Green River – Rehab Doll (Deluxe Edition) (1988/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Green River – Rehab Doll (Deluxe Edition) (1988/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:54 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

For their first full-length album (well, assuming you consider 29 minutes to be full-length), Green River went into a 24-track recording studio for the first time, and 1988’s Rehab Doll was the result. This was easily the band’s most polished piece of record making, though polish was not necessarily a good thing. Producer Bruce Calder may have given Rehab Doll a sharper and tighter recording than Green River had experienced in the past, but it also flattened out a bit of the guitar attack from Stone Gossard and Bruce Fairweather, and drummer Alex Vincent was subjected to a gated snare sound that didn’t suit this material at all. The performances were also tighter and sleeker than ever before, but where the 1987 Dry as a Bone EP sounded like Green River’s punk, hard rock, and metal influences were bouncing off one another in a chaotic bid for domination, here hard rock clearly wins out, and while it’s a taut and well-executed variety of hard rock (with Gossard and Fairweather locked in with admirable precision), it wasn’t quite as exciting as much of their earlier work. However, Mark Arm’s vocals and lyrics are great, pointing to the raw snarl he would perfect in Mudhoney, and if the recording doesn’t always put him as far forward as it should, his sheer presence is the best and strongest thing about this album. Rehab Doll would prove to be Green River’s swan song, and they would call it a day shortly after its release, but if this doesn’t capture them at their best, it not only helped define what was coming to be known as grunge, but also provided a clear map to the stronger bands these musicians would form later on.

01. Forever Means
02. Rehab Doll
03. Swallow My Pride
04. Together We’ll Never
05. Smilin’ and Dyin’
06. Porkfist
07. Take a Dive
08. One More Stitch
09. 10000 Things (Rehab Recovery)
10. Hangin’ Tree (Rehab Recovery)
11. Rehab Doll (Reciprocal 8-track)
12. Swallow My Pride (Reciprocal 8-track)
13. Together We’ll Never (Reciprocal 8-track)
14. Smilin’ and Dyin’ (Reciprocal 8-track)
15. Porkfist (Reciprocal 8-track)
16. Take a Dive (Reciprocal 8-track)
17. Somebody (Reciprocal 8-track)
18. Queen Bitch (Reciprocal 8-track)