The Early Years: 1997–2000

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The Early Years: 1997–2000
Compilation album by Switchfoot
Released November 2, 2004
Recorded 1996–2000
Genre Alternative rock
Length 118:58
Label Sparrow
Switchfoot chronology
Switchfoot: Live - EP
(2003)Switchfoot: Live - EP2003
The Early Years: 1997–2000
Nothing Is Sound
(2005)Nothing Is Sound2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Cross Rhythms8/10 stars[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout4.5/5 stars[3]

The Early Years: 1997–2000 is a three-disc set consisting of the first three albums by alternative rock band Switchfoot. This set was released after the band's meteoric rise to mainstream popularity with the double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown. The Early Years is seen as an introduction to Switchfoot's earlier material for fans who were introduced to the band with The Beautiful Letdown.

The three discs on this compilation were the original pressings of The Legend of Chin, New Way to Be Human, and Learning to Breathe. The original booklets and artwork are also included in the double jewel case that houses the entire collection.[4]

The Early Years has been certified RIAA Gold, with total sales of over 500,000 copies.[5]

Track listing[edit]

The Legend of Chin[edit]

1."Bomb"Jon Foreman2:46
2."Chem 6A"Jon Foreman3:11
3."Underwater"Jon Foreman, Casey Gee3:46
4."Edge of My Seat"Jon Foreman2:47
5."Home"Jon Foreman4:03
6."Might Have Ben Hur"Jon Foreman2:38
7."Concrete Girl"Jon Foreman5:05
8."Life and Love and Why"Jon Foreman2:52
9."You"Jon Foreman4:13
10."Ode to Chin"Jon Foreman2:15
11."Don't Be There"Jon Foreman4:22

New Way to Be Human[edit]

1."New Way to Be Human"Jon Foreman, Douglas Kaine McKelvey3:36
2."Incomplete"Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman4:13
3."Sooner or Later (Soren's Song)"Jon Foreman3:58
4."Company Car"Jon Foreman3:13
5."Let That Be Enough"Jon Foreman2:38
6."Something More (Augustine's Confession)"Jon Foreman, Douglas Kaine McKelvey4:00
7."Only Hope"Jon Foreman4:13
8."Amy's Song"Jon Foreman4:30
9."I Turn Everything Over"Jon Foreman3:21
10."Under the Floor"Jon Foreman3:55

Learning to Breathe[edit]

1."I Dare You To Move"Jon Foreman4:07
2."Learning to Breathe"Jon Foreman4:35
3."You Already Take Me There"Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman2:42
4."Love Is the Movement"Jon Foreman5:10
5."Poparazzi"Jon Foreman3:20
6."Innocence Again"Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman3:28
7."Playing for Keeps"Jon Foreman3:44
8."The Loser"Jon Foreman3:43
9."The Economy of Mercy"Jon Foreman3:56
10."Erosion"Jon Foreman3:22
11."Living Is Simple"Jon Foreman5:17


  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  3. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  4. ^ Switchfoot Revisits Early Years Nov. 2nd - Published October 2004 (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  5. ^ Switchfoot - "The Early Years" Goes Gold! - Published September 27, 2008 (Retrieved September 28, 2008).