Beautiful Songs (The Best Of Jad Fair)
Fire Records brings you a triple CD featuring over 100 of the best songs spanning the career of the legendary Jad Fair and his band Half Japanese. This comprehensive ‘Best Of’ compilation also includes liner notes written by Everett True.
“Jad Fair is the godfather of minimalist monster art rock – a gentleman and a beast.” Edwin Pouncey, The Wire.
Fitting, as this album includes every type of song that Jad has ever dreamed, other than the ‘Monster songs and love songs’, “I do have other songs that aren’t monster songs or love songs” explains Jad, “but for the most part they are monster songs.. I wanted to have something from each of the albums – so it’s not like a dozen songs from one album, and 10 from another. It’s supposed to be an overview of everything I’ve done. So this selection of songs pretty much fits that bill. Everett True tells us “I love him for his boundless enthusiasm and shy genius…maybe it’s wrong to call Jad naive because he knows what he’s doing, but he has a child-like wonderment that to me is at the core of most great music I can name. The Shaggs, Leadbelly, Jonathan Richman. He makes my feet want to move, and there’s no higher compliment, I’ve seen Jad play concerts with a rolled-up newspaper and upturned wastebasket for rhythm, with just his voice for colour. I’ve also seen Jad play stadiums in precisely the same fashion – with a band behind him, sure, but with the spirit intact – in front of crowds of over 15,000, in support to Nirvana on their fiÂ¬nal tour.
Released at the same time as Jad’s new album ‘His Name Itself Is Music’, ‘Beautiful Songs (the Best Of Jad Fair) is the perfect complement to a prolific and imaginative artist who’s gifts keep on giving.