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10th January 2013

Music Project - Album #1: 69-95 by Lemon Jelly @ 16:51

'69 - '95 - Lemon Jelly

I must have first heard of Lemon Jelly when I was living in Huskisson Street in Liverpool, so that must have been about 1999-2000. I most certainly had some of their other albums on my battered old Creative Jukebox 2 and that died when I worked at Liverpool University.

Anyway, in this, the first of several Lemon Jelly albums that I "own", the artists have used samples from their own record collection to piece together a tidy package of eclectic and eccentric electronica. The first track launches us into a rousing maelstrom of sound that whips us back in time style wise. At times the thumping beats can be a bit exhausting but the album maintains a consistent form. By the middle track '79 The Shouty Track the listener is cheekily reminded of their time travel through the archives by a heavily Doctor Who influenced track. Curiously, I actually have a mix of the same track where the creator has mixed in the Doctor Who theme which works really well. Then further in, we reach a track where William Shatner does his "talking" to great effect. I understand that in return for this favour, Lemon Jelly provided some of the music for Shatner's Has Been.

If, like me, you like variety in your modern music then you might like this album. For me, it's a grower. It used to be my least favourite Lemon Jelly album, but continued listening has made it act like a dose of thrush which has spread across my musical taste buds. Even so, I couldn't listen to it every day. Maybe occasionally.
 
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From:venta
Date:10th January 2013 16:53 (UTC)
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On your last post, you said:

listening to the albums alphabetically

... but you're starting with Lemon Jelly?

Wait... you order your albums alphabetically by title, not by artist?

You filthy beast.
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From:stegzy
Date:10th January 2013 17:03 (UTC)
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Ha! Yes I am a filthy beast and an embarrassment to librarians!

Unfortunately I thought ordering them via the Dewey system wouldn't have made good reading ;-)

Edited at 2013-01-10 17:04 (UTC)
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From:technophobe1975
Date:10th January 2013 21:02 (UTC)
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I love Lemon Jelly, but on first listen this album was a huge disappointment.
Like you, it did grow on me although it remains my least favourite of their albums also - it lacks the quirkiness of their earlier work.
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 08:13 (UTC)
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If you give it a few months I'll get to L for Lost Horizons....

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