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 ›
Stereopathetic has everything... simple acoustic numbers like Rowboat (Johnny Cash covered this one), Puttin' It Down (great lyrics), Satan Gave Me A Taco (hilarious storytelling), and Modesto (beautiful song with a nice slide guitar solo at the end). It has hard rocking elements like the first track Pink Noise, Thunder Peel, & Taser Gun (another hilarious storytelling format). In between the songs are brief recordings of random funny asides (i.e. "I'm an alien from another sphere hooked on drugs"), a leaf blower, some classical music, a harpsichord I think, and anything else you can imagine. Beck also recorded some homeless dudes singing solo or with him on a couple of the shorter tunes like "No Money No Honey."
Stereopathetic Soulmanure came out just before Mellow Gold with little fanfare. I'm a huge Beck fan and never heard of it being released at that time... just stumbled on it browsing an ATX record store around 1996. This album isn't as polished as his others. The song listings on the back lose their order after the 5th or 6th tune. The quality isn't exactly stellar, esp on the demos and live recordings. But as you will hear post purchase, it doesn't need any of that. It's an avant-garde masterpiece. If you dig Beck's early stuff you'll likely love this.
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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 8 months ago by Laural Davis
Good rare cd from Beck. Some of these tracks were released in other formats, some are only available here. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 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
This album is a disjointed and cluttered mix of hog-wash, one might say. One might also say it is a priceless window into the early years of Beck, when he didn't much care what he... Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by O. Baughman