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Westing Best of

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  • Audio CD (June 15 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0000019PI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. You're Killing Me
2. Box Elder
3. Maybe Maybe
4. She Believes
5. Price Yeah!
6. Forklift
7. Spizzle Trunk
8. Recorder Grot
9. Internal K-Dart
10. Perfect Depth
11. Recorder Grot (Rally)
12. Heckler Spray
13. From Now On
14. Angel Carver Blues/Mellow Jazz Docent
15. Drive By Fader
16. Debris Slide
17. Home
18. Krell Vid-User
19. Summer Babe (Winter Version)
20. Mercy: The Laundromat
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Warning: This collection is not for fans of high-fidelity music. Pavement's early days were marred by murk; call it the limitation of the early days of any band, but nobody in the early '90s wanted this sound. Pavement seized it, wrapped it up in enigmatic packages, and soon a cult following was born. Westing (by Musket and Sextant) captures several early 7-inches and EPs for a look back at Pavement's gestation. All the essential elements are here, from Stephen Malkmus's beyond-bebop lyricism to white-heat guitars that sound like they're coming from the dark side of an Edison cylinder. Anyone swayed by the last couple of Pavement albums may not enjoy this collection unless they also appreciate edgy acts like the Fall and Swell Maps. It sounds quite tinny and one may wonder if there's anything on Westing that resembles a radio-ready hit. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? --Jason Josephes

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Format: Audio CD
'Westing' is a collection of all of Pavement's low-fidelity early singles and EP's, which are all a lot more dirtier and less melodic than the bands later material. Infact, this album is so dirty, I really can't imagine anything else that has been recorded so ... badly. Pavement walks the fine tightrope between barely audible and musical genius like never before.
Underneath the dirt and grime lie some of Pavement's best songs, however if you're a stickler for hi-fi quality, you're not going to find anything to like. Myself, while I do like the cleaner sounding stuff, I had no problem with 'Westing' and loved every grit-filled minute of it.
If you jumped on the Pavement train with 'Slanted & Enchanted' or anything after that, you <i>need</i> to buy a return ticket and pick up 'Westing' to see what you have been missing all this time.
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Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately I fall into this group.
This cd sounds to me like a band had to put something out in order to fulfill a record contract, I'm not suggesting anything like that, just sounds like that. Pavement just happens to be such an incredible band it is better than a lot of bands albums period.
Being a home recording enthusiast, I found it pretty interesting, but for the average music fan, I don't know if it will be liked.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d0f1564) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfb8fa8) out of 5 stars Not for the weak, but still good. May 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Is this the first Pavement album you should buy? Probably not. You'll probably hate it. But if you own Slanted or Crooked Rain, or especially Wowee Zowee and liked them, this one will grow on you. Collection of EPs and singles before their Matador signing, its a shotgun blast of dischordant and anarchistic recordings. Definately hit and miss, some of it I will agree is almost unlistenable, but the rest of it, you'll keep coming back to. The first listen will probably illict a 'What the f***?' The second one will be, "Hey, that song is kind of neat...", and after a couple more, you'll be listening to it simply repeating, "Pavement Ist Rad!" Torn between 3 stars and 4, I give it 4.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfbc42c) out of 5 stars Great album for Pavement fans... Of BOTH types of Pavement Feb. 28 2006
By Michael G. Scarola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've read many reviews about this album (showing my age with that word) stating that its a great album for those who like Slanted and Enchanted, but those who like albums like Wowee Zowee or anything else, will hate it. That cant be further from the truth. Here's the deal. Like most good bands, Pavement grew. They started with a pretty indie/punk sound (which is great) that turned into the amazing Slanted and Enchanted. With that being said, this is the roots of that sound. Very raw, indie recordings that are uptempo and very fun. I love later Pavement albums, and I love this album. If you like the bands full catalog, not just Terror Twilight/Brighten the Corners, then you'll love this album. Get it! The good bands dont sound the same on every album, Pavement included. Yet, there ALL great. Just different. You dont get a completely complex album like Wowee Zowee, without having some roots. These are those roots. Enjoy! I do.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfbc450) out of 5 stars This record is hot. Nov. 7 1999
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Format: Audio CD
This is a great record here. I love nearly every song, even the ones that are just noise. Recorder Grot (Rally) is awesome! It's cool cause theyre not making it noisy with pedals or anything, theyre doin it with the horrible equipment they used to record it. Its great on long drives through Quebec and Vermont.
HASH(0x9cfbc378) out of 5 stars I wish I had this years ago Jan. 24 2014
By Alex G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I remember getting Slanted and Enchanted shortly after it originally came out. I hated it. But I kept listening because the friend who recommended it thought it was great. After a few times hearing it all the way through I became a big fan. But I only bought one more Pavement CD, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. Loved it. Only recently when I heard Box Elder on the radio did I finally wonder why I didn't have more of their CDs. I wish I had a do-over so I could go back to the early 90s to buy this, and then listen to it for the next 20 years, as I've done with Slanted and Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.

Pavement probably isn't for everyone or may be an acquired taste for others. If you don't like mainstream music (I don't), give this a try. My only regret is not getting this sooner.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfbc624) out of 5 stars the indie orginators Dec 10 2005
By Thomas E. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pavement originated Indie rock, bands like Weezer and Jimmy Eat World claim Pavement to be their early 90's influences. This band isn't for the casual listener. Anyone who appreciates music, especially from the early 90's has to understand that this is where it all began. Pavement made it "okay" to hit the wrong chord and sing out of tune. Steve Malkmus, along with Kurt Cobain, is the premier song-writer of the past decade. This album symbolizes Malkmus and Pavement in its transition from raw punk to Velvet Underground pop. It is essential to buy this album if you ever want to understand where all the bands you are now listening to came from.