01. Fight Til You Die
02. Date With Destiny
03. Get A Life
05. Final Day
07. Running Out Of Time
08. You'll Never Make It
09. Every Time
11. What If I
12. Go Away
13. Did You Really
14. Bro Hymn Tribute
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Full Circle (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!
Full Circle is the emotional and pivotal album that followed the tragic death of founding member and bassist Jason Mathew Thirsk. Dedicated to the memory of Thirsk, Full Circle is hard as nails, reflective and ultimately redemptive. Despite the somber task at hand, the record is exhilarating and uplifting . With the help of long time friend Randy Bradbury on bass, Pennywise was able to look inward and work through the issues that would have torn a lesser band apart. Full Circle also features a moving re-recording of "Bro Hymn" and a special hidden piano instrumental of Unknown Road.
Full Circle (re-issue)
This album is dedicated to the life, music and memory of Jason Thirsk
Recorded at Total Access Studios, Redondo Beach, CA & mixed at Encore Studios, Burbank Ca
Produced & engineered by Eddie Ashworth & Pennywise
Mixed by Milton Chan, Eddie Ashworth, Brett Gurewitz, Darian Rundall & Pennywise
Assistant engineer: Darian Rundall
All songs written by Pennywise 1995-96, published by Pound Foolish/Westbeach Music BMI
Remastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis
Layout by Pennywise & Jesse Fischer
Vocals on Bridge and Outro Drumming on Bro Hymn by Justin Thirsk; backgrounds by the Bro Hymn choir
Brett, Gina, Andy, Epitaph Family, Eurotaph, McMackin, Dragge, Bradbury, Lindberg and Thirsk Families, Jennifer, Carina, Jan, Andy & Val/ICM, Michael Bloom, Alphabet Mgmt, Wyn Davis, Destiny Tourbooking, Kevin Lyman and Warped Crew, Big Dummy, FEA, Shock, Frontier Touring, Simon Daly, Manolo and Crew, Theologian, Beachfront Printing, Ronnie King-Piano, Volcom, Poor Specimen/OAM, Etnies, Arnette, Billabong, Morrow, Burning Snow, Spyder Boards, Racer X Graphics, Fox Racing, Streight Edje Paintings, Graffix, Seventeen, Liquid Force, Let It Ride, Pork Pie Drums, Zildjan Cymbals, Remo Heads, Axis Pedals, Ibanez Guitars and bass, Mesa Boogie guitar amps, Galien Krueger bass amps, GHS strings
Crew: Andrew Hans Buscher, Mike Sack Fasano, Limo, Frieda, Brundal Fly, Adam, Matt, Christian, Mitch, Stewart, Martini, Hollywood, Johnny P
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US Rel. Date: 04/22/1997
EU Rel. Date: 04/08/1997
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.
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