I never really noticed before, but Weezer's Blue Album sounds so goooood!
Old 25th October 2009
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I never really noticed before, but Weezer's Blue Album sounds so goooood!

I was just randomly listening to "in the garage" and boy, everything sounds just right. Sweet guitar tone thats wide and open. Drums have this wide spectrum thing going on, but centered where they need to be. The vocals have such great depth and detail considering this is a pop rock recording. I really like how this record sounds, and I never took notice before. What a great mix for this band.
Old 25th October 2009
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I was just randomly listening to "in the garage" and boy, everything sounds just right. Sweet guitar tone thats wide and open. Drums have this wide spectrum thing going on, but centered where they need to be. The vocals have such great depth and detail considering this is a pop rock recording. I really like how this record sounds, and I never took notice before. What a great mix for this band.
I am in total agreement here. It's a regular reference disc at my place.

Old 25th October 2009
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I haven't heard the Blue Album yet but I love the Red Album. Great band and I love the lyrics.
Old 25th October 2009
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The blue Weezer album is one of my all-time favorites!
Old 26th October 2009
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My Name Is Jonas guitar sound is seriously some of the best shiznit ive ever heard.

Undone (The Sweater Song), No One Else and Say It Ain't So are just huge all-time favorites of mine as well.

I was a junior in high school when it came out...ahhh, the memories
Old 26th October 2009
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that's a definite reference album for me.
Old 26th October 2009
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that's a definite reference album for me.
Me too... Absolutely. They're amazing live too! thumbsup
Old 26th October 2009
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It's one of my favorite albums ever.

I frequently reference that LP and Pinkerton! (Blues' proper sequel as Green and Red are no where near as cool as either of those albums sonically or writing-wise)

I would also put Doolittle By The Pixies and The Color & The Shape by the Foo Fighters in there in that range.
Old 26th October 2009
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Weezer Blue I used to listen to on repeat from front to back. I've NEVER been able to do this with any other album. Maybe I did it a few time with No Doubts 'Tragic Kingdom' and I'm sure I did it with 'Thriller', however, for an album that was done in the 90's, I really love it.

For the record, I'm NOT the biggest Weezer fan, never seen them live and don't exactly care to, but I know when music is done right and Weezer' Blue album hit it right on the head.
Old 26th October 2009
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I haven't heard the Blue Album yet but I love the Red Album. Great band and I love the lyrics.
whaaaaaaaat????

no seriously though, i've always felt a little bipolar about the blue album. writing-wise, it's top notch and every song is killer. guitar tones are thick and varied, nice.

drum sounds... i've never really been 100% on, i don't know why. something about the snare, it's either too dry or distressed, i dunno. listen to 'the world has turned...' snare just doesn't seem to fit. maybe i'm crazy.

definitely one of my favorite albums though, hands down.
Old 26th October 2009
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I like Weezer, though I always thought the lyrics on the blue album were mostly ******** around great melodies, which always kind of steered me away from it (barring Buddy Holly, great pop lyrics!)

Pinkerton was the Weezer album that got endless play by me, once upon a time.

Weezer is underrated, come to to think of it.

Thanks, itunes shuffle, for reminding me of Weezer today!
Old 26th October 2009
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I'm going to buy it today. You guys have convinced me to check it out.
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It's a great album, and the guitar tone is superb.

I'm not keen on the drum sound. It's too weak. It's far better on Pinkerton.
Old 26th October 2009
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The Blue album is great, I'm going to hunt it out now. Pinkertron is also amazing, I listen to this more because I know where the CD is!

After these two albums they go a bit bland, kind of don't mind if I hear it don't mind if I don't, but still what a great legacy!
Old 26th October 2009
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I read an interview with Ric Ocasek in some music publication years ago about producing that album and I remember he said they recorded all the guitars with the tone controls rolled off completely.
Old 9th June 2010
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another cool thing about the blue album is that theres seemingly little to no compression. especially in the vocal. they poke through the mix in a pretty jarring way. also not a lick of vocal effect throughout the whole album, just a bit of doubling here and there. the vocals seem to really be a result of manual fader riding.
Old 9th June 2010
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Huh. I love that album but I was just listening to it the other day thinking that the drums are terrible. Very dated and 90's (in a bad way).Pinkerton sounds much better and 90's in a good way. Guitars sound cool, though.

To each his own, but I think every Weezer album after Pinkerton sucks a caribou's ass.
Old 9th June 2010
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Yes, Blue album sounds ridiculously huge.

I actually love Maladroit. A LOT. crushed sonics, but what a great record.
after that I could care less about their material.


My name is Jonas is so slamming!
Old 9th June 2010
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It took me a while to notice, but the guitars on the blue album are so heavy - simple, largely fxs free, and HEAVY. There's something minimalist about the whole album (i love the inside sleeve picture of a simple drum kit, some cabs, amps, cables and guitars - it looks like a teenage garage band set up!)
Old 10th June 2010
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pinkerton, all the way! check it out, drums and guitars are so raw yet just perfect!
Old 10th June 2010
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Pinkerton drums sound very similar to the Pixies Surfer Rosa drums. They both have that "distant room mic instead of digital reverb" thing happening. I always think of this as the Steve Albini sound which makes sense considering he produced Surfer Rosa. I think Pinkerton was self-produced by the group but likely influenced by Surfer Rosa (at least as far as the drums are concerned).
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Yes, Blue album sounds ridiculously huge.

I actually love Maladroit. A LOT. crushed sonics, but what a great record.
after that I could care less about their material.


My name is Jonas is so slamming!
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Old 10th June 2010
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so true. i always notice the drums first when i listen to pinkerton, some of the coolest sounding drums i've ever heard! I'm a huge weezer fan but im embarrassed to admit that i don't know if Blue and Pinkerton have the same producers (and apparently am too lazy to look it up) anyone know?


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It's a great album, and the guitar tone is superb.

I'm not keen on the drum sound. It's too weak. It's far better on Pinkerton.
Old 10th June 2010
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Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are great, but the drum sounds on Pinkerton are superior. Probably because it's Dave Grohl.
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Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are great, but the drum sounds on Pinkerton are superior. Probably because it's Dave Grohl.
...err no it's not it's Patrick Wilson
Old 10th June 2010
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It's one of my favorite albums ever.

I frequently reference that LP and Pinkerton! (Blues' proper sequel as Green and Red are no where near as cool as either of those albums sonically or writing-wise)

I would also put Doolittle By The Pixies and The Color & The Shape by the Foo Fighters in there in that range.
Pinkerton is where it's at. That album kicks ass both artisticly and sonically. Tired of sex kicks ass period. And Doolittle kicks ass. I'm buying my tickets on Monday to go see them at the Austin Music Hall in September. It's gonna be awesome. The Pixies that is. I last saw them at the Greek in San Fransisco. I can't wait.
Old 24th June 2010
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https://www.gearslutz.com/board/all-a...tar-tones.html

Here's a great thread if you're interested in the production of the blue album. Chris Shaw engineered and was kind enough to answer some questions.

The Blue album and Pinkerton are awesome, amazing guitar playing, amazing everything actually. I always felt like the drums on blue were intentionally "tight" sounding.
Old 24th June 2010
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pinkerton, all the way! check it out, drums and guitars are so raw yet just perfect!
Old 26th August 2010
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I was just randomly listening to "in the garage" and boy, everything sounds just right. Sweet guitar tone thats wide and open. Drums have this wide spectrum thing going on, but centered where they need to be. The vocals have such great depth and detail considering this is a pop rock recording. I really like how this record sounds, and I never took notice before. What a great mix for this band.
One word...


ANALOG
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ANALOG
The man has spoken! Just wanted to say I greatly admire your work, especially this album. Much respect.

-Danny
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