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Albums Of The Week: The Jesus And Mary Chain | Sunset 666 (Live At Hollywood Palladium)

The Reid brothers confidently and capably traverse their back catalogue — with an assist from Scottish singer Isobel Campbell — in this live set taped in L.A. in 2018.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Recorded at the Hollywood Palladium in 2018, Sunset 666 is a new live album from The Jesus and Mary Chain.

In 1990, a young American band, full of a precise kind of noise and darkness, were special guests on the U.S. tour being undertaken by a group who had noise and darkness, poise and catharsis of their own. The young band: Nine Inch Nails. Those headliners: The Jesus and Mary Chain. Almost 30 years later, an invitation was extended: Would the Reid brothers care to reverse the roles and open for Nine Inch Nails on their own North American tour? Trent Reznor had been a fan of the JAMC, and influenced by them since hearing Psychocandy, so it felt a good fit and the Reid brothers accepted.

The resulting tour ended with a run of six shows at L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium and the 17 tracks captured on the Sunset 666 double album were recorded from the desk on two of those nights. Sides A, B and C of the vinyl release are from the final show on Dec. 15. Those 12 songs comprise the full set from that night in sequence, meaning the show began with the here-we-f*cking-go drums of Just Like Honey, ended with the ferocious euphoria of an eight-minutes-plus Reverence — and included vocal contributions from Scottish singer-songwriter and former Belle & Sebastian member Isolbel Campbell on Sometimes Always and Black and Blues. Side D of the record is taken from the Dec. 11 show and serves almost as a mini-showcase of the Automatic album, featuring versions of Blues From A Gun, Between Planets and Halfway To Crazy.”