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stereopathetic soulmanure Original recording reissued

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Editorial Reviews

Very first recording. Far richer album, fitting folk, new wave, and punk together.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus)
  2. Rowboat
  3. Thunder Peel
  4. Waitin' For A Train
  5. The Spirit Moves On
  6. Crystal Clear (Beer)
  7. No Money No Honey
  8. 8.6.82
  9. Total Soul Future (Eat It)
  10. One Foot In The Grave
  11. Aphid Manure Heist
  12. Today Has Been A Fucked Up Day
  13. Rollins Power Sauce
  14. Puttin It Down
  15. 11.6.45
  16. Cut 1/2 Blues
  17. Jagermeister Pie
  18. Ozzy
  19. Dead Wild Cat
  20. Satan Gave Me A Taco
  21. 8.4.82
  22. Tasergun
  23. Modesto
  24. Silent
  25. Silent
  26. Bonus Track 1

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 3, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Flipside (Revolver)
  • ASIN: B00004WFLJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This will be the first in my series of brief reviews spanning Beck's major discography. Technically, "Stereopathetic Soulmanure" was an indie release set to accompany "Mellow Gold" in 1994 as part of Beck's innovative contract with Geffen, which allowed him the privilege of putting out records on independent labels alongside his "major" albums. This arrangement would collapse in 1999, after one such indie effort, "Mutations," was considered by Geffen so good as to warrant a widespread release - naturally, lawsuits and general nastiness ensued. But, in the beginning, all was well and in 1994 Beck virtually exploded on the alt-rock scene with the Loser single. Fans were treated to three albums coming out in the span of one year, of which "Stereopathetic" is certainly the weirdest, most varied, and ultimately head-scratching offering.

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.
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By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
From the opening, screeching note of "Pink Noise" to the last second of deranged feedback on the bonus noise, "Stereopathetic Soulmanure" truly isn't just "Mellow Gold II" or a prequel to it or whatever. I honestly wouldn't rather listen to anything else more than this-a cult classic which I consider Beck's masterpiece. However, you shouldn't take my word for it. "Odelay!" fans probably just won't get the older stuff. Don't get me wrong-I still think the new stuff is pretty cool (all of his stuff is) but there is just something special captured in his early work that can never be repeated. So if you love anti-commercial efforts like I do, than grab this record-which is practically the king of that musical style. Watch out for bluegrass boogies like "Today Has Been a !@#$%^ Up Day" and "Satan Gave Me a Taco". There's even time for senseless spoofs like "rollins power sause" and pure blues like "One Foot in the Grave"-it doesn't more classic than this. I say leave the "Midnite Vultures" praise to it's own page. I also must add that I think "Thunder Peel" kicks @$$ and that it would have made the perfect single if this stuff had dared to venture that far into the mainstream. Strangeness, comedy, etc.-this one has it all.
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By alec on November 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There is no other album i have ever heard like this. Not even close. Some will think its a joke. Some will think its garbage. Some will say, "I could go out and make an album like this! Where is the talent?". If you are a big beck fan though, and you like beck because of what kind of guy he is and what kind of humor and weirdness he is capable of, then you will find this album to be priceless. This is the definitive Beck. On this disc, Beck will make you enjoy, and appreciate, country music. His lyrics on here are some of the funniest. And of course, theres some stuff on here thats just plain scary! And its just so well put together. This album isn't as much about the songs by themselves, its more about the album as a whole. It's a great album to listen to from start to finish when you are in a really weird beck kinda mood. If you don't really like beck though, you could easily hate this album.
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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.

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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