Spent all day listening to the new version of Give Out But Don’t Give Up, which has the original Tom Dowd/Jim Dickenson mixes from the Memphis recordings at Ardent studios in Memphis.
There are a lot of high points to it, even if as a record it’s still super uneven. (If anything, the new mixes accentuate the weakness of some of the material here.) Definitely worth hearing, and definitely takes a record that felt like a baffling misstep when it first came out and turns it into something where you can sort of figure out what the artistic intent was all along. And when it hits well, a song like “I’m Gonna Cry Myself Blind” becomes pretty transcendent as presented.
It also puts some much-needed context onto their brilliant follow-up records, Vanishing Point and XTRMNTR, and is totally worth hearing.
Oh, and if you fancy, here’s an hourlong BBC4 documentary on the Original Memphis Recordings with plenty of Bobby Gillespie, Alan McGee, and a soupcon of Noel Gallagher, Tom Dowd, etc.