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My Name Is Tom

by The Jigsaw Seen

Deluxe reissue of The Jigsaw Seen's 1991 psych masterpiece now features 5 bonus tracks.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Warehouse the Wicked
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2. Black Aggie
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3. Persephone Again
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4. The Daily Planet
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5. My Name Is Tom
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6. Murder At the Luau
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7. I'm So Happy Today
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8. Off Track
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9. Eight Lancashire Lads
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10. The Best Is Yet to Come
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Vibro-phonic Recordings is pleased to announce the release of an expanded deluxe edition of The Jigsaw Seen's 1991 classic My Name Is Tom. The new collection features 5 bonus tracks.

Considered a Psych Masterpiece, The Jigsaw Seen’s sophomore effort My Name Is Tom was met with ecstatic reviews when originally released by Skyclad Records in 1991 and has been unavailable since 1993.

Recorded quickly in the Spring of 1991, My Name Is Tom features current members Dennis Davison and Jonathan Lea along with former members Steve LaFollette (Beulah) and Tom Sullivan (Lords of Altamont).

This collection features the band’s most well known song “My Name Is Tom.” An edited version of the song appears on Rhino/Warner Music Group’s box set Children Of Nuggets alongside tracks by Soft Boys, Teenage Fanclub, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade and others. Apple iTunes recently included the title track on their compilation of “Essential Garage Rock”.

Another highlight is the band’s version of Arthur Lee and Love’s Forever Changes classic “The Daily Planet.”

Of the 5 bonus tracks, 4 are previously unreleased (recorded for a follow-up EP and an Italian single) and 1 appeared on an extremely rare Skyclad compilation LP. With the release of this deluxe edition of My Name Is Tom, new fans of The Jigsaw Seen will get a chance to discover a lost classic.


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"The Jigsaw Seen should be heard."
In 1991, The Jigsaw Seen released their sophomore effort, My Name Is Tom, reaping a significant amount of critical acclaim and even some suggestion that the band was the heir apparent to L.A.’s pop vanguard. Sadly, the album disappeared without a trace two years later, never to resurface. Now reissued and expanded into a full-length, ten-track album, it seems in retrospect to have provided some sort of missing link between the brooding baroque stylings of Arthur Lee’s Love and Love’s paisley pop descendents such as the Rain Parade and the Three O’Clock. Certainly, the band’s preoccupation with Anglo influences and shimmering psychedelia was all too evident, from the piercing delivery of “Warehouse The Wicked” and the raga rock stance of the title track, to a soaring take on the cocktail lounge standard “The Best Is Yet To Come.” There are some unexpected moments in-between; the buzz saw surf instrumental “Murder At The Luau,” the jaunty Monty Python-esque “Eight Lancashire Lads” and the tangled folkish narrative “Black Aggie” all suggest the Jigsaws gather their pieces from a variety of sources. Nevertheless, the most telling entry comes in the form of their faithful cover of Love’s “The Daily Planet.” If influences are any indication, The Jigsaw Seen should be heard. – LEE ZIMMERMAN

babysue

Neat stuff, packaged to perfection.
Reissue of the Jigsaw Seen's 1991 EP with five additional tracks added (four of which were previously unreleased). On these tracks this band played slightly jangley melodic pop with subtle hints of psychedelia. Rather than writing formulaic pop, these folks created strangely epic compositions that didn't really sound like any other band that was recording at the time. The centerpiece of this disc is the lengthy title track (over seven minutes long), which displays some wonderfully inventive playing. In addition to the cool tunes, this disc features a really great CD cover with a die-cut cover of an eyeball looking through a keyhole (the CD fits over the pupil of the eyeball). Neat stuff, packaged to perfection... (Rating: 5)

Twist & Shake

"A masterpiece of it's kind and ripe for reappraisal."
Originally released as a five track EP on the Skyclad label in 1991, "My Name Is Tom" has at long last been reissued onto compact disc. And if that isn't enough to get your motor running, five extra tunes have been tacked onto the proceedings. I've always thought the Jigsaw Seen were one of the finest bands around and this record certainly confirms my beliefs. A brooding psychedelic tenor blankets the title cut of the disc. The delivery is intense, the arrangements are involved and a sense of mystery prevails. Clocking in at over seven minutes in length, "My Name Is Tom" is a real head trip, with its snaky sitar work and abstract lyrical content. The dark and edgy "Warehouse The Wicked" rates as another keeper and continues to emphasize the Jigsaw Seen's flair for doling out streams of polished harmonies and biting hooks. A cover of Love's "The Daily Planet" is tackled with confidence, "Murder At The Luau" sizzles with surf guitar shreddings and "The Best Is Yet To Come" pops and rocks with fervor. Stocked with clever songwriting, razor sharp technique and a willing to experiment, "My Name Is Tom" is a masterpiece of its kind and ripe for reappraisal.