The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Extra Width (CASSETTE, US)

24 May 1993 Matador Records OLE 052-4
01. Afro
02. History of Lies
03. Back Slider
04. Soul Letter
05. Soul Typecast

01. Pant Leg
02. Hey Mom
03. Big Road
04. Train #2
05. Inside the World of the Blues Explosion
06. World of Sex

US cassette edition, originally issued in case with “file under the jon spencer blues explosion” sticker on cover, also released on CD / vinyl in the US and Crypt released the CD and vinyl editions in Germany.

Afro was released as 7″ only single in the UK.

The Extra Width reissue in 2000 (CD / 2xLP) included tracks from the album Mo’ Width and in 2010 Shout! Factory released a double CD 46-track edition featuring Mo’ Width, numerous b-sides/rare tracks, seven live songs and an additional five previously unreleased studio recordings including an AC/DC cover and an alternate version of Brenda.

Writers: Spencer/Explosion (Copyright Control)
Recorded: Memphis at Easley Recording, Nov 23-24 ’92 and in NYC at Waterworks Recording, Jul 30 and Dec 3 ’92.
Mixed: Waterworks, Jan ’93.
Engineered: Doug Easley and Davis McCain (Memphis) and Jim Waters (NYC).
Produced by Jon Spencer.
“spencer and co came out and rocked hard from the get-go. the explosion was tight-they made a hell of a noise for a three piece. bass would have done nothing but get in the way. these guys were smokin’-white-hot-tuned to the same primal source…spencer was the man, the focus, conducting the band with his free arm between bursts and flurries of guitar, judah was the young savage-hands all blurred, possessor of his own six-string style. russell simins dwarfed his kit as he pounded the skins furiously…
they were right on the money, seemingly acting upon some innate urge over which they had no control. the blues explosion stomped on everyone’s ass, rocking shit down to its core again and agian and just when i thought that it couldn’t get any crazier, any more out of control, spencer would lean back and magically activate his feedback device which screamed like some souped-up vacuum cleaner. they rocked with that thing howlin’ away for another spat, further expanding the sonic threshold. crazy.
…the explosion celebrated life with rock ‘n’ roll spirit raging inside their souls.

herb hitts
bad vibe magazine”

Extra Width: “thanks to peter arsenault, boche billions, cristina, jeff evans larry hardy, robert gordon, jenna, the jesus lizard, cheryl payne, ken pope and tim warren.”

Mo’ Width: “Thanks: Peter Arsenault, Monsieur Jeff Evans, Davis McCain, Mark O, Ken Pope, Greg Talenfeld.”

Photos: R. Kern

BARCODE: 7 44861-0052-4 2