The Dream Syndicate ‎– The Days Of Wine And Roses

Ruby Records ‎– JRR-807
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Recorded at Quad Teck Studio, L.A., CA, September 1982.

(c) Ruby Records 1982
Ruby Records, p.o. 48888, L.A., CA 90084
A Division of Slash Records/J. Ruby Productions, Inc.

The catalog number is printed on the release as JRR 807.

Note: There are two jacket variants for this Ruby issue, one with a matte jacket and one with a semi-gloss jacket. The semi-gloss one contains a insert for ordering Slash-related T-shirts. The records within have identical deadwax info. I have no idea which came first or if they are contemporary but printed at different plants.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): JRR 807 A RE PRE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT L-11440
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): JRR 807 B RE PRE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT L-11440-X

Other Versions (5 of 35) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
25RTL-15 The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses(LP, Album, Promo) Rough Trade 25RTL-15 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
none The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses(9xFile, MP3, Album, RM) Rhino Records (2) none US 2001
9 23844-4, 4-23844 The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses(Cass, Album, RE) Ruby Records, Slash 9 23844-4, 4-23844 US Unknown Sell This Version
JRR-807 The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses(LP, Album) Ruby Records JRR-807 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
SLMP 19 The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses(LP, Album, RE) London Records, Slash SLMP 19 UK 1987 Sell This Version



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March 28, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
At the core of every musical, at the center of what becomes mainstream, is the element of inspiration, of genius and vision ... such was the talent of The Dream Syndicate, fronted by Steve Wynn [on vocals and guitar], and Karl Precoda [on guitar] Dennis Duck [on drums] and Kendra Smith [vocals and bass] ... though through changes, for a variety of personal reasons, the group eventually formed with Steve Wynn, Dennis Duck, and new members Paul Cutler [on guitar] and Mark Walton [on bass].

The core of their genius was first alluded to with the choice of the band’s name “The Dream Syndicate,” which was a reference to an early experimental New York band know as Theater Of Eternal Music, which included John Cale . So, with these lofty visions and aspirations, they set out to created a sound based on a solid structure rooted in the advent garde, which relied on extended feedback and floating improvisations ... all of which could be traced back to the footprints left by Quicksilver Messenger Service, Television and picked up right were The Velvet Underground had left off. But again, the public is strange sometimes, beyond all reason, and missed yet another chance to be in on the ground floor of this amazing talent, letting The Dream Syndicate slip through their fingers, just as they had done with The Velvet Underground more then fifteen years before. Make no mistake about it, this again was the future of rock n’ roll ... we are now left with a body of music to be pondered over, and fans wondering why this group had been so over looked. The “ponder” part will take years and will bring pleasure to all who have the insight to dive into these waters ... the “Why was this group so over looked?” is just too silly a question to ask, because the same people who ask it, are the same people who dismissed The Dream Syndicated from the beginning.

As with The Velvet Underground, The Dream Syndicate relied on fuzz, and feedback, along with driving melodies and rhythms that carry one so far away there is no hope of ever returning. The music so soaked and steeped in the personal experiences of the lives of its creators, who paint in more detail then imaginable ... yet overlaying all of this, is the sense of believability, simply because something this amazing must simply be true.

“Halloween” will haunt you for the rest of your life, “The Days Of Wine And Roses” is relentless, to the point of challenging even Neil Young, and “When You Smile” is so bitter sweet you will feel your heart beating in your chest ... going on all night regarding each song will do no good ... cueing up this album and being swept away will say it all.

The lyrics are sincere and powerful. The drums kick in right where they should, a bit to the left, then tone down to allow the imaginative guitar work to step back in. This album could very well be just one piece of music, it's that good. It's a dark record with tinges of X, and The Swans' “Burning World” Whenever I play this record I ask myself why it's been so long since I played it, then I realize it was only yesterday.

Don’t expect to come back from this the as same person. Period.

Review by Jenell Kesler