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12 Golden Country Greats [Explicit Lyrics]

Ween Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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1. I'm Holding You
2. Japanese Cowboy
3. Piss Up A Rope
4. I Don't Wanna Leave You On The Farm
5. Pretty Girl
6. Powder Blue
7. Mister Richard Smoker
8. Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain
9. You Were The Fool
10. Fluffy

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1996's 12 Golden Country Greats is the Pennsylvania duo's 5th full-length but the first to stick to just one style which was, surprisingly enough, country music. That said, the title of the album is only half-correct as there's actually only 10 songs here, why? You'll have to ask Dean and Gene that one. Featuring some of Nashville's greatest session musicians (including "Pig" Robbins, Charlie McCoy, and the Jordanaires), this is one of Ween's finest records to date, with that classic Ween sense of humor filtered through a distinct countrypolitan sound. A classic reissued on 180 gram vinyl.

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OK. This is a country album. Ha ha ha! If you don't like country music DON'T let that scare you! If you like good, fun music (or if you like Ween at all), you will like this a lot. If you like Monty Python or Frank Zappa or Phish (or Country music!) you will also like it. When I first heard it I didn't know who it was. The 1st thing I thought (obviously) was that it was funny as hell in a VERY high-brow way. The execution is FLAWLESS. They brought in some of Nashville's best musicians and the musicianship is TOP-NOTCH. Pedal Steel, Fiddle, Bluegrass Guitar, twangy Telecaster pickin', it's all here. Not what you would normally associate with Ween. They use just about every country music cliche to a wonderful effect, writing good, memorable songs that are funny in the way they use those very traditional elements. It's not making fun of country music at all, but rather, drawing laughs from what are some of the most common elements that you didn't even consciously realize are there. All in a very intelligent, musical way. Each song is different from the next one, and they find endless variations on what one might think could only be a one joke LP. But because they are so creative, it doesn't get old. To really GET the humor I think you have to listen to the whole CD, as opposed to listening to a song here and there. So I shouldn't go into it song by song. But this album ALWAYS makes me smile. It really is excellent and, by far, my favorite album by them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Umm.. The best Ween country album? Feb. 26 2001
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This record took a lot of flack when it was released, but, to tell the truth, it really has aged pretty well and sounds better a few years down the road, especially after some of the fascinating things Ween has done recently with chamber pop and soul... Basically, Ween made a pretty solid country album with some nashville studio pros. The results are as expected: musically, kind of bland, with trademark Ween lyrics. Several records later though, I 'm thinking Ween knew what they were doing all along. This CD is meant to sound like anything that comes off the nashville-assembly-line... listen to it distractedly, and you'd guess it was any Travis Tritt piece of trash... but then, you'll cath a weird reference, a strange metaphor... and, without even knowing it, you've landed it the Ween Zone. I think what they did was set out to make the best country album they could, and, all things considered, they probably did.
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By High Y
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So a band like Ween makes a country album with a band of veteran bluegrass pickers and calls it "12 Golden Country Greats," though there's only 10 songs on it-- it must be some kind of sick joke, right? Well, amazingly they pull it off with incredible integrity, managing to take the completely authentic bluegrass environment created by their backing band and infuse it with as much "Weenness" as always. Sure, the songs are about farms and truck-drivin' and sittin' on the porch, but on Ween's farm, there appear to be enough Japanese cowboys, little boys on crystal meth, and talking pigs to keep things interesting. You might not know what to think the first time hear it, which is really part of the brilliance of it, but trust me, give it some time and this album may be just what you need to help scrape a little bit of that mucous off yer brain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a touching tribute July 28 2000
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if you consider this a novelty album, you're missing the point. ween is a band who is influenced by a very eclectic mix of musical styles. by writing country songs and even getting some of the old school cowboys to play on the album, they're merely paying tribute to some of the forefathers of great music. sure, the album may be a little tongue-and-cheek at times (okay, that's an understatement) but that's ween and ween is giving props in true ween style. some say that gene and dean are making fun of country music, but that's way too easy. if they were going to make fun of country music, why go the route of the ole 50's style? why not mock what country has become: nothing but a commercial fad, ridden with giant white hats and huge shiny belt buckles. this is not the case. give ween a little more credit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars made my toes tingle with delight! Jan. 23 1999
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Format:Audio CD
OK< I'm not a country fan but do respect the genre but, this album transcends the art of collaboration between two completely different styles of music, country/western and...welll...Ween!!!!! Some Ween fans may not agree but I believe that this album shows the versatility of this band. The same comical, melodic, happy-filled music with a southern edge. Songs like "Mr. Richard Smoker" go above and beyond Ween's potential to write a good song, it is a reinvention of themselves. "Piss Up a Rope" takes you on the road to relationship angst that can be compared to the very best scenes from "Springer". If you consider yourself a true Ween fan, I insist you take a trip down this back country road freshly paved by Ween, the masters of incredible ludicrousness!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of uniquely twisted brilliance Feb. 7 2004
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This is Ween at their finest. It's simultaneously a parody of and a tribute to country music, mocking mullet-headed wife beaters in "Piss up A Rope" and sending up sad-dog tunes with "Fluffy," while filling every second of every song with great melodies, harmonies, and musicianship. Hiring some of Nashville's finest session players on piano, harmonica, and pedal steel guitar don't, as you might think, make Ween's lyrical quirks stick out as a novelty. Instead it all gels together thanks to the fantastic songwriting -- tracks like "Japanese Cowboy," "I Don't Want To Leave You on the Farm," and "Mister Richard Smoker" are as catchy and tuneful as they come, and could be widely loved classics if they weren't so ... Ween. Biddly-Bah-Boop!! Buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ween just stretching their limbs...
I wouldn't recommend this for first time ween listeners... It's sarcastic, at some points hillarious, yet somehow sounds strangely authentic, and will have you singing along all... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2007 by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review Haiku by Todd Marrone
Country melodies
that really stand on their own
(with crazy lyrics).
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Todd Marrone
4.0 out of 5 stars the mock country album is a nice one
very good stuff. ween proves to be of those bands that you wouldn't think could do country music. but man would you ever be wrong. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by mellowgold
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean & Gene go country
My art teacher actually turned me onto this CD after asking me if I ever listened to Ween. Of course I had; "Chocolate and Cheese" back in '99. Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by Skurk
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly Ween's best
It's tricky to call an album a band's best when it's so atypical, especially when the typical ones (if any Ween release can be called typical) are so excellent. Read more
Published on June 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Where'd the cheeze go?
I don't know. Go to Ween.com if you want to hear the rejected Pizza Hut "Insider" pizza slogan and jingle.
Published on Feb. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming around
When this first came out - I could find very few Ween fans who liked the album. It was immediately one of my favorites. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by David C. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the most beautiful song I've ever heard
YOU WERE THE FOOLI challenge anyone to not feel this.Yep, they're funny, but this is exquisite. Sorry folks, too drunk to spell.
Published on May 5 2002 by Bruce Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars WEEN - 12 Golden Country Greats
So, take a fistful of the greatest old school Nashville musicians, a large scoop of one of the best vocal back up groups in history, the legendary Jordanaires (they got them to... Read more
Published on July 19 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I dared imagine....
Ok, for starters, I DON'T like country music. It makes me feel sick to my stomach. You might find this odd, coming from someone living in the country music capital of the world,... Read more
Published on July 6 2001 by D. Jackson
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