Ten years ago, a band with an unusual name debuted with an album that continues to influence modern rock. Now 1994’s self-titled Weezer (commonly referred to as “The Blue Album”) is presented in a two-CD Deluxe Edition (Geffen/UMe), released March 23, 2004. Also marking that 10th anniversary, more than a decade’s worth of Weezer video history has been collected for the DVD Video Capture Device: Treasures From The Vault 1991-2002, issued by Geffen/UMe on the same date. With previously unreleased and seminal elements on each, fans can finally both see and hear Weezer before the band even began recording its celebrated debut album.
Disc One of Weezer – Deluxe Edition presents the original album 96k/24-bit digitally remastered. Weezer, produced by Ric Ocasek (The Cars), peaked in the pop Top 20, went triple platinum, and spun off the Modern Rock hits “Undone – The Sweater Song,” “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So.”
Disc Two is filled with associated international b-sides (including live acoustic tracks), rarities, demos and garage recordings as well as a movie track.
Previously unreleased are the “kitchen tapes” for “Undone – The Sweater Song,” “Paperface” and “Only In Dreams,” and pre-production recordings for “Lullaby For Wayne” and “I Swear It’s True.” In addition, Weezer – Deluxe Edition features the album artwork as the band originally intended and an expansive booklet with new liner notes and numerous photographs.
Weezer spawned two classic MTV Video Music Award-winning videos from then little-known director Spike Jonze-and “Undone – The Sweater Song” and “Buddy Holly” join every other Weezer music video and more on Video Capture Device: Treasures From The Vault 1991-2002.
With over three hours of material, the DVD brings together those famed videos; the clips for “Say It Ain’t So,” “Hash Pipe” and “Photograph” (rarely seen) and others, plus new videos created especially for Video Capture Device. Also included is never before seen live footage-from the band’s early days to the Enlightenment Tour ’02–including rare acoustic performances, and never before seen studio footage. Yet another special DVD feature offers optional bandmember commentary on many of the selections.
Ten years after its debut album, Weezer (singer-songwriter-guitarist Rivers Cuomo, guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner and drummer Pat Wilson) is currently in the studio preparing its fifth album.