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Girlfriend [Legacy Edition] Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Special Edition

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  • Audio CD (3 July 2006)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B000FJA9OI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Divine Intervention
  2. I've Been Waiting
  3. Girlfriend
  4. Looking At The Sune
  5. Winona
  6. Evangeline
  7. Day for Night
  8. Thought I Knew You
  9. You Don't Love Me (Live 1990)
  10. I Wanted To Tell You
  11. Don't Go
  12. Your Sweet Voice
  13. Does She Talk?
  14. Holy War
  15. Nothing Lasts
  16. Good Friends (Demo Version) (Bonus Track)
  17. Superdeformed (Bonus Track)
  18. Teenage Female (Bonus Track)

Disc: 2

  1. Divine Intervention
  2. Girlfriend
  3. Day for Night
  4. Thought I Knew You
  5. Looking At The Sun
  6. Does She Talk
  7. You Don't Love Me (Live 1990)
  8. Someone To Pull The Trigger
  9. I've Been Waiting
  10. Winona
  11. Girlfriend
  12. Cortez the Killer
  13. Isolation

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This one's got it all; amazing songs, superb instrumentation, lovely singing/ harmonies, memorable hooks and tunes, chiming 12 string arpreggios! I've lived with this album since its first release in 1991 and it just gets better and better with age. Every track is a winner but highlights include the title track,Girlfriend, (Heavy T. Rex inflenced riffing), I've Been Waiting (best song The Byrds never wrote), Evangeline ("try her on, she fits like a glove") and Winona (yes, an it's an ode to Ms Ryder!)

This album is classic and fans of Big Star, Raspberries, Neil Young, Velvet Crush etc need it in their lives (as does any music fan with ears!). Sweet has composed a bitter-sweet song-suite detailing the messy end of a relationship and the start of a new one. It really doesn't get much better than this! Honourable mentions to band members Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd for some stunning fretwork, Greg Leisz for some gorgeous pedal steel and Ric Menck for drumming like Animal in The Muppets (trust me, it's a compliment!)

The remastering on the Legacy edition is spectacular, improving on what was already a very well-produced cd. The packaging is sumptuous, containg a highly informative essay on the making of the album and new photos. Oh yeah, rarest of all, the bonus disc Goodfriend is also essential!
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Have been meaning to buy the legacy edition of this for ages, I missed a chance to buy the "another take" official boot back in the day.I thought I "missed the chance" of its inclusion on this issue again until this opportunity turned up online. Well worth the wait as it is a beautiful record and the extra material has its moments too. Was there ever a song quite so strangely moving as "Someone to pull the trigger". I have loved every version he has commited to disc of this song. I have passed my nearly 20 year old copy onto a friend to convert him to Sweet's talent. This one is undimmed by time!
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By Syriat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 May 2011
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If you are new to Matthew Sweet or this CD here is the legend.
Before this Matthew Sweet was on the mainstream labels with pop albums that were mainstream and not very successful. Then Sweet split with his wife and started recording demo's for his next album and put this together and presented it to his record label. They rejected it. Others did too. Zoo finally signed him up and then this was released. As part of the release a second CD (ultra rare until now) was used as a promo for various outlets, not for sale - this contained demo's of the release as well as covers - it was called Goodfriend. That's the back story. Contained within the excellent essay of this remastered and extended classic. This remaster is also accompanied by the aforementioned Goodfriend which is available for the first time.

The original was successful because it was power pop at its best. The title track, I've Been Waiting, I Wanted to Tell You, Looking At The Sun and Don't Go showing how upbeat guitar driven pop can be. Truly exhilarating when they were released this remaster really is an improvement. The production shines and the songs are as striking as they ever were. This really hasn't aged. The softer tracks are so heartfelt (something so lacking in modern pop) that they make you feel for the troubled man who wrote them. It sounds at times like The Byrds, others like Neil Young and all the time like Matthew Sweet. If you like hearing guitar pop and haven't got this in your collection then you really need to get it. Finishing off the first CD here are three more extra tracks. The highlight here, for me at least, is the demo of Superdeformed. Originally the lead off track of the No Alternative compilation this is the track that I first heard of Sweets.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album Just Got Better 23 Sept. 2006
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Matthew Sweet's 1991 power pop masterpiece just got better with this two-disc 15th anniverasry reissue. In addition to three bonus tracks taken from the Japanese edition of GIRLFRIEND ("Good Friend," "Superdeformed" and "Teenage Female"), there is a second disc entitled GOODFRIEND, that was initially made available only to a handful of retail, radio and record label insiders. This collection of home demos and live tracks is now available commercially for the first time. This bonus disc alone is worth the purchase price.

GOODFRIEND features nine of the fifteen tracks on the original release, including two live renditions of "Girlfriend," one from a BBC 1 broadcast and the other from a Cleveland show. Also included are two covers: a live version of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" and a demo version of John Lennon's "Isolation." The real revelations are the acoustic demos. On these tracks the songs are stripped to their essence. "Divine Intervention" becomes a beautifully melodic song of hope and uncertainty. Without Greg Liesz's pedal steel, Winona" loses its country feel but not its poignancy. And "Looking at the Sun" has a haunting beauty in this stark arrangement. [All the live tracks and demos were recorded after the release of GIRLFRIEND between March and September of 1992.]

I first purchased GIRLFRIEND on cassette when it was released in 1991, and then again a few years later to upgrade to CD. But this Deluxe Edition justifies purchasing it again. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Torchbearer 27 July 2006
By fatmatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was 20 and going to school in Athens, Ga when this album hit and let me tell you, it had a profound influence on my life. The music absolutely rocks and the lyrics cut right to what me and a lot of people around me we're feeling at the time: insecurity about love, life and the "real world" that was looming ahead at the end of our (4,5...6) years of college. Yes, this is college rock epitomized but with an emphasis on ROCK. Sweet is an incredibly gifted songwriter and musician and (although I didn't understand it at the time) had absorbed the Beach Boys, Beatles, Byrds, and Big Star and was on a mission to share those influences with Generation Xers interested in listening to something other than the heavy slog of Seattle grunge.

I didn't get a chance to see Sweet live until 2000 at the Roxy in Atlanta and I honestly have to say it was the best rock and roll show I've ever seen: raw, immediate, viceral (3 guitars!!!).

If you don't own it, buy it (either the Deluxe addition or just the old cheapie) don't download it either--this one's about DYNAMICS, not lame-o compressed MP3 sound. Definitely one of the best albums of the 90's and that's saying tons.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power-pop nirvana 28 Jan. 2007
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The original release of Sweet's third album in 1991 laid down a power-pop gauntlet for the decade. His collection of fifteen songs (augmented here to 18 with the addition of tracks featured on various import issues) perfectly balanced his talents and influences in a way its predecessors and successors never managed. Gone were the '80s production excesses of his debut, in was the electric inferno of Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd's guitars. Gone were the fanboy sci-fi lyrics of the preceding "Earth" LP, in were words of love, betrayal and seething anger.

Sweet's singing is nearly spiritual in its sublime expressions of joy and heartbreak. It's the sort of palpable, heart-on-sleeve emotion that marks the best power pop, from The Beatles through Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Teenage Fanclub and others. Sweet's follow-up albums would give in to rock guitar excess, losing the focus and compactness that's allowed "Girlfriend" to retain its original power fifteen years on. Sweet, Lloyd and Velvet Crush drummer Ric Menck open the album with a crushing blow of rhythmic pop, highlighted by Lloyd's dazzling solo atop Sweet's riffing electric guitar and pounding bass. Sweet sings as a lost man, praying for a sign to point the way; the album then rewinds to reveal how he came to this desolate place.

"I've Been Waiting" captures the euphoric first flush of love with a chiming mix of electric and acoustic guitars. The noose is set in "Girlfriend" when Sweet realizes his needs, accompanied by Quine's muscular guitar and Sweet's multi-tracked harmonies. Love's brilliance is blinding in "Looking at the Sun" and belies an underlying fracture that grows into jealousy and neediness with the busy phone line of "Winona" (underlined by Greg Leisz heartbreaking pedal steel). The comic-book fantasy of "Evangeline" diverts the singer's attention only momentarily before the hammer falls. And when it falls, it falls hard. Very, very hard.

The dragging tempo and Lennon-like splats of rhythm guitar spell the beginning of the end on "Day for Night." The bitter "Thought I Knew You" provides Sweet the vehicle to release years of pent-up resentment, seething with the question "how can I describe the way you slowly put my hope away?" Leisz's pedal steel returns for the morning-after hangover wallow, "You Don't Love Me," which stings deeply with the self-medicating line, "you can't see how I matter in this world." The hurt persists in "I Wanted to Tell You," but the upbeat tempo and strident vocal find the anger seemingly dissipated. Robert Quine adds another terrific solo and the mix of acoustic guitar and overdubbed harmony vocals provide a hint of sunshine through the clouds.

Sweet's need to analyze what went wrong continues in "Don't Go," suggesting he hasn't fully moved on, and trying his ex-lover's patience. The lullaby "Your Sweet Voice" finds the singer finally at rest, but with "Does She Talk?" he's back on the prowl, possibly warning someone involved with his ex ("Gonna need you a key to open the door to her heart / Or are you afraid her body is missing that part?"). The original album closes on a somber, existential note, wondering whether there is anyone to actually hear the plea that opened the song cycle and smoothly segueing back to track 1.

Volcano's fifteenth anniversary 2-CD reissue of this title fleshes out the original in two dimensions. Disc one is augmented with a trio of songs ("Good Friend," "Superdeformed" and "Teenage Female") that had been attached to various import album and CD single issues. All are good, but almost superfluous given the strength of the original album. The real treat is disc two, which reissues the contemporaneous promo-only "Good Friend" CD. The thirteen tracks include acoustic demos, live versions and a pair of covers (Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer," with the Indigo Girls, and John Lennon's "Isoloation").

The demo of "Divine Intervention," stripped of the searing electric guitars of the album turns the song into a Richie Havens-styled plea, highlighted by the acoustic lead playing of Ivan Julian. The live acoustic rendition of "Thought I Knew You" is sung with a fresh sense-memory of the song's origin, and "You Don't Love Me" and "Winona," both shorn of Greg Leisz pedal steel, are more emotionally spent and less country than the album takes. The bonus disc's highlight is an early recording of "Someone to Pull the Trigger" with an end-of-the-rope vocal and ragged production that bests the finished version on Sweet's later "Altered Beast" CD.

The original album's production is flawless and clear, balancing Sweet's vocals perfectly against the onslaught of drums, bass and guitar. The bonus disc sounds like the variety of sources from which it was constructed, with tightly recorded acoustic demos back-to-back with live outings. Disc two serves as a commentary on the original artifact, exposing some roots and offering interpretations. For those who've memorized every nuance of the original LP, "Good Friend" shines a new light on a beloved friend.

In both its original single-CD issue or this expanded reissue, this is an essential for any fan of melodic rock and power-pop. It's a tour de force that Sweet never repeated at album length. [©2007 hyperbolium dot com]
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet pop & sweet guitar solos 7 July 2006
By Tiny tunes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The only Matthew Sweet album worthy of recognition & here's why; guitars, guitars, guitars. Sure, Matthew Sweet loves the Beatles and his melodies and harmonies prove it, but his later albums seem to suffer from not having Robert Quine or Richard Lloyd on lead guitar--or even Lloyd Cole on rhythm guitar. Not many punk popsters can pull off so much guitar wanking with interest; especially the late Robert Quine who is given plenty of room to speak. When this first came out I thought it was overhyped and not nearly equal to Television's Marquee Moon, or Richard Hell's Blank Generation; all influences Sweet has mentioned. However, 15 years later the album stands the test of time; no Beatles "Revolver" or Big Star's "#1 Record", but the melodies/harmonies work. Guitar workouts worth your attention: "Divine Intervention", "Does She Talk", "Girlfriend", "Evangeline". Pop classic tunes worth saving: "I wanted to tell you".
The extra disc is worth the money only for the demo version of "Divine Intervention." You can hear how Sweet was banking every ounce he ever had in the lyric and guitar playing. Spiritually yearning, his guitar solo at a minute thirty stretches as far as his questioning does God.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy Matt at his best 15 Jun. 2006
By Jeff Snell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bought this as soon as i found out it existed. Newly remasted, with great liner notes. The second disk is a cool bunch of extras with some live tracks and some alternate versions. Very nice two disk package.
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