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Ska music has been deeply ingrained in the punk rock culture since the Clash adopted their rude boy stance near the end of the British punk invasion and the 2-Tone label put ska on the map. Suddenly, punks stopped kicking the crap out of each other long enough to dance. The debut release by Orange County, California's Sublime is a positively infectious record that marries varied styles of dub, reggae, rap, sampling, scratching, and badass dancehall ska with old-school punk overtones. Musicianship on this record is exceptionally tight, featuring Brad Nowell's innovative guitar work and bright, soulful voice. Packed with 40 oz. of rock (21 tracks) including the ultimate pot-smoking anthem "Smoke Two Joints" and the novelty hit "Date Rape." --Gail Worley

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 23, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's been a long and wild ride since sublime's first gig way back in 1988 in Long Beach, CA. Their explosive debut not only set off a small-scale riot but also marked the beginning of a rare, genre-busting collaboration. Once known as the "below average garage punk band that every kid wanted to play at his party," sublime steadily escalated from a group of backyard beer ... Read more in Amazon's Sublime Store

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DJs- One of the best song on the album.
C. Jaycox
To Freedom-A great rock song, really shows Brad's soulful vocals and great guitar playing.
Listening to this CD makes me feel like I am right there watching him play.
Morgan Taliaferro

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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful By 77Jim on January 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been wanting to review 40 Oz to Freedom for a long time now, as it is one of my favorite pieces of recorded music that I have found on this planet in my 28+ years of life and passionate appreciation of good music. In the likely event that my review gets excessively long here, I will state my major point early. This album is incredibily and DECEPTIVELY sophisticated. Sure, it is a rebellious, trend sparking album bubbling with attitude and venom and many many kids, teens and social outcasts love it. Sometimes kids like very very good things. One should really take notice!

Musicianship: Scrape away all you know about the drugs, death, drama and turmoil surrounding Sublime and focus exclusively on their music... the notes, the melodies, the transitions, the accents, the basslines, the song structures and most importantly the incredibily meticulous attention to detail cleverly hidden under a "punk rock guise" here. This group was remarkably talented. I urge anyone with a hint of music background to give this record a spin and put an intelligent ear to some of what lurks in this album. Sublime alone was a ferrocious three piece unit, but they are fearless and absolutely bullet proof when they are joined by their friends, recording engineers, Djs, guest horn players, extra percussions, guitars, toasters etc. etc. This was a "super-nova" recording. The odds of these specific people coming together in this complex arrangement and creating this collection of sound waves is remarkable. The only recent musical statement I can mildly compare it to in this regard is the under-appreciated Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys from 1989. An intelligent sensitive ear will sense the white hot energy in these grooves. This album flirts with danger like a stuntman. It has teeth too.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Jaycox on July 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sublime takes every kind of music I have ever liked (ska, punk, reggae, funk) and combines it into this amazingly unique sound that no one could ever come close to duplicating. The musicianship on this album is unmatched, as Bradley James Nowell (guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and frontman)'s voice is just the best I have ever heard. You can hear the soul in it, the way it goes from loud screaming punk (We're Only Gonna Die, Hope, and New Thrash) to soft echoing ballads (songs not on this album: Boss DJ & Mary) just proves how great he is. Eric Wilson just drops some of the greatest bass lines I have ever heard. And Floyd "Bud" Gaugh I, often forgotten due to the greatness of Nowell and Wilson, does a damn good job on drums. I will go through this CD track by track.
Waiting For My Ruca- Great lead to the album. The first words on this album tells you Sublime's story- "Punk rock changed our lives". Nowell's voice is first heard in its truest form here.
Get Out!- Only on the original Skunk release, this song is Sublime's calling card. This is the best example of ever of Nowell's voice.
40 Oz. To Freedom- The title track, this one is more of a rock song, classic Sublime, that shows off Nowell's guitar and opens up some more of their music.
Smoke Two Joints- The ultimate pot smokers anthem, very catchy, the scratching in the middle is great, and at the end you hear Nowell's amazing vocals again.
We're Only Gonna Die- Great cover of Bad Religion's classic. Shows the punk side of Sublime
Don't Push- Here's the reggae Sublime is known for. Great example of classic bass.
5446 That's My Number/Ball and Chain- Great musicianship. You hear horns for the first time here, headlined by a great alto sax solo.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1998
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40 Oz. To Freedom is the only album that I have 5 copies of, one for my house, one for my car, one for the office, and two imports with extra songs.
The most precious cd I own is a copy of 40 Oz. that was part of the initial Skunk Records release, before the record was re-released by MCA. That cd has a hidden track named "Get Out" and a bonus cover of the old tv show tune "Rawhide" after their famous song "Date Rape". I've had people offer me $50 just for that one cd, and I wouldn't take $500 for it.
It's hard to categorize Sublime's music without stepping on somebody's toes, but I would say that it's a mix of ska, punk, and reggae with a little bit of surfer lifestyle mixed in for good measure. It has great covers of some amazing songs, including Toots and The Maytals' "54-46 That's My Number". You can see that Sublime is a true ska band because of all the different references to classic ska and reggae cuts coupled with references to Jamaican culture as well. Most of my cd collection is classic ska and reggae from the '60s and '70s, but I honestly believe that this is one of the top ten ska albums of all time, inclusive of any time period or genre, be it two-tone music from the Specials, to the third wave bands like The Toasters, to ska/punk like Skankin Pickle, or classic roots ska artists like Desmond Dekker and Derrick Morgan.
There really is no way to do this cd justice, from it's cover art to it's closing credits (instead of being printed inside the cd case, they're the last track on the cd, spoken over some great music that can be best described as a mix of dub and ska).
This cd has been playing during some of the best and worst moments of my life, and it has practically become the soundtrack to my life, providing great music and lyrics that I can shout out my car window as I drive by frightened pedestrians, and that's why I think it's one of the best ska cds of all time. ;-)
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