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Release date (US): April 8, 1997.

[Third Eye Blind front cover]
Front cover (62012-2 variation 3)
[Third Eye Blind back of booklet]
Back of booklet (62012-2 variation 3)
[Third Eye Blind back cover]
Back cover (62012-2 variation 3)
[Third Eye Blind front cover]
Front cover (PRCD-9770)

Track listing:

  1. Losing a Whole Year (3:20)
  2. Narcolepsy (3:48)
  3. Semi-Charmed Life (4:28)
  4. Jumper (4:32)
  5. Graduate (3:09)
  6. How's It Going to Be (4:13)
  7. Thanks a Lot (4:57)
  8. Burning Man (2:59)
  9. Good for You (3:52)
  10. London (3:07)
  11. I Want You (4:29)
  12. The Background (4:56)
  13. Motorcycle Drive By (4:22)
  14. God of Wine (5:17)

Produced by: Stephan Jenkins and Eric Valentine
Mixed by: Eric Valentine; "Losing A Whole Year," "Narcolepsy," and "How's It Going To Be" mixed by Tom Lord-Alge
Engineered by: Eric Valentine, David Gleeson
Mastered for CD by: Ted Jensen (Sterling Sound)

Recording location: Toast Studios, Skywalker Ranch, and H.O.S.; San Francisco.

Lineup and other musicians: Stephan Jenkins (vocals, guitars, drums, percussion, brushes, keyboard arrangements), Kevin Cadogan (guitar, vocals, autoharp), Brad Hargreaves (drums), Arion Salazar (bass, vocals, piano); Ari Gorman (cello), Michael Urbano (drums), Eric Valentine (piano, guitar)


Third Eye Blind was one of the very first records (or actually, compact discs) I bought. This album is a very solid collection of songs, perhaps even more remarkable considering that this was the group's formative recording. The beauty of the album is how balanced it is: The transitions from fast songs to slow songs; from upbeat tempos to moody soundscapes, are pulled off seamlessly. Many of the songs are extremely catchy, and the last four songs are more than effective in bringing the album to a thematic and emotional close. This album knocked me out the first time I heard it, and while it's not as singlehandedly central to my repertoire as it once was (while at the same time Blue has grown on me), it's still great to listen to on occasion. "Semi-Charmed Life" and "How's It Going To Be" sustain themselves as being some of the most identifiable songs of the era, and the album itself is much the same.


LP Elektra US 62012-1 1997
2-record set. Confirmed with red cover.
CD Elektra US PRCD-9770 1997
Advance promo with different cover art.
CD Elektra US/CDN 62012-2 1997
Tan cover; full-color band photo on back of booklet.
CD Elektra US/CDN 62012-2 1997
Red cover; back of booklet is plain red.
CD Elektra US 62012-2 1998
Red cover; colorblock image of the band on back of booklet, similar to the cover of the "Jumper" single.
CD Elektra UK/EU 7559-62012-2 1997
Tan cover.
CD Elektra JP AMCY-2163 1997
Unique, "negative" cover. Contains "Tattoo of the Sun" as bonus track.
Cassette Elektra US 62012-4 1997
Tan cover.
Cassette Elektra US 62012-4 1997
Red cover.

Related singles

[Semi-Charmed Life front cover]
Semi-Charmed Life (3:42 clean edit) / Tattoo of the Sun
CD: Elektra (US) 64173-2
[Graduate disc]
Graduate / Audio bio
CD: Elektra (US) PRCD-9857-2
[How's It Going to Be front cover]
How's It Going to Be / Horror Show
CD: Elektra (US) 64130-2
[Losing a Whole Year front cover]
Losing a Whole Year ("strings up" remix) / Losing a Whole Year (radio mix) / Losing a Whole Year (remix)
CD: Elektra (EU) 7559-63832-2
[Jumper front cover]
Jumper (4:08 edit) / Graduate (remix)
CD: Elektra (US) 64058-2

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