stereopathetic soulmanure Original recording reissued
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The album was recorded over a long period of time, consisting of various demos, experiments, and a few finished songs of stunning quality. As such, it is a mere patchwork of "best-of" goodness from Beck's vault. Other albums, such as the early "Golden Feelings" and demo tapes such as "Fresh Meat + Old Slabs" (put together for Beck's mom's birthday) are also out there, and may be more thematically and temporally consistent, but I will not consider them and focus instead on the few moments of genius found on "Stereopathetic." Beck-ologists could spend hours talking about the stories behind each piece of tape ever uncovered, but this is not the place.
So, one of those stunners that immediately hit the listener with the kind of force that accompanies the birth of a major artist is Rowboat, a classic country song that is so woeful and mourning it even made a fan of Johnny Cash, who covered it a few years later.Read more ›
What people don't understand is that Beck enjoys playing two definitive styles of music. There's "disco" Beck (Mellow Gold, Odelay, Midnight Vultures) and then there's "bizarro" Beck (Stereopathetic, One Foot in the Grave, Mutations, Sea Change). Unlike many pop stars today, he chooses NOT to mix all of his influences together to make one watered down, radiio friendly CD. He'd rather allow the music to stay pure, almost as an homage, and address his listeners with his amazing versatility. This man can play the piano, guitar, lap guitar, banjo, drums, and countless other intruments! He presents a tune from a familiar genre, and accentuates it with fantastically crafted, witty, hilarious lyrics, to which any young, lost liberal can relate. I am 32 now, and I still love blasting MODESTO, SATAN..., ROWBOAT, OZZY and THE SPIRIT... for my neighbors. I've played this CD for my buddies who like country music, and they really DON'T dig it--which is fine by me. This is not a country CD! There are a number of "folk" tunes, I'd say, with that undeniable Texas influence. You will never experience another CD like this one....I promise. If your metal head friends don't get it, blast PINK NOISE for them...all that late 80's hard core and speed metal come alive again! Listen to this CD, and you'll realize why Beck sings, "MTV makes me want to smoke crack." Apparently, he DID, and this may be the fruits of his "labor." A must have.
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Beck has been a genius the whole time. What an evolution of the soul of an artist. I love it!Published 3 months ago by Laural Davis
Raw, uncut, barely produced, beautiful, rockin, rollin, soulful, weird, anarchic, and wild as all get out. Beck lyrics are equal parts wtf, clear, funny, and heartfelt. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Razumihin
Good rare cd from Beck. Some of these tracks were released in other formats, some are only available here. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jordan M Broderick
This album is from the best era of Beck's music. You should buy this if you like Mellow Gold and Golden Feelings.Published on January 27, 2014 by Ashley Bowman
This CD has two modes- Blue Grass read neck sound crap, and distorted joke noise that sounds like ween. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by tdma_tester
Finally a Beck album that captures his quirky humor and his folk blues roots accurately. From classics that would go on to be revived (such as Rowboat and Thunder Peel) to the... Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by alice_thorn
The number of four and five star reviews is disproportionate here. There's a reason that most Beck fans don't count this as one of his "real" albums. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Bartholome
This CD came as a nice surprise - there are like 26 songs/recordings that are classic Beck. I love it ~ not things you would find on a regular CD. These did not get any radio play. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by skeemik
Beck is trying to be very raw and weird on this early cut. The music isn't great or even loveable, but what's interesting is the history. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by TJ Feral