01. Unknown Road
03. Time To Burn
04. It's Up To Me
05. You Can Demand
09. Dying To Know
11. Try To Conform
12. Give And Get
13. Clear Your Head
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Unknown Road (re-issue)
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!
On Unknown Road, Pennywise steps up their songwriting, maintains all their fury and intensity, and lays out their philosophy of independence and the importance of daring to live every moment to it's fullest. This album featured a number of songs that played on tons of skate, surf and snowboarding videos, making this, and other PW records to come, the soundtrack to the exploding extreme sports board scene. Featuring such Pennywise classics as "Homesick," "Unknown Road," "It's Up To Me," and "You Can Demand," Unknown Road is arguably the quintessential So Cal hardcore record of the '90s.
Unknown Road (re-issue)
All music by P.W.
Bass tracks on all songs by Randy Bradbury
Except on It's Up To Me and Tester = Jason Thirsk
Recorded at Westbeach
Engineered by Donnell Cameron
Produced by Joe Peccerillo & The Antagonist
Remastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis
Jeff Novack photographed Jim
Thanx in no particular order- Martial Thirsk, Pat Thirsk, Mark Theo and family, Pumpkin Head, Spaghetti Eater, Mr. Sarcasm, Magilla, Billy Bear, Matt S. Scotty, Guan, Tito, Bert, Bubba, Jamie, Great White, Darren, Fife, Robbie S, Jimmy P, Carla, Iris from Munchen, Dennis (large guy) and Jannette, Jason L., Holly Spyer, all the guys at Volcom, Rodney at Plan B, Sal, Reyan W. S.R.H., Youth Tribe, Windscale,Donnell Cameron, Joe Peccerillo, Brett and Br., Jay, Jeff, Sherry, Lee, Andy, Zenna, Mike and NOFX, Strung Out, W.C.P. Prop 13, Dave Quackenbrood, European Tour, Shamrock Warm Up, The Brown family, Cabello, Ken, Headaches, Jan McCrea, Matt Brown- roadie extraordanair, Theologian Records, Dartis & family, Grant & Trevor, Pete C, Vernon T, Kyle Z, Haxton Backache, Darren Doane at Royal Films, Jen, Sleva, Juvinille Delinquents, Scott B, Steve C, Mynx, Union Morbis, Conner Moore, Jim & Ken Music Works, Bob Peir Music, Frida and Pea, Dave and Arche at Destiny Tours, Darious & Syrus, Norman, Sashcha, Anjay, Marria, Thorstin, Stuttering John, Gary Lanz, Pat Sled, Tom Keys, Mar, Garvey Bros, Jack Of None, Gub, Mark Uly, Stephen King, Youth Brigade, Dave Smally, Down By Law, Dee, Tanya, Sean Wood, KXLU, KUCI, Brain L, Amy , Mayfair, Peter Pumpkin Eater, Rhino, Paul Psycho T, John Lennon, Everyone in Switzerland and all of Europe, Dandruff, everyone who smoked hash with us on the road, Diaper Man, Chriso, Pigeon, Rod Z, Taylor Steel at Poor Specimen Video, David Nolan, Chris and Dorathy, Merv, Sonny, Josh, Kristain, Silver Spoon, Spyder Boards, Dragge family, Budweiser, Justin, Thirsk, Carina Ann Sanford, Ligaya Jung, Sweata, Randy Bradburry, Marcott, Beachfront Printing, Rick, Dovou, Jennifer- queen of all that is good and right with the world, Mitchell Bradley Wasden, Kerl Chess, Russ, Willy, Harv, Wppy, Norad, Stein, Ben Mroza, Gentry's, S.D. Boys, Fourth St. Crew, KD & Vanessa, Lindberg family and Johnsens. We probably forgot 100 people or so, so if your gonna snivel. Do it somewhere else. Thanx to all our fans hope to see you soon! To those 24 people who sent money for shirts we lost your addresses but we have your names so drop us a line and we will send you those shirts. Please write Pennywise at Epitaph records for mailing list info, care of P.W.
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US Rel. Date: 08/10/1993
EU Rel. Date: 08/10/1993
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
best 30 $ spent that year.