Reviewed! CKY - B-Sides & Rarities

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B-Sides & Rarities
Distant/Mighty Loud

As you might have guessed by looking at the title, CKY’s latest offering, B-Sides & Rarities, is just that, a collection of live, acoustic, previously unreleased and out-of-print material. But the thing is, for as avant-garde as the bands tenor normally is, the material housed here isn’t much different from what you’d get from these guys on a daily basis. Regardless, it is an album worth checking out, if only for the fact that you probably haven’t heard any of this stuff before.

B-Sides & Rarities is opened by “Afterworld,” a song recorded for the Jackass 3D soundtrack, which you’ll remember, well, if you saw the film that is, was played during the movie’s end credits. An unreleased live radio session version of “Rio Bravo” is up next, and there’s also a remix of the song included later, but it’s probably the unreleased stuff that’s going to generate the most interest. The original version of “Halfway House” is one of these songs (which drummer Jess Margera refers to as the heavy version), and is joined by “Deepest Depths” and acoustic versions of “Don’t Hold Your Breath” and “To All of You.”

In all honesty, it isn’t the unreleased material that’s the best off B-Sides & Rarities; it’s actually the rare stuff, beginning with “Shippensburg,” which was recorded initially for a 1997 skateboarding video. Perhaps the most eccentric moment during the album is “Santa’s Coming,” an interesting take on the Christmas classic “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Well, it might not exactly be a true new studio album, but its close, and is good enough to hold over those anxiously awaiting the bands follow-up to 2009’s Carver City.