Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The first full-length Blink 182 release (and the only independently distributed one), Buddha was recorded in the mid 90s but released for the first time on CD and vinyl in 1998 when the album was digitally remixed and re-m... more »
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The first full-length Blink 182 release (and the only independently distributed one), Buddha was recorded in the mid 90s but released for the first time on CD and vinyl in 1998 when the album was digitally remixed and re-mastered for Kung Fu Records by Mark Hoppus himself.
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This is a good CD, not their best, but it's good
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a treasure to have, since it's fun to see what Blink sounded like earlier in their careers, but they should have postponed the recording session until Mark was feeling well, because his voice sounds really distorted. Had they waited a week until Mark's condition cleared up, this could have been a 5-star CD. Other than that, it's a great CD with classic songs (early versions of "Cheshire Cat" favorites) but they should have thrown in the 2 songs on the original demo tape: early versions of "Degenerate" and "Lemmings"... If you liked "Cheshire Cat" then you'll appreciate this. If you're a new fan (Enema of the State) you may be in for a huge surprise, as this sounds nothing like them. SO basically what I'm saying is this is more "Cheshire Cat" than "Dude Ranch" and "Enema..." You'll have to appreciate Tom's whiny, scratchy punk voice to appreciate this CD.... if not, you need not apply."
Mark Campbell | Brewster, NY, USA | 03/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, do NOT call Buddha an album. It's not. It was a demo recorded to send out as a feeler for record companies. Their first album was Cheshire Cat.Now, on to business...This is where blink started some eight years ago. Granted, the reprise of Buddha is different - "Girl Next Door" and "Don't" were originally "Degenerate" and "Family Next Door" on the 24-track version. Ok, a word of warning - if you're a newer fan, you won't like this. This is PUNK blink-182, not pop-punk, Enema Of The State blink-182. The guitar is really raunchy and at times, the bass drowns out everything else save the drums. Tom sings off-key quite a bit. Mark was sick at the time, so his vocals are pretty much crap (well, on "Girl Next Door" he rocks). But it shows tremendous promise for the band that has already become a household name for pop-punk. Many of the tracks on Buddha appear on Cheshire Cat (their first album), and a few even came from the Flyswatter demo (which makes Buddha look like Enema by comparison in terms of production). Some of the songs are truly great - "Carousel" is widely regarded as their best song ever - and show that even when they were 18 years old, blink knew how to rock. The best songs are "Carousel", "Girl Next Door", and "21 Days" ("Girl Next Door" is actually a cover of a Screeching Weasels song). If you want to be a true blink fan, pick this up, but like I said before - if you're a new fan, I'd steer clear..."
Not the best Blink CD, but funny
Mark Campbell | 06/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is not what I'd call a "great album", but I'll give them credit, the band had just been formed six months before this was recorded. Blink 182 is my favorite band, and this CD is really entertaining to listen to. Sometimes, even though it's mean, I just sit there and laugh at it. Mark sounds like he is going to die on many of the songs, especially "TV" and "Strings", and I find that funny. Also, apparently this was recorded before Tom learned how to sing on-key. "21 Days" is a cute song, but most of it's off-key. That's okay though, I understand that Mark was sick and Tom didn't have much experience. My favorite song on the album is "Time". I really like the guitars. "The Girl Next Door" is also really good. Seven of the songs are also on Cheshire Cat, but it's fun to compare the two versions. I actually think that "Carousel" and "Sometimes" sound better on Buddha. If you're a big Blink fan and like Cheshire Cat, this CD is a must have. If not, stick with Enema and Dude Ranch."