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  • Audio CD (December 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000Y30ODQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

2007 release, a collection of original home demos from the leader of Weezer. Recorded between 1992 and 2007, Alone features previously unreleased tracks, cover versions, the original demo for Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' and songs from his unfinished Rock musical Songs From The Black Hole.

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"This is a CD of my favorite home demos from '92 to '07 featuring a lot of never heard before songs, a few covers, a few songs from my unfinished rock musical " Songs From The Black Hole" and my original demo for "Buddy Holly" - Rivers Cuomo

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Oddly the song I'm most moved by is River's cover "The World We Love So Much."
A. Grace
Definite highlights of this album are Superfriend(probably the best song on here,) Lemonade, Blastoff, Crazy One, Buddy Holly (demo) and I was made for you.
David Kaelin
Songs like Chess make it obvious that the sound was tweaked for maximum quality.
S. Marzioli

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Marzioli on December 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There have always been a lot of rumors regarding Rivers' secret stash of unreleased demos. Most of them, we were told, have never been heard by any but the closest friends of the band. However, Weezer has always been kind enough to "leak" the best of them over the years, especially when official studio releases were scarce. As such, a majority of the best songs on here have already been released in fairly good to excellent quality mp3s. In that regard there will be few surprises for the hard core Weezer fan.

However, you can't judge a project on such terms. Even though only 6 of the total track list (of full length songs) are totally new (or 7 if we allow Buddy Holly demo), the songs here are absolutely fantastic. Blast Off, for instance, has long been Weezer's most famous Song From The Black Hole. Now fans can hear it in its entirety, without that annoying abrupt ending. Long Time Sunshine and Lover In The Snow also make an appearance and have been some of my favorite Cuomo demos for years! Songs like Chess make it obvious that the sound was tweaked for maximum quality. Obviously there's only so far you can take a tape deck home recording, though, so expect a rough sound throughout!

For any long time Weezer fan I think this will be a very satisfying collection. I've always had a hard time placing these demos in some sort of order when making mix tapes or mp3 play lists. Now, with Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, the decision has been made for me. Hopefully future projects of this sort will come along. I wouldn't mind better quality demos of the Summer Song 2000 set or maybe a release of the Homie side-project. In any case, I think Rivers deserves a lot of praise for making these available!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Kaelin on December 18, 2007
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This is a very interesting collection of demos from the vault of Rivers Cuomo's home recordings. This is a must for any die hard Weezer fan (which is really who the album was made for.) If you are just a casual fan you probably won't really care about this album, because it is what it is...just a bunch of songs in their rawest form. Remember this is not Weezer. It's really cool to finally hear these long awaited songs finally on CD!! Definite highlights of this album are Superfriend(probably the best song on here,) Lemonade, Blastoff, Crazy One, Buddy Holly (demo) and I was made for you. Superfriend, Blastoff, and Lemonade have that "old school" Weezer vibe that we all miss so much!. You gotta love old school Synth!! Hopefully if this album is successful we will get a round two of good ole Rivers home recordings!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RG69 VINE VOICE on December 18, 2007
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This was a nice surprise when I found it. There was talk that Weezer would never make another album. But then Rivers releases this nice collection of demos(many sound very polished) and there is a promise of a new Weezer album in April. I had not heard a lot of these demos, so most are a first listen for me. I liked Superfriend a lot. That one could have been on the Green album. Chess and Blast Off really rock. Little Diane could have been released in the late 50's/early 60's with its vibe. Some of the songs are out there and may take a few listens to really appreciate. I have heard some reviews compare it to Pinkerton, but it is really a nice cross section of Weezer sounds. Any fan of the band should pick this up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nate B. on December 19, 2007
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This is a great little collection of some heard and previously unheard demos from the Weez frontman. Only those diehard Weezer nerds have already heard songs like "Longtime Sunshine" but now with this commercial release the rest of the world has the chance to hear some of the creativity and odd quirks of Rivers Cuomo. Some of these songs are very personal to Rivers, and the included liner notes give a great framing for the context of their creation. Being that most of these demos are from tape, you can expect less than stellar quality. However, songs like "Superfriend" would sound great coming through a mono radio from the 1940's... this really is a must purchase for any diehard Weezer fan. If you are expecting the super-polished formulaic pop of the Green Album or Make Believe, there will only be a couple tracks here to satisfy you. But if you are looking for an even greater sampling of Rivers' greatness beyond just his work in Weezer then pick this up immediately!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By King P on December 17, 2007
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I have been waiting for years to hear "Superfriend" and it was worth it. This is closest any Weezer fan will get to "Songs from the Black Hole" (unreleased 2nd Weezer album), as 4 of the tracks on this album are from that project.

This is a must have for anyone that is a Weezer fan, and well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2008
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The ebb-and-flow of Rivers Cuomo's creative streak over the years has been interesting to follow, for as much as we the public at large can follow is (mostly by seeing how good or not so good a Weezer album is, and how long it takes for a new Weezer album to materialize). But Rivers has taken this to an entirely new level by digging into his musical treasure chest and sharing a bunch of demos, of old and previously unheard songs alike.

"Alone: The Home Recording of Rivers Cuomo" (18 tracks; 47 min.) is not only a fascinating look into the writing process of Rivers, but on top of that brings some pretty good music too. Most interesting are the demos of songs intended for the eventually shelved second album "Songs from the Black Hole" (instead "Pinkerton" was released), which as they are heard here almost play like a musical ("Blast Off", "Dude, We're Finally Landing", "Superfriend" and "Lover in the Snow"). In spirit they certainly are closer to Pinkerton than the Blue Album. Other interesting items: the 1995 track "Wanda (You're My Only Love)", a rejected song for the "Angus" movie soundtrack (instead "You Gave Your Love" made it on the soundtrack); "This Is the Way", cut from the "Make Believe" album; the cover "Little Diane" (recorded in 2003); and the closing track "I Was Made for You" (from 2004").

In all, this album plays surprisingly well, even if obviously the recording quality is not optimal. But a contributing factor to making this album so enjoyable are the lines notes from Rivers. And no, they are not just a line or two pre song, they fill pages and pages as Rivers explains in detail the background of each song (and the lyrics are also printed). In all, while of course this does not break any new musical ground as such, this set is essential for any serious Weezer fan.
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