Blue (Explicit Version) CD (1999)

Artist: Third Eye Blind

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With their 1997 debut album, Third Eye Blind went from upstart band to chart topping success, garnering a tremendous fan base, scoring five hit singles and surpassing quadruple-platinum status. They return with Blue, their explosive, highly anticipated follow-up, jammed with the same affecting rock songcraft that's established them as a major act on the front line of modern rock.


Label Wea/elektra Entertainment
SKU 60368763
UPC 075596241526
UPC 14 00075596241526
Format CD
Release Date 11/23/1999
Author Third Eye Blind
Compilation Appearance Forever 90's
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem: 90s Rocks Greatest Hits / Variou
Compilation Appearance Buzz Ballads
Technical Info
Engineer David Gleeson; Mike Cresswell
CatalogID 7559624152
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 11/23/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596241526
Album Notes and Credits
Third Eye Blind: Arion Salazar (vocals, guitar, electric sitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, Mellotron, Optigan, bass, Theremin); Kevin Cadogan (vocals, guitar, electric sitar, piano); Stephan Jenkins (vocals, guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, percussion); Brad Hargreaves (vocals, piano, drums).
Additional personnel: Caitlin Cornwell, Ledisi, Teal Collins, Mauri Skinfill, Chris Manning, Golden Gate Boys Choir (vocals); Carla Kihlstedt, Marika Hughes (strings); Ben Kramer (trumpet); Marc Capelle (piano, Clavinet); D.J. Chutney (tamboura).
Producers: Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind, The Mud Sisters, Arion Salazar.
Recorded at The Mud Room and Toast Studios, San Francisco, California; The Plant, Sausalito, California.
Personnel: Arion Salazar (vocals, guitar, electric sitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ, Theremin); Kevin Cadogan (vocals, guitar, electric sitar, piano); Stephan Jenkins (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Brad Hargreaves (vocals, piano, drums); Chris Manning, Teal Collins, Caitlin Cornwell, Mauri Skinfill, Golden Gate Boys Choir, Ledisi (vocals); D.J. Chutney (tamboura); Marika Hughes, Carla Kihlstedt (strings); Ben Kramer (trumpet); Marc Capelle (piano, Clavinet); Steve Cohen (piano); Ren Klyce (keyboards); Jacquire King (programming).
Audio Mixers: Jason Carmer; Toby Wright; Tom Lord-Alge.
Recording information: The Mud Room, San Francisco, CA; The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA; Toast Studios, San Francisco, CA.
Photographers: Achim Friederich; Alison Dyer; Jay Blakesberg; Steve Jennings.
Third Eye Blind has enough vision to swerve clear of the sophomore jinx. While you won't find a "Semi-Charmed" on BLUE, there is enough thoughtful, well-crafted pop to keep the band in the grace of its fans. The album opens with the short, blistering "Anything," a track that cuts out just as the song's hook pulls you in. The radio-friendly "Never Let You Go" bears an unshakable chorus. "Deep Inside of You" shows 3EB to be developing further as accomplished power balladeers. A poetic stream of consciousness takes shape in "An Ode to Maybe." "The Red Summer Sun," which begins as an atmospheric and mid-tempo piece, goes off on a strange tangent that finds vocalist Stephan Jenkins doing his best Axl Rose impression, and then returns to a trippy outro that reprises as a hidden track at the end of "Darwin."
BLUE is a largely introspective affair, especially in tracks like "Darkness," where Jenkins sings, "And the world darkens around me / strange friends surround me." That perspective is the key that makes Third Eye Blind's songs hit home emotionally. The diversity and risks the band takes on BLUE will surely help the group avoid any one-hit-wonder labelings.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/20/00, pp.56-7) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...finely worked-out chunks of serious gun-metal rockcraft that depend on the band's restless, edgy electric guitars....It's the sound of Stephan Jenkins thinking, stylishly and hard."
Spin (2/00, pp.110-12) - 6 out of 10 - "...Front cad Stephan Jenkins has no competition when it comes to equivocation....A band is only as good as its worst influences, and these guys virtually celebrate them....they are great communicators..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/26/99, p.94) - "...moves a bit further toward establishing their own identity....imbues the unforced energy and crafty musicality that make pop music sound good..." - Rating: B
Disc 1
1 Anything
2 Wounded
3 10 Days Late
4 Never Let You Go
5 Deep Inside Of You
6 1000 Julys
7 Ode To Maybe, An
8 Red Summer Sun, The
9 Camouflage
10 Farther
11 Slow Motion - (instumental)
12 Darkness
13 Darwin
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