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Editors’ Notes

Fans of the Brian Jonestown Massacre often regard 1996’s Take It from the Man as the band’s pièce de résistance. As expected, there’s plenty of ‘60s Stones worship going on — “Who?” borrows heavily from “She’s a Rainbow,” while “Caress” sounds like a little brother of “The Last Time,” and on the 11- minute version of “Straight Up and Down” they straight-up steal the woo-woos from “Sympathy for the Devil.” But for everything taken from Mick and Keith’s playbook, there’s the same amount of original ideas coming to glorious psychedelic fruition. “Vacuum Boots” is a rocking love song that opens with backwards guitar solos and a chorus melody so infectious; it could have come from any decade. “Monster” takes a stab at space-folk with acoustic 12-string, tambourines, delayed slide guitars and more reverb than the Carlsbad Caverns. The libidinous “Oh Lord” is bursting with snowballing garage-rock tension, while the brilliant “Cabin Fever” lets guitar player Matt Hollywood deliver some indie- rock gold as he muses on a madness that came from living in the attic of his own groupies’ home.

Customer Reviews

Who are the Stones?

Anton and company did more than hold a candle to the stones with this album - they Took it from the Man! This is a rock and roll masterpiece.

An Unacknowledged Rock'n'Roll Masterpiece

This album is amazing, listening to it start to finish can really be an experience. Sure, most people haven't heard of it. But I think in a future time "Take it from the Man!" will be counted amoung the greatest albums of all times... seriously, its that good.

How has nobody written a review for this album yet?

It's great. Simply great. That's all I'm going to say.


Formed: 1990 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock & roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group's ranks over the next half-decade, but the focal point always remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe, who, along with bassist Matt Hollywood, guitarist Dean Taylor, organist Mara Regal, accordionist Dawn Thomas, drummer...
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