Quebec (album)

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Quebec
Quebec (Front Cover).png
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 2003
Recorded2001–2003
StudioZion House of Flesh,
Hopewell, New Jersey
Genre Experimental rock
Length55:07
Label Sanctuary
Producer Andrew Weiss
Ween chronology
Live at Stubb's
(2002)
Quebec
(2003)
All Request Live
(2003)
Singles from Quebec
  1. "Tried and True/Mountains and Buffalo"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Transdermal Celebration"
    Released: 2003

Quebec is the eighth studio album by the American rock band Ween, released on August 5, 2003 on Sanctuary Records. It was the first album released after the band's contract with Elektra expired, and marked its return to independent labels.

Contents

On August 11, 2011, Dean Ween quietly released a two-disc, MP3-only collection of songs, The Caesar Demos, named after the band's original working title for Quebec—to friends on his Facebook page. In his comment, he stated the songs were all recorded between 2001 and 2003 while drummer Claude Coleman, Jr. was recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident, and that many of the tracks featured only himself and Gene. In addition to a handful of recordings that eventually made the album, the demos feature several alternate takes as well as a number of songs that have remained unreleased. [1] [2]

The cover art on this album is a takeoff of the game Thorns from the 3M Paper Games series. [3]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 71/100 [4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [5]
The Austin Chronicle Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Mojo Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Mondo Sonoro 8/10 [8]
NOW Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
OndaRock 7.5/10 [10]
Pitchfork 7.7/10 [11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [12]
Tiny Mix Tapes Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [13]
Uncut Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [14]

Music critic Mark Prindle named Quebec the best album of the 2000s in an interview on Fox News Channel's Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. [15] Mojo named it the No. 39 best album of 2003. [16] "CMJ" named it the No. 8 best album of 2003. [17]

The song "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" is featured in the video games Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and ATV Offroad Fury 3 and in the TV show The Shield . The music video for "Transdermal Celebration" was animated by Adam Phillips. [18]

Track listing

All tracks written by Ween.

No.TitleLength
1."It's Gonna Be a Long Night"2:48
2."Zoloft"3:51
3."Transdermal Celebration"3:25
4."Among His Tribe"3:37
5."So Many People in the Neighborhood"3:28
6."Tried and True"4:01
7."Happy Colored Marbles"3:12
8."Hey There Fancypants"1:59
9."Captain"3:58
10."Chocolate Town"3:16
11."I Don't Want It"3:25
12."The Fucked Jam" (instrumental)2:53
13."Alcan Road"5:10
14."The Argus"4:51
15."If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)"4:44
Total length:55:07
Japan bonus track
No.TitleLength
16."Ooh Vah La"2:59
Total length:58:18

The Caesar Demos

The Caesar Demos is a compilation album released digitally for free trading by Dean Ween in 2011. [19] It contains a combination of demo tracks from Quebec and songs recorded for the album that were cut prior to pressing. About the compilation Dean Ween wrote:

well what can i say about this here, lemme see. the first thing that comes to mind is that all the while we were doing this we still had claude coleman on drums, he eventually got into a major car wreck and wasn't around when it finally came time to make the "real" record. instead the drum duties fell on me, josh freese, and sim cain for a couple of tunes. almost all of this was recorded at our beach house in holgate, nj onto 16 track tape. a tiny bit of it was recorded in the garage behind aaron's house in pt. pleasant, pa. some of it was recorded in the spare bedroom of my house in new hope. most of the tunes are just me and aaron, with the two of us playing everything, with me on drums. the songs with claude, dave, and glenn are pretty obvious. on just a few tunes we took what you hear here and cleaned them up and had andrew weiss mix them for the record after some overdubs. dave sings on "it's gonna be a long night", this was days before he had surgery to remove polyps in his throat and his voice was really rough so we figured he was the guy for the job. This isn't even all of the tunes that we ended up choosing from, just the ones i happened to burn to cd before we drove home from the beach every week. hope you dig it for what it is. [19]

Disc 1
No.TitleLength
1."Chocolate Town"2:49
2."Pot Luck"2:27
3."Ooh Vah Lah"2:49
4."So Many People in the Neighborhood"2:26
5."Linda (the Sexy Dancer)"2:52
6."That Man (from the Flatland)"4:57
7."Happy Colored Marbles"2:39
8."Hey There Fancypants"2:08
9."If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)"5:44
10."It's Gonna Be a Long Night"2:46
11."Oh My Little Country Cottage"1:36
12."Among His Tribe"2:46
13."Transdermal Celebration"3:23
14."Captain"4:18
15."Tried and True"4:24
16."I Fell in Love Today"3:40
Total length:51:44
Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."I Don't Want It"3:57
2."Ambrosia Parsley"4:36
3."Zoloft"2:32
4."Love Come Down (9-11-01)"5:42
5."Alcan Road"3:35
6."Don't Let the Moon Catch You Cryin'"3:30
7."You Can Go Shit in Your Hat (Matt)"2:20
8."Someday"3:34
9."She Caught My Fancy"3:01
10."Eulogy for David Anderson"3:08
11."Things You Already Know"3:52
12."Hello Johnny"3:55
13."I'm Wide Open"5:16
Total length:48:58

Personnel

Ween

Production

Charts

Chart (2003)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [20] 81

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