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Pure Guava

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Pure guano will be the reaction of most, but there's a certain primative charm about the straight-to-tape musings of these whacked-out dilettantes with a drum machine. --Jeff Bateman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HC1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Todd Marrone on December 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Tucked among strange tracks,
lie a handful of rock gems,
it will grow on you.
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By B on April 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Pure Guava"..honestly, how did this get released on a major label? Did Elektra even listen to this? This album is just as strange and uncompromising as their debut, "GodWeenSatan: The Oneness".

There's some differences though. One, it's not quite as long. Two, it's not nearly as noisy (in fact, the first two songs barely go above a whisper). Three, there's a couple songs on here with genuine pop hooks.

"Push Th' Little Daisies" was a minor modern rock hit; why? It's super catchy, and maybe people were craving helium-voiced, irrelevant pop at the time.

There's plenty more gonzo-pop where that came from, such as the sparse, Xylophone twinkle of "Poop Ship Destroyer", the folky "I Saw Gener Cryin' In His Sleep", the trippy groove of "Springtheme", and the singalong-catchy "Big Jilm".

They also touch upon blues rock ("Touch My Tooter"), gentle folk ("Loving U Thru It All"), genuine (?) love songs ("Sarah"), twisted blues/punk ("Pumpin 4 the Man"), unlistenable white noise assaults ("Mourning Glory"), and even their own lo-fi version of prog rock ("Dont Get 2 Close").

"The Stallion, Pt. 3" is another highlight; a little psychedelia, a little prog, a little pop..and a little helium, and boom! a classic is born.

And, like "GodWeenSatan" had "Blackjack" and "I'm in the Mood to Move", this also has a few hilarious non-songs. "Reggaejunkiejew" is as racist as the title suggests, but these guys do it out of pure kitsch value. Anyone who gets offended by Ween obviously doesn't get it.

"I Play It Off Legit" is..I don't even know how to describe it. Are they stoned out of their mind? Is it some inside joke? Same goes for "Goin Gets Tough", in which they talk in British accents, and can't even contain their laughter mid-way thru..
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By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Some time during my high school career, my friend introduced me to a band called Ween. He only had one album, Pure Guava, their third major release. After hearing many of the tracks, I bought it for myself. I locked myself in the basement every day and listened to it a few times through... and I now know that this is the most beautiful piece of music ever crafted. This is the pinnacle of mankind. This is the gem in our crown. This is Pure Guava. How can I explain the greatness of this album? From the happy-go-lucky I Saw Gener Cryin' In His Sleep to the sickeningly sweet Springtheme; from the sad yet courageous Loving U Thru It All to the lazy doldrums of I Play It off Legit; from the haunting, drug-induced Little Birdy to the soft and tender Sarah; from the excited, insane Pumpin' 4 the Man to the grooviness of Big Jilm. There's the classic, The Stallion Pt. 3, a beautiful song that takes you to emotional heights. Push th' Little Daisies is a wonderful pop tune that won't get anybody down. Flies On My D*ck holds the key to the best guitar solo ever. The pathetic Touch My Tooter, the amazingly creative Mourning Glory, the nasty Hey Fat Boy (A**hole), the folky, dreamy Don't Get 2 Close (2 My fantasy), the perfect ending... Poop Ship Destroyer. And who could ever forget... not the best song ever, but the most creative, most amazing, most inspiring, most impressive track ever recorded... you cannot realize the full beauty of this song until you have emmorized each and every little sound that comes through your speakers... Dean and Gene are geniuses. Because of Reggaejunkiejew. That is all I can say.
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By A Customer on November 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First off, this album is generally NOT reccommended for people with Top 40 mainstream musical sensibilities, and not for people who take things too seriously - not even for the MTV croud who see themselves on the "cutting edge" of American (Mc)Culture. They just won`t understand this music. Ween certainly don`t take themselves seriously. They`re having a lot of fun doing what they do and really don`t care what you think. Pure Guava will appeal to those who love and respect artistic integrity, carefree creativity, originality, intelligence, and of course, a bizzare (drug inspired?) sense of humour.
If your checking out WEEN for the first time, I generally recommend this album. I personnaly believe it`s their best work and represents the peak of their bizzarely beautiful and inspired creativity during their "low-tech" period, before Chocolate and Cheese and everything after. (I have to admit, though, they`ve written a few sweet jems between Choc. & Cheese and the Mollusk, which is their best recording for their present "polished" sound).
In my opinion, everything that came after Pure Guava just wasn`t the same Ween. These guys are smart enough and respectable enough musicians to know what to do to get money: you use an image of a voluptuous woman on the cover and a hundred thousand heterosexual guys will buy the album without really thinking or caring about its contents. I liken this to the Windowliker single of Richard D. James (a.k.a Aphex Twin): you listen to the material of those releases and you already KNEW they could do that. There was no challenge, no surprise, and almost equally no inspiration.
Pure Guava on the other hand is a quiet, humble, moment of genius and is vividly conveyed in the overall cohesion, imagination, flow, and strong sense of creative spontanaety that happens when artists enter the "zone".
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