Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends
Released: November 17, 1998
This is a collection of demos and acoustic versions of Sublime songs. Sublime includes: Bradley Nowell. Engineers include: Miguel, Dave Zlacket, Laurie Daniels. Much like Jimi Hendrix and 2Pac, Sublime's Bradley Nowell has taken on a second life thanks to a number of posthumous releases. Thankfully, the people left to preserve his legacy have taken great lengths to ensure his memory hasn't been tarnished by any slapped-together releases. ACOUSTIC offers a more gentle insight into a performer known for an often outrageous and untamed punk persona. Recorded between 1991 and 1995 in sites ranging from a friend's sewing room to assorted clubs, this collection reveals Sublime's former leader to be a lover of blues ("Don't Push"), Camper Van Beethoven ("Eye Of Fatima") and X (an all-too short "It's Who You Know.") In addition to Sublime's better-known songs ("Wrong Way," "KRS-One"), Nowell's performances also reflect his affinity for reggae whether it's a Marley medley of "Guava Jelly" and "This Train," or an effective cover of the Melodian's classic "Rivers Of Babylon," complete with a xylophone solo by Sublime bassist Eric Wilson.