Weezer (Blue Album) [Deluxe]

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Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of its initial release, this deluxe repackaging of Weezer's self-titled debut -- a.k.a. The Blue Album -- adds a treasure trove of bonus tracks to the original album. Alongside hits such as "Buddy Holly" and "Undone (The Sweater Song)" is a full disc's worth of associated B-sides, demos, garage recordings, and movie tracks, several of which were previously unreleased.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any other rock band or pop act of the first half of the '90s, Weezer had to produce material to fill out the B-sides of British, European, Asian, and Australian singles the American singles market ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of its initial release, this deluxe repackaging of Weezer's self-titled debut -- a.k.a. The Blue Album -- adds a treasure trove of bonus tracks to the original album. Alongside hits such as "Buddy Holly" and "Undone (The Sweater Song)" is a full disc's worth of associated B-sides, demos, garage recordings, and movie tracks, several of which were previously unreleased.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any other rock band or pop act of the first half of the '90s, Weezer had to produce material to fill out the B-sides of British, European, Asian, and Australian singles the American singles market having long ago been killed by the record industry. This means that the band had a mess of stray tracks that never have appeared on one of its albums, which made Weezer an excellent choice for an entry in Universal's excellent deluxe edition series, which offers lavish double-disc reissues of classic albums. The deluxe edition of Weezer has a lengthy second disc, dubbed "Dusty Gems and Raw Nuggets," that gathers all of the B-sides from the debut, along with the band's contribution to the DGC Rarities disc, five previously unreleased tracks, and the original album mix of "Say It Ain't So" which was replaced by the single mix on the album in subsequent pressings. For hardcore fans, this is a blessing since it gathers a bunch of rarities in one place, but this isn't just of interest to the diehards, since the quality of the material is very high. Thanks to the prolific songwriter Rivers Cuomo, Weezer was one of the handful of '90s alt-rock bands that produced consistently engaging non-LP material. It could be argued that the live B-sides are merely good but not revelatory, and that the barbershop-quartet excursion on "My Evaline" is simply a curiosity, yet all the rest of the non-LP songs live up to the high standards of the original album and could have fit comfortably on the record. Of these, the previously released "Mykel and Carli," "Susanne," and "Jamie" are all loud, tuneful punk-pop tributes to friends and colleagues of the band, and they're excellent examples of Cuomo's skill for writing catchy, clever pop miniatures. But what's more noteworthy is the first release of a clutch of previously unreleased early songs, all a little rough, but all very good: the stop-start epic "Paperface," the manic "Lullaby for Wayne," and the slow crawl of "I Swear It's True." These, combined with early versions of "Undone - The Sweater Song" and "Only in Dreams" that are notably different to the final versions, make for a great batch of unreleased material. While there's little question that this second disc does play like a rarities collection -- patches of live and acoustic alternate versions and demo-quality sound will do that -- but it's a well-sequenced, highly enjoyable rarities collection that manages to enhance the original album. That, along with the fine liner notes highlighted by bonus-track annotation by Karl Koch, makes this an excellent, even necessary deluxe edition.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
Ten years on, as this double-dsic reissue attests, these four thrift-store-clad guitar boys seem almost like visionaries.

Ten years on, as this double-dsic reissue attests, these four thrift-store-clad guitar boys seem almost like visionaries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498619070
  • Catalog Number: 000213902
  • Sales rank: 34,529

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Name Is Jonas (3:23)
  2. 2 No One Else (3:05)
  3. 3 The World Has Turned and Left Me Here (4:18)
  4. 4 Buddy Holly (2:39)
  5. 5 Undone (the Sweater Song) (5:04)
  6. 6 Surf Wax America (3:06)
  7. 7 Say It Ain't So (4:18)
  8. 8 In the Garage (3:55)
  9. 9 Holiday (3:24)
  10. 10 Only in Dreams (7:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mykel and Carli (2:53)
  2. 2 Susanne (2:47)
  3. 3 My Eveline (0:44)
  4. 4 Jamie (4:19)
  5. 5 My Name Is Jonas (3:39)
  6. 6 Surf Wax America (4:01)
  7. 7 Jamie (4:03)
  8. 8 No One Else (3:26)
  9. 9 Undone (the Sweater Song) (5:33)
  10. 10 Paperface (3:01)
  11. 11 Only in Dreams (5:47)
  12. 12 Lullaby for Wayne (3:36)
  13. 13 I Swear It's True (2:57)
  14. 14 Say It Ain't So (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weezer Primary Artist
Brian Bell Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Patrick Wilson Drums, Group Member
Rivers Cuomo Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Sharp Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Jason Cropper Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ric Ocasek Producer
Paul DuGre Engineer
George Marino Mastering, Remastering
Patrick Wilson Composer
Rivers Cuomo Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Michael Golob Package Art Direction
Peter Gowland Cover Photo
Jason Cropper Composer
Sigmund Spaeth Arranger
Todd Sullivan Producer, Liner Notes
Kelly Martinez Licensing
Chris Shaw Engineer, Remixing
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Dale Johnson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well worth it

    The year was 1994. Alternative radio was outgrowing grunge and welcomed a new breed of bratty bands like Weezer, Offspring and Greenday. This album was my favorite album that year and I had to snag this re-release with B-sides and bonus tunes. This is a Top 10 CD of mine and well worth the money. Pop it in and enjoy the melodic beats, catchy lyrics ("Click on the telly, wrestle with Jimmy...say it ain't so"). This CD's sound is awesome and will take you back to 1994, when hip-hop and this bratty brand of rock exploded.

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