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Re: No Doubt - Discography
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011, 10:22:52 am »
What is the Best No Doubt Album of All Time?

Circa 2001



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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011, 10:32:26 am »
No Doubt (Self-Titled) 1992





I am far from a ska fan as you could get coming from my Hard Rock/Metal roots. But when I discovered No Doubt with Tragic Kindom and fell in love with Gwen Stefani, I of course went back to pick up their first 2 releases.

No Doubt, their Self-Titled debut leans heavily on their ska roots. I'll admit that it took a long time for me to warm up to it because it was so far removed from what I fell in love with on Tragic Kingdom which although ska influenced had a somewhat Pop/Rock edge to it. There is just absolutely no way I should like this, but damn it...it's just so infectious that you just can't help wanting to play this all day long. It's not a perfect album. Definitely a couple of songs could have been dropped. But overall, I still find this to be a great album. the album itself was self-produced and recorded on their own. But when the band was signed to a record contract, they re-recorded the entire album.

The band consist of Gwen Stefani on Lead Vocals, Tony Kanal on Bass, Tom Dumont on Guitar, Adrian Smith on Drums and Eric Stefani on Keyboards and Vocals. Over the years the band has used different players for Trombone, Sax, etc... To many to name. So, not gonna even try.

Fave Songs: Let's Get Back and Brand New Day. MVP goes to...Sometimes

Album Cover = Meh. It's nothing to write home about.

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No Doubt - Trapped In A Box

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Re: No Doubt - Discography
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2011, 10:53:30 am »
No Doubt (The Beacon Street Collection) 1995





The Beacon Street Collection was written in large part by Eric Stefani. But due to Interscope Records trying to lead the band into a music direction of their own choosing, he would eventually walk away from No Doubt to pursue an animation gig with The Simpsons rather than being told what to do. So, this album is very much in the same vein stylistically and soundwise as their Self-Titled debut. With hardly any support from their record company, they decided to build their own recording studio in their house on....Beacon Street, where they obviously get the name of their Album from. The entire recording process took all of a weekend to complete. Take THAT, Def Leppard!!!!!!

The original release of the album was minimal to their hometown. It wasn't until Tragic Kingdom exploded, that the record company reissued the album on a larger scale to capitalize from the momentum the band was generating.

As for the album itself, as before, this album relies heavily on their ska roots and I find it actually to be even better than the first. From top to bottom, it has a better overall cohesiveness with tighter songwriting and performances from the band. It's pretty amazing how well this came out given the fact that they did it all on their own, with no input from outside interferences.  If your a fan of ska and of course lots and lots of horns, this is definitely one to get. Highly recommended.

Fave Songs: All of 'em. Co-MVP goes to...Open The Gate and By The Way.

Album Cover? Not the best, that's for sure. I'd much rather the band went with the Back cover as the Front cover IMO. FYI, that's the house where they lived and recorded this album. You can see the house in all it's glory if you watch the Trapped In A Box music video as it was shot entirely on location. Unfortunately with zero support from their record company, no videos were released in support of The Beacon Street Collection. What a shame as there are a handful of songs that deserved being immortalized on film.
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Re: No Doubt - Discography
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011, 11:06:44 am »
No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom) 1995




Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
Tragic Kingdom at #441


Tragic Kingdom wasn't so tragic with Eric Stefani leaving the band. With his exodus, it drastically changed the No Doubt sound-scape, both musically and more importantly lyrically. Now, Gwen was thrust into being the main songwriter of the band, whereas before she was singing from her brothers point of view, she would now be singing from her own experiences. Although he plays on the album, this is ALL Gwen, baby!

The album itself, named as a joke for Disneyland's "The Magic Kingdom" has sold 18+ million copies worldwide, and why not? There are so many great songs on here that I basically look at it as a Greatest Hits set. Just A Girl, Spiderwebs, Hey You, Sunday Morning, The Climb and Don't Speak is just the tip of the iceberg here. The entire album is just all around fun and kicks mucho ass. Perfect from top to bottom. Songwriting is top notch and the performances are impeccable. I played TK to death when I picked up the album. I was late to the No Doubt party though. I knew of them, but never bothered to check them out. It wasn't till I saw them for the first time performing at the 1996 MTV VMA where they opened the pre-show by going front and center on the ledge of Radio City Music Hall. Amazing is all I could think of when I saw them. Her.

No Doubt - Spiderwebs (1996 VMA Pre-show)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQd5FU_hcN8

No Doubt - Just A Girl (1996 MTV VMA Pre-Show)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JqV5ruq38Q


Fave Songs: Every last motherfucking one of 'em. Co-MVP goes to.....Don't Speak and The Climb. Picking just a couple of songs as the albums MVP is just wrong. Everyone of them deserves that honor. I just chose these two as those were the ones I played over and over then....as well as now.

Album Cover ftw!! Classic. Front and back =  Highly recommend this. If you don't get it for the music, get it for the album cover.  ;D

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Re: No Doubt - Discography
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 11:13:56 am »

No Doubt contributed Oi to the World! to the Christmas album by The Vandals. Fan interest in Oi to the World! increased and in 2000 Kung Fu Records, which by now had grown in size, re-released the album with new artwork and a bonus overture, as well as a new intro for the title track. It pays to have No Doubt in your corner to get your stuff re-release.  ;D
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2011, 05:33:27 pm »
No Doubt (Return Of Saturn) 2000





Return Of Saturn was definitely not a return to more of the same with their follow up to their mega successful Tragic Kingdom. The other night I was talking to a friend of mine specifically about ROS and why it wasn't on the same level of TK. And we both came to the conclusion it had to do with having "too much time" on their hands to record. There's something to be said keeping the recording process relatively short. I'm not saying it should be done in a week or two. But it should never drag on and on. And certainly not 1-2 years. Both Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses are guilty on all accounts.

There was so much animosity between the members of the band that it negatively affected the process,to the point they ended up taking an extended break from each other. Also, the songs themselves are more somber than previous efforts. Gwen yearning for a family, quitting the business, etc..doesn't really make for an upbeat album. This is not the feel-good-party-album that is Tragic Kingdom.

Even with all this, I still think it's a good record, if not a great one. It still has some standout songs like Simple Kind Of Life, Bathwater, Too Late and Suspension Without Suspense. I can take or leave Ex-Girlfriend. I think it's been played one to many times to really even enjoy it anymore. And having said all that, I think I still will be playing this one for the rest of the night. Somber = chill. And I just want to veg out right now. So, this will do just fine with me.

Fave Songs: The ones mentioned above. But my favorite and the MVP of the album goes to New, which I originally had to buy the Go Soundtrack to get my hands on it, while waiting for Return Of Saturn to see the light of day.

Album cover is a cluster ****. I prefer the back cover instead.

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Re: No Doubt - Discography
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2011, 05:44:35 pm »
No Doubt (Rock Steady) 2001




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Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
Rock Steady
at #316

Rock Steady is a complete departure from their earlier stuff as well as being a 180 degree turn from their somber outing of Return Of Saturn. Where they leaned heavily on their Ska roots before, here they decided to explore Jamaican dancehall music with pop with a rock edge. Ska is only marginally hinted at here on a few songs. So if your expecting more of the same, look again. This is a good album. I like hearing something different from the band from album to album and not regurgitating the same thing over and over. So I applaud them for doing something different. Having said that, I still prefer Return Of Saturn over Rock Steady by the slimmest of margins.

In the EPIC FAIL award category, that goes to Rolling Stone Magazine  for choosing Rock Steady ahead of Tragic Kingdom in their 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time list. Rock Steady is at #316 and Tragic Kingdom at #441. This is just further proof that their ranking is flawed beyond justification.

Fave Songs: Hella Good, Detective, Don't Let Me Down, Platinum Blonde Life and Running. <----MVP and probably my favorite No Doubt song and the video is one of my all time favorites easily. I've always enjoyed seeing the history of the band unfolding by way of photographs.

The Album Cover is just ok. They really should have went with the back cover as the front cover IMO. Then again, I can just turn it over and say it is in fact the front cover.

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Re: No Doubt - Discography
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2011, 05:57:34 pm »
No Doubt (Boom Box: The Singles, The Videos, Everything In Time/Live in the Tragic Kingdom) 2003





This Greatest Hits box set is officially called Boom Box (Limited Edition), which contains The Singles 19922003, The Videos 19922003, Everything in Time and Live in the Tragic Kingdom.

The Singles 19922003 is exactly that. It's all their biggest hits in their entire career. The only album not represented here is The Beacon Street Collection, which is a shame and is why Boom Box doesn't get a perfect 5 Star rating. Also included as part of the set is one new track, It's My Life which doesn't compare to their best songs, but I still like it just the same.

The Videos 19922003 is exactly that. All their videos on DVD. Review coming later.

Everything in Time is an album of B-sides, rare songs, covers and remixes. This is definitely a must-have for No Doubt fans. Everything In Time (Los Angeles), Panic and Everything In Time (London) are my fave Songs here.

Live in the Tragic Kingdom is a Live Concert. Review coming later.

Boom Box Music Videos

No Doubt - It's My Life
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2011, 06:02:05 pm »
No Doubt (The Videos 1992 - 2003) 2004 - DVD





The Videos 1992 - 2003 collects every single ND video the band has ever filmed into one nice little package. This was originally included in the Boom Box (Limited Edition) set and then later got it's own separate DVD release. There's nothing better than watching all the videos on a big screen TV. The video is nothing spectacular as the majority of them are fairly old. And the audio sadly is not 5.1 Dolby or any other surround mix. Even with this minor issue, I still think this is a great DVD IMO.

One if the coolest things is that if you choose Play All to watch the music videos, in between each video will play Behind The Scenes Vignettes, which can also be played as a standalone segment in the bonus section of the DVD. But the best part of the DVD for me is the Video Conversation With No Doubt where the band talk about each and every video they have done. Really Cool stuff.

Also included in the Bonus section are 2 different videos for Bathwater (Invincible Overload Remix) and Don't Speak (Alternate Edit). And then there's a Rock Steady Live preview.

The Videos 1992 - 2003 Music Videos

No Doubt - Bathwater (Invincible Overload Remix)

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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2011, 06:05:54 pm »
No Doubt (Rock Steady Live) 2003 - DVD




I haven't watched Rock Steady Live since the last time I reviewed it. Since then, a lot has been said about how "heavily edited" the show was regarding audio sweetening for the DVD release. I expect stuff like this now, be it on DVD or albums. It is what it is when it comes to presenting the best sound quality they can. Now this isn't to be confused with a band recording in a studio and then adding crowd noise after the fact and then passing that off as Live. This isn't the case here. So, I can stand behind a perfect rating for this. As before, the video and sound is amazing as it comes in Dolby Stereo 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Mix, which is the preferred way to watch and listen to the show.

It's 90 minutes of fun with pretty much all the hits. And the editing is top notch and should be the blue print for a lot of other Concert DVD's that are in need of direction when putting together their own DVD's.

Bonus songs include: Total Hate, Excuse Me Mr, Different People and Trapped In A Box. Personally I think these are fantastic performances and really should be included as part of the main concert. I wish there was some sort of branching to include these songs with the show. Oh well.... Also included in the bonus is a Band interview, mini doc's on each band member, Behind the scenes back stage footage and the Anaheim Key to the City segment.


No Doubt - Hella Good & Sunday Morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnb-zCaDvGE&feature=player_embedded

This is how you open a show, by having your drummer front and center to kick things off......


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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2011, 06:09:01 pm »

This was a new series on MTV where Big rock bands would go to select locales and put on impromptu performances for unsuspecting people. As for this particular performance, it was a big deal since the concert took place here in San Diego and was on all over the local news. MTV Jammed kicked it off right with No Doubt in the series premiere. I still love watching this one. I wished **** like this happened to me when I was in High School.
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2011, 06:43:13 pm »
Gwen Stefani (Love. Angel. Music. Baby.) 2004



Deluxe Edition Cover



This is NOT a review


I never bothered to pick up Gwen's debut solo album because it wasn't...No Doubt. The only songs I know from Love. Angel. Music. Baby. are the videos. I always thought that the video for What You Waiting For? looked pretty cool. And Hollaback Girl was midly amusing with it's Toni Basel Mickey homage when it came out. The song itself got annoying after the 3rd time and it hasn't gotten any better since then IMO.

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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2011, 06:52:19 pm »
Gwen Stefani (The Sweet Escape) 2006



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This is NOT a review

I never bothered to pick up The Sweet Escape either and know even less about this one. Saw a couple of videos when they came out. Kind of shocked to see as many singles/videos for this one now.


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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2011, 06:54:25 pm »
Additional Gwen Stefani Videos

Moby - Southside (feat. Gwen Stefani)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV0KmOYfomM&feature=player_embedded

Eve - Let Me Blow Ya Mind (feat. Gwen Stefani)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt88GMJmVk0&feature=player_embedded

Moby and Southside ftw!!  Eve = Epic Fail.

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