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12 Golden Country Greats Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002HM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By ReviewMan3000 on June 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ween has always occurred to me as a musical chameleon. You want thrashy, idiotic punk? Ween can do that. Do you want a moving, emotional ballad? Ween can do that, too. Do you want an obviously drug-fueled voyage into dissonant sound and grating, nonsensical vocals? Ween can serve that up hot with a side of grits.

So, it shouldn't seem strange that Ween can do country, and country is what you get in 12 Golden Country Greats. Now, country is a genre of music I tend to admire from afar - I never want to get too close, lest I start feeling urges to square-dance with a ten-gallon hat and tight jeans. So having Ween do a country album gave me the excuse to get into country, even if it was largely the Ween version. But then again, a little parody never hurt anyone, and this album is a must for Ween fans and anyone who wants a little absurdity with their country.

Ween pulls off the endeavor by bringing in a bunch of ringers (some of whom they name during songs), who obviously have the whole country thing down to a T. Although Dean Ween is by all accounts one of the most talented guitar-Gods around (or, at least, by all my accounts), he probably couldn't handle a steel guitar too well, so Ween took this concept to its logical conclusion and brought in fiddlers, steel guitarists, a drummer, etc., which give almost all the tracks a good, solid grounding in the basics of the genre. The Ween-ness is brought in courtesy of the lyrics; for a Ween album, the vocals are mostly straight and modulation-free, so it's up to the lyrical content to remind you that yes, these are the same guys behind such timeless classics as Touch My Tooter and Fat Lenny.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. Bowman on August 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I remember when this disc came out Rolling Stone magazine reviewed it by giving it an extremely low rating (something like one or one and a half stars) and completely trashed Ween and this album, which pretty much convinced me to go get it. The reviewer attempted to justify his position by stating that Ween's tendencies towards misogyny and junior high school humor were inappropriate (geez, thats what I LIKED about this disc) and didn't work as parody due to the fact that they had rounded up such renowned Nashville session musicians to make the music. I knew that any magazine that badmouthed every album that Zeppelin put out in the 70's and insisted that Britney Spears was going to be the next Whitney Houston in the late 90's couldn't possibly understand Ween, so I went out and picked up a copy immediately. This album puts me in hysterics every time I hear it, and you don't have to be a fan of country music to like it, cause I certainly am not into country music at all. Ween however, leave their mark on the genre with this one. "Piss Up a Rope" has to be one of the funniest things I've ever heard. I played it for a group of friends one night at a party and everybody completely lost it. "Mr. Richard Smoker" is another song that could be labeled as offensive, but always makes me laugh. Obviously the norm for Ween is completely off the wall, and you have to keep that in mind when you listen to some of their music. Ween managed to lampoon the country genre with their lyrics while employing some of its best musicians, and the musicianship on this disc is (unsurprisingly) superb. If you have a sense of humor, pick this one up. If you take your music cues from sources like Rollling Stone magazine, then enjoy your Justin Timberlake CD. (I think Rolling Stone compared his solo album to "Innervisions", what a surprise.)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Opal on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
the '12' in "12 Golden Country Greats" refers to the number of musicians they had on the record; not the number of songs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By disgustipated on March 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album has one of the silliest lyrics of all time:

"I think I spent the dog-food money

But he'll love me just the same

And if you really love me baby

Help me scrape the mucus off my brain"

Haha. The funny thing is, after you get over the silly parody lyrics, you can still appreciate the lovely playing by the Nashville session guys. I genuinely enjoy this album, because the playing is good and because it actually seems to have MORE sincerity in it than a lot of stupid contemporary country music does.

I think Gene and Dean really LIKE country music and I get the impression that they had a lot of fun putting this together, which is a good thing.

I wonder how many unsuspecting people have been tricked into buying it at Roadhouses !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Pincus on December 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
OK. This is a country album, haha. If you don't like country music DON'T let that scare you! If you like good, fun music (or if you like Ween at all), you will like this a lot. If you like Monty Python or Frank Zappa or Phish (or country music!) you will also like it.

When I first heard it I didn't know who it was. The 1st thing I thought (obviously) was that it was funny as hell in a very high-brow way. The execution is FLAWLESS. They brought in some of Nashville's best musicians and the musicianship is TOP-NOTCH. Pedal Steel, Fiddle, Bluegrass Guitar, twangy Telecaster pickin', it's all here. Not what you would normally associate with Ween. They use just about every country music cliche to a wonderful effect, writing good, memorable songs that are funny in the way they use those very traditional elements. It's not making fun of country music at all, but rather, drawing laughs from what are some of the most common elements that you didn't even consciously realize are there. All in a very intelligent, musical way.

Each song is different from the next one, and they find endless variations on what one might think could only be a one joke LP. But because they are so creative, it doesn't get old. To really GET the humor I think you have to listen to the whole CD, as opposed to listening to a song here and there. So I shouldn't go into it song by song. But this album ALWAYS makes me smile. It really is excellent and, by far, my favorite album by them.
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