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True to the freewheeling, joyfully schizophrenic swirl of rock, punk, ska, folk, world music and (insert next genre-bending style here) that has defined the Camper Van Beethoven aesthetic since the enduring lineup took shape circa mid-80s, each member of the band has a different spin on how they started working on the songs that developed into La Costa Perdida, their debut on 429 Records and ... Read more in Amazon's Camper Van Beethoven Store

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  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl/Red Distribution
  • ASIN: B000A2GA9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. We Saw Jerry's Daughter
7. Surprise Truck
8. Stairway to Heaven (Sic)
9. Pope Festival
10. Love the Witch [Camper Van Beethoven Version]
11. Pictures of Matchstick Men (Fox Demo)
12. The History of Utah
13. Still Wishing to Course
14. We Love You
15. Deux Foises
16. Hoe Yourself Down
17. Peace & Love
18. Folly
19. Interstellar Overdrive
20. Shut Us Down

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Hands on April 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm so glad this CD, along with the other Camper stuff has been reissued outside of the box set. I still have my original tape that I played pretty much every day driving to my R.O.P. class at the Monterey Airport, or driving to Santa Cruz to try & find old records before the earthquake.
My favorite CVB record!
John Hands
Red Room, Santa Cruz CA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Mock on November 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to this disc steadily for years. Just when I think I might get tired of it - I laugh again. I rarely run into someone who has heard of CVB, and that is a shame. This is a great disc.

I saw them twice in the eighties and would go see them next week again. This disc has some serious flavor in the kool-aid. I have 3 other discs, a Cracker and a Monks of Doom. This is my favorite of the batch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Cleary on February 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Note: This is a four-star album that unfortunately has lost a star due to a bad reissue.

Camper Van Beethoven was one of the quintessential eighties bands. Their highly ironic worldview and eclectic musical style prefigured the nineties in some ways, and more to the point, they were just plain good. They wrote some excellent songs, and they had a really impressive repertoire of styles. It's fitting that this album, their third, was self-titled, because it arguably captures the band at the height of its powers. By this time, they were writing more melodic material but they still embraced the sloppy aesthetic that was one of the trademarks of their early period.

Before going any further, though, I have to admit that this 2004 reissue does not do justice to the original album. With the reissue, somebody made the horrendous decision to put the bonus tracks in the MIDDLE of the running order instead of at the end--thus, an album that already verged on being overlong is now definitely too long. Worse yet, two of the four extra tracks are songs that were included on later albums anyway ("Pope Festival" is "The Fool" with a different title). This means that you have a huge momentum killer right smack in the middle, with three unnecessary songs in a row, plus an additional short instrumental ("Deux Foises") that pops up a few songs later. As a final insult, the instrumental "Stairway to Haevan (sic)" is available here only in an alternate version, so you can't use your iTunes to recreate the original album even if you want to. If you still buy vinyl, you might want to find a copy of the original so you can hear the album at its best.

But enough of the bad stuff. There is plenty of good here, even if you're stuck with the reissue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Fox on February 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was a teenager when this first came out. I always LOVED the song "Good Guys and Bad Guys," and I still do. It's one of Camper's catchiest, funniest, and most memorable songs. The rest of the album is a lot more trippy and psychedelic than you might expect from "Good Guys and Bad Guys." There's a nod to Pink Floyd, as well as many references to Led Zeppelin. Camper Van Beethoven's sound is very difficult to describe if you have never heard them...rock, folk, country, middle eastern, reggae...all of it is mismashed into something completely new and foreign-sounding. They rely heavily on the violin for some of the main melodies...they are capable of rocking out and also capable of very subtle, intricate music. What I liked about them was they ALWAYS had a sense of humor and NEVER took themselves too seriously, even in their trippiest, most psychedelic songs. Intelligent lyrics, great deadpan delivery by Dave Lowery, and best of all...they are back together now (New Roman Times, their latest CD, is excellent). This CD has some extra material on it and is really a good bargain for the price.
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