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Mark Eitzel went to London to play a show at the Borderline and release the concert as his first "solo" album. He was prepping his band's next record, the American Music Club classic Everclear, but only "Crabwalk" and the future b-side "Chanel #5" made the cut here. Eitzel's humorous concert repartee has been cut; the result is a better album than a document. AMC's debut album, The Restless Stranger, is represented here with "Room Above the Club," while the majority of tracks come from the band's landmark third album, California, with sad, passionate reads of "Western Sky," "Blue and Grey Shirt," "Last Harbor," and "Jenny" turning the concert into an emotional exorcism. Two new songs, recorded at the record label's office, were added to the end: the future single-only release "Take Courage" and an early take of Mercury's "What Godzilla Said to God," presented here as "Nothing Can Bring Me Down." The album could be considered a greatest-hits collection of American Music Club material up to that point, performed acoustic and solo. It's not a replacement for the real band, but it's a great alternate view. 

Customer Reviews

I Can't believe iTunes even has this!!!

This is the best acoustic album ever. In my opinion. Pure, Raw emotion on this album. Stop reading and start downloading.


I'm so surprised this hasn't been reviewed yet...this is one of the best LPs I own! I find most of these versions to be much better than the excellent originals. "Outside This Bar," is a bare, breathtaking performance. "Gary's Song" and "Crabwalk" are really funny/desperate tales of barroom life. A superior version of "Western Sky" where even Mark begins to choke up...his songs invariably tell heart-wrenching stories. I never really cared for the arrangement of "Firefly" on the California album until I heard this stripped-down recording and heard the beautiful core of it. This album shows how one person with nothing but a guitar and a microphone can fill a room with power and passion and poetry.


Born: January 30, 1959 in Walnut Creek, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

One of the most celebrated and idiosyncratic American songwriters of his generation, Mark Eitzel is best known as the leader of the iconic indie rock band American Music Club, who spun beautifully chaotic webs of guitar from Eitzel's gloomy but compassionate studies of lost souls and alcohol; since striking out on his own, Eitzel has embraced a number of different musical approaches, while his witty but downcast lyrical style has remained constant. John Mark Eitzel was born in the Northern California...
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