Sunday, September 02, 2007

SPIRIT CARAVAN - JUG FULLA SUN (2000)

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Here's another forgotten gem from the vaults. Going through my collection today, it occurred to me that I'd never posted any SPIRIT CARAVAN, let alone what I feel is their best album. My appreciation of THE OBSESSED and Wino-era VITUS has been well-documented here at G.O.M.E., though Jug Fulla Sun might be the legend's finest work. It's definitely some of Wino's most inspired playing, as the leads and riffs that dominate the album are among his very best. Honestly, while I was always very impressed with the political nature of Wino's lyrics in the now-defunct HIDDEN HAND, I felt that, musically, the band was a step backwards. Three minutes into the epic masterpiece "Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun", I have no doubt that the G.O.M.E. Faithful will agree. This is not to say that THE HIDDEN HAND didn't make good records, I just think Wino's SPIRIT CARAVAN days were probably his creative peak. It's a shame that he seems unwilling to sustain (or incapable of sustaining) a band and allow it to develop. None of us know what's next for Wino, but I hope it features the great songwriting found here, coupled with the lyrical content of THE HIDDEN HAND. It's hard to pick highlights on such a consistently impressive album. The aforementioned "Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun" is my personal favorite, though on some days I might prefer "Lost Sun Dance". It's solid cover-to-cover, though. Even Wino's requisite ode to his DC hardcore roots, "Kill Ugly Naked", is surprisingly enjoyable and far from filler. Highly recommended.

1. Healing Tongue
2. Courage
3. Cosmic Artifact
4. Fear's Machine
5. Powertime
6. Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun
7. Fang
8. Chaw
9. Melancholy Grey
10. Sea Legs
11. Kill Ugly Naked
12. Lost Sun Dance
13. No Hope Goat Farm

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10 comments:

slik said...

Sounds great. Thanks a ton for this.

Anonymous said...

GOME:
Wow! I haven't really been impressed by this band before i heard this. Now, i think i should go back and listen to their other stuff again, cuz this one rocks! Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

to qoute a review in the rock hard magazine (only music in it ...), "this is how god would play guitar , if he`s just fed up with everything" nothing more to add, except that god (wino) does in fact play on this album ! timo

Jon said...

anything wino touches turns into gold...except for gold

Jon said...

oh forgot to ask do you have their dreamwheel EP as well?

Anonymous said...

Thanxx for great blog. You really into doom/stoner.
Talking 'bout Wino, do you have Saint Vitus bootlegs?

ogmonster said...

Thanks. The one I needed, though I do have The Last Embrace. You made my day with this post.

YOU ROCK, DUDE. \M/

Big Jack said...

Jon-- Yeah I can post "Dreamwheel" for you.

Anonymous-- I have no quality Vitus boots. Do you?

Og-- I do indeed rock, but I'm glad to make your day. Keep comin' back!

Anonymous said...

I have a Vitus Bootleg from '95w/Scott Reagers on Vocals. He sings 'Born Too Late' and 'Look Behind You' as well as stuff from the first 2 albums and the last one. The quality isnt great but its decent. I bought the disc from psychedoomelicrecords.com I can Post it or send it to somebody. Let me know how.

I've been looking forward to Jug Fulla Sun for a long time, thanks for putting it up. Spirit Caravan, Great band. i have the So Mortal Be 7'' and 'Elusive Truth' both of which kick ass oh ya and Dreamwheel. I want to get this CD and the other 2 7''s

Anonymous said...

actually it is psychedoomelic.com
I also got lots of good stuff from Game Two Records on Ebay. A couple other sites that look good for buying records and CDs are hellridemusic.com as and allthatisheavy.com