The best titled Green Day album is by far 1039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. You probably bought this first time round in CD after discovering Dookie in the '90s. The title refers to the original 10-tracker 39/Smooth and its marrying with the EPs 1,000 Hours and Slappy. Got yer pop-punk right here. Epitaph are on the reissue duties, with those EPs bundled in on separate 7”s!
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 6th January 2015
1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is arguably Green Day’s first album. Compiled out of the band’s earliest releases, this LP and 7” is 19 tracks of fast, fun and furious pop punk. Dookie is often cited as when the group mastered their craft and is still seen by many as their finest release. The songs on 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours may not be as fully realised and concise as the music Green Day would eventually come to produce, but it has a certain innocence and honesty that the group would find difficult to rediscover. “Why Do You Want Him?” is one of the earliest and heart-felt songs Billie Joe Armstrong would come to write and 25 years on the group still plays album highlight “Going to Pasalacqua”.
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