Album Reviews

Jellyfish: Radio Jellyfish (Omnivore Recordings)

radio jellyfish

For a band that released two albums, psychedelic pop band Jellyfish sure did leave a nice cache of rarities. Over the last decade or so, they’ve released a handful of collections of unreleased material, all of which is of varying interest. Live albums, demo recordings, and alternate takes have made the case for the greatness of the band, and while it occasionally feels like overkill, there’s always some merit to what’s released. Such is the case with Radio Jellyfish, a ten-song collection of acoustic, in-studio recordings from 1993; oddly, this little collection quickly and concisely proves the greatness of Jellyfish. These songs, taken from radio sessions in Holland and Australia, are amazing in their freshness; there’s no phoning it in or looseness to their performance. Of course when you have the songwriting team of Andy Sturmer and Roger Joseph Manning, Jr, it’s hard to go wrong. There’s nary a duff moment here; whether it’s the originals “Baby’s Coming Back” and “The King Is Half-Undressed,” or their take on The Move‘s “I Can Hear The Grass Grow” and Badfinger‘s “No Matter What,” Radio Jellyfish is a document of a band at its prime, and doing what it did best: performing for an audience.

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