Beautiful Songs

3CD (Fire Records)

Available from 25/01/2011

19.80 €

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100+ of the best songs spanning the career of the legendary Jad Fair and his band Half Japanese. Liner notes by Everett True. Fitting, as this album includes every type of song that Jad has ever dreamed, other than the 'Monster songs and love songs', "I do have other songs that aren't monster songs or love songs" explains Jad, "but for the most part they are monster songs.. I wanted to have something from each of the albums - so it's not like a dozen songs from one album, and 10 from another. It's supposed to be an overview of everything I've done. So this selection of songs pretty much fits that bill. Everett True tells us "I love him for his boundless enthusiasm and shy genius...maybe it's wrong to call Jad naive because he knows what he's doing, but he has a child-like wonderment that to me is at the core of most great music I can name. The Shaggs, Leadbelly, Jonathan Richman. He makes my feet want to move, and there's no higher compliment, I've seen Jad play concerts with a rolled-up newspaper and upturned wastebasket for rhythm, with just his voice for colour. I've also seen Jad play stadiums in precisely the same fashion - with a band behind him, sure, but with the spirit intact - in front of crowds of over 15,000, in support to Nirvana on their final tour. Released at the same time as Jad's new album 'His Name Itself Is Music', 'Beautiful Songs (the Best Of Jad Fair) is the perfect complement to a prolific and imaginative artist who's gifts keep on giving.
TRACKLISTING:  01. "ALL THE ANGELS SAID GO TO HER " HALF JAPANESE 02. "A REAL MIX UP "JAD FAIR & NAO 03. "GO GO GO" 04. "TRUE LOVE WILL FIND YOU IN THE END" 05. "PRINCIPAL PUNISHES STUDENTS WITH BAD IMPRESSIONS" 06. "DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND?" 07. "SCHOOL OF LOVE " HALF JAPANESE 08. "BIG BOOTS" 09. "I KNOW HOW IT FEELS... BAD "HALF JAPANESE 10. "SMILE PRETENDER "JAD FAIR & NAO 11. "FRANKENSTEIN MEETS WOLFMAN" 12. "ON THE TOWN " 13. "IF I'D ONLY KNOWN "JAD FAIR & DANIEL JOHNSTON 14. "SONG OF JOY "HALF JAPANESE 15. "SHE WENT DOWNTOWN" 16. "LIFTED" 17. "POSTCARD FROM FAR AWAY" HALF JAPANES DISC #2: 01. THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT" HALF JAPANESE 02. "APPLES AND STRAWBERRIES" 03. "VAMPIRE"HALF JAPANESE 04. "TARZAN ESCAPES" 05. "A GREAT BIG TIGER" 06. "I COMB MY HAIR WITH MY HAND" 07. "DEAD MEN WALKS" 08. "TRUE BELIEVERS"HALF JAPANESE 09. "WE'RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY" 10. "SEX AT YOUR PARENTS' HOUSE" 11. "HILLBILLIES" 12. "MIRACLES HAPPEN EVERY DAY" HALF JAPANESE 13. "HEADLESS HORSEMAN" 14. "ABSOLUTE PURE" 15. "BETTER THAN BEFORE"HALF JAPANESE 16. "MULE" 17. "DREAMY EYES" 18. "ANGELA" 19. "IF HE SAYS HE DID" DISC #3: 01. "THE ZOMBIES OF MORA-TAU" 02. "OUTLAW BLUES" 03. "EYES ON THE ROAD" 04. "CIRCUS STRONGMAN RUNS FOR PTA PRESIDENT" 05. "TWIST AND SHOUT" 06. "SILVER AND KATHERINE"HALF JAPANESE 07. "ASK ME ABOUT VAMPIRES" 08. "SNAKE ON MY HEAD" 09. "LONELY SONG" 10. "THE BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES" 11. "LOVE AND COMFORT" 12. "OK" 13. "LOONY TAKE ME HOME" 14. "EVERYTHING IS RIGHT" 15. "EAT THAT CAKE " 16. "GOIN HOG WILD" 17. "SHIP AHOY" 18. "STATIONARY" 19. "AOK" 20. "STARRY EYES"

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