Extra track on ‘The Snake King’ CD

When I originally heard “The Snake King” last week it was through the Soundcloud premiere by Billboard. Then I listened to some songs individually on Alexa, streaming from Amazon in my kitchen – purposely passing on the real depressing ones since my kids were nearby. Last night I picked up the actual CD from Best Buy and today played it while I was getting some work done. For today’s listen, I wasn’t trying to analyze the lyrics but just listening as a casual listener. The verdict? It is SO FREAKING INCREDIBLE!

It really is. The songs are so catchy and the music has so many layers. When I was a kid, my parents had the “Jesus Christ Superstar” record and I used to dance around singing it in the living room. Since our family is Jewish, I always thought it was a little weird that my parents even had that record, but the music was so good and fun to sing. This kind of reminds me of that, a bluesy version. It’s telling a story and the topics aren’t something I would normally choose to listen to, but the songs are amazing.

“Suicide Manifesto” is still just as depressing though, because once you know that that was how RS was thinking last year, it’s hard to move past that. But if “The Snake King” were to be made into a rock opera, there could be a character representing a human on Earth who is affected by the work of “The Snake King” and that could be that character’s song. I’m not sure yet what the overall story would be, but I think there may be something there.

Anyway, right after the last song listed on the CD “Orpheus in the Underworld,” there’s another song that’s not listed: “Goodbye, St. Paul.” The song is listed on the Japanese import CD, but apparently it’s a hidden track on the U.S. version.

It’s also cool to see all the different instruments listed in the CD booklet that were used in the songs: electric and electric slide guitars, acoustic guitar, harmonica, electric piano, synth horns, bouzouki, violin, viola, Dobro, mandolin, banjo and ukulele. In addition to his touring band, there are familiar names listed, such as Jeff Silverman and Tim Pierce (both who he used to perform with) and Jimmy Z (who played sax on “Bop ‘Til You Drop.”) Were the typos on the “Suicide Manifesto” credits intentional? A kind of “I don’t care” message for that song or is a typo just a typo?

There’s also a picture of him and his mom and their dog (Elvis?) in the CD booklet and a little tribute to her.

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2 thoughts on “Extra track on ‘The Snake King’ CD

  1. Hi, I googled this trying to figure out the hidden extra track on the CD. I have to say I have never been a RS fan. Sure, Jessie’s Girl was a song of the times and catchy…but I felt nothing that drew me in. I certainly have not tried to dive into the Springfield discography yet, this is really my first immersion. But what a nice swim it has been. I am impressed. I was introduced to this album because a friend did the back up vocals on it, so I thought I would give a song a listen. And wow… then reading the negative reviews of the lyrics on Amazon… I knew I had to get this CD. And I am so glad I did. It’s been a while since I listened to a CD over and over, but this one in compelling. Specially Land of the Blind and Orpheus in the Underworld. Thanks!

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    • Hello, welcome to RS music beyond Jessie’s Girl! Thanks for your note! I have a feeling this CD may surprise many people, as he is one of the most underrated musicians out there (in my opinion anyway). If you like edgier songs, you may enjoy “Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance,” although “Songs for the End of the World” and “Venus in Overdrive” are also great. And “Rocket Science” too. OK, obviously you know I’m a fan of his music and I have many recommendations so it’s hard to narrow it down. But definitely check out more of his recent work! : )

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