Meat Puppets Mirage
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- Released: December 6, 2011
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: MVD Audio
Entertainment Weekly - 3/26/99, p.87"...Part ZZ Top on peyote, part Grateful Dead on steroids, the guitar-driven trio's eccentric genius emerges on [this] souped-up rerelease..." - Rating: A-
- 2.Quit It
- 3.Confusion Fog
- 4.The Wind and the Rain
- 5.The Mighty Zero
- 6.Get On Down
- 8.I Am a Machine
- 10.A Hundred Miles
- 11.Love Our Children Forever
- 13.The Mighty Zero [Demo] [Demo Version]
- 14.I Am a Machine [Demo] [Demo Version]
- 15.Liquified [Demo] [Demo Version]
- 17.Grand Intro
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
The remastered edition of MIRAGE is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files, including the 1987 video for "Get On Down." Contains five bonus tracks.
Meat Puppets: Curt Kirkwood (vocals, guitar); Cris Kirkwood (bass); Derrick Bostrom (drums).
Includes liner notes by Derrick Bostrom, Marc Weingartena and Joe Sasfy.
Personnel: Curt Kirkwood (vocals, guitar, percussion); Derrick Bostrom (vocals, drums); Cris Kirkwood (vocals, percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Derrick Bostrom; Joe Sasfy; Marc Weingarten.
Recording information: Chaton Studio, Scottsdale (1985-1986); Chaton Studio, Scottsdale (1986-1987).
Photographer: Joseph Cultice.
In 1987, when the Meat Puppets released their first full-length LP after their 1985 gem UP ON THE SUN, the Arizona trio was a college-radio favorite whose raucous, high-energy gigs earned them a modest-sized yet passionate following.
Stylistically, MIRAGE isn't a huge departure from UP ON THE SUN. The Meats continued to mix country and psychedelic influences in their rock-trio cauldron, but the Southern boogie flavor that would become increasingly prevalent on subsequent records began creeping in, notably on "Quit It" and "Get On Down," which also features the gruffer vocal style of later releases. Curt Kirkwood hadn't yet plunged headlong into Z.Z. Top-style guitar heroics; instead, the lambent arpeggios of "A Hundred Miles" and the hyper-speed plucking of "Beauty" are the guitar-lover's moments of choice here. The thoroughly countrified romp "Confusion Fog" boasts some nifty bluegrass-style picking, and an opening line ("I lost my mind/a couple of gals ago") worthy of Hank Williams. The mood shifts between upbeat rockers and more introspective, idiosyncratic numbers like "Leaves" and the title track. Finally, they tear it up on the closing track, "Liquefied," which is as frantic and pumped up as anything in the Puppets' catalog.
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