Jellyfish is perhaps the most underrated bands ever. The band consisted of Andy Sturmer, Roger Manning Jr, Jason Falkner, Chris Manning, and unfortunately did just release two original albums in the "Bellybutton (1990)" and "Spilt Milk (1993)". Two brilliant power-pop albums that did not receive any great commercial success, but that made icons in the power-pop genre. Very sad and very strange as it is in my opinion two of the five biggest pop albums ever made, filled with classic like “The Man I Used To Be“, “I Wanna Stay Home“ and “Joining A Fan Club”. But they arrived at the wrong time when grunge scene to grow and the market were not ready for this kind of smart pop.
This album was recorded at the now defunct club Bogarts in Long Beach February 21, 1991, California when the band support Bellybutton. And it may seem a bit obscure to be releasing material almost twenty years later and when the band does not even exist. But the band has a loyal fan base so guess that Omnivore Records saw that there was something to make on this album that contains some cool material.
I am very grateful that this came out as I’m obviously a huge fan, but it's actually better than expected. The sound is great and we get a band that is in fantastic form and fires off pop pearls for an hour. Furthermore, we get five previously unissued performances, so even the old fans will get something new. But most important of all, this is the first and only official live recording from Jellyfish, a bandthat shows the best side of pop!