Beck ‎– Guero

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Interscope Records ‎– B0025356-01
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A1 E-Pro
Programmed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersVocals, Guitar, Bass – BeckWritten-By [Co-written By] – Beastie Boys
3:22
A2 Qué Onda Guero
Programmed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersSounds [Additional Sounds] – Charlie CapenVocals, Sounds [Additional Sounds] – BeckVoice [Dude] – Paolo Diaz
3:29
A3 Girl
Programmed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersVocals, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Bass, Programmed By [Intro Programming] – Beck
3:30
A4 Missing
Arranged By [Strings Arranged By] – Beck, David CampbellBass – Sean DavisProgrammed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersVocals, Percussion – BeckWritten-By [Co-written By] – Carlos Eduardo Lyra*, Marcos Vinicus de Moraes*
4:44
A5 Black Tambourine
Programmed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersVocals, Bass, Guitar, Tambourine – BeckWritten-By [Co-written By] – Eugene Blacknell
2:46
A6 Earthquake Weather
Bass – Justin Meldal-JohnsenClavinet – Roger Joseph Manning Jr.Drums – Joey WaronkerElectric Guitar – Smokey HormelOrgan – Money MarkProgrammed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersVocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – BeckWritten-By [Co-written By] – Daniel Webster*, Mark Adams, Mark Hicks, Steve Washington*
4:26
B1 Hell Yes
Programmed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersVocals, Bass, Harmonica, Vocoder – BeckVoice [Girl] – Kurisuti-na
3:18
B2 Broken Drum
Vocals, Piano, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Celesta, Drums, Programmed By [Beats] – Beck
4:30
B3 Scarecrow
Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar, Bass – Beck
4:16
B4 Go It Alone
Bass – Jack White (2)Programmed By [Beats], Handclaps – The Dust BrothersVocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Handclaps – BeckWritten-By [Co-written By] – Jack White (2)
4:09
B5 Farewell Ride
Vocals, Slide Guitar, Percussion, Kalimba, Piano, Programmed By [Beats] – Beck
4:19
B6 Rental Car
Bass, Guitar [Guitar Sounds] – Justin Meldal-JohnsenClavinet – Roger Joseph Manning Jr.Programmed By [Beats] – The Dust BrothersVocals – Petra HadenVocals, Electric Guitar, Bass, Twelve-String Guitar [12-String Acoustic], Percussion, Handclaps – Beck
3:05
B7 Emergency Exit
Arranged By [Strings Arranged By] – Beck, David CampbellVocals, Slide Guitar, Bass, Handclaps, Percussion [Stomp], Twelve-String Guitar, Percussion – Beck
4:01

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Gatefold cover. 140 gram.

℗ © 2005 Interscope Records

Produced, recorded and mixed by Beck Hansen and The Dust Brothers (Mike Simpson and John King) 9/03 - 8/04 at The Boat, Silverlake, CA.
Except:
"Girl" [...]
"Broken Drum" and "Farewell Ride" produced, recorded and mixed by Beck Hansen and Tony Hoffer at Madhatter and Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA.

Published by Youthless/Kobalt Music Publishing (ASCAP) and Dust Brothers Music/Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP).
Except:
"E-Pro" co-written with Beastie Boys and co-published by Brooklyn Dust Music/Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc. (ASCAP).
"Broken Drum" and "Farewell Ride" [...] published by Youthless/Kobalt Music Publishing (ASCAP).
"Missing" co-written by Marcos Vinicus de Moraes/Carlos Eduardo Lyra and published by Youthless/Kobalt Music Publishing (ASCAP), Dust Brothers Music/Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP), Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI), and Guanabara Music Co., administered by Memory Lane Music Corp. (BMI).
"Black Tambourine" co-written by Eugene Blacknell and co-published by Be Love Publishing Company (BMI).
"Earthquake Weather" co-written by Mark Adams, Steve Washington, Daniel Webster, and Mark Hicks and co-published by Cotillion Music, Inc. (BMI).
"Go It Alone" co-written by Jack White and co-published by Peppermint Stripe Music (BMI).

"E-Pro" contains an excerpt from "So What'cha Want" written by Beastie Boys. Performed by Beastie Boys, under license from Capitol Records, Inc.
"Missing" contains a sample from "Voce e Eu" written by Marcos Vinicius de Moraes & Carlos Eduardo Lyra and performed by Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra, courtesy of RCA Records, a unit of BMG Entertainment.
"Black Tambourine" contains a sample from "We Know We Got To Live Together" written by Eugene Blacknell and performed by Eugene Blacknell & The New Breed, courtesy of Seaside Records.
"Earthquake Weather" contains elements from "What It Is", performed by the Temptations, courtesy of Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., under license from Universal Music Enterprises; elements from "Coming Soon" written by Mark Adams, Steve Washington and Daniel Webster and elements from "Just Freak" written by Mark Adams, Steve Washington, Daniel Webster & Mark Hicks, both performed by Slave, produced under license from Atlantic Records, by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing.
"Hell Yes" contains elements from "Far East Mississippi" performed by The Ohio Players and elements from "Under The Influence Of Love" performed by Love Unlimited, courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
"Go It Alone" contains a sample from "Outside Love" performed by Brethren, courtesy of King Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 602557034912
  • Matrix / Runout: B0025356-01-A GOLDEN -40809- P. USA
  • Matrix / Runout: B0025356-01-B GOLDEN -40809- P. USA
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 40) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
B0003546-01 Beck Guero(2xLP, Album) Interscope Records B0003546-01 US 2005 Sell This Version
UICO-9602 Beck Guero(CD, Album, RE) Interscope Records UICO-9602 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
0602498802878 Beck Guero(CD, Album, Unofficial) Interscope Records (2) 0602498802878 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
988 028-7 Beck Guero(CD, Album) Interscope Records 988 028-7 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
none Beck Guero(CD, Album, Unofficial) East Records (3), Geffen Records (2) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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RyansGoldenRecords

RyansGoldenRecords

April 8, 2018
edited 9 months ago

Haven't heard this particular Beck album before, but "E-Pro" was playing at a restaurant recently - I Shazamed it, realized who it was by and got so hooked that there was no way I could pass up a copy of this album when I saw it at the new arrivals section of FeeLit (ultra-hip record store in San Diego - thanks guys for the good vibes!). The whole album turned out to be a great expansion upon the DIY vibes of the classic Odelay - track after track of ultra-catchy hip-hop-slide-guitarish-alt-rock grit laced with the occasional Latin influence and a nice nod to Antonio Carlos Jobim. It's a definite keeper.

This is also a really, really good reissue. Sonically, it hits absolutely all the right buttons - even though it may not be the most dynamic album in the world, the mastering has excellent clarity and warmth with a sizeable soundstage, wonderful immediacy, great top end extension, HUUUGE punch factor, and not to mention strong, clear, precise and weighty bass. It's a perfect match for the lo-fi feel of the album.

Shockingly, even side 2 sounds excellent at its excessive borderline 28-minute duration... ESPECIALLY for a regular non-DMM record. Vinyl mastering is a fine art, and Golden's engineers went above and beyond the authority of the garden-variety lacquer cutter to carefully cram a great deal of bass and depth into those tight grooves - the only sacrifice at all being a reduced decibel level... which, by my standards, is perfectly fine when the vinyl is fairly quiet! It's absolutely astonishing that there is utterly zero muddiness or congestion to be heard here.

It trumps the Baby Driver soundtrack with similarly long sides by a HUGE margin... why that one couldn't sound as good as it ought to be is beyond me. Heck, I'd even say this outperforms my original Canadian RL-cut pressing of Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, a True Star - which is really saying a lot! (Ironically, this album was also digitally mastered by Bob Ludwig...)

Mind you, there are two interesting anomalies about this release: "Broken Drum" sounds bizarre, like it was upsampled from a 22khz digital file (half the sample rate of a CD), resulting in a ringing, low-resolution top end. It's almost... well, Windows 98-esque. Then again, it seems like it was mixed and mastered that way to begin with, as I found the Spotify version exhibits the same artifacts. I'm not complaining too much about it - it's just so odd to hear a track that's mastered like this cut to vinyl.

The other anomaly is that the record is housed in a plain white paper inner sleeve with rounded corners, an odd mismatch to the staticky Pallas-pressed vinyl - records made of staticky European vinyl formulations are best paired with the poly-lined inners which they usually come with. I'm not sure if this plain paper sleeve is even original, given that I got my copy used, but if it is, I'd be surprised UMe didn't invest a little bit of extra capital in protecting the vinyl from additional static charge. I've read the Mutations reissue also has a plain paper sleeve.

All things considered, this pressing otherwise sounds so impressive that I have no intention of upgrading to either of the original 45 rpm pressings. Recommended.
RyansGoldenRecords

RyansGoldenRecords

March 1, 2018
edited 10 months ago

I just got a used copy and it has a plain-paper white inner with rounded corners. Can anyone who got this new confirm that this is what it originally came with? It seems odd that a staticky Pallas pressing would be paired up with such a sleeve, given that Pallas vinyl is best housed in poly-lined inners.
PerceptionShift

PerceptionShift

October 28, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

Sounds good. Side 1 is great, it has the best songs and the most space. Side 2 is crammed and does feel a bit flat. The 2xLP probably has more breathing room and stronger bass. But this album never had great dynamic range. I always thought the second half of the CD sounded flat. So is it the pressing or the music? Difficult to say. Overall I am satisfied with this available and affordable pressing of one of Beck's lesser efforts.

Music: 7/10
Pressing: 8/10
warsperfume

warsperfume

February 19, 2017
How's the sound? I noticed that they crammed 2 LPs into 1 LP.
jamesahoffman

jamesahoffman

December 6, 2016
Can anyone confirm that the US pressing is actually 140 gram vs 180 gram for European?