01. Wouldn't It Be Nice
03. The Secret
05. Come Out Fighting
07. Open Door
09. Who's To Blame
10. Fun And Games
12. Side One
13. No Reason Why
15. Psycho 89*
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These re-issues have been digitally remastered for your listening pleasure. Finally hear these classic Pennywise albums the way they were meant to be heard. The Pennywise self-title re-issue features the *PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED track "Psycho 89"!
The seminal Epitaph debut, Pennywise self-titled features many of the songs that have gone on to become legends in the band's live show. "Rules," "Homeless" and of course the original version of "Bro Hymn" all appear on this album. Recorded and mixed by Brett Gurewitz at Westbeach Recorders, this album helped to lay the groundwork for what would become one of the greatest punk rock bands of all time. A classic since it's original release in 1991, Pennywise stands as one of the most shredding and fearsome albums in the Epitaph catalog.
Dedicated to Carlos Canton, Tim Colvin, and Tom Nichols-R.I.P. thanx to: Brett, Maggie, and Max (the future of Punk Rock), Martial Thirsk, Marc Theodore (Alternative Groove Records), Vernon Trujillo, Donnel, Mike & NOFX, Dave Smalley, Down by Law, Bad Religion, Mar, Gar, Scar, Gub, Carr, Tony, XVI st. & 30th st. Hermosa Beach, Ken Seaton, Jennifer & Fajitas, Pedone's, Blue Team, Big Mitch W, Willie, Felch, Tito, Gonz, Stein, Kerl Cheese, Eppy, Kim Bockus, Bob (Peir Music), Conner (Moore Sound), MYNX, Stephen King, Dee Dee James, Rich, John Poupon, Monk (Slumber Party), Pigeon, V.T.B., Prop 13, Rhythm Track, Amy Berg, Holly Speyer, Scotty, Middle School, Alta Dena Dairy, D.H.D., Norad, Stools, Jason Lawson, Justin Thirsk, Kristian Dragge, Jason McMacken, Jamie White, Chriso, Ryan Plant, Doug Weems, Matt, Brown, Eric Avery, Ben, Mike Warner, Gabe Wasden, Scott Aicher, Peter Trig, Fred Hildago, Ross D.D., Gavin Oglesby, Carvin Amps, Ibanez Guitars, Tama Drums, and the Bro Hymn Choir. Special thanks to all our friends and families for their continuing support.
All songs written and arranged by Pennywise
Pennywise is (from left to right)
Recorded at West Beach Recorders, Hollywood, CA
Remastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis
Front Cover Art by Fred Hildago
Back Cover photography by Dierdra James
Art direction and band illustration by Gavin Oglesby
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US Rel. Date: 10/22/1992
EU Rel. Date: 10/22/1992
So what do you get with a remastered Pennywise album you may be asking? Well, you obviously get an improved sound quality. You also get a slightly altered inlay booklet, and in a couple of cases some new tracks. Perhaps the most important aspect of the reissues is that they are released at a mid-price point, which means you can expect to pay around a tenner for each album. For people yet to own any of these albums, that is undoubtedly the biggest selling point.
Whilst the reasons behind the reissues may be cloudy, the quality of the albums themselves cannot be denied. The seminal self-titled debut album features many of the songs that have gone on to become legends in the band's live show. The likes of 'Rules', 'Homeless' and the original version of 'Bro hymn' all appear on this album. The reissue also features a new track in the shape of 'Psycho 89'. 'Unknown Road', the band's second album, took everything that was good about the first album and improved upon it. With classics such as 'Homesick' and 'You Can Demand', this album was one of the defining of the 90's So-Cal sound.
Released in 1995, 'About Time' refined Pennywise's main themes and sounds. Themes of positivity and hope were showcased in 'Every Single Day' and 'Try' and the band's famous social commentary appeared in tracks such as 'Perfect People' and 'Same Old Story'. However, the best of this impressive quartet, is for me at least, saved until last. 'Full Circle' is the emotional and pivotal album that followed the death of bassist Jason Thirsk. Given the nature of the record it manages to be hard, reflective and yet exhilarating and uplifting. It certainly is an accomplishment that I don't think the band has matched.
The Pennywise reissues then are undoubtedly great albums, but at the same time slightly unnecessary. Those of you who own the originals should think twice before parting with your money. However, for those of you without these classics, the four reissues here deserve a place in your record collection, especially at the cheaper price point.
Average Fan Rating: 5.00
the songsno reason why,fun and games,kodiak,the secret and psycho 89 are all amazing mot that the others are bad.
The world would be a better place with more cd's like this