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Alex ChiltonLike Flies On Sherbert

Label:Peabody – PS-104, Peabody – P-104
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Garage Rock, Vocal

Tracklist

A1Baron Of Love, Part II
Written-ByR. Johnson*
A2Girl After Girl
Written-ByGary Shelton (2)
A3My Rival
Written-ByA. Chilton*
A4No More The Moon Shines On Lorena
Written-ByA. P. Carter
A5I've Had It
Written-By [Uncredited]Carl Bonura, Raymond Ceroni*
B1Rock Hard
Written-ByA. Chilton*
B2Waltz Across Texas
Written-ByB. Tubb*
B3Alligator Man
Written-ByChance*, Newman*
B4Hey! Little Child
Written-ByA. Chilton*
B5Hook Or Crook
Written-ByA. Chilton*
B6Like Flies On Sherbert
Written-ByA. Chilton*
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Notes

LP label misattributes A5 songwriting to Roy Orbison and Johnny Wilson.

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Like Flies On Sherbert (LP, Album)Aura (7)AUL 710UK & Ireland1980
Like Flies On Sherbert (LP, Album)Aura (7)AUL 710 NPPortugal1980
Like Flies On Sherbert (LP, Album, Stereo)Metronome0060.304Germany1980
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Like Flies On Sherbert (LP, Album, Stereo)Aura (7)AUL 710UK1980
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Like Flies On Sherbert (LP, Album, White Label)Aura (7)AUL 710UK & Ireland1980

Reviews

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jadedtom
I agree with you on the Peabody label. It's a real work of art, fashioned after those old 78 Bluebird Records. I remember picking the album up at Dearborn Music in Michigan back in the day. Probably paid under twenty bucks for it. Only bought it because I was vaguely familiar with Big Star and remember always loving Chilton's voice on 'The Letter'.
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Popelick
The original mix and sequence are considerably different and in my opinion superior to the subsequent reissues. It comes in a dull thick "tip on" sleeve as opposed to the glossy thin sleeved reissues.
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sly_twombly
Edited 10 years ago
Lou Reed was knockin' around, having vocal levels drop in and out, with some good affect... Tom Verlaine attempted angular, disjointed romance and had some great affect... yet, both of these seminal NYC smiths had over-production, it was a paradigm that was in full effect, the studio was God. The best reference point is to think Chuck Berry coping with Skip Spence at the boards,and you're near target... Neal Haggerty would make a paltry living off this sound a decade later with Royal Trux, yet none of this is important. The frank honesty and temporal realizations Chilton exhibits comes through loud and clear. I mean, we wouldn't be having generation after generation of Kiwi pop if it wasn't for the paradigm shift this album exports... listen to The Clean's early recordings... is it that Chilton tapped into something or ushered in something of his own? I think having Big Star's Third close by, maybe throwing on Chris Bell's solo effort, goes a long way to unearth the base for why you would committ, at the time, to critics, and critics only, artistic suicide... this album sounds fresh to these ears. It must've sounded fresh to legions of Chilton fans who now could finally go for par with a pop song legend. I can not recommend this album enough for sonic explorers that still rely on a solid hook and chugging beat. If you listen to people that say this is a mess with a negative conotation, then I would be skeptical of what they call a record collection. An exceptional recording that defies expectation... again, Chilton cut your teeth, why dismiss this as a mishap... everything is purposeful or happy experiments that work within the context of both historical document and singular cultural voice. The new reissue on vinyl from Vinyl Lovers is nice, grab the double lp for the live set.
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jadedtom
Edited 11 years ago
This disjointed (to say the least) effort by Alex Chilton has assumed a huge cult-like status, not necessarily deserved.

I always thought this was the sloppiest piece of music ever put on vinyl, so I wasn't surprised to find that Alex was going through some bad times during the recording. He sounds like a mean drunk on some of these tunes....a happy drunk on the rest!

So Chilton gets points for honesty. My guilty pleasures on this disk are the following:

"Baron of Love, Part II": This is a real drunken fiasco! "Gonna get me some tall boys!" Alex rages. It's a mess and I like it.

Ditto "Girl After Girl", another drunken spree in which we find the intoxicated Alex looking for love in all the wrong places. It's a salacious take on Troy Shondell's song.

Drunken paranoia can be found on Chilton's "My Rival". This guy is just NOT happy here.

"I've Had It" is an inebriated mess of an Orbison song. It's hard to take -- must sound better if you're drunk.

"Rock Hard" really cracks me up. Chilton is horny drunk on this one. He's so blitzed, he thinks "purple" rhymes with "ripple" and "nipple". Maybe this tells me more about myself than I need to know, but I like this song!

"Hey Little Child" could have made a nice straight forward little pop tune, but Chilton and Dickinson collapse the tune by the song's end. In an endearing way of course.

So I enjoy half of this album. For not pretending to be anything but what it is I give it extra points. I find "Waltz Across Texas" unlistenable and "Like Flies On Sherbert" is psychedelic pop so bad that it makes Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover" sound like Beethoven.

I've looked this release up on the internet and someone says only 500 copies of this lp were released on Peabody. I added it to discogs because I didn't see the Peabody release, only the Aura issue. So apparently, this may be a real Alex Chilton rarity. Yippee!!!