RELEASE
April 21, 2009
LABEL
Rhino
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dance-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock

Album Review

One of the most lavish box sets ever devoted to an alternative rock act, A Cabinet of Curiosities is packaged in a wooden cabinet with a metal clasp, and includes a thick book, tarot cards, and tiny voodoo dolls. The packaging alone makes it an obvious necessity for fans, but the music inside the cabinet is problematic. Including three CDs of mostly unreleased demo or live material, plus a DVD of live footage and video clips, A Cabinet of Curiosities illustrates that, for Jane's Addiction, the finished product was by far the best possible way to hear the band's recordings -- no surprise, given that Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual are two of the best LPs of the alternative era. Jane's Addiction was powerful but also very eccentric, which makes minor variations in their songs -- which is what listeners hear on the majority of the studio demos here -- sound oddly diminished in comparison. It's not just that the band picked the right version for release; from the evidence here, they entered the studio with virtually every song laid out and arranged very close to its finished version, leaving little intriguing about their demos. An example is "Up the Beach," unchanged in form, just lacking the punch and clarity that a first-rate production gave it to make it the powerhouse it is on Nothing's Shocking. Vocally, Perry Farrell's attempts at summoning the spirit of the frontman worked much better in the studio and on-stage after he grasped the most effective way to deliver each song. And though they were a powerful live force, the live tracks here (which comprise all of the third disc) make it clear that the band's appeal was visual as well as aural. As could be expected, the songs that never got an airing on their studio albums are the most interesting. Although it's clear why "Suffer Some" languished in the vaults, it's a more intriguing listen (and says more about the band) than any of the demos of released songs. The DVD is unsurprisingly the most interesting disc, including Soul Kiss (featuring the full version of the video for "Mountain Song," which MTV had banned), six of their video clips, and three tracks recorded live in 1990 for MTV Italy.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Jane Says [Radio Tokyo Demo][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Pigs in Zen [Radio Tokyo Demo]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Mountain Song [Radio Tokyo Demo]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Had a Dad [Radio Tokyo Demo]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. I Would for You [Radio Tokyo Demo]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Idiots Rule [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332778&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  7. Classic Girl [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332779&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  8. Up the Beach [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332781&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  9. Suffer Some [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332782&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  10. Thank You Boys [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332784&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  11. Summertime Rolls [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332785&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  12. City [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332786&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  13. Ocean Size [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332795&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  14. Stop! [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332798&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  15. Standing in the Shower...Thinking [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332800&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  16. Ain't No Right [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332802&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  17. Three Days [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312332810&id=312332772&at=11l9vR
  18. Ted, Just Admit It... [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Maceo [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. No One's Leaving [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. My Time [Rehearsal][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Been Caught Stealing [12" Remix Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Ripplehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whiteyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. L.A. Medley: L.A. Woman/Nausea/Lexicon Devil [Live, 1989]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Kettle Whistle [Live, 1987][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Whole Lotta Love [Live, 1987][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. 1970 [Live, 1987][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Bobhaus [Live, 1989][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Drum Intro [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Up the Beach [Live, 1990]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Whores [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. 1% [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. No One's Leaving [Live, 1990]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Ain't No Right [Live, 1990]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Then She Did... [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Had a Dad [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. Been Caught Stealing [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Three Days [Live, 1990]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Mountain Song [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Stop! [Live, 1990]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Summertime Rolls [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Ocean Size [Live, 1990][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Mountain Song [DVD][Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. City [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. Had a Dad [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Ocean Size [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. Stop! [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. Been Caught Stealing [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. Classic Girl [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. Ain't No Right [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. Whores [DVD][Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. Then She Did... [DVD][Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. Three Days [DVD][Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-cabinet-of-curiosities/id312332772?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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