Author: Lord Audiopile
Melvins’ albums Houdini (1993), Stoner Witch (1994), and Stag (1996) have been out-of-print on vinyl for over two decades following their initial release on Atlantic Records – until now. Jack White’s Third Man Records have reissued all three albums on vinyl. Each record is pressed on 180-gram vinyl in gatefold sleeves.
The most classic Melvins record will differ potentially a hundred times if you ask different Melvins fans their opinion on the matter. But the most votes would probably go to ‘Houdini’ from 1993, their first major label record. Signed on the crest of the wave of the Seattle sound, ‘Houdini’ has been performed live in its entirety quite a few times. It features a lot of their most famous tracks, too. ‘Honey Bucket’ is a bona fide solid gold riff, maybe their most popular. It’ll always be a total barnburner, a sure way to get any party started.
Other great cuts include album opener ‘Hooch’ (great beat), the Kiss cover ‘Goin’ Blind’, ‘Hag Me’ and one of the most classic Melvins riffs, the mighty ‘Joan of Arc’. This is Sludge before it really had a name or a face. With this record the Melvins pretty much became both. And with some incredible artwork from the master of the concert poster, Mr. Frank Kozik (google that name), ‘Houdini’ excels on all levels. An absolute diamond.