The Jesus and Mary Chain - The Power Of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities

`The Power Of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities` consists of material from the `Barbed Wire Kisses`, `The Sound Of Speed` and `The Jesus And Mary Chain Hate Rock and Roll` compilations, alongside unreleased tracks and rarities from throughout their career; including early performances, unheard demos, re-mixes, alternate versions of some songs and bootleg recordings. I would go on about all the exceptional tracks included in this collection but there are just too many to list as the entire set fills 4 discs with around 82 tracks.

This collection equals almost anything they released on their studio albums (some being better!) and if you took all the unreleased tracks, they would surpass the albums that many of their inevitable copycats produced. This collection showcases the band`s sound and shows that it is as important and fresh now as it was back in the 80`s. It also cements (at least for me) their place in musical history.

I am not sure the average listener will be as excited about the box set as most fans, which is the only drawback to the set. This is, however, a must for fans and if you love the feedback and reverb soaked sound The Jesus and Mary Chain are known for, why are you still reading this right now? Go get it!

9 out of 10

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