Eugene Chadbourne

The Taste of the Leftovers

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This CD-R was put together by Jimmy Carl Black and released on his home label Inkanish in 2001. It is meant to be the last album documenting the Jack and Jim Show's early- to mid-'90s activities, hence its title. The wheres and whens are not specified, but most (if not all) of the material was recorded in concert. This is a good collection of songs, strong in cover content. Willie Nelson is a favorite of Eugene Chadbourne, so his "Whiskey River" doesn't come as a surprise. More unusual inclusions are Tim Buckley's "Hallucinations" (rendered with much spirit) and the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," sped up, hillbillied, and hilarious. In the course of the '90s, this duo must have revisited every Frank Zappa song Black performed with the early Mothers of Invention. This disc adds four more, all surprisingly well-performed and hitting close to home. "Love of My Life," turned into a sleazy blues-rock, feels so natural one wonders why Zappa didn't envision it that way. "I'm Not Satisfied" and "How Could I Be Such a Fool" are also quite good, even though the Doctor messes up the lyrics and sings off-key in the latter (and how about that countrified reprise!). No noisy improvisation, no stage antics or sound collages: The Taste of the Leftovers sticks to the duo's repertoire which makes it more cohesive and steady-going than other releases.

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