Blind Melon - Blind Melon - 1992 Alt Rock - Sealed 180 Grm LP

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Blind Melon - Blind Melon

Label: Music On Vinyl – MOVLP1100
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram
- 180 gram audiophile vinyl
- has Insert
Country: Europe
Originally Released: 1992
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock


A1 Soak The Sin
A2 Tones Of Home
A3 I Wonder
A4 Paper Scratcher
A5 Dear Ol' Dad
A6 Change
A7 No Rain

B1 Deserted
B2 Sleepyhouse
B3 Holyman
B4 Seed To A Tree
B5 Drive
B6 Time

Blind Melon is the eponymous debut album by acclaimed Rock band Blind Melon, released in 1992, featuring breakthrough single ''No Rain''. Fronted by singer Shannon Hoon (who can be heard doing backing vocals on Guns N Roses' Use Your Illusion I and II) Blind Melon had a distinctive sound, influenced by Southern Rock and Psychedelic Rock. Songs like ''Soak The Sin'' and ''Tones Of Home'' evoke Hard Rock with a funky sound; ''Time'' resembles Grateful Dead-style improvisational music and acoustic songs like ''Change'' and ''No Rain'' hinted at Pop and Folk influences.

The band recorded the bulk of the album with producer Rick Parashar (who had produced Pearl Jam's Ten) at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, Washington. Blind Melon's production is marked by the use of outdated amplifiers and other antiquated studio technology. Modern studio effects were not used in its production as the band wanted to create a pure and intimate sounding record.

"Managing to be equally mellow and introspective as well as rough and rocking, Blind Melon's 1992 self-titled debut remains one of the purest sounding rock albums of its era, completely devoid of '90s production tricks."

I bought it around it's UK release date after seeing the video for "No Rain" on MTV: like most people, who subsequently heard "Change", I was taken in by the light-hearted, vaguely rocky-folky noises and the lilt of Shannon's voice (which I later discovered to be far weaker in a live setting than in a studio).

No doubt, the release of the two semi-accoustic songs on the album was a wonderful marketing ploy by a genial, grey-suited man in an office, but it worked wonders: the drums at the beginning of "Soak the sin" signaled a bold change from the overplayed singles which had been released, and when I heard the line "What he says to do, is that we don't have to" in the half-tempo passage, I knew that I had discovered something rather remarkable. "Tones of home" starts with that nice jazzy pizicatto guitar, and just makes you happy.

"I Wonder", by far and away the best song on the album (and the song which defined the style for Soup) still sends shivers down my spine - just listen to the words of the first verse proper - I, too, would love to daze away... (with his overdose, Shannon later lived his dream.)

Other highlights on the album include "Sleepyhouse", which invokes memories of all great summers, and "Time", which rivals REM's "Find the river" as the greatest end to an album of all time. If you can get past the egotism of "Dear ol' Dad" and manage to recognise "No Rain" for what it is (the single to open doors) then you may find that this album changes your life.

Few people in the nineties could write lyrics like Shannon Hoon ('I'm tired of me this way'; 'When you stop dreaming, it's time to die'), and few bands had such a solidified approach without having to be classed in altogether obsure genres.

Blind Melon - No Rain

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Blind Melon - Soak The Sin

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Blind Melon - Change

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Blind Melon - I Wonder

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Format LP
Label Music On Vinyl
Color Black