The 1992 self-titled Blind Melon album has been given a make-up for its 20th anniversary.
The album, featuring the now iconic “bee girl” on the cover, has been reworked by original members Brad Smith and Christopher Thorn.
‘Blind Melon’ was recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, the subject of the recent movie by Dave Grohl. “When I pulled up the tracks, I was immediately taken back to the feeling of walking into a big studio for the first time,” says Brad Smith. “Everyone seemed to be on fire, especially Shannon. It was super refreshing to hear full takes without overdubs! 2″ tape, 24 tracks and dudes in a room with mics… amazing! David Briggs took us to Sound City because he had worked there with Neil Young and really liked the Neve board that was in there. Listening back to the tapes, I realize he made the perfect choice for us. We are lucky to have these recordings!”
“I am very excited that these recordings are finally being heard,” says Christopher Thorn. “As I was mixing the tracks I realized just how lucky we were to record at the legendary Sound City Studios with John Hanlon as our engineer and David Briggs as our producer. They taught us so much about how to capture our sound on tape. David was in the tracking room with us, conducting and dancing along with us. I felt so inspired by him. It is one of my favorite memories during this session. This was a magical time for our band and I am very excited that our fans will finally get to hear and feel just how pumped we were to be making our first recordings. Hearing Shannon’s voice on these recordings gave me chills and reminded me why I still miss him every day.”
Blind Melon was Shannon Hoon (vocals), Rogers Stevens (guitar), Christopher Thorn (guitar), Brad Smith (bass), and Glen Graham (drums).
Shannon Hoon died from a cocaine overdose in 1995.
Blind Melon: Blind Melon [CD; digital; 2LP]
1.Soak The Sin
2.Tones Of Home
5.Dear Ol’ Dad
11.Seed To A Tree
“Sippin’ Time Sessions” EP
14.Dear Ol’ Dad
16.Tones Of Home
17.Seed To A Tree