Numbered, Limited Edition! Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Concise, Tightly Played 2001 Power-Pop Album Features Back-to-Basics Approach
Weezers Fastest-Selling Release Includes Hash Pipe, Island in the Sun, Dont Let Go
Record Launched One of Most Memorable Return-from-the-Dead Comebacks in History
Smooth, Big-Guitar Sound Resonates Like Never Before
2001 Album Produced by Cars Legend Ric Ocasek
Weezers self-titled third album, collectively known as the Green Album, nearly never came to pass. The band had all but broken apart, with leader Rivers Cuomo choosing to go back to college and the other members dismayed at the initial reception to 1996s Pinkerton. Persuaded at the turn of the century to return to the concert stage, the foursome launched one of the most enduring comeback stories in history, and in the process, penned 75 songs, the choicest of which grace 2001s concise, tightly played Green Album.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelitys reissue presents the music with by far the most dynamic range its ever enjoyed. Cars icon Ric Ocaseks production comes into fuller relief, with guitar notes ringing with front-to-back depth and superb imaging. Cuomos singing gains focus and clarity, and the rhythms that help give the tunes their incessant catchiness are better defined, with the low end finally present.
That nearly everything on Green Albumfrom the cover to the producer to sonicsreflects those of Weezers blockbuster debut isnt merely coincidence. The quartet, not yet realizing that Pinkerton had already become a cult classic (and, soon after, would be hailed as one of the most prized albums of its generation), intentionally pursued a back-to-basics approach that echoed its roots. Unadorned simplicity, skyscraper-sized hooks, and short-but-sweet arrangements are the hallmarks here, each a signpost on how rock albums can work their way into a listeners head and provide limitless satisfaction.
Of course, however crucial, the music is just one component in Weezers arsenal. Akin to its sibling efforts, Green Album wouldnt be the same devoid of Cuomos lyrics, which exude charming personality and boyish awkwardness. Absent the heart-on-a-sleeve obviousness of the fare of Pinkerton, the material here echoes with a related emotional universality whereby romantic yearning, fear of rejection, and getaway fantasies spark with the winking promise of enthusiasm and attainment. Theres a reason every passage remains so accessible; playfulness and wryness abound. Power-pop efforts dont come more perfect.
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"This may be a very short album... but that just makes it bracing, a reminder of how good, nay, great this band can be... [T]his is a conscious return to the band's debut... nobody else does it this so well, no matter how many bands try. And, frankly, that's enough, because this band rocks tight and focused, with wonderful melodies and songs that have enough little details to give them personality, even when Rivers is avoiding personality. This is a combination of great performances and great songwriting, something that puts to shame both the mainstream rockers and underground wannabes of the early 2000s. That's Weezer's great strength -- they certainly are accessible, but they're so idiosyncratic within that realm, it's hard not to think of them as outsiders... [Y]ou'd be a fool not to consider it just about the best value of any rock record released in 2001." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com, Rated 4.5/5 Stars
"Weezer a. k. a. the Green Album proves that the band was smart to wait out the lean years. They actually took the time to make a totally crunk geek-punk record, buzzing through ten excellent tunes in less than half an hour with zero filler and enough psychosexual contortions to buy Cuomo's shrink another hot tub." - Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, Rated 4/5 Stars
Numbered, Limited Edition
Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Don't Let Go
3. Hash Pipe
4. Island In the Sun
1. Knock-Down Drag-Out
3. Simple Pages
4. Glorious Day
5. O Girlfriend