39/Smooth

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39/Smooth
Studio album by Green Day
Released April 13, 1990 (1990-04-13)
Recorded December 29, 1989 (1989-12-29) – January 2, 1990 (1990-01-02) at the Art of Ears Studios in San Francisco, California
Genre Punk rock
Length 31:13
Label Lookout!
Producer Andy Ernst and Green Day
Green Day chronology
Sweet Children
(1990)
39/Smooth
(1990)
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
(1991)

39/Smooth is the debut studio album by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was released on April 13 (Good Friday), 1990 through Lookout! Records on vinyl (black, green, and clear) and cassette. This is the band's only studio album to feature John Kiffmeyer on drums.[1]

Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy contributed the artwork on the album. The inner sleeve shows handwritten lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and letters by drummer John Kiffmeyer and Lookout! owner Larry Livermore to I.R.S. Records, rejecting an offer to sign to the label and declaring their loyalty to Lookout! Records (however, the band would later leave Lookout! and move to a major label, Reprise Records).

39/Smooth was later featured in its entirety, along with the group's two previous extended plays Slappy, 1,000 Hours and the song "I Want to Be Alone" (from The Big One, a compilation album released by Flipside Records in 1990) on the compilation album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1991.

Release[edit]

The album was released in 1990 and the first few releases were black vinyl. It was later released in green vinyl and only around 800 exist on green. The old pressings of the LP have the old Lookout 'Laytonville' address on the back. Since moving from Laytonville records to Berkeley in 1992, the new address was added. [2] Since the album is now out of print, the LP's contents were later featured on the compilation album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, which was released 1991. The compilation was re-released in a remastered form in 2004.[3] It was re-released on CD on January 9, 2007 by Reprise Records, the label Green Day has been signed to since leaving Lookout!.[4] Note that in Europe, the album was already re-released by Epitaph Europe, and has remained in print. It was reissued on vinyl on March 24, 2009 by Reprise in a package containing the original 10-song 39/Smooth LP along with reissues of the 1,000 Hours and Slappy EPs.[5]

No official singles were released from the album, but "Going to Pasalacqua" was released in a Green Day singles box set entitled Green Day: Ultimate Collectors.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]
Pitchfork Media (6.2/10)[8]
Blender 2/5 stars[9]

Allmusic rated the album 3 out of 5, commenting that "1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours isn't a truly great album in the first place. It's not bad, by any means, and quite arguably just about everything on it could be transposed with a slight aural tweak here and there to Kerplunk, Dookie, Insomniac or Nimrod without anyone batting an eye."[6] Pitchfork said that "It's raw stuff, but even at this point Green Day's records were at least halfway decently recorded, unlike most of their peers' tin-can-and-twine set-ups, and songs like 'At the Library' and 'Don't Leave Me' were downright hummable."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and John Kiffmeyer, except when noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "At the Library"   2:28
2. "Don't Leave Me"   2:39
3. "I Was There" (lyrics written by Kiffmeyer) 3:36
4. "Disappearing Boy"   2:52
5. "Green Day"   3:29
6. "Going to Pasalacqua"   3:30
7. "16"   3:24
8. "Road to Acceptance"   3:35
9. "Rest"   3:05
10. "The Judge's Daughter"   2:34
Total length:
31:13

Personnel[edit]

Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.greenday.com/site/music.php
  2. ^ "Pressing info". GreenDayDiscography.com. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lookout! downsizes, scales back plans for the future". Punknews.org. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Music: Green Day". Amazon.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Green Day Reissuing 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk". Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Green Day Review". Robert Christgau. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Review". Blender. [dead link]

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