Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Morning Jacket - Early Recordings: Chapters 1&2

We oldCrippledmen revere the work of Jim James and his Louisville collaborative My Morning Jacket. Although the majority of their magnificent releases will be covered here in the future, I wanted to take some time to post this compilation of their earliest recordings, seeing as my roomate has been playing them all week. This compilation series was released by My Morning Jacket in 2004 as a showcase of early lo-fi recordings that offer insight into the group's forming influences and Jim James' writing style. The two chapters featured, Ch. 1: The Sandworm Cometh and Ch. 2: Learning, both contain diverse covers ranging from Elton John's "Rocket Man" to Erykah Badu's "Tyrone" to Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit". Other than covers, the comp serves as a coherent collection of b-sides, demos, and so on, from the group's earliest recordings. They implement little to no studio tricks and present the tracks with the raw, passionate feel that all My Morning Jacket fans have fallen in love with at one time or another. If there ever was a compilation that belonged amongst a group's best studio work, these discs would fit right in there.

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