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DISTANT EFFECTS

Distant Effects


When people hear the term "jam band," they usually think of an outfit that has a Grateful Dead fixation. But even though Distant Effects has a strong late-'60s/early-'70s influence and is loose and spontaneous enough to appeal to the jam band scene, Major Stars doesn't sound anything like the Grateful Dead, Kingfish, or the New Riders of the Purple Sage (all of which are stereotypical examples of the laid-back Bay Area jam band sound of that era). Instead, Distant Effects favors a style of psychedelic hard rock/acid rock that is closer to Jimi Hendrix and Cream. The two-guitar attack of singer/guitarist Wayne Rogers and guitarist Kate Village -- who, along with bassist Tom Leonard and drummer Dave Lynch, comprise Major Stars -- recalls the heaviness that Hendrix and Eric Clapton brought to the table in the late '60s. But tracks like "Elephant," "Are We," and "Hardly Mention" are a lot spacier than Hendrix was known for being; on Distant Effects, Major Stars has no problem being heavy and spacy at the same time. Nor does the band have a problem improvising and jamming, which is why jam band enthusiasts should be aware of this CD. But again, Major Stars doesn't sound anything at all like the Grateful Dead/New Riders school of Bay Area jam band country-rock. At times, Distant Effects meanders a bit too much for its own good. But if Major Stars can be overly self-indulgent, one is inclined to be forgiving because the rockers have an appealing sound and because their creativity is at a fairly high level. All things considered, Distant Effects is an enjoyable, if imperfect, album of retro-psychedelic jamming. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: UMGD
  • UPC: 608982003622
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Track listings

  • 1. No Higher Meaning
  • 2. Hardly Mention
  • 3. Are We
  • 4. Elephant
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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