtrack to the book and they both appear on the Speedball Baby track from Salvo of 24 Gunshots and the Lost Crusaders album.


Michael Lavine
filmed a Mike Edison and the Interstellar Rendezvous Band (featuring Jon Spencer on guitar). The songs are based on the book Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! and videos of Hugh Hefner Hates Girls and Do Right Man (Dirty Blues) can be seen on the Delta Science youtube.com account.

Mike Edison receives a credit for ‘The Good Word’ on Damage and has worked with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion “as their “Minister of Information,” writing the band’s press releases and industry propaganda, fan communiqués, and dedicated web copy.” along with the extensive sleeve notes for the 2010 deluxe releases of Year One, Extra Width + Mo’ Width, Orange + Experimental Remixes, Now I Got Worry, Controversial Negro, Acme + Acme Plus and Dirty Shirt Rock N Roll: The First Ten Years.

SONG CREDITS:
All details below are from the vinyl issue, these will be updated as soon as possible.

Vox/Electric Guitar/Slide Guitar/Two-String Diddley Bow/Stylophone/Percussions/Harp/etc.: Mike Edison
Trap Drums: Ron Salvo
Shakin: Miss Carrie
Bkgrnd Vox: Mr Airplane Man/Soraya R.

01. Tattoo
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

02. Passionate Man/Holler
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

03. Ride Your Pony
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

04. Monster Free Tokyo
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed
Acoustic Guitar: Jon Spencer
Six String Space Soul Invasion: Matt Verta-Ray
Electric Organ: Lily Wolfe

05. Strut (Parts I & II)
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

06. This Train
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed
Zap Guitar: Jon Spencer
Steel Finger: Matt Verta-Ray

07. Sugar Baby
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

08. Milk Cow Blues Boogie
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed
Tic Tac Bass: Jon Spencer

09. Another Man Done Gone
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

10. Beep! Beep!
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

11. Strut (Parts III & IV)
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed

12. Interstellar Stomp
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed
Electric Organ: Lily Wolfe

13. Future Blues
Produced: Jon Spencer
Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed
© Mike Edison/Zero Gravity Research 2005

SLEEVE NOTES:
[unknown]
DETAILS:
Cover Photo: Cristina Martinez
Layout/Design: Cliff Mott

BARCODE: [unknown]

MATRIX: [unknown]

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