Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ween - 12 Golden Country Greats LP

Plain (2009, Reissue)

You know that you are loved when someone cares enough about you to get you a Ween record. I received this as a gift from my wonderful wife for my birthday last month (She then scored another home run by getting me The Mollusk for Christmas, but I'll write about that tomorrow). I had been wanting this for a while, ever since the reissue came out. It was one of those records I kept putting off buying in favor of grabbing something new. I'm just glad it didn't go out of print before I got one.

This is the Ween album that came out when I was in college back in 1996. I vividly remember the first time I heard it sitting in the office of my campus newspaper. After the insanity that was Pure Guava and Chocolate And Cheese, it was kind of surreal to be listening to a straight up country record. But Ween's great lyrics and off beat attitude shine through any genre.

In addition to having some of my favorite songs on it, this record also has my all time favorite Ween joke: 12 Golden Country Greats. There are only 10 songs on the record. I don't know why, but I just think that's genius. The sound quality on this reissue is very good. The record sounds warm and full, arguably better than I'd ever heard it before. Definitely worth upgrading your CD copy.

Ween - Piss Up A Rope:

Ween - Japanese Cowboy:

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