JOHNNY THUNDERS - Add Water And Stir

JOHNNY THUNDERS   Add Water And Stir  CD  1994
CD 1: Electric Album:
Medley: In Cold Blood - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone - Hit The Road Jack / Blame It On Mom / Disappointed In You / I Can Tell / Sad Vacation / Little Queenie / You Can Walk My Dog? / Pipeline / Medley: Louie Louie - Hang On Sloopy / Society Makes Me Sad / Too Much Junkie Business / Pills / I Wanna Be Loved / So Alone / Just Another Girl / Personality Crisis / Wipe Out / Gloria / Born To Lose.
CD 2: Acoustic Album:
As Tears Go By / Joey Joey / Society Makes Me Sad / Sad Vacation / Disappointed In You / Eve Of Destruction / I'd Much Rather Be With The Boys / Bring It On Home / Just Another Girl / Ask Me No Questions / Critics Choice / Children Are People Too / It's Not Enough / Some Hearts / Bird Song / You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory / It's Not What You Say / I Only Wrote This Song For You / Lonely Planet Boy / So Alone.
Johnny Thunders & The Oddballs: Johnny Thunders: guitar, vocals / Stevie Klasson: guitar, vocals / Jamey Heath: saxophone / Chris Musto: drums / Stuart Kennedy: bass / Alison Gordy: backing vocals.

By the time of "Add Water & Stir", Johnny Thunders had been milking his act -- the sloppy, drug-addled bad boy of punk rock for over a decade, and the fact that this live double-disc does not contain much new material would ostensibly make it forgettable. Unfortunately, the 1991 tour of Japan documented on the album was Thunders' last tour (he would die from an overdose (?) only weeks after the shows captured here), and that adds a significance that would be missing from any other Thunders' release. The first electric disc, which consists of concert recordings made with Thunders' full backing band, is actually the less significant one, since there are few new songs included on this set (mostly some covers that were never before recorded) and the performances are standard issue Thunders slop rock, even with the rather superfluous addition of a sax player.

It's the second acoustic disc that is worth the effort. Though it's saddled with too many pointless covers, it also contains two of the last songs Thunders ever wrote, "Society Makes Me Sad" and "Children Are People Too," among the most poignant and chilling songs he ever wrote, and captured here with superb performances. "Society Makes Me Sad" in particular, could serve as an unintentional epitaph for Thunders, with its mixture of regret and honesty. (The version of the song on the electric disc, by contrast, sounds much too overwhelmed by the backing band to let the lyrics stand on their own). Here Jamey Heath's saxophone, which just cluttered up the sound on the electric disc, adds much needed textures to the spare acoustic tracks. Both discs are superbly recorded, which will please fans who are all too aware of the less than stellar fidelity of earlier concert releases. Though the electric disc will be of little (big ???) value to anyone but completists, the acoustic disc is worth hearing and fans should seek this release out. Allmusic
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"JOHNNY THUNDERS: "Add Water And Stir" 2 x cd 1994

"This is a very nice double CD that was recorded live in Japan, 1991, with The Oddballs. The first disk has the full band and is the more rocky 'electric album'. The second disk is the more laid back 'acoustic album' that has Johnny playing with Jamey Heath on sax and Steve Klasson on acoustic guitar. As some of the final work done by Thunders, it shows him in control and on the mark. I really like the 'Louie Louie / Hang On Sloopy' done here with the tight band. This package comes with a nice booklet and lots of photos.
This same material, and more of the same tour, was released on a Japanese three CD series as "Saddest Vacation Act 1", "Saddest Vacation Act 2" and "Hurt Me More".

Anonyme a dit…

Thank you very much!!!

MJG196 a dit…

Thanks much for this! I don't bother with much Oddballs stuff, as Johnny had started to let Stevie Klasson take a lot of leads. It doesn't have the same loose-but-potent feel as it did even a year earlier. Disc 2 is where it's at, though.


Anonyme a dit…

there's a problem with... the part2


I 've just test the link of the part 2 a few minutes ago & it works...

b.bebe a dit…

Thank you very much!!!
But the link are dead.
Can you reup please.