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Street Release Date: 07/30/1996
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|Audio CD Release Date:||July 30, 1996|
|Studio:||MCA / Gasoline Alley|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 475 reviews|
|1. ||Garden Grove|
|2. ||What I Got|
|3. ||Wrong Way|
|4. ||Same In The End|
|5. ||April 29, 1992 (Miami)|
|9. ||Pawn Shop|
|10. ||Paddle Out|
|11. ||The Ballad Of Johnny Butt|
|13. ||Under My Voodoo|
|14. ||Get Ready|
|15. ||Caress Me Down|
|16. ||What I Got (Reprise)|
|17. ||Doin' Time|
|Average Customer Review: ( 475 customer reviews )
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24 of 26 found the following review helpful:
Ultimate 90's c.d. Apr 05, 2006
I bought this c.d. because like a poser I liked the songs on mtv. However when I stuck it in my car's c.d. player I was blown away after each track. There are some songs in life that have a good beat and there are others that carry a good little story to them, these songs carry both, great words great beats on every track. After listing to this c.d. twice you listen to the words so intently that you can sing along with the windows open, and just feel great. Must own c.d. for anyone. Great from beginning to end, a rarity.
40 of 47 found the following review helpful:
Bradley was a rolling stone. He rolled away one day and he never came home Sep 12, 2005
By Andrew Parodi
Growing up in Southern California, Bradley Nowell had been exposed to many forms of music, such as rock, punk, rap, hip-hop, reggae, ska, and jazz. After graduating from high school, Bradley attended University of California, Santa Cruz. One semester short of a degree in business, Bradley dropped out to focus his energies on a music career. He soon met bass player Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh. In 1988, the three formed a garage band that combined all of Bradley's favorite musical genres. They named that band Sublime. Sublime soon cultivated a devoted following throughout Southern California, particularly on college campuses.
Bradley Nowell's tragic death at age 28, from a lethal dose of Mexican tar heroin, came only about a month before the release of the band's major label debut album, "Sublime."
In light of Bradley's death, MCA considered not releasing this album at all. They eventually decided that the best way to show respect for Bradley was to issue the album he had worked so hard to create. Upon release, "Sublime" quickly sold over three million copies, making it a bittersweet success. Bradley's own father said he wished the album had not been a hit, because it was painful to hear his deceased son's voice blaring from car stereos all over Long Beach.
My supervisor introduced me to this album back in 1997. He helped me understand that there is more to Sublime and Bradley Nowell than you might at first assume. For example, "The Wrong Way" is an anti-prostitution song. And where Bradley does occasionally come across as a boastful male chauvinist (e.g., "take a load from my big gun"), he is most likely satirizing male chauvinism, or at the least portraying a character and not himself. Because of the influence of my supervisor, "Sublime" gradually became one of my favorite albums, and Sublime gradually became one of my favorite bands. By year's end, my Sublime collection rivaled my supervisor's.
"Santeria" is my favorite song on this album. The melancholy tone of the song, and its Southwest sonic atmosphere, call to mind the wonderful conversations I'd had with my supervisor about the years he spent living in Taos, New Mexico. The American Southwest had always had spiritual significance for both of us. (My friend's wife, an artist, had only recently renovated their house in a Southwest motif.) "Santeria" also reminds me of my stepfather, who died in 2001. A Mexican American, my stepfather had once told me that in Mexican culture a man who steals another man's girlfriend or wife is sometimes referred to as "a Sancho." This may give deeper insight into what Bradley means when he sings, "If I should find that heina and that Sancho that she's found..."
I was surprised to read the other reviewers consider this album to be "frat boy music." I suppose that's appropriate in my case, because it was in the context of a brotherhood that I was first introduced to "Sublime." In my mind, this album now stands as a beautiful reminder of an era when I was a part of a fraternity of sorts.
I first posted this review a few weeks back. In the original version, I expressed sadness over the loss of Bradley. But after listening to "Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime," I decided to edit this review and remove the references to being sad about Bradley's death. While it is true that it is sad that he died so young, I realized that during his life he lived more than most people ever will -- and in his recordings he is more vibrantly alive than most people I've ever met. (The tribute album, by the way, is great. It's interesting to hear how Sublime songs can be transferred into so many different genres, from punk, to ska, to dance pop, to R&B.)
17 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Real Music Feb 04, 2005
I'm amazed any of my Sublime CD's still work. They should be worn out by now. If you have never heard their music you are about to hear some real down to earth music. The beats and lyrics come alive in this album. Their music can be equated to almost any situation in your life. Pure Genius.
17 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Because the Editorial Review is Worthless Dec 26, 2004
By Adam Taylor
The editorial review for this album makes me extremly angry. To say that Bradley Nowell has a bulked-up frat boy persona is an insult, not only to Sublime, but to Sublime fans as well. The reviewer bases this statment on the fact that Brad Nowell is tattooed. Sublime wasn't some band playing music to get drunk and laid. Sublime can't be limited to just "white suburban punks imitating jamaican ska music". This album is a pivitol album in the music world. Sublime didn't just do what every other band was doing throughout the 90s. They were their own band, not some reggae rip off. Sublime is not a reggae band, not a dub band, and Sublime is not a punk band. Sublime is a lifestyle. There is so much more to Sublime than just the music. These guys were livin' what they sang about, and not because they were singin' about it. They were livin' first! This album, as with every Sublime album, is a musical journey. A masterpiece from 'Garden Grove' to 'Doin Time'. I got this album the Summer of my freshman year, and my life has never been the same since, and that was eight years ago! Sublime doesn't encourage you to be a bulked-up frat boy type, or to even be like them. Sublime's innovative style, both musicaly and lyricaly encourage you to find yourself. Every song on this album is a masterpiece! No two songs sound the same, but they all carry that flavor that only Sublime could give a song. There is only one Sublime, as there was only one Beatles, one Stones, one Hendrix, ect. These songs will be with you for the rest of your life! Nevermind the editorial review saying that "...the band is great in short doses" I find myself lost in this music. I constantly wonder what Sublime would have become had Bradley Nowell lived longer. It only would have gotten better. Sublime were true musical geniuses.
1968 to 1996
14 of 17 found the following review helpful:
good stuff Aug 16, 2006
please don't listen to the review of steve knopper, since he has no idea what he's talking about. this is the album that made sublime a name in the mainstream, with classic tracks like 'what i got', 'wrong way', 'doin time' and 'santeria'. but as good as those songs are, they aren't the whole album, the album from track 1 to 18 is awesome music. this album does not get "tiresome after 17 songs" and the band isn't "great in short doses". knopper is a tool and doesn't know good music. this is good music in long non-stop doses. it doesn't matter if it's summer, fall, winter, spring, whatever time of the year it is, it's always good to listen to sublime. this is just good stuff and you won't be dissapointed, pick up this disk and the other sublime cds. the 2nd disk is cool with rare tracks and a few videos. this is a must have for any sublime fan.
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