Label: Arista - 25RS-247 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Jam Science is the second studio album by English pop group Shriekback. It was released in two versions inand was reissued on CD in a two-disc special release from the band themselves, with the second disc being a live show at Hatfield.
The first edition, issued on Y Records in earlywas the final release by the label. As the company's final activity, label owner Dick O'Dell assembled an unfinished version of the album from rough mixes without the group's permission; however as the album was contractually recorded for the label, it is not an unauthorised release. The second edition, issued on Arista Records in lateis the version sanctioned by the group, and reached number 85 in the UK album chart; "Hand on My Heart" and "Mercy Dash" were also issued as singles, both on Arista, with the former reaching number 52 in the UK singles chart.
Each edition contains tracks not found on the other, as well as alternate recordings and alternate mixes. The Arista version of "Under the Lights" includes additional overdubs, Amma Immi - Las Grecas - Por Siempre Grecas - Vol.1 Newhome - Shriekback - Jam Science "rapping" section and last chorus, and ends with a coda of unaccompanied distorted vocal, while the Y version's coda is similar to the mix of the rest of the song.
Both are made from the same basic recording. The Arista version of Hoor De Wind Eens Waaien - Various - Liedjes Met Een Hoepeltje Erom Deel 3 has a shorter instrumental break near the end, and vocals are completely re-recorded. The Arista version of "Hand on My Heart" is completely re-recorded at a faster tempo, with a preview of the chorus's backing vocals in the introduction, which was absent on the Y version.
The Arista version of "Partyline" omits an extra repeat of the chorus near the end. Vocals have been re-recorded, and there are additional overdubs. The album title is printed as one word, Jamscience on the cover of the first edition front and spinebut as two words on the label.
It is spelled consistently as two words on the Arista edition. The Y edition's cover shows a group lineup of three musicians with Martyn Barker drums included in a list of additional musicians; the Arista Newhome - Shriekback - Jam Science declares a lineup Newhome - Shriekback - Jam Science four musicians including Barker, although he only plays on two tracks.
The two editions have completely different covers. The Y edition uses a graphic of a comical anthropomorphic machine screw, which some have interpreted as either an accusation that the group "screwed" the label by leaving even though their departure may have been a result of the label foldingor a declaration that the label was "screwing" the group by releasing the album without their approval.
Neither interpretation has been officially acknowledged, and there is no conclusive evidence that any sinister message was intended. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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