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Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Wrong Way (Live Acoustic)0:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Saw Red (Acoustic Version) 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Foolish Fool (Acoustic) 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Don't Push (Acoustic) 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mary / Big Salty Tears (Live Acoustic) 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Boss D.J. (Acoustic) [feat. Eric Wilson] 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Garden Grove (Live Acoustic) 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rivers Of Babylon (Acoustic) [feat. Eric Wilson] 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Little District (Acoustic Version) 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. KRS-One (Live Acoustic) 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Marley Medley - Guava Jelly / This Train (Acoustic) 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. What Happened / Eye Of Fatima (Acoustic) 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Freeway Time In L.A. County Jail (Acoustic) 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. It's Who You Know (Acoustic)0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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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  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 17, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000FCDG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A couple of bright spots glimmer ... but there's far too much murk between them. -- Los Angeles Times

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it: Sublime had charisma; they had energy; they had it all, but they weren't exactly the tightest band when it came to their live shows. Not that it mattered; Sublime's performances depended upon many things: energy; spontanaeity; and, ultimately, what their audiences gave them in return. But even then, those things didn't elevate the shows to godly heights. Sometimes... well, more than sometimes, Brad was simply off his nut, and all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't tighten things up as they should have been.

But it doesn't matter now, does it?

Listening to this cd is the musical equivalent of hanging out at a laid back party, having a beer and a b**g-hit, chillin' with your buddies and groovin' to some sweet music brought to you courtesy Bradley Nowell, one of the greater songwriters of the last twenty years. While it's incredibly rich on atmosphere, Brad doesn't exactly nail it in every song. A lot of the time it sounds as though he's already had more to drink or smoke than you have, but hey, again, it doesn't matter, because these last few records from Sublime will serve as the final documents of a superbly brilliant songwriter, the likes of which we won't see again for some time.

Nowell wrote from the heart and he sang his heart at every step. Few singers have shown themselves to be as emotionally direct or as honest as he had been. He wasn't overly preoccupied with finger pointing or rooting out hypocrites as lesser songwriters are apt to do. He was genuine, and he wasn't afraid to wear it on his sleeve, flaws and all.

Bye, Brad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I am a long time listener of sublime, and I greatly enjoyed this album. Sublime for years has been well known for its ability to mix a wide variety of styles. This CD captures the laid back acoustic songs that were only hinted in previous albums. It shows the raw power that Bradley held, and once again shows us that Bradleys death was truly a tragic one. This album also delivers a new look at some old favorites such as "Don't Push", and "Wrong Way". I would recommend this album to any fan of sublime, or anyone who has a love for good music. Through this album, Brad lives on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect September 7, 2001
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly great album. However, if you didn't know who Brad Nowell was before you looked at this CD, turn around. It's not for you.
The hardcore Sublime fans should enjoy this collection of unreleased acoustical performances. Obviously is is a minor departure from his typical ska/reggae/rock. Interestingly, many of these songs were "works in progress" and eventually evolved into real, released songs (or parts thereof), such as "Saw Red," "Big Salty Tears" (it merged into Wrong Way) "Garden Grove," and KRS One. Although these tracks weren't intended for release, Brad makes it work.
The best songs are: "Saw Red," " KRS-One," "Foolish Fool," and "Boss DJ."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bradley at his Best!!!! August 24, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The first album i heard by sublime was 40 oz. And this was a little while before he passed on. I instantly fell in love with sublime. But to tell you the truth, hearing the two acoustic songs on 40, and then hearing the three acoustics on "robbin". I Have really come to like acoustic bradley more than the sound sublime as a whole has. I do like the reggae, ska, and punk stuff they do, but his voice and words are so beautifull, i feel more moved when hes acoustic. This album is to me the album to remember him by. His mellow stuff on this album is kind of like jeff buckley, but less "artsy". And unfortunately jeff has also retired to a better place. But lets not remember how they died, lets remember how they make us live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good CD September 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I recall someone saying that the quality of this album is bad, but that's because this is a compilation of rare demos and live tracks.... they weren't professionally recorded in a studio, making this a CD full of rare treasures. Don't buy this unless you truly like Sublime's music. I do think they could have had a longer version of "Wrong Way", though... 45 seconds isn't nearly enough. But the rest of the songs are great!!! This is a great way to remember Bbradley Nowell and I sure hope the profits go towards the Nowell family to help support Bradley's child.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST cd December 29, 1998
Format:Audio CD
well I'm a HUGE fan of sublime. and I've been one for a very long time. I'll have to say that this is Sublime's best album. oh and the person before that said some of them are crap well he probably thought that because there are lot's of people talking in the backround of some of the songs. those songs are from The Firecracker Lounge. a place run by Gwen Stefani. and that wrong way demo, that's from there too. that performance is his best ever. it was pretty much him tellin stories all night long and playin on his accoustic. well for all you BIG sublime fans. get this CD. but if the only CD you have is the self titled one and you only like Wrong Way, Santeria, and all the big name ones...don't waste your money and find a different band. peace out
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Artist, record lacks strength. April 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, but only from the standpoint that Brad was a great artist. The recording quality is that of a bootleg, which, essentially, it is. You will find that you already own all the songs on it, just sung without drunken crowds, and in recording studios, on other albums.
I bought it because I'm a nut for sublime. I like the album. And I pull it out every once in a while to listen to it (I especially like "Saw Red")... But I find myself more reaching for Second Hand Smoke or 40oz more often.
You can put this album in the "Robbin' the Hood" category. Robbin' was a great album (and one of my all time favorites), but really difficult to listen to for very long or continually.
Art, but tragic art.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
dig it
Published 28 days ago by Dave Loucado
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome bootleg
You can hear the smile on Bradley's face while he's singing ... rest easy brother
Published 1 month ago by Simon's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars awseome
I have loved this c.d forever and I was not able to find it at a decent price anywhere else. the condition of the c.d was fantastic and it got to my house very fast. thank you
Published 4 months ago by Alissa Jane Dorow
1.0 out of 5 stars One star for delivery of product
Crappy album full of sucky live recordings when only two songs are labeled as live. I love Sublime but this CD should be avoided.
Published 6 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars not like the greatest hits at all!
if your not a big fan of sublime don;t get this cd. I'm practically obsessed with them so of course I love it but its alot of live recordings and brad played around with some of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by W. Wendel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brad at his finest
This is, hands down, the best Sublime you can find. Bradley is honest, intense, and raw - giving an intimate feel to each track. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Caillen Bollas
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
so happy to have added to this to my music list on my phone now i can rock out whenever wherever!
Published 20 months ago by shayna
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
If you are truly a Sublime fan then this is a must have CD. Its Bradley at his best (and sometimes at his drunkest). Still a good CD. Read more
Published 23 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic from the old days, can't believe he's gone
Track 11 always gets me, I always tear up when I hear him with the "reggay" sound, he was one of the best of us, lived hard, played hard. Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by A. S. Thinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Gold.... perfect title
I didn't think it was posible for Sublime to get any better, until I heard them on vinyl. It made such an impression on me, I decided to go back and get all six picture LPs they... Read more
Published on April 8, 2010 by K. Klatkiewicz
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