Short-lived but beloved early-'90s power-pop outfit Jellyfish will be the subject of an exhaustive, limited-edition box set, tentatively slated for release in June.
Short-lived but beloved early-'90s power-pop outfit Jellyfish will be the subject of an exhaustive, limited-edition box set, tentatively slated for release in June. The four-CD, 74-track project, titled "Fan Club," will be released by Colorado independent label Not Lame, which also issued last year's Posies box set, "At Least, At Last." Boasting involvement from former Jellyfish members Jason Falkner, Andy Sturmer, and Roger Manning as well as producer Jack Joseph Puig, the set is entirely comprised of demos and live electric and acoustic recordings.
"We are readying to unearth a bevy of unreleased material by one of the most important power pop bands of the '90s," reads a post on the Not Lame Web site. "Fan Club" -- available now for pre-order -- will be packaged in a "classic, high quality longbox format" and will include "a full color 24-page booklet with essays and track info and comments."
"Fan Club" was mastered by longtime soundman Shalom Aberle, who also remixed a handful of tracks. It will include one disc of live recordings, another of acoustic radio appearances, and two discs worth of demos and outtakes from sessions for the band's two Charisma studio albums, 1990's "Bellybutton" and 1993's "Spilt Milk."
With unheard material like "Queen of the U.S.A." and "Always Be My Girl," rare b-sides "Family Tree" and "Worthless Heart," and a cover of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," Not Lame promises Jellyfish fans will not be disappointed. And although the label is working in tandem with EMI -- the parent company of Charisma -- to meet its June 2002 deadline, the label offers the following disclaimer: "a project like this is difficult to gauge an exact release date due to last-minute licensing snafus and music business politics, but all things flowing smoothly, we are looking at a June release."