The Dream Syndicate were among the pioneering alternative rock bands in the early 1980s and though they lacked the staying power of peers like R.E.M., their early work still holds up more than three decades after the fact. Case in point, 1982 debut album “The Days of Wine and Roses,” which gets a deluxe reissue from the fine folks at Omnivore.
The Syndicate’s original lineup of Steve Wynn, Karl Precoda, Kendra Smith and Dennis Duck was never better than on this terrific album. Admittedly the band wore their Velvet Underground influence on their sleeves, but managed to create a sound all their own.
In addition to the original nine-track release — highlighted by “Tell Me When It’s Over,” “Then She Remembers” and the sprawling, remarkable title cut — this reissue contains six bonus songs. These extras replace bonus cuts from a 2001 re-release and are made up of previously unissued rehearsal recordings. The tracks are rough around the edges, as might be expected, but The Dream Syndicate soar on “Still Holding Onto You,” “Armed With an Empty Gun” and 10-minute krautrock inspired closing jam “Outside the Dream Syndicate.” (Jeffrey Sisk)