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Paintin' the Town Brown... [Best of, Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics, Live]

Ween Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Mushroom Festival In Hell
2. Japanese Cowboy
3. Mountain Dew
4. Bumblebee
5. Voodoo Lady
6. Ode To Rene
7. Mister Richard Smoker
8. Doctor Rock
9. I Can't Put My Finger On It
10. Cover It With Gas And Set It On Fire
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Poopship Destroyer
2. Vallejo
3. Puffy Cloud

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Ween is often dismissed as a novelty band, but those who stoop to such judgments should check out this shaggy document of Gene and Dean bringing it to the people. Paintin' the Town Brown captures the brothers Ween in their early days playing to DAT accompaniment through their full band stints. The strongest cuts on this release come from their 1996 country tour; backed by a crackerjack band of Nashville studio legends, Ween saddles traditional honky-tonk with politically incorrect lyrics and the whole package seems to make a lot of sense. Longtime fans will be thrilled at the inclusion of obscure Ween cuts like "Mountain Dew," "Vallejo," and "Ode to Rene." Casual fans will have a hard time with disc two, a spotlight on Ween's overindulgent Boredoms-like jams. Still, it's hard not to admire a band that tackles French cabaret music, Middle Eastern drones, funk, punk, and demented children's music. --Jason Josephes

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2.0 out of 5 stars For fans... Feb. 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
I remember when I bought this CD... it was during my post-college, pre-employment phase. I woke up at about 3:00pm, swallowed a handful of asprin to stave off a bad hangover, went to pick up the CD, came home, popped it in and sat on my couch with a bowl of fruity pebbles... the full Ween experience! Anyway, I was pretty disappointed. I mean, I had sprung for the CD instead of another fifth of Early Times whiskey!! The first disc is listenable, with some great moments from their awesome '96 tour (best Ween tour ever??), but also some really badly recorded early stuff. There is a great version of "Mountain Dew" though, that will make this disc worthwhile for hardcore Ween fans. The vastly varying sound quality is what ruins my enjoyment of the first disc overall... if it was all lo-fi (a la "The Pod") I could have dealt with it, but going from crisp, pro-engineered multitrack recordings to amature DAT stuff is just annoying. The second disc has the best version of "Poopship Destroyer" and a hell of a lot of noodling that doesn't sound so good when one is sober.... hmm... A few years down the road, and I'm a respectable member of society. I still love Ween, but this is definitely the disc I reach for the least. This is aimed squarely at serious fans, and newcomers or general listeners should definitely start elsewhere... Not bad, but certainly in the "For Fans" category.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know WEEN, you ain't brown... Jan. 27 2000
Format:Audio CD
Lets face it -- if this album is your first exposure to Dean & Gene Ween's music, your response will probably range from mild annoyance to outright cringing. But for us Ween officianados, and especially for those who have been fortunate to be blessed with a 4-hour live show or two, this album is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Early super-sloppy inclusions such as "Mushroom Festival in Hell" and "Mountain Dew" demonstrates the band's remarkable ability to really rock without really worrying about how they sound (you'll see what I mean). But before you dismiss them as just another over-indulging garage band, check out the hard-as-rock licks by Deaner in "Awesome Sound" or Gener's soaring vocals in "Can't Put My Finger On It" or Claude Coleman's other-worldly drum solo in "Vallejo". Ween rules. God bless the Boognish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a cool album... BY WEEN!! June 23 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is so awesome. The bits where Ween talk about the songs are so funny... those guys are so bizarre, and insanely immature, and hilarious, and awesome. The songs with the Nashville Boys are standouts, but also earlier songs like "Doctor Rock", "Vallejo", "Mister Could You Please Help My Pony", "She ****'s Me", and the greatest acheivement ever recorded on tape- a blazing 20-something minute version of "Poopship Destroyer"... what else do you expect from Ween. One thing I wonder about is why didn't they put any live vesions of the songs from "The Mollusk" (my favorite Ween album) on it. Oh well, this album is still one strangely rocking live document to one of this country's best, and most duos, Ween. (The liner notes are hilarious... I just thought you might like to know)
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4.0 out of 5 stars one star off because.. Nov. 16 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i swear i have bootlegs that are longer and better than this, but you have to love it since ween lovingly handpicked the songs themselves. the 26 minute poopship is a masterpiece, and i wish they had the hour long vallejo on another disc making it three but this is just fine. for a live album, ween has so many great live shows and some very old funny ones back in the days when 23 to 12 people were at a live concert, most were held in parking lots, they should have put out a 5 or 6 disc boxset, including all the old concerts, some more nashville material and all the funny stuff. but this is fine, get it or die!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Note: Hallucinogens not included! July 17 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Underhyped, overdosed, Ween blows apart the fragile mechanical parts of the ear known as the drum with rattlesnake-tongue guitar licks and rich-like-fudge lyrics. "Paintin' the Town Brown" is and incredible look at why Ween is known as "The Last Unpreserved Jam Band" and it will bring you just a bit closer to Nirvana for just listening to it. Sonic songs like "Mountain Dew" and the boogieman ballad "Vallejo" will certainly provide all the aural entertainment you will need on those long Sundays. Buy it, listen to it, and you'll know what Deaner was talkin' 'bout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brown & Proud June 22 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, I just got this CD last night at midnight and I've only heard it once, but it definitely rocks. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of five is because of the unexplainable absence of "L.M.L.Y.P." Maybe there were some copyright issues with The Artist or something. I also would've liked to see "Frank" on here, but Ween could put out a 10-disc live box set and people would still complain about exclusions. All in all, it's a great addition to the Ween catalog. I can't wait for the tour this summer.
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By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this is what us big ween fans have been waiting for. if you've seen and enjoyed a show, this is your opportunity to preserve and re-live the experience over and over again. ween has been extremely faithful to the concert experience with this almagmation ween staples. if you're not a medium to large ween fan, forget it. it is not meant for you and odds are you won't enjoy it. if you are, then keep the kleenex close and the blinds down, cause this is over two hours of heavy ween gratification, mang!
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