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Ear-Bleeding Country: The Best of Dinosaur Jr [Import]

Dinosaur Jr. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00005Q3AM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Repulsion
2. Little Fury Things
3. In A Jar
4. Freak Scene
5. Budge
6. Just Like Heaven
7. The Wagon
8. Thumb
9. Whatever's Cool With Me
10. Not You Again
11. Out There
12. Start Choppin
13. Get Me
14. Feel The Pain
15. I Don't Think So
16. Take A Run At The Sun - J. Mascis - J. Mascis
17. Nothin's Goin' On
18. I'm Insane
19. Where'd You Go - J. Mascis & The Fog - J. Mascis & The Fog

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There was a day when indie rock didn't offer much in the line of guitar heroics. Then along came a lumbering beast of a band. With heavy hearts and ruthless riffs, they managed to churn out some of the most sensitive, melodic songs ever to punish the eardrums. One of alt-rock's most distinctive and influential bands, Massachusetts-based Dinosaur Jr. was formed in 1984 by singer-guitarist J. Mascis, bassist-singer Lou Barlow, and drummer-vocalist Murph. The band produced its eponymous debut for Homestead Records in 1985, then hooked up with the seminal SST label in '87 for their early classic You're Living All Over Me. Throughout numerous lineup changes and a switch to Sire records for 1991's Green Mind, Mascis refined the band's cataclysmic sound, often playing many of the instruments himself. The end of the '90s saw the release of two Mascis solo albums: Martin + Me (1996) and More Light (w/ The Fog) (2000). "Ear-Bleeding Country: The Best Of Dinosaur Jr." will bombard your senses with 19 tenderly turbulent tracks spanning Dinosaur Jr.'s entire career. Turn it up for classic tracks like "Freak Scene," "The Wagon," and "Start Choppin." Also includes the rare J. Mascis soundtrack cut "Take A Run At The Sun" from Grace Of My Heart.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By Alan Moore VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a rather well balanced compilation, although I feel it would have been vastly improved had they done 2 discs: 1 for Dinosaur (before 'Jr' was tagged on) Mk.1 (J, Lou and Murph) and 1 for Dinosaur Jr Mk.2 (J and whoever he felt like getting in on the album) as the two styles differ so much it jars a little here.
Neither version of the band is superior -- Mk.1 made great pop music hidden under badly-recorded layers of noise (precursor to 'grunge' I think) and Mk.2 used the studio to create some great, complex rock tunes. But they are so different to one another -- only J's voice links the two really.
Now, to the choices: only one track from the 1985 debut LP 'Dinosaur'? I listen to it regularly and there's at least six classic tracks there (3 of them appeared on 'In Session' as alternative versions a few years back). I would expect 'The Leper' or 'Quest', at least.
'Little Fury Things' and 'In A Jar' are doubtless classic Dino tracks, but they're all that represent 'You're Living All Over Me'. Okay, maybe it's silly to expect 'Poledo' seeing as it's a Lou Barlow song and J wouldn't like that too much, but there are more great tracks from that period, such as 'Raisins'.
'Freak Scene' could not have been missed out as it's 'the hit' and 'Budge', also from 'Bug'. Bearing in mind the length of 'Bug' they should have squeezed another track from it in here.
Finally, Dino's cover of 'Just Like Heaven' which is undeniably great. What's scary is we're less than a third of the way thru the CD and we've hit the last of Dino Mk.1's music. From here on it's all major label recordings. Seeing as they make up 5 years of Dinosaur's 12 year recording life
this seems a little uneven.
On to Dino Mk.2.
'The Wagon' and 'Thumb' from Green Mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ear bleedin' Brilliant! 4 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While i agree with most of the points raised by Alan in the above review,you have to accept that everybody's version of a "best of" will be very different.I think this is an excellent introduction to a Dinosaur Jr novice and although,as Alan pointed out,the early years are
skimmed over in favour of inclusions such as "Take A Run At The Sun" and "Where'd you Go",
these are minor gripes.The sheer quality of the
bands output guarantees that any compilation will
be stunning.And where i disagree strongly with
Alan is in his dismissal of "Without A Sound" which is one of my favourite Dinosaur Jr albums
by far.I feel their last effort "Hand It Over" was terribly weak by comparison.But hey,never mind all that...if you are vaguely familiar with
this band and want to expand your knowledge,this is a great place to start.And you will eventually
get around to the rest of the albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Dinosaur Jr 9 May 2013
By Kostas
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For the uninitiated, Dinosaur Jr are a grungy rock band with great guitar licks (reminiscent of Neil Young's Crazy Horse) courtesy of J Mascis. I was looking for a Dinosaur Jr album to fill the gap in my collection but didn't know where to start. This one did the trick. All albums (of their fist period) are evenly represented to give you a complete picture and it contains one of their high points, their version of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven", previously available only as a single. Overall, it works well as a starting point.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD INTRODUCTION 8 May 2010
By Stephen
Format:Audio CD
I owned a couple of their later albums and brought this to have a dig into their earlier work. So where do I start right this is a CD of two halfs and you can tell when it gose into the second half, as every thing that has been produced by J Mascis is the better half the second half by the way. The first half is very raw but still listenable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Place To Start 20 Oct 2001
By "jbksauls" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like with most things that Rhino issues, this is a solid collection and you get a lot of music for the cost of purchase (19 tracks). For fans like me that didn't really get into Dino Jr until their MTV-era ("Out There", "Feel The Pain")it's nice to have a good chunk of material from their pre-WB indie days. Also nice is the inclusion of J Masic's solo turn on "Take A Run At The Sun" and a new track from his new band, J Masic and The Fog. All in all, if you own no Dino Jr. at all then this is a good place to start. As with any band, some great songs are missing from this "best of" but, that criticism aside, "Ear Bleeding Country" is a cool collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hear the birthplace of Nirvana and 90's alternative rock. 10 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dinosaur Jr mastered the quiet/loud dynamics and layered their sonic assault with acoustic guitars before Kurt Cobain became a legend and bands like Tripping Daisy .... in the alternative punchbowl. This compilation has great artwork and an excellent 11 page essay. The track listing boasts more in-depth information that the original albums, too. But the real reason to jump on board is the amazing remastering done by the wizards over at Rhino. "Repulsion" has always been a classic, but it's never jumped out of the speakers the way it does here. The early stuff has been in need of some sonic clean-up for years. Major fans will quibble about the track listing, but that's to be expected when compiling a songwriter like Mascis onto one disc. I wouldn't remove a single track... I just might add a couple personal favorites. So, embrace indie rock history... Get yourself a little Dino and see if you can make your ears bleed, raise some gooseflesh, and jam along on your air-telecaster. And Rhino, how about a remastered "You're Living All Over Me"?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got a knack for being right! 26 Sep 2005
By Sacco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From there inception as a post hardcore sonic terrors until the end as grunge survivors, 'Ear Bleeding Country' Dinosaur Jr's best of covers a great deal of territory. Full of great tracks, some classic some merely good, the one thing you should take away from listening to this collection is that J Mascis, boy could he play guitar. A generation of who were brought up on grunge owe that guitar sound to J, one of the few originals of the last 25 years.

What this fails to do however is give a good overview of the band. The early tense savagery of the more punk albums especially isn't really on show on this collection, and is rather under represented. However its still great fun, often thunderous, and almost reveling in a slacker ethic. Though I'm sure every fan would have come up with a different best of 19 songs, this is still as decent a starting place you'll find for the band, after which if you're interested you should get 'You're Living All Over Me' then 'Bug' then 'Greenmind' and 'Whatevers Cool With Me', followed by the rest at random. Of interest long time fans still is the pretty flower of a 'Take A Run At The Sun' which J did for a movie soundtrack, and is probably the best example of his softer sider you'll ever find.

The other high lights, the first seven songs, 'Whatevers Cool With Me', 'Start Choppin', 'Feel The Pain' and 'I'm Insane'. Really just enjoy and then hopefully you'll discover the rest of what the band has to offer.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ........ 28 Nov 2001
By Bill Allison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I was in Junior High, I thought Dinosaur Jr. was it. While everyone else was absorbed in Pearl Jam and the Kurt Cobain/shotgun incident, I was rocking out to J. Mascis and co. I don't know what happened to me over the last seven or eight years, but I just sorta forget about them. I was in the store the other day and saw this sitting on the shelf and decided to pick it up after looking at the track listing.
Listening to this "best of" compilation brought back as many memories as flipping through an old year-book. I just can't believe I ever lost track of this great band. Now that I'm older, I can appreciate them a lot more. It almost makes me feel nostalgiac. I generally don't care for "best of" or "greatest hits" albums that much but this is really one worth owning. I mean, with 19 tracks, it's more of an anthology. If, for some reason, or another, you missed out on this highly underrated band (or guitarist/singer/songwriter, I should say) this is where to start. Highly reccommended for anyone who claims to like "alternative" music or just good music in general.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay compilation 27 Jun 2004
By Paul Kath - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This could've been a better Best of CD if it were a two disc complete with live tracks and more tracks from the albums. But we do get the hard to find tracks Take a Run at the Sun, Just like Heaven and Whatever's cool With me. But most of the tracks from the eariler albums like Dinosaur, You're living all over Me and Bug are gone. From Dinosaur we only get Repulsion which is a pretty good song, but why not include Bulbs of Passion? J Mascis himself said it's one of the songs that really made them what they were even before they became Dinosaur jr. On YLAOM the tracks Lose, the Lung and Show me the Way are skipped over. Lose is probably Lou Barlow's best contribution to the band, the Lung is just great and Show me the Way is amazing for a cover song. We do get the awesome In a Jar and Little Fury things though. From Bug the tracks They Always Come, Pond Song and Let it Ride are missed out on.
Actually come to think of it only two tracks from each album are featured on this compilation. And they're usually the more popular songs like Feel the Pain (Without a Sound) and I'm Insane (Hand it over). Not to say they're bad songs, it's that the Dino jr veterans would like to see the less accessible tracks from the OOP albums on here.
With that being said pick this up if you're a newcomer to Dinosaur Jr or J Mascis's work. But if you've grown to Dinosaur Jr like I have then skip it and seek out the other albums.
I would also like to say that sometime later this year You're Living all Over me, Dinosaur and Bug are getting reissues. Keep that in mind.
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