This Post Brought to You by the Letter E!
Mr. E, Mark Oliver Everett, the front man of Eels, is the man. However, before the Eels came about, E was the solo man.
In 1991, E released his first album, "A Man Called (E)" which was unjustifiably ignored by the general public. It was chock full of charmingly crafted pop songs that could make the most grizzled of men smile. To this day, it remains one of my personal favorite albums. Things looked good for E.
Then, the follow up album, "Broken Toy Shop", despite being quite brilliant as well, was virtually unnoticed. Things started to look bad. E and his label split ways. He was left with no label and two albums which no one knew existed.
Thats when he formed the Eels, and history was written. However, between "Broken Toy Shop" and that inspired formation, E dropped into the KCRW studios and recorded the following session. It includes an early solo piano version of "Beautiful Freak", a Prince cover and a few demos E recorded in his basement. The real treat, however, is the interview segments.
(By the way, if you know the name of track 2, please let me know. It's killing me.)
E - 01 Talk (KCRW)
E - 02 I Don't Even Know What I'm Looking For (KCRW)
E - 03 Talk (KCRW)
E - 04 Shovel (KCRW)
E - 05 Talk (KCRW)
E - 06 Mental (KCRW)
E - 07 Talk (KCRW)
E - 08 Beautiful Freak (KCRW)
E - 09 When Doves Cry (KCRW)
E - 10 Talk
E - Hello Cruel World
Also, swing by Heather's place for some great Eels live stuff.