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Album Review

There was a moment in the spring of 1993, as the single "Two Princes" and the debut album Pocket Full of Kryptonite peaked in the top five of their respective charts, that the Spin Doctors appeared to be on the brink of a big career. Only a little over a year later, when Turn It Upside Down peaked well below the Top Ten in its first week of release and failed to produce a Top 40 hit, the group began a commercial slide that turned into one of the more spectacular flame-outs of the '90s when their third album, You've Got to Believe in Something, didn't even sell well enough to reach the charts. Pop fans can be fickle, but this was ridiculous. That at least seems to be the reasoning behind the selections on Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective ("Just go ahead now" is the tag line of "Two Princes"), which excerpts five tracks each from the three albums, adding the previously unreleased mid-tempo rocker "Miss America" and a live version of "Refrigerator Car" from Pocket Full of Kryptonite that was on the concert album Homebelly Groove...Live. Compilation producer Bruce Dickinson's apparent contention that the three studio albums are of equal value is not borne out by a listen to the disc. Those first five tracks, all of which were album rock radio hits and three of which reached the singles charts, present the band at its lively, kinetic best, with Chris Barron rhythmically singing his wordy lyrics over the funky grooves. But as soon as "Cleopatra's Cat," the first track from Turn It Upside Down, begins, the music begins to seem forced. There are some good songs as the disc goes on — the Dylan-ish "If Wishes Were Horses," for example, and "She Used to Be Mine," both from You've Got to Believe in Something — but nothing to match the rush of the early tracks. The group would have been better served by a more careful selection of its Epic recordings, with more from Pocket Full of Kryptonite, better and fewer choices from the second and third albums (where's "Mary Jane"?), and, especially, more live tracks. As it is, this release looks like the record label's excuse to delete the Spin Doctors' other albums while keeping a compilation in print.

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Very and truly amazing!

Amazing! This cd has all of your favorite Spin Doctors grooves, funks, rhythms, and most importantly: THE SOLOS. You may be thinking "Oh, this band stinks because I don't like the 'non-distortion' stuff. Give my some Slipknot metal." Well think again. This band has songs that you can just relax and think "Man whoever created music is a genious." They are fun songs to learn if your a guitar player or bass player. This band probably has the most musical talent I've ever heard. Here are my favorites: 5. Little Miss Cant Be Wrong...8.9/10... Great groove to it. It sounds like something you'd here in a bar. =P 4. Refridgerator Car...9.2/10... Very, very good solos in this song!!! And it sounds really good, considering that its live. 3. House...9.3/10... Very repetative, but really, really catchy. 2. Two Pinces (Just Go Ahead Now)...9.8/10... Um... What can I say? It's just an amazing song. 1. Jimmy Olsen's Blues (Pocket Full Of Kryptonite)...*10/10*... I could listen to this song over and over again and never get tired of it. I've been listening to this song since I was 4 (I'm 12 now). GREAT CD!!! I highly recommend it, and its only $8.00. Thanks for reading.

of cource the best

hell yes sutch a good album man these guys r the best 80 metal there the best man and im into metal but i was raised on this and i thank the spin docters

Unfrickenbelieveable

Every single song on this album is amazing. Seriously it boggles my mind how normal music fans only look at the three singles of Pocket.. and think that that's all they have to offer. IF ANY MEMBER OF THE SPIN DOCTORS HAPPENS TO READ THIS, PLEASE COME TO ATLANTA, GEORGIA!!!!! 100+++ stars.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

There were many pseudo-hippie, jam-oriented blues rockers in New York during the early '90s, but only the Spin Doctors made it big. And they made it big because not only could they immerse themselves in a groove, they also had concise pop skills. "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes" were cleverly written singles, full of clean, blues-inflected licks and ingratiating pop melodies. Pocket Full of Kryptonite had been around for nearly a year when MTV and radio began playing "Little Miss...
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