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There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing "Don't Pretend You Didn't Know" with keyboards, it's clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they ... Read more in Amazon's Dinosaur Jr. Store

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  • Audio CD (February 9, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: February 9, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MH5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Out There
2. Start Choppin
3. What Else Is New
4. On The Way
5. Not The Same
6. Get Me
7. Drawerings
8. Hide
9. Goin Home
10. I Ain't Sayin

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Dinosaur Jr ~ Where You Been

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With Paul Westerberg's croon and the slacker guitar of a Neil Young, J Mascis is forever assured of critical huzzahs. "Out There" and "Not the Same" are loud, lazy rock & roll, American-style. --Jeff Bateman

Customer Reviews

The whole album leaves me in awe.
Sean S McVity
I have purchased this album twice, and am getting ready to buy another copy of it.
C. L. Zamor
The song Get Me is one the of the greatest songs ever.
alan shepard

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sean S McVity on September 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Dinosaur Jr fans tend to be split into two camps: those who favor the early, Lou-Barlow-era underground sound of Bug and You're Living All Over Me, and those who prefer the fuller, more finished sounds of the J Mascis-centric Green Mind and later albums. To me, it's all so good that I can never decide which I like better. But although I've listened to every album at least a thousand times, Where You Been has always been the one that staggers me. With an unconscious, sleight-of-hand genius for song structure and melody, Mascis created the strongest songs of his career. Although less driven by impulsive inspiration than some earlier stuff (like The Wagon), these songs are more finished, and Mascis has brought in an uncanny knack for instrumentation to add layers of mood to otherwise simple songs. Out There, for instance, is just a basic five-chord folk progression, but those static guitars and stop-rhythms turn it into an epic. Start Choppin, On the Way and Hide are so original that there is simply no analog to them in contemporary music. I have to close with a tribute to Not the Same, the mysteriously oft-maligned ballad; I don't think I've ever heard a sadder or more beautiful song. The whole album leaves me in awe.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This work is undoubtedly a most underated album. It is as close to a studio masterpiece that I think Dinosaur Jr. was capable of, and all studio polish is used as it should be used...to add to the impact of a song, and not to define a song. The Album starts off on a high tempo note with 'Out There'- a blueprint of layered guitars and longing lyrics to follow. 'What else is new' is a confession of desperation leading into the beautiful acoustic wind-up of the song, and the majestic masterpiece 'Get Me' is a true classic for all who were in in our late teens during the early 1990's. An album that has withstood the test of time, at least in my CD collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Zamor on May 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
To start off with, I must say that I am not one to blurt out grandiose declarative statements about the greatness of something. I will have to make an exception in the case of D.J.'s Where You Been. I first discovered Dinosaur Jr. back when this album first came out. I heard them on the radio and was mightily impressed. I really hadn't heard anybody quite like them before. At this time, I was very much interested in the grunge movement, particularly Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. I also found I had a strong interest in the Pixies, and a mild interest in Sonic Youth, both of whom hailed from the same Mass. area as DJ. While I still enjoy all of these groups for myriad of reasons, the one group I never tired of was Dinosaur Jr. and in particular this album. I actually started out loving "I ain't saying", but when I bought the cd I lost interest in it. I really dug "Start Choppin'" for its simple bubbly rhythm. For me, "Get Me" is a real gem with its astounding guitar solos and mutterings of J. Most of the other tracks are very good. Easy to listen all through. The thing about DJ that I have always found comforting is that vocally it invokes a sort of "throw my hands in the air" apathy that has carried me through some pretty tough times over the years. Besides, I could actually sing along and very often it would be of a quality near par to J's(lol).
The music is enough to make even the most dedicated lyricists overlook the scratchy, oft-out of key vocals and generally incomprehensible words. I would argue that the lyrics and vocals are part and parsal to the overall DJ experience, though.
I have purchased this album twice, and am getting ready to buy another copy of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By william d rauch on November 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Dinosaur Jr., when Green Mind came out and was a casual fan. But when Where You Been came out, I was blown away!! Nobody wraps more emotion into a guitar solo than J Mascis. The highlight for me is "Get Me" which just builds and builds to angst-filled, screaming guitar solo as the song closes .... and the chorus "... you're not going to get me through this, are you?" leaves me utterly drained. I've read the other reviews hear and cannot at all agree with those who think this is a week DJ effort. There is not a bad song on the album ....... I can't say that about Green Mind or any of their post-Where You Been efforts...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
With ' Where You been ' Mascis has finally harnessed his energies into compact songs and coherent rock production. None of the raw power of his earlier offerings is diminished. If anything it is a far more articulate statement of alienation, disenfranchisement, and helplessness for the greater attention to quality of the recording. Melodically Mascis once again opts in the main for crunching chords, but the album benefits from moments of considerable acoustic beauty. Whereas his guitar solos have often sounded like your younger brother trying to play as fast as loud as he could after a noseful,here the solos sound well thought out. There are obvious references to Neil Young ( most obviously 'Out There' which is reminiscent of 'Country Home', and 'Not the Same' which in an addled state could easiliy be confused for 'Will to Live' ), and less bleak and and violent moments than their previous work. 'Where You Been' is an exhilarating piece of rock which falls ! surprisingly comfortably between seventies West Coast sensibilities and overdriven nineties aggression. Unfortunately it leaves this listener with the impression that Dinosaur Jr have fulfilled their potential.
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