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Mr. BungleCalifornia

Label:Plain Recordings – plain152
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180G
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Lounge, Rock & Roll, Doo Wop, Avantgarde, Heavy Metal


A1Sweet Charity
Music By, Lyrics ByPatton*
A2None Of Them Knew They Were Robots
Music ByHeifetz*, Patton*
Music By, Lyrics BySpruance*
Music By, Lyrics ByDunn*
A4The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
Music ByMcKinnon*
Music By, Lyrics ByPatton*
A5Ars Moriendi
Music By, Lyrics ByPatton*
B6Pink Cigarette
Music BySpruance*
Music By, Lyrics ByPatton*
PianoAaron Seeman
B7Golem II: The Bionic Vapour Boy
Music By, Lyrics BySpruance*
B8The Holy Filament
Music By, Lyrics ByDunn*
B9Vanity Fair
Music ByDunn*
Music By, Lyrics ByPatton*
B10Goodbye Sober Day
Music ByMcKinnon*
Music By, Lyrics ByPatton*

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180g vinyl pressing.

Record is housed in a plain white inner sleeve, comes with a full colour printed insert of artwork and credits.

Track listing reflects sequential numbering on the back of the jacket.

Recorded at - Coast Recorders, San Francisco, Division Hi-Fi, San Francisco, Forking Paths Studio, San Francisco & Different Fur, San Francisco.

Mixed at Coast Recorders, Different Fur & Sound Castle, Los Angeles. Digitally edited at Different Fur. Mastered at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley.

All songs © 1999 Beat Me Up, Lord Music (ASCAP)
© 2010 Runt LLC. ℗ 1999 & 2010 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Produced under license from Warner Bros. Records Inc. Manufactured by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. Made in the U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 646315515213
  • Barcode: 6 46315 51521 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched Runout Side A): s-73037 plain 152 A MR BUNGLE
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched Runout Side A): s-73038 RE1 plain 152 b re-1

Other Versions (5 of 23)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
California (CD, Album)Slash, Slash, London Records, London Records3984298292, 3984 29829 2Australia1999
California (CD, Album)Slash, London Records3984 29829 2Europe1999
California (CD, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsCDW 47447Canada1999
California (CD, Album, Unofficial Release, Limited Edition)ArsNova8-784Russia1999
California (CD, Album)Slash, London Records3984 29829 2UK & Europe1999
Paraguay's profile picture
Actually to be fair, the record is notably "less loud" than most, lots of cracks and pops, yes, but I have seen worse and if you raise the volume the music is here and it does not sound THAT bad...
Kolphted's profile picture
Edited one year ago
Do the earth and it's people a favor and place this Plain Recordings release directly into the recycling bin, and immediately seek out a copy of the Music On Vinyl reissue of this brilliant album.
biffspangler's profile picture
This pressing sucks. It is good to see that I'm not alone in having this opinion though.
Gysko's profile picture
DO NOT buy this pressing from Plain Recordings... Just as other users have said, an amazing album but the sound is just terrible. Huge let down... Unluckily, I blindly bought their 3 releases under this pressing, and the 3 are just as bad, no wonder they were cheap. If you just want to have an object that spins... Buy this. But if you are here for the music, stay with the CD's or older pressings!
Senile1979's profile picture
Horrible sounding reissue..buyer beware!
MrMcSick's profile picture
Didn't have any complaints as far as sound quality on my copy like some of the other reviews. The packaging is rather basic and lacking though.
falojazz's profile picture
Edited 7 years ago
I love this album so much. Bought this record, returned it the next day .. One of the greatest dissapointments of my life .. Terrible sound quality, groove-distortion, vinyl imperfections audible, low res artwork .. Everything that could possibly be wrong with this recording has been messed up .. Don't buy this..
adhesivespray's profile picture
As far as I can tell, Plain Recordings are only really good at making expensive and inefficient frisbees.
Don't buy anything from Plain Recordings if music is what you're after.
My_Name_Is_Mud's profile picture
I have to ask: is it a low volume issue with you guys or what? I ask because with my turntables, this isn't an issue since I can simply turn up the master volume on the mixer which has an absurdly high maximum volume anyway.

In any event, I compared the CD copy I already own to the vinyl after reading the reviews on here and the vinyl is genuinely an improvement in sound quality. Maybe my ears are retarded or something but that's my honest opinion!
Billhambone's profile picture
Agreed. This pressing is terrible. Most Plain reissues have been pretty subpar, but this one is by far the worst. I waited 11 years for this masterpiece to come out on vinyl, and this was a huge letdown. My 128kbps AAC file of California sounds better than this coaster. The insert artwork was obviously blown up from a CD cover, and the "master" probably came from the same source! Plain has no website and there is zero information about them online. They are sketchy at best. I wish Rhino or Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs would have released California. 180 gram pressings of digitally sourced recordings are a joke. Especially when they cram more than 50 minutes of music onto one disc!