James

Laid/Wah Wah

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This heavyweight 2015 Super Deluxe box set combines James' two '90s experiments with producer Brian Eno: the 1993 hit Laid and its elastic successor, Wah Wah. The two albums are included in their entirety, and then come the outtakes, B-sides, and BBC Sessions -- the kind of thing that seems like collector bait but, in the context of this box, whose messiness only highlights how this was possibly James' creative peak. All the untitled jams -- and there are a lot, some subtitled with instructive descriptions like "Fabulous Melody But Unusual Bass" or "Beefheart Jam" -- give a good sense of the band's ambition, while the live renditions show how they could sharpen their execution on-stage. Surely, this is something for the already converted, but for those listeners, this Super Deluxe edition can only deepen their love.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Brian Eno
2:12 Amazon
2
feat: Brian Eno
4:28 Amazon
3
feat: Brian Eno
3:35 Amazon
4
feat: Brian Eno
3:35 Amazon
5
feat: Brian Eno
0:57 Amazon
6
feat: Brian Eno
6:51 Amazon
7
feat: Brian Eno
4:02 Amazon
8
feat: Brian Eno
0:34 Amazon
9
feat: Brian Eno
2:43 Amazon
10
feat: Brian Eno
2:48 Amazon
11
feat: Brian Eno
1:05 Amazon
12
feat: Brian Eno
5:42 Amazon
13
feat: Brian Eno
2:35 Amazon
14
feat: Brian Eno
0:57 Amazon
15
feat: Brian Eno
2:46 Amazon
16
feat: Brian Eno
5:30 Amazon
17
feat: Brian Eno
0:16 Amazon
18
feat: Brian Eno
3:16 Amazon
19
feat: Brian Eno
4:39 Amazon
20
feat: Brian Eno
3:57 Amazon
21
feat: Brian Eno
2:29 Amazon
22
feat: Brian Eno
0:31 Amazon
23
feat: Brian Eno
2:42 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:52 Amazon
2 3:06
3 4:11 Amazon
4 3:37 Amazon
5 4:46
6 5:15
7 6:05
8 2:45 Amazon
9 7:05 Amazon
10 2:59 Amazon
11 2:13
12 2:53 Amazon
13 3:35
14 7:33 Amazon
15 2:07
16 5:26
17 4:08
18 1:11

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:01
2 4:33 Amazon
3 3:32 Amazon
4 5:24 Amazon
5 2:33 Amazon
6 4:11 Amazon
7 1:58 Amazon
8 3:49 Amazon
9 2:44 Amazon
10 4:22 Amazon
11 2:24 Amazon
12 5:35 Amazon
13 17:30 Amazon
14 15:43 Amazon
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