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Weezer (The Blue Album) [CD]

Weezer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TAW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here (Album Version) 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Buddy Holly (Album Version) 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Undone -- The Sweater Song 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Surf Wax America (Album Version) 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Say It Ain't So (Album Version) 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
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Blending the best aspects of pop, punk and grunge, Weezer's eponymous debut came as a much needed bit of relief to the too-serious American indie scene of 1994. Produced (and strongly influenced) by former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, Weezer blends churning, power-pop guitars with Beach Boys harmonies and the awkward lyrics of singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo. On standout tracks such as "In The Garage" and "The World Has Turned And Left Me Here", Weezer introduced the wider world to the then-new concept of Geek Rock. However, it was "Buddy Holly"--and its corresponding Spike Jonze-directed video--that propelled this album into the charts. Unfortunately, this song also branded them as nothing more than another novelty act, an unfair fate for an album--and band-- that's since had so much influence. --Robert Burrow

BBC Review

A decade on from its original release, Weezer's seminal eponymous debut is back on the shelves. To be honest, though, it never went away. Generally dubbed 'The Blue Album', Weezer has refused to lie down and continues to influence new generations of emo and pop-punk bands (see Jimmy Eat World and Fountains of Wayne). As a result, this is a record that will feel very familiar to dedicated fans and newcomers alike.

So why the deluxe re-release? Well, first and foremost this is a 24-bit remastering of the original album. And if that isn't exciting enough, there's a second disc full of b-sides, live acoustic tracks and kitchen tape demos. 24 tracks in total. Good value for money, if nothing else.

Throughout their four-album career, Weezer have never strayed far from their alluring fusion of pop simplicity and riff-heavy rock. Above all else, frontman Rivers Cuomo pens incredibly charming songs. His quirky harmonica melodies and humble tributes to other bands ("I've got posters on the wall, my favourite rock group Kiss") have become particularly endearing trademarks.

Weezer sounds as stunning as ever. "Buddy Holly" and "Undone - The Sweater Song" are still highlights, but every track would have made a first-rate single. The digital makeover isn't really discernible; in fact, the '1995 remix version' of "Say It Ain't So" remains almost identical to the original. And rightfully so. After all, it would be a crime to alter what is essentially a flawless record. From start to finish it's a sun-drenched, fuzzed-up and instantly memorable album.

On the whole, the bonus material makes for enjoyable listening: "Jamie" and "Susanne" could easily have featured on the album proper, whilst "My Evaline" sees the band pull off a delightfully bijou barbershop harmony. The other rarities are rather formulaic but will no doubt appeal to Weezer completists.

Thankfully, this re-issue doesn't signal the demise of the band; you can expect more of their distinctively chunky power-chords, geeky introverted lyrics and Beach Boys harmonies in 2005. If you've never heard 'The Blue Album', consider this an essential purchase. Likewise, owners of worn out ten year-old copies might also want to treat themselves. --Richard Banks

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut album! 19 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Weezer's self titled 1994 debut was a refreshing change from the somewhat dull alternative rock of the time; this album was the closest you could get to the breezy, carefree attitude of punk rock without actually entering the punk rock ball park! Weezer proved that you didn't have to treat music as seriously as a heart attack to make an outstanding album, demonstrated by songs such as 'Surf Wax America' and 'No One Else'.
The entire "geek rock" image was quirky and marketable, and singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo shamelessly used this angle throughout the album, singing about his own resemblance to Buddy Holly, using the destruction of his sweater as a metaphor for a dissintegrating relationship, surfing to work, and the somewhat pathetic but painfully real desire to have a girlfriend that doesn't laugh at anybody else's jokes. The album has it's darker moments, too, however. Perhaps the most serious song, "Say It Ain't So" (incidentally, perhaps the best song) is nothing short of breathtaking, and the epic "Only In Dreams" is hauntingly beautiful.
Combining influences from opposite areas of the musical spectrum (80s heavy metal and 60s Beatles/Beach Boys/bubblegum pop), "Weezer" is one of the greatest debut albums of all time. We've all heard "Buddy Holly", but there's so much more to "Weezer" the album, and Weezer the band than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power cords by the plenty!! 3 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've never had a weezer album before.
I've heard a few songs and always loved them.
But this and the pinkerton album where going for about 3 pounds!!!
So i lept at this, and thought i'd try them out... I did not look back!! :)
I love this album!!!
Catchy lyrics (which if you listen to them are sometimes great!!)
Big punchy overdrive power cords by the plenty!
Yet some sweet breakdowns and some fancy tingly noodles :)
Generally a cheerful sound.
Crank it up to 11 and you'll be singing into your hairbrush before you know it! :)
I used it for quite a while to wake and cheer me up in the morning. :)
Basically the long of the short is. Quality power pop! :)
Buy this album!!! :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe? You're telling me. 24 Aug 2006
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I feel that everything that I can say about the original album has already been said in my previous review of it. But I feel I should also review this version because, just for once, it's worth forking out for the deluxe edition.

The second disc of this package could be sold as an excellent 'b-sides and rarities' collection on its own. The quality is very high throughout, and far from tarnishing the original album, you find yourself adding 'Jamie' and 'Suzanne' to the tracklisting. 'Mykel And Carli' is almost as good, 'My Evalyne' is interesting if nothing else, but best of all are the Kitchen Tape demos.

These live recordings of songs which ended up on the album are fascinating insights into the band as a raw garage group, as well as what the songs used to be like before they were put down on the album.

This additional deluxe disc is worth every extra penny you spend on it. Every song here is worth having and listening to; remember them this way, rather than for their 21st Century exploits.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe indeed 5 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Here is one of those special edition re-releases that is worth buying if your a fan and even if your not the sheer amount of catchy, angsty yet rocking tunes will keep you humming along for days after. The Blue album is one of the bands best - probably the best although if you want to bring the Pinkerton controversy up then you be hard pushed to choose between them. The rarities and b-sides on the second CD really let you into the origins of the band that otherwise might be obscured - unless you were lucky enough to find all the singles and rare compilations that spawned these songs, like me you will only have seen their names and wondered what they sound like. Obvious highlights are Mykel & Carli, Susanne and Jamie, but with the live and demo versions of several other songs the bonus material is all worth listening to, especially the material written buy Pat Wilson (drummer) who penned some of the tracks from the early years. With the little insert booklet telling of the bands history and the neat overall design of the deluxe edition this is a cool little extra to treat yourself too. Even if your not a fan this is one of the great albums from the first half of the 90's whilst nirvana still ruled the roost of angst - Weezer were doing it from the geeky sidelines, with more subtlety. Enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 13 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
All I can say is "thank god for weezer!" they show on this deluxe edition of thier 1994 debut album that there are still bands out there that can make classic albums. the lyrics, the melodies, the drums, the rifts, everything is stunning.
The first disc is a reminder of the sheer brilliance of thier debut album, its still as crisp and important now and well be for a long time to come.
The Second disc is full of brilliant live performances, unreleased tracks and b-sides, such as "Lullaby for Wayne", "Susanne", "Mykel and Carli"
and "Jamie" all of which are better then what the vast majority of bands have ever produced.
Roll on Pinkerton - The deluxe edition!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 years on, still as vital as ever 23 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
So it's been 10 years since Weezer unleashed 'Blue' onto the world and it remains the grandaddy of all that is punk-pop. Think of The Beach Boys stealing Nirvana's guitars and you are somewhere close to the classic sounds of this debut.
Rivers Cuomo, all round main-man of weezer, is a songwriter with a rare ear for melody, and this is shown on the additional b-sides and rarities disc as much as on the album.
Tracks like 'Susanne' and 'Jamie' are as good as anything on the album, and in my view 'Susanne' really should have been on there. As catchy as 'Buddy Holly', it's the purest example of what weezer are about, pure and undiluted melody.
As for the album itself, it remains, along with The Green Album, probably the best introduction to this vastly underrated band.
Awesome stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars By far Weezer's best album!
This is one of those albums that has no bad songs, it is as close to perfection as one could get.
Published 26 days ago by D. Valkass
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy wife
You can't beat this band when you can't think what to get my wife for Christmas. She's an awkward so-and-so, but this did the trick.
Published 3 months ago by stephenthepostie
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good first album!
The blue album is one of my all time favourite albums, it's rocky, it's punky, it's funny, it's in your face and unapologetically awesome!
Published 13 months ago by WareWorker27
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...Just Brilliant
Ok here are my ratings of each song

My Name Is Jonas: 8/10 - Strong, fun opener

No One Else: 9.5/10 - One of my personal favourites. Read more
Published 22 months ago by conor121
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Rock...
This album is pretty much perfect. Not a duff track on here and surprisingly varied and versatile in spite of the signature Weezer guitar sound. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by chessh
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best.
In my opinion, this is by far Weezer's best album, pretty much every song is fantastic! If your wondering whether to get this or pinkerton get this. Just get it.
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by crackerjack
5.0 out of 5 stars the beatles with punk influences
this is one of my favourite albums along with Nirvana nevermind and Incubus a crow left of the murder

i love every track on this album, i was introduced to weezer while... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by Jordi
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regretting getting this.
I'd heard a few Weezer songs as I was growing up; Hash Pipe, from the "Green Album", and "Buddy Holly", off of this one, were the ones that I'd had stuck in my head. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by D. Pattimore
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its era
This album irrevocably stamped its mark on popular music right from the word go, when the deceptively pretty acoustic guitar intro of My Name Is Jonas erupts with the first thrash... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by T. Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Every track fantastic (very rare thing)
This album was way ahead of it's time, a time in music history when there were only sonic war crimes on music store shelves. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2008 by Me
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