Jim Shelley ‎– The Haunted Life

Ain't Records ‎– n/a
Cassette, Album



With this album I tried to create a more "live" sound by using first takes of vocals and individual instrumental tracks wherever possible. Although this approach yields more mistakes, it does tend to give each song a fresher, more spontaneous sound. Too, I wrote most songs very quickly with a minimum of revision, many being composed in a matter of minutes. I believe in this manner I was able to express feelings that were absolutely real for me. I guess I also wanted every song's arrangement to be as simple as I could make it and yet represent exactly what I was hearing in my head at that time for that particular song. In this respect, I failed badly. I just never came close to realizing the kind of sound I wanted. I ran into so many problems of one kind or another, too many to deatil but knows I tried.

Recorded on a TOA MR-8T 8 track cassette recorder. Mixed, through a very noisy Uamaha EMX-300 board, with a Sony DTC-700 digital recorder.

There were four outtakes I didn't use. Three of them are not particularly good so I doubt I'll release them.

This album is dedicated to Jordy Williams for believing in me from the very start. And for writing the riduclously over the top notes for the album. Everyone needs a friend like Jordy. I love, man.

Album cover by Aaron Farrington.


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December 17, 2009
Add Jim Shelley to your list of highly prolific, consistently proficient DIY artists. Shelley delivers the goods one song after another on this release. It’s got a raw, Dylanesque kind of street poetry feel to it, complete with harmonica. Recorded at home, this one’s got a gritty emotional muscle. And the songs are damn good too. Highly recommended.