Pinkerton fans rejoice!
Earlier this week it was announced that Weezer will be releasing the album as a deluxe edition on November 2, 2010. The 2-disc ablum will feature a remastered version of the original Weezer-producted album along with 25 new bonus tracks, including every official B-side and 16 previously unreleased recordings. The release will include newly-discovered songs like “Tragic Girl,” unreleased B-side “I Swear It’s True,” and numerous live performances. The 1996-1997 concert tracks were taken from the massive Reading Festival in the U.K., radio station sessions in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City, and a lunchtime performance won in a contest by Shorecrest High School near Seattle. Accompanying the package is a booklet with numerous photos and an essay by band compatriot Karl Koch, who reveals how the glorious “Tragic Girl” was recorded at the last minute but left undocumented, causing many to forget its existence.
While its 1996 release was deemed a disappointment, today Pinkerton is considered an influential and and important part of that musical decade and beyond. In 2004, Rolling Stone even felt compelled to re-review the album, raising it from three stars to the ultimate five. Spin has since honored Pinkerton as among the 100 best albums of 1985-2005 and Guitar World ranks it among the top 100 guitar albums of all-time.
The shift from power pop on their 1994 self-titled debut release (The Blue Album) to Pinkerton’s vulnerable lyrics and edgier music was something that fans and critcs did not take to so easily. However, the disapointment has been overcome; today the Pinkerton approaches platinum and is widely hailed as one of modern rock’s greatest albums.
See the track listing below and for more information on Weezer go to their official website.
1. Tired Of Sex
3. No Other One
4. Why Bother?
5. Across The Sea
6. The Good Life
7. El Scorcho
8. Pink Triangle
9. Falling For You
B-Sides and More:
11. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
13. The Good Life (Radio Remix)
14. Waiting On You
15. I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams
16. The Good Life (Live and Acoustic)
17. Pink Triangle (Radio Remix)
18. I Swear It’s True*
19. Pink Triangle (Live and Acoustic)
1. You Won’t Get With Me Tonight*
2. The Good Life (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
3. El Scorcho (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
4. Pink Triangle (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
5. Why Bother? (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
6. El Scorcho (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
7. Pink Triangle (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
8. The Good Life (Live at X96)
9. El Scorcho (Live and Acoustic)*
10. Across The Sea Piano Noodles*
11. Butterfly (Alternate Take)*
12. Long Time Sunshine*
13. Getting Up And Leaving*
14. Tired Of Sex (Tracking Rough)*
15. Getchoo (Tracking Rough)*
16. Tragic Girl*