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This 2014 reissue of The Jayhawks’ 1997 album Sound of Lies features five bonus tracks, including three previously unreleased outtakes and two more never before released in the U.S. Chief cowriter Mark Olson had departed, leaving all duties to Gary Louris; he steered the group between their classic country-rock and an emerging pop sense. The album’s stirring opener, “The Man Who Loved Life,” shows signs of frustration with the group’s status (“This traveling band was not well-received”). This manifests further on “Big Star” (not a tribute to Alex Chilton’s band), where Louris sings of has-beens at 35, but with a hard rock commitment that leads to a blazing guitar solo. Bassist Marc Perlman cowrites several album highlights, including “Think About It” and “Trouble,” while new drummer Tim O’Reagan adds the mysterious “Bottomless Cup.” Among the bonuses, “I Hear You Cry” and “Sleepyhead” nail sweet, laid-back ‘70s country-rock sounds, while the studio outtake “Kirby’s Tune” features some fine jamming and the alternate take of “It’s Up to You” is worth its inclusion.

Customer Reviews

Jayhawks Best Album

Yeah, I was hooked with Hollywood Town Hall, its dynamics, and its harmonies. Also great is Tomorrow the Green Grass with its expansiveness and moments of sheer beauty.

But, this is where it all comes to a head without one of the band’s head writers, Mark Olson. Sad, psychedelic at times, memorable, rocking, poignant. Has it all. Buy now or on vinyl later in September. You won’t be disappointed.

Stick in the Mud

Pulls at my heart strings..

So lush and rich

As much as I love Tomorrow The Green Grass, I really appreciate the expanded instrumentation the band went with on this album. It still holds up.


Formed: 1985 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

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

Led by the gifted songwriting, impeccable playing, and honeyed harmonies of vocalists/guitarists Mark Olson and Gary Louris, the Jayhawks' shimmering blend of country, folk, and bar band rock made them one of the most widely acclaimed artists to emerge from the alternative country scene. The group sprang up in 1985 out of the fertile musical community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Olson had been playing standup bass in a rockabilly band called Stagger Lee. His desire to write and perform his own...
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