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Early Years: 1997-2000 [Box set]

SwitchfootAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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On the lead single from their ninth studio album Fading West, Grammy Award-winning alt-rock band Switchfoot look back to a time when they’d just begun to push toward their dreams of bringing their music to the world. Featuring choir-like backing vocals from the band members’ children—as well as the blend of edgy atmospherics and bright, breezy melodies that’s become a ... Read more in Amazon's Switchfoot Store

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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Re: Think
  • ASIN: B000654Z0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bomb
2. Chem 6A
3. Underwater
4. Edge Of My Seat
5. Home
6. Might Have Ben Hur
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. New Way To Be Human
2. Incomplete
3. Sooner Or Later (Soren's Song)
4. Company Car
5. Let That Be Enough
6. Something More (Augustine's Confession)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. I Dare You To Move
2. Learning To Breathe
3. You Already Take Me There
4. Love Is The Movement
5. Poparazzi
6. Innocence Again
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Re-issue of the first three albums from Switchfoot in one 3-CD set. Their song, Meant To Live opened their music up to millions of new MTV and mainstream radio fans. This set gives quick, affordable access to a hit-filled catalog that dates back to 1997. The set compiles all of Switchfoot's full-length recordings made prior to the current best selling smash, THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Affordible Introduction to Switchfoot!!! November 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Life has been on the upside for San Diego's popular rock band Switchfoot. The fourth album "The Beautiful Letdown" has catipulted the band into a worldwide phenomenon and much overdue recognition. While they have been very successful in the past year, Switchfoot also has a history of three more successful albums prior to "The Beautiful Letdown". These three albums (1997's "Legend of Chin", 1999's "New Way To Be Human" and 2000's "Learning to Breathe") are reissued together for a very low price in "The Early Years 1997-2000".

For those who already own these albums, there is nothing new here. However, for those who have recently latched onto the band, this three-disc set is a must. Each album is presented in its entirety complete with its original artwork and liner notes (each of the individual CD's booklets are included in the thick jewel case). The low price of this set is an absolute steal with three CDs for the price of one and is an affordible way to stock up on all of Switchfoot's albums prior to "Beautiful Letdown" in one shot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Spend March 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you have the newer disc, I say go get this one. If you haven't heard much of this group yet, get their newest CD, "Beautiful Letdown", get that first. Their songs are alot alike. They are all uplifting with their own message and own theme. A rock band that is on their way up and still going mid 2000's. Christian music with a different swing to it. Until you are told this is Christian, you would never tell from listening to the songs. It has that kind of attitude to it. It will seem like another Rock band, until you hear that they are Christian, you will find a moral or a good story to everysong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school Scwitchfoot November 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Switchfoot is a band that has been awesome from the beginning. As a whole they've always been very talented and totally enjoyable to listen to. Also, they are not afraid to be themsleves and express their beliefs in a positive way. Switchfoot songs such as "Chem 6A", "Ode to Chin", "Company Car", "Something More" and "Playing ofr Keeps" are extremely fun and are accompanied by meaningful songs such as "You", "Don't Be There", "Let That Be Enough", and "Dare You To Move". Anyone who likes Switchfoot should have the early years collection. The earliest songs do lean more towards a punk rock sound, but Switchfoot is still faithful to provide diverse styles within their songs. Every one of them is fabulous!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most rockin thing I've ever found November 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was just taking a leisurely stroll through the local wal-mart. I thought I would stop by the music section to find what was new... what an amazing thing I found... THREE SWITCHFOOT CDS!!! I do believe that these are the best that Switchfoot has to offer. They have changed drastically since these early albums, these are softer, but still rocking... You need this item... seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret it.... November 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Switchfoot has been my favorite band since the days of the release of the third album in this compilation (Learning to Breathe). The year 2000, when they released that disk, was when they started to really gain popularity in certain circles here in San Diego. Switchfoot is an amazing band and without these three CDs, you won't be able to appreciate their musical diversity or Jon's songwriting brilliance.

Plus, this set contains my favorite Switchfoot album (New Way to Be Human).

There is no better deal than getting all three of these disks in one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best January 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm so jealous- three CD's in one! If I didn't already own all three, I would get this. I've been a Switchfoot fan since they began with Legend of Chin. Each CD is unique and brought a new sound with it. Any Switchfoot fan who has jumped on the bandwaggon after Learning To Breathe must have this set before they can claim to be a true fan. It will make you appreciate the band so much more! I fall in love with them all over again every time I listen to Might Have Been Hur and Chem 6A. Check out the low-budget video for Chem 6A too... you'll be glad you did!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time... January 2, 2005
By Luke
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Switchfoot since "New Way to Be Human (1999)," and I have been thrilled to be able to watch them begin their climb up in the world.

I'm often asked if it bothers me to see one of my favorite unknown bands getting big and potentially "selling out." All I have to say is that it's about time credit is being paid where it's due.

Key tracks are: Chem6A, You, New Way to Be Human, Let that Be Enough, Learning to Breathe, Dare You to Move.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent beginning! June 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
For years, "The Beautiful Letdown" was the only Switchfoot album I knew, and I really enjoyed it. Eventually I began to realize that they had several other albums, and as I heard quite a bit of their newer material around on the internet, I began to realize how much I like and respect this band. When I saw this collection for such a great price, I grabbed it, and I'm just ecstatic that I did. From the beginning, Switchfoot was an interesting, dynamic, creative band that defies strict categorization.

I've heard plenty of criticism that after The Beautiful Letdown Switchfoot "went secular." Regardless of how you feel about that particular issue (I personally think it's a load of nonsense, as the songwriting of a band of faith will always be influenced and informed by and through its faith), there's no chance of getting a strictly secular impression from these early recordings. "You Already Take Me There," "New Way to Be Human," "Only Hope," "Home," etc. make it very clear that the band's faith is not only alive and well, but that it does influence and inform every area of their lives, including the songwriting.

This is a fantastic collection, full of great music that anyone can enjoy, Christian or not. It's multi-faceted and energetic, and seeing where Switchfoot came from is just as important as seeing where they've gone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot was OKAY back in the DAY!
These three albums are alright if you like 16-year-old music written by a teen band. I'm not really stoked about any of the songs - bout I am glad that Switchfoot has become SO... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Inquirer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Packaging, Great Albums
I ordered this and I've heard their first three albums and they were good, I admire how they have changed through each album.
Published 8 months ago by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot-The Early Years
I Got This CD Yesterday,And I Am Really Loving It!It Is Switchfoot's First 3 Albums,And Has All The Songs.Anyways,Here Switchfoot-The Early Years Track Listing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good throwback
It was great to listen to old switchfoot. A lot of their best stuff was on the older recordings especially Legend of Chin.
Published 17 months ago by NAV
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have got this!
Switchfoot is still my favourite band. I needed to collect all the CDs before "Nothing is Sound" and I found this. Great buy, great value. And has the lyric sheets too!
Published 18 months ago by 'Korede
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see how it started
Great to see how Switchfoot got going - to see the sound emerging through the three albums. Good listening in their own right.
Published on July 20, 2012 by Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Old is Good, But not Better
Disclosure -- I am a big switchfoot fan. I found them with the Beautiful Letdown and Oh! Gravity which are excellent, 5-star albums. Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by You Don't Know
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
For people who have become Switchfoot fans recently, this collection is great to get you up to speed on all of Switchfoot's early music. Great price for a lot of music.
Published on May 22, 2008 by Jen Slothower
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
these 3 albums are essential for anyone who considers themselves switchfoot fans
u can see the obvious progress from the 1st album to their 3rd and how they arrived at 'the... Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by Tan Hong Wei Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Switchfoot's best work?
Although I haven't listened to Switchfoot's two most recent albulms (Oh! Gravity and Nothing Is Sound) I consider New Way to Be Human their best up through Beautiful Letdown. Read more
Published on January 23, 2007 by Christopher Fields
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