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Where You Been [VINYL] [Original recording remastered]

Dinosaur Jr. Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (9 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Weatherbox
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Out There
2. Start Choppin'
3. What Else Is New
4. On The Way
5. Not The Same
Disc: 2
1. Get Me
2. Drawerings
3. Hide
4. Goin' Home
5. I Ain't Sayin

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The second of our Dinosaur Jr. remastered 180g re-issues, is their fifth official studio album 'Where You Been' and was originally released in Feb 1993. This was the only Dinosaur Jr album between 1988's Bug and 2007's 'Beyond' to be recorded entirely with a full band. During the bands major label year, Mascis performed most of the instruments himself. The album featured the single 'Start Choppin' was their biggest hit, hitting number 3 on the Rock Charts in the USA and Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart. There was something unabashedly classic about 'Where You Been's rock. Released at the height of 'grunge', it cleverly avoided any Nirvana-esque crossover, not least from Mascis's copious guitar heroics, layering multiple tracks of scree and howl so the entire album feels like one epic, sky-scraping solo. With his fondness for extended guitar play, his country-soaked rock crunch, his cracked and sweet vocals, the album identified Mascis as hewn from the same stone as Neil Young before him. The album still reveals moments of punked-up fury to set the moshpit alight. "On The Way" a slamdance immolated by howling, roaring guitar, "Hide" a desperate dash illuminated by passages of Sonic Youth-esque skonk. But the albums best moments were more considered; "Not The Same" all windswept mourn, strings and tympani and Mascis' affecting whine achieving a moving drama Billy Corgan would later imitate with Smashing Pumpkins and "Get Me" the albums standout, a simple but perfect country strum sent into heaven by wave after wave of wracked, ecstatic guitar soloing that lent grand emotional erudition to Mascis' mush-mouthed mumblings.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaur's purple patch 2 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that when this album came out back in '92 or '93, I was less than impressed. Grunge had exploded and all its fun and punkish, edgy extremity was being sucked out of it by the majors and MTV at breakneck speed. Grunge/alternative rock was fast becoming another rock/pop cliche of boys with guitars. I wanted DJ to go back to the fuzzy, fritzy, lo-fi Lou Barlow days but Where You Been couldn't have been more different from You're Living All Over Me. It was big, grand Neil Youngish rock. Still, it wasn't bad: Hide and On the Way rocked and screeched very nicely and Start Choppin' had a very nice, crunchy riff.

Only some years later did I put the pre-recorded cassette (remember those?) into my tape player again and realise this album is pretty much a classic. J's solos are astonishing (even more than usual perhaps) and the forays into acoustic and strings are thrilling yet fragile (at the time I thought they were uninspired!). Yes, the Neil Young influence is very evident (no bad thing) but, on further listens, Where You Been shares a lot with its more indie predecessors - it's just a lot bolder.

Like most DJ lps, Where You Been contains one duff track (Drawerings in this case) but there's so much that's great here that it's essential - as much as Bug - for anyone interested in the last 20 years of punk rock ... 'n'roll.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't got it, where you been? 22 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
This was Dinosaur's crowning achievement in my view. The album is not without its breezier moments but overall the mood is dark. This album was made about the time Mascis lost his father (see the poignant single 'where you been') and the set has the feel not so much of despair but of powerful catharsis and also joy in getting through it all.

The solos on this LP (commented on by another reviewer) are undoubtedly a collection of J Mascis' greatest moments, the perfect marriage of virtuosity, fragility and emotional, visceral force. There is as much, if not sometimes more expression of feeling in Mascis' solos as in his words.

This reissue is welcome as it contains some hard to find b-sides from the time which are real gems (especially 'keeblin'') and serves to remind us of what is a highlight among the 'grunge' era albums and a milestone in the career of a great band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sit back and slack 15 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
Dinosaur Jr reside with Husker Du and Throwing Muses as truly seminal to the american alternative rock scene. With bands such as Nirvana citing Dinosaur as influences it isn't hard to see that a great deal of american alternative rock owes a great deal to this band. Where You Been is seen by many to be the quintessential Jr album blending folk, rock and ironic content to produce a brilliant album. The lazy drawl of leading light J Mascis is perfectly set off against guitar work that is both technically impressive and aurally astounding.
It is hard to believe that a band whose whole premise is slacking and making rock to slack to could bring forth classics like Out There and Start Choppin, few bands can ever sound as majestic as Dinosaur Jr at the peak of a guitar solo.
The only unfortunate aspect is that their stuff is so hard to get, Where You Been is a good starting point, but Bug, Green Mind and You're Living All Over Me should not be overlooked, or indeed J Mascis' solo album with The Fog (more light).
To summarise, I'd like to give you a track by track review, but I can't its all good, yes all of it. Buy it, play it, sit back and order pizza.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Find 22 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I took a risk with this album after reading positive reviews. I'm glad I did, however, as it is excellent. I think I expected something a lot heavier from this album; beneath the crunch of guitars is a pop album really. This is in no way intended as a negative comment! Where You Been is a great introduction to the music of Dinosaur Jr; I have since purchased Bug, which, if I'd bought first, would have slightly put me off buying any more of their back catalogue due to its harsher, less melodious sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still cool 11 Dec 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
a good intro to Dinosaur Jr if you've not heard much, one complaint- it added itself onto iTunes out of order; oddly appears across 2 albums!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough found J's strings 4 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've the utmost respect for the reviews of this album. Without reading too much into the lyrics and the meanings of the songs, to me, J remains one of the greatest guitarists of my lifetime. If you think bass and low slung vocals are a downer, then try listening again when your headphones are plugged in. Grunge was a term we used 20 years ago before 'Indie' was even invented. This remains a warm stroke classic.
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