13 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blind Melon's 1992 self-titled debut album was the sound of a new band finding its voice on record. The group members—mostly Southerners and Midwesterners who'd moved to Los Angeles—had been weaned on early Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Faces, and Allman Brothers albums, and they sought to re-create that organic sound in the emerging grunge era. "Sleepyhouse" is a tribute to the house in Durham, N.C., where they'd all relocated and forged a deep chemistry, but it was in Seattle's London Bridge Studios, with producer Rick Parashar of Pearl Jam's Ten fame, where Blind Melon crafted these rough bluesy and psychedelic rock tunes. The album's single "No Rain" (with its eye-catching "Bee Girl" video) catapulted the band into the mainstream, while acoustic-electric tunes like "I Wonder," "Dear Ol' Dad," and "Holyman" captured a loose vibe that went back to the early '70s. The 2013 reissue includes five of Blind Melon's first recordings cut in 1991 with Neil Young producer David Briggs at L.A.'s Sound City Studios; they were for the unreleased Sippin' Time EP. Band members Chris Thorn and Brad Smith remixed the tracks for reissue. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blind Melon's 1992 self-titled debut album was the sound of a new band finding its voice on record. The group members—mostly Southerners and Midwesterners who'd moved to Los Angeles—had been weaned on early Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Faces, and Allman Brothers albums, and they sought to re-create that organic sound in the emerging grunge era. "Sleepyhouse" is a tribute to the house in Durham, N.C., where they'd all relocated and forged a deep chemistry, but it was in Seattle's London Bridge Studios, with producer Rick Parashar of Pearl Jam's Ten fame, where Blind Melon crafted these rough bluesy and psychedelic rock tunes. The album's single "No Rain" (with its eye-catching "Bee Girl" video) catapulted the band into the mainstream, while acoustic-electric tunes like "I Wonder," "Dear Ol' Dad," and "Holyman" captured a loose vibe that went back to the early '70s. The 2013 reissue includes five of Blind Melon's first recordings cut in 1991 with Neil Young producer David Briggs at L.A.'s Sound City Studios; they were for the unreleased Sippin' Time EP. Band members Chris Thorn and Brad Smith remixed the tracks for reissue. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings
AKbrain ,

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

A sad taste of what might a been...rip Shannon

Faht101 ,

ClassOf '96

I have to agree that this is a top 20 album from the entire 90's. it's great from start to finish. That simply doesn't happen any more. The musicianship is outstanding and the sounds that were emerging during this time of immense musical change can be heard in a very raw form here. Just really great music. And if you're not familiar with it, give it more than one listen. You'll be happy you did.

24HourEstateSale ,

My Soul One!!!

I have literally had this album in my cars CD player for over ten years. Not the same copy or car. I learned to burn copies and use those keeping original safe😃
I can listen to it over and over only skipping No Rain. People who don't like this album,or any BM album, do not like music that sings to your soul. Shannon Hoon=Genius

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