The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Acme [Club] (CD, US)

20 October 1998 Matador / Capitol OLE 322
01. Calvin
02. Magical Colors
03. Do You Wanna Get Heavy?
04. High Gear
05. Talk About The Blues
06. I Wanna Make It All Right
07. Lovin’ Machine
08. Bernie
09. Blue Green Olga
10. Give Me A Chance
11. Desperate
12. Torture
13a. Attack
13b. Calvin (Reprise)
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NOTES:
This US pressing of the album has a different barcode and only carries the ‘OLE 322’ catalogue number on the disc and spine rather than the full ‘CDP 7243 4 95566 2 1’ as it appears on different US CD pressings.

Calvin, Magical Colors, Heavy, Talk About The Blues were all released as singles.

An earlier version of Attack was released on Selector Dub Narcotic and titled Blues Explosion Attack, this has much more raw live-sound and totally different lyrics.

High Gear is titled Italian Country Pickup on the Japanese promo CD.

The title of the song Bernie is a tribute to a Blues Explosion fan who follows the band around the country. The song was originally “called Get Down With Brian for this Dub Narcotic guy, but Albini called it Get Down With Bernie. We shortened it as a tribute to him and to the friends of the Blues Explosion.” – extract from Rolling Stone article Track X Track.

The song Talk About The Blues was written as a direct response to a Rolling Stone review of Now I Got Worry and Q&A with Jon Spencer and the title is a reference to I Do Not Play Not Rock ‘n’ Roll by Mississippi Fred McDowell. The song is discussed in detail in both a CMJ New Music Monthly article titled ‘Acme Blues Explosives, INC’ and a later Rolling Stone interview.

Talk About The Blues was commercially released as single on 7″ (UK), CD (UK/US) and 12″ (UK/US).

In 2010 Shout! Factory / Shove! Records issued Acme + Acme Plus as a double CD with numerous additional tracks.

SONG CREDITS:
Studios: Electrical, RPM, Greene Street, Waterworks, Dub Narcotic, Big House
Mastering: Howie Weinberg and Andy Van Dette at Masterdisk

01. Calvin
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Calvin Johnson
Remixed and Arranged: T-Ray

02. Magical Colors
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed with Greg Talenfeld
Piano and Organ: Jeremy Jacobson
Backing Vocals: Talenfeld

03. Do You Wanna Get Heavy?
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer
Mixed with Dan the Automator
Backing Vocals: Dexter Conyers, Lee ‘Scout’ Ford, Jerome ‘Rome’ Cohen and Jason Powell
Scratching: The Automator

04. High Gear
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded/Mixed: Steve Albini

05. Talk About The Blues
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer, Calvin Johnson and Greg Talenfeld
Mixed: Dan the Automator
Noises: Rick Lee
Scratching: Automator

06. I Wanna Make It All Right
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini Mixed: Chris Shaw
Organ and Synthersizer: Shaw

07. Lovin’ Machine
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed: Jim Water and Scott Benzel with Dan the Automator
Piano: Greg Forman

08. Bernie
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer and Calvin Johnson
Mixed with Nick Sansano
Backing Vocals: Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens
Organ: Brian Weber
Piano: Sansano

09. Blue Green Olga
Writers: Cunniff/Explosion
Published: EMI April Music Inc./Grand Royal Music/Luscious Jackson Music, ASCAP/Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded: Suz Dyer Mixed with Dan the Automator
Backing Vocals: Jill Cunniff
Organ: Joel Diamond
Scratching: Automator

10. Give Me A Chance
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini Mixed: Chris Shaw and with Greg Talenfeld
Organ/Synthersizer: Shaw

11. Desperate
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed with Greg Talenfeld and Dan The Automator
Harmonica: Talenfeld
Backing Vocals: Audrey Rose

12. Torture
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer
Mixed with Dan The Automator
Additional Mixing with Nick Sansano

13.1. Attack
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed with Alec Empire and Dan The Automator
Scratching: The Automator

13.2. Calvin Reprise
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Mixed: Jim Dickinson
Horn Section: Brass Monkey
Special Guest: Othar Turner

SLEEVE NOTES:
“Thank You: Andy Adler. Peter Arsenault. Au Go Go. Brian Brown. Billions. Loren Chodosh. CNL. Creative Man. Cristina + Charlie. Chris Fahey. Larry Hardy. Bud Heart. Clyde Haygood. Hollis. Arlene Lapsberg. Matador. Dick Meredith. Moby. Mute. Pac. Amanda Ray. RZO. Tim Simenon. Jamey Staub. Niko Tavernes. Techno Animal. Eric Tew. Toys Factory. Tim + Micha Warren. Clarence White. Andre Williams.”
DETAILS:
ARTWORK:
Photography: Stephanie Chernikowski
Design: David Warner

BARCODE: 260331070000

MATRIX: “DIDX-065003 G3 1A 01 IFPI L423”

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