Quebec (album)

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quebec
Quebec (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Ween
Released August 5, 2003
Recorded 2001-2003
Genre Experimental rock
Length 55:07
Label Sanctuary
Producer Andrew Weiss
Ween chronology
Live at Stubb's
(2002)Live at Stubb's2002
Quebec
(2003)
All Request Live
(2003)All Request Live2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[2]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[3]

quebec is the eighth album by 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.

The song "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" is featured in the video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and in the TV show The Shield. The music video for "Transdermal Celebration" was animated by well known Disney animator Adam Phillips.

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.[4] Mojo named it the No. 39 best album of 2003.[5] "CMJ" named it the No. 8 best album of 2003.[6]

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.[7][8]

The cover art on this album is a takeoff of the game Thorns from the 3M Paper Games Series.[9]

The Devin Townsend Project released their album Transcendence on September 9, 2016, which contains a cover of "Transdermal Celebration."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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" 3:26
11. "I Don't Want It" 3:16
12. "The Fucked Jam" 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

Personnel[edit]

  • Dean Ween – bass, guitar, drums, electric guitar, keyboards, vocals, electric sitar, vocoder
  • Gene Ween – synthesizer, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, vocals, omnichord, drum machine
  • Andrew Weiss – synthesizer, percussion, strings, arranger, drums, keyboards, producer, fretless bass, mixing, soloist
  • Glen McClelland – organ, piano, accordion, keyboards
  • Dave Dreiwitz – bass
  • Sim Cain – drums
  • Josh Freese – drums
  • Ween – arranger
  • Christopher Shaw – mixing
  • Ted Young – mixing assistant
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

  • 2003 Billboard 200 No. 81

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  4. ^ Mark Prindle's 13th appearance on Fox News' "Red Eye" on YouTube
  5. ^ Magazine, Mojo (2011-04-20). "Mojo's Best Albums of 2003 list". Ranker.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Transitions: Personal Essays". Whitworth.edu. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Ween . Net | Ween News | Ween Tour Dates | Ween Music | Ween Video | Gene Ween | Dean Ween". Ween.net. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ "HENRY KRINKLE'S HOUSE OF SOUND: Ween: Caesar ("quebec" demos & unreleased tracks)". Henrykrinkle.blogspot.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  9. ^ "3M Paper Games Series: Thorns". Boardgamegeek. Retrieved 26 March 2015.