"QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE"
Side A: REGULAR JOHN - AVON - IF ONLY - WALKIN' ON THE SIDEWALKS
YOU WOULD KNOW - HOW TO HANDLE A ROPE
Side B: MEXICOLA - HISPANIC IMPRESSIONS - YOU CAN'T QUIT ME BABY
GIVE THE MULE WHAT HE WANTS - I WAS A TEENAGE HAND MODEL
1998 LP MAN'S RUIN RECORDS mr 151
PRINTED IN U.S.A. ORIGINAL PRESSING
LIMITED EDITION BLACK VINYL
NOTES: Edition of 2500 copies on black vinyl out of a total pressing of 3000 copies for the first pressing. Issued in a gatefold sleeve.
Tracks are listed sequentially, regardless of sides.
Inner gatefold photo from 'The Pin-Up', a modest history by Mark Gabor, © 1972 Universe Books, NY.
COUNTERFEITS: This album has been heavy bootlegged since 2003. All counterfeits also issued in a gatefold sleeve.
Differences can be determined by looking at the gatefold sleeve (see image) or the runout-groove etchings. Original copies have
the MR-151-A on one side of the runout at the 6 o'clock position and L-50953 at the 12 o'clock position.
Some bootleg copies have no run-out groove etchings at all.
Other versions have "MR-151-A/L-50953" written all together on side A and "MR-151-A/L-50953X" on side B.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
LABEL: MAN'S RUIN - BROWN LABELS w/ARTWORK - WHITE TEXT & RIM
Catalog on cover: (inside left panel) mr151
Catalog on labels: (Side B only) mr 151
Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): MR-151-A L-50953
Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): MR-151-B L-50953X
On labels: (Side A) qotsa
On Inside left panel: it's basically all josh and alfredo, limited to a single pressing of 3000
under license from loosegroove records and released by man's ruin records. copyrights apply.
Inner Gatefold photo from 'The Pin-Up', A Modest History by Mark Gabor, © 1972 Universe Books, NY.
On Back Cover: man's ruin records
RECORD EX but (please, read above description)
SLEEVE EX but (please, see pictures and read above description)
Hearing Queens of the Stone Age's long out of print debut many years after its initial 1998 release does pack the shock of revelation: Josh Homme’s tightly wound blueprint for QOTSA was in place from the very beginning. Where Homme’s previous outfit, Kyuss, were all about expansion, Queens of the Stone Age were about compression, Homme stripping stoner rock to its essence -- riffs as heavy as granite, solos as spacy as the desert sky. The songs on Queens of the Stone Age are shorter, pulled into focus by grinding fuzz riffs that anchor the proceedings even when the instrumental sections begin to drift into the ether. Another distinguishing factor in Queens of the Stone Age is that Homme writes full-blown songs -- pushing their two best songs, “Regular John” and “Avon,” to the front, giving them room to float later on -- so the album isn’t just about instrumental interaction, but the crucial difference is that this isn’t music solely for disaffected males. There is sex and swagger to Queens of the Stone Age, there’s a swing to the rhythms, there’s a darkly enveloping carnal menace buttressed by muscle and lust that keeps the album from being an insular stoner headpiece. Certainly, there’s enough sinewy force to suggest the mighty brawn of Rated R and Songs for the Deaf; Homme retained enough of the desert spaciness of Kyuss to give Queens of the Stone Age an otherworldly shimmer, a hazy quality he later abandoned for aggressive precision, so this winds up as a unique record in his catalog, a place where you can hear Homme’s past and future intertwining...(AllMusic)