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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Euroralph
  • ASIN: B00002MYLI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boots
2. Numb Erone
3. Guylum Bardot
4. Breath and Length
5. Consuelo's Departure
6. Smelly Tongues
7. Rest Aria
8. Skratz
9. Spotted Pinto Bean
10. Infant Tango
11. Seasoned Greetings
12. N-Er-Gee (Crisis Blues)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martin Smith VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Straight away you know you're in for something special by the cover alone. Any band brave enough to deface the Beatles and rename then (as John Crawfish, George Crawfish, Paul McCrawfish and Ringo Starfish) gets my vote as all-time-punk-icons. It wasn't until later (Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life of, Flying and their deliberately awful rendition of Hey Jude) that they got around to deconstructing the Beatles themselves.

On "Meet the Residents" they take a more general approach to deconstructing pop. We get a snatch of Nancy Sinatra's "Boots", with vocals sounding like they've been echoing forever through time, and punctuated by stabs of odd brass. We get tunes built around an old echoing piano, it could even have been recorded in someone's living room. We get an apparent trio of female backing vocalists, and some dangerously surreal southern accents. (That the most off-the-wall of all rock bands could come from the South must embaress the more resolutely urban Ubu's, Heads and Devos of the world). We get funny-and-frightening at the same time, but not without snatches of beauty. "Length and Breadth"'s harmonious wordplay is one instance, the pastorally lovely "Rest Aria" a welcome break between the twin nightmares of "Smelly Tongues" and "Scratz", the final ethereal chant - "Go home America, 55'll do" sounding to all the world like a choir of thousands of dead Viet cong and GIs singing in unison.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
the first album is a must have for all Rez fans as it is just hardcore Residents. side one is a suite of short songs and a total assault on the ears.side two is more bizarre and there is a bit of everything. listen and learn
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The First Album by North Louisiana's Phenomenal Pop Combo 23 May 2000
By Michael Sean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Residents' early work is perhaps their most bizarre andchallenging. Mixing elements of Frank Zappa, Capt. Beefheart, JohnCage, and Sun Ra with their twisted sense of song structure, they craft an odd and often indescribable musical collage unmatched by anything that came before them. Allegedly, the band sent a tape (bluntly-titled "The Warner Bros. Album") to Warner Bros., who ended up passing on the record. Since no name had been written on the package, the rejection slip was sent to 'residents' at the return address. The group adopted the name and decided to put out their stuff themselves, forming Ralph Records in 1972. This album is much more primitive sounding, in both the music and the production technology, than their later synthesizer work. Most of the tracks utilize analog tape effects and more traditional instruments like piano, guitar and horns. The album's infamous cover, a defacing of "Meet The Beatles," enraged Capitol Records (although, supposedly one of the Beatles found it funny and bought a copy). This new re-release benefits greatly from the 20-bit mastering, clearing up much of the previously muddy sound. The original CD release had paired this record with the four songs from their first single, "Santa Dog," but they are no longer included (they can now be found on the 1999 Residents collection, "Refused"). Despite the proliferation of contemporary oddball acts that these guys have influenced (Primus, Ween, Mr. Bungle), this disc still sounds as warped and otherworldly as ever.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Used to hate, now I love it 30 Nov. 2005
By Ryan Dante - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just want to say that I am not an art student or a philosopher. I am a high schooler with a wide-ranging palette of musical tastes, but I have to admit that when I bought this CD, I wanted my thirteen dollars back. I didn't get the irony of the whole CD, and I thought that it was immature noise. However, I listened to the CD a couple of times because I figured that I might as well, I bought it after all. I found that beneath the avant-garde sound and dada-esque cover was a catchy and fun, albeit warped, pop album. Now, it is one of my desert island discs, and I think this album really helped me open my mind to other types of music. My family still thinks it sounds like something a retard in a studio would make, and I am still surprised when I hear myself humming the piano part from "Numb Erone". This is an essential album, and there's nothing else like it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The 2011 CD reissue is a disappointment 21 April 2011
By Jonathan Gatarz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've found the 2011 CD to be a bit of a disappointment. I own 2 previously available CD releases of this album. The first CD is the original 1988 CD issue, which contains the original mono mix, plus bonus tracks of Santa Dog. The 2nd, has the stereo remix, no bonus tracks. This new 2011 CD contains the mono mix, but no bonus tracks.

There are 2 good things about the new CD reissue. One is that it puts the mono mix back in print. Second is that the EQ has been tweaked a bit. I found the 1988 CD was a bit dull, and made my own CD-R from it where I tweaked the high end up a bit with EQ. With this CD, it has been tweaked to just about the same EQ that I had tweaked my CD-R to.

Now the bad. Obviously, the lack of bonus tracks. Santa Dog remains out of print. I don't understand why The Residents have abandoned bonus tracks, especially of material that continues to stay out of print. Also, this CD suffers from compression. It's not brick wall limited, but comparing the .wav files with the .wav files of the 1988 CD shows that this new issue definitely has less dynamic range. For example, in N-ER-GEE (Crisis Blues), there is an explosion sound. Looking at the .wav files, you clearly see where the explosion happens, it gets much louder from the music up to that point. In this new CD, you can't even see where the explosion begins, only by listening do you hear the explosion. Which certainly makes the explosion have much less of an impact as it was originally intended to have.

What I have noticed in my .wav file comparisons, though, is that the audio of both of these CDs sync up exactly. The only exception is some tracks have more of a gap between them than others. What this says to me is that this CD uses the same digital source as the 1988 CD. Otherwise, they wouldn't line up so perfectly, there would be phasing sounds heard when trying to line them up. With the advances in digital technology since the 80s, it's a bit disappointing that they have decided to use an inferior digital source for this album, rather than going back to the master tape. To me, this says that the 2011 vinyl release is most likely sourced from digital as well. Which makes me ask, what's the point? I really don't get the point of digitally sourced vinyl. If you're going to use a digital source, you may as well stay in the digital realm.

So, the bottom line here is, the CD uses the same digital source as the 1988 CD, and has degraded that audio with unnecessary compression making for a less dynamic version of the album. This CD is only useful as an easy way to get the long out of print mono mix. I recommend seeking out the 1988 CD, and turning up the high end on your EQ a bit when listening to that. Not only will you get a better dynamic range, but you'll also get the Santa Dog bonus tracks.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Their first remains their best 4 Aug. 2001
By David Fields - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For all of us impoverished Residents fans who work extra jobs to try to keep up with the latest of their releases, I say this: good job! The Residents sold only 50 of this album upon its first release. To date, they've sold thousands of this released effort, and for good reason: for its sheer inventiveness, and for its clear breaking from traditional pop music this is the Residents best effort. From the habit forming "Smelly Tongues" to the almost classical "Rest Aria" the Residents showed the world (or 50 people to start with) the range of their talents.
Missing in this recording is the presence of moog-like instruments creating artificial sounds. The One Eyed Ones had to use real instruments, real singing, and real sound (well, okay, they did edit the tapes somewhat) to make up this album, and they stood up to the challange and (dare we say it?) TOOK OVER THE WORLD.
True, its an invisible empire (gad, hope no one take's *that* the wrong way) but Residents fans live among us, and the empire has grown from its humble origins (this album and a Santa Dog double single set) in the 1970's.
Listen to this album with an open mind, and open heart, and open ears. And remember: Residents fans are *everywhere*.
The essential album for Residents fans.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Residents in all their collective underwear 7 Jun. 2000
By Jacob Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The linear notes say it perfectly, "this is the Residents in their collective underwear, in the days before samplers and digital sequencers." This is music made by men (i think) who don't adhere to the rules of what music should be, it's what John Cage would sound like if he'd grown up listening to American Top 40. The Resident's obvious debt to The Beatles, from the cover artwork (which the beatles loved) to the intricate studio production, is plainly obvious. You can tell that this was a band exploring the full potential of studio as instrument. On first listen the album may sound primitive but given a few listens the childish intricacy soon becomes apparant. The whole album is a delight, from the madcap medley on side one (do you think primus may have heard this album?) to the painstakingly beautiful, operatic Numb Erone, which must surely rank as one of the best pieces of classical music i've ever heard. Don't be fooled by it's superficial veneer, this is an amazing record.
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