Jason Falkner

Everyone Says It's On

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Everyone Says It's On is a fantastic release by the Japanese Air Mail Recordings label. The two-CD set collects many of the Jason Falkner rarities that his fans have been anxiously awaiting for many years. Disc one (titled "Disc Me") contains 13 of Falkner's home demos, only a few of which have previously been released in some form, often as Elektra promos, magazine flexi-discs, or other hard-to-find sources. Five of these have previously appeared on Falkner's Necessity: The 4-Track Years, which was released in 2001 by the U.S.-based spinART label. The highlights include home demos of songs that were later recorded for his 1996 solo album Presents Author Unknown; these include "I Live," "Miracle Medicine" (this was one of four demos released on a double 7" for the Sub Pop singles club), and "She Goes to Bed." There are also demos here that were recorded later on his 1999 solo album Can You Still Feel? -- including "Eloquence" (with alternate lyrics) and "All God's Creatures" -- and a few recorded for the album but not previously released: "Great Big Yes," "Song for Her," and "His Train." Another highlight is an demo of an old Grays tune, "Friend of Mine." Disc two (titled "Disc Them") is a delightful release, filled to the brim with rare, very hard-to-find cover songs that Falkner recorded between 1994 and 1996. Some of the highlights on this disc include his version of the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina" (a live concert fave), Brian Eno's "Burning Airlines" (previously issued on the vinyl release of Can You Still Feel?), and a wonderful cover of Def Leppard's "Photograph" (another live favorite, arriving after track ten as a hidden track). This last track was originally recorded by Falkner for the 1998 various-artists metal compilation Metal Rulz. The version of Tom Waits' "Johnsberg, IL" is acoustic with a nice piano outro and his version of the Kinks' "Wicked Annabella" was previously issued on the Australian single of "Follow Me." Falkner's cover of Magazine's "Song From Under the Floorboards" was also previously released as the B-side to his U.K. single "I Live." Falkner fans are sure to enjoy this collection, while others less-familiar with Falkner's solo albums may want to start with either of the releases on Elektra.

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