Jesus East CD (2006 limited stock)
Almost sold out. CD version of the original 2006 Australian album release. An alternative version of 'Hearts On Fire' was included on this release (German release contains an edited version).
1. Hearts On Fire 6:10
2. Jesus East 4:18
3. Another Sun 5:25
4. Underground Star 3:16
5. 13 Days 6:35
6. Surrender 4:12
7. Randy Sez 1:55
8. Simple Plan 3:17
9. Valiant 7:05
10. The Path 4:55
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Reviews for Jesus East
"**** The dark side of hippie-dom, updated and energised Two years ago this Melbourne duo - Andrew Coates and James Lee - delivered a dark-horse diamond with Altamont Diary, their compelling, sinister concept album inspired by The Stones’ dread day of ’69. Their second sticks to no strict storyline but advances their mix of psyched-out 60s guitars/sitars and late 70s Teutonic rhythms to heart-stopping effect. It’s accumulatively epic: it begins as a fine Spacemen 3/Neu pastiche, but by the roaring climax its pulse-rockets are firing way beyond genre. As a finale Sam Cutler, M.C. at Altamont and Stones/Grateful Dead manager, drawls a languidly poetic memoir over “Valiant”, while guitars mentally creep. Utterly riveting."
- CR, Uncut Magazine. April 2007
"**** Three years ago, singer producer Andrew Coates and guitarist James Lee took a trip to the dark hell of psychedelic rock with their startling Altamont Diary, inspired by the dreadful events oat the Stones’ 1969 bloodbath. The wait for this follow up has been well worth it – steamrolling Beatles-style raga rock with Germanic drone dirges, BC create an ominous mystical netherworld complete with seductively layered advice for the next generation of stoned immaculate groovers, A brave, funny and invigorating adventure."
- Daily Mirror UK April 2007
"**** Sounding like Primal Scream in the throes of some dark psychedelic seizure, Altamont Diary, the 2005 debut from Black Cab, was a sonic montage evocation-cum-tribute to the 1969 festival. This follow-up has no such unifying concept but comprises a comparable blend of psychedelic elements, with backward guitars, heat-haze sitar and organ drones, rolling drum tattoos and slithering lead guitar figures congealing into chugging Neu!-beat grooves behind spacey vocal chants and murmurs of lines like "I'm in a future I don't understand" and "My heart is on fire". There's a heartfelf tribute to Syd Barrett in "Underground Star", and Grateful Dead road manager Sam Cutler reminiscing on "Valiant" and "The Path" about "those magic moments, indescribably beautiful. Recommended for Spaceman 3 fans."
- UK Independent, March 2007
"**** This Australian duo are all evved up with somewhere to do on the second album: Seventies Germany, with Neu! as guides. The satanic Sixties psych of their debut, Altamont Diary, gets a full tank of krautrock fuel here. It's not a new route, but by the time Altamont veteran Sam Cutler's voiceover closes the album, they've given it a fresh glow."
- Saturday Independent Music Supplement, April 2007
"It's no secret Melbourne band Black Cab wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. Listening to Jesus East - their follow up to 2004's debut Alamout Diary - shades of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Velvet Underground and Primal Scream clearly bubble to the surface. The electronic and often industrial treatment of the music, cacophonous distortion, druggy vocals and melodic chord progressions, evokes nostalgia for an era when bands were able to incite riots, facing away from the audience. However unlike many artists that reference the past (often with very little imagination), Black Cab manage to deliver a highly original, and deeply mesmerising album. Fit for the 70s shoegazer or the 07 hipster, Jesus East is nothing short of brilliant."
- Paul Bui, Oyster Magazine Febraury 2007
"**** Melbourne band Black Cab's 2004 debut, Altamont Diary, was a scorching concept flashback to the 'Stones infamous 1969 raceway concert. It's a tough act to follow, making this even more impressive. They move into the '70's with a swirling hangover of more-raunchy guitars, cocky vocals and psychedelia. The tablas and sitars suggest Black Cab are looking east while still lacing their rock with tasteful effects and electronics."
- Paris Pompor, Sydney Morning Herald - Friday 29th Sept.
"Black Cab always have something compelling to say. And not necessarily through lyrics, the poise in their krautrock-electronica-meets-big-sky-psych-guitar is always either menacing or beautiful - sometimes both - conveying at least as much emotional information as the words that accompany them... Black Cab rip you straight out of your everyday existence from the moment the pulsating bass of Hearts On Fire introduces Jesus East, immediately dropping you wide-eyed and wound up in a place altogether more fantastic and vital. With gusts of viscous guitar, throbbing bass, thunderstorm rhythms and ominously droning vocals, Jesus East presents the kind of musical adventure that should induce you to throw out most of your current record collection as impotent by comparison."
- Martin Jones, InPress Magazine Sept. 2006
"There’s no denying that Black Cab had a prodigious birth. Their debut Altamont Diary was one of those rareties: an album that required no name. Its first strains provided all the coordinates – the Speedway, 1969. An absolute mother of an album, it floored us with its vicious flashback to yesteryear. So it seemed only fair that their latest release, Jesus East, would receive some pretty heavy scrutiny. Have no fear, for this new offering is a bloody masterpiece. Just as Altamont Diary was literally a psychotropic trip down memory lane to that fateful day in December when a nation gathered to pledge their devotion to The Rolling Stones, Jesus East is a journey into the seventies. Accompanied by hazy guitars and nostalgic sitars and once again swathed in an aura of hallucinogenics, Jesus East contains plenty of the same guilty pleasures as its predecessor – raw Americana sensibilities interlaced with gentle electronic medium all making for potent nostalgia. But this time Black Cab seem to have gathered some momentum with a return to the shoe-gaze era. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride and Spacemen 3 show their handy work in a wall of grinding guitars and a winding maze of melody. Combining this with New Order’s driving drums, scorching bass and the mysteries of the East, Black Cab deliver a new breed of retro tribal-rock. From the start Black Cab have been pegged as a “band to watch”, with a knack for commentary and elaboration on the soul of yesteryear making them not only appealing but also relevant. Black Cab are doing the rounds and at present the entry fee’s bargain basement, but with every critic foaming at the mouth over the band’s fresh offering, it won’t be long before we’ll find ourselves out in the cold, wishing we’d booked two weeks in advance – so for God sake, show some foresight; line up, claw your way to the front and hug that speaker."
- Nina Katze, 3PBS FM Nov. 2006
"Those who have been awaiting the return of psych and shoegaze to the popular musical discourse will be delighted by the big, My Bloody Valentine meets Can tracks created by the duo of singer/producer Andrew Coates and guitarist James Lee (check out the motorik drumming of opener Hearts On Fire and Underground Star) mixed with more classically psychedelic moments, like the eastern influenced Another Sun and the closer, The Path. The title has a distinct Jesus and Mary Chain thing going on, with a two-chord pattern overlaid with disinterested Reid-like vocals, and the disc boasts guest contributions from Australian underground rock luminaries including the likes of Even's Ash Naylor and Underground Lovers/Registered Nurse drummer Rich Andrew, all of whom create a full, rich wall of textures and sonics across most of the tracks. However the albums great strength - the way it creates a sustained atmosphere - also means that Jesus East demands the listener to commit to listening rather than bunging it on for a casual skip..."
- Andrew Street, Drum Media Sept. 2006
"On its seminal debut album, Altamont Diary, Black Cab explored the journey from hippie idealism to drug stained dystopia represented by the Altamont Concert in 1969... Prevailing discipline is evident from the opening seconds of Hearts On Fire - a ripping bassline, Richard Andrew's pin-point accurate drums, strands of guitar that fall of the rhythm section like burning embers, splashes of space noise and Andrew Coates' haunting vocals channeling the emotional conviction of Ian Curtis, all combining to create an aesthetic that walks the line between psychedelic and psychotic. The title song, however, is as comforting as the opening track is threatening, a safe walk out of the neurological confusion into benign reality. Another Sun, 13 Days and the brief Randy Sez convey an eastern spiritual quality that George Harrison grasped but John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pete Townsend and Brian Wilson never truly comprehended, while Underground Star finds the band light years away in the computer generated post-punk world of Gary Numan. After Simple Plan takes the shoe-gazing indulgence of the Stone Roses and builds it into a rock tour de force, we're left with a two-song concluding coda that's picture perfect. Former Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones road manager Sam Cutler narrates his kaleidoscopic memories of those oft-mythologized days and his observations on today's music. With Jesus East Black Cab have created another composite, multi-layered artist statement of such depth and quality that matches and builds on Altamont Diary."
- Patrick Emery, Beat Magazine Sept. 2006
"Black Cab's 2004 debut Altamont Diary - a re-imagining of the 1969 Stones debacle - received critical applause worldwide. But Jesus East leans on songs instead of a concept. Black Cab use friends (High Pass Filter and Even), and an expanding collection of electronics and loops. Jesus East keeps the eastern detours of Altamont Diary with live tablas and sitar, but more importantly, it retains Altamont's dynamism and momentum. Andrew Coates' signature treated vocals remain a unique element, the guitar work is exceptional but the 'blast factor' is toned down; the exception being Valiant featuring a riveting rant from former Stones manager Sam Cutler."
- Jonathan Alley, Music Australia Guide, Thursday 7, September 2006
"On their second album, Australian duo Black Cab blends 60 psychedelia with 70's rock and 2000's electronic influences and come up with something uniquely their own. After the critical acclaim that their debut album Altamont Diary received, Black Cab set about taking their sound forward by increasing the reliance on layers guitar loops and pulsing Germanic influenced drum tracks. Here on Jesus East, Sitar and tabla loops sit comfortably amongst more conventional rock numbers, a-la Revolver era George Harrison, while tracks like Hearts On Fire are reminiscent of early Britpop constituents Ride and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Black Cab is one half singer/producer Andrew Coates and the other, guitarist James Lee. On Jesus East they are joined by Alex Jarvis of Automatic, Anthony Paine of High Pass Filter fame and Richard Andrew of the Underground Lovers. Connecting this album with Altamont Diary is a special appearance by Sam Cutler. Cutler was the manager of the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones in the early 70's played MC at the infamous and fatal Altamont concert that marked a tragic end to the Sumer of Love in1969. From beginning to end this album grooves, rocks and trips out in all the right ways. For full effect play it from start to finish. Highly recommended."
- dwarf.com.au, September 15 2006