The Green Album (Leak)

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Around early 2001, fourteen songs from the album session were leaked. Most of them featured slightly different edits or song parts, all were unmastered. Some of the songs appeared under early titles. It is unknown who leaked the songs.

In July 2011, after over 10 years, an Argentinian promo CD from Universal Music (Argentina) including the early, fully-mastered edit of the song "Starlight", was found on eBay by a Weezer fan and shared on Allthingsweezer.com. At the time, it was thought to be the only known official and physical release of any of the early edits of the Green Album songs. However, this early edit can also be found on a German 5-track Green Album promo sampler by Motor Music.

These promo releases may also indicate that all the songs may have been edited after the mastering process. So odds are that lossless and mastered versions of the early edits indeed exist and were possibly used for other promo releases.


Track listing

  1. "Oh Lisa" - 2:44
  2. "Don't Let Go" – 2:44
  3. "O Girlfriend" – 4:06
  4. "Island in the Sun" – 3:24
  5. "If You Want It" – 2:57
  6. "Sugar Booger" 3:40
  7. "Knock-down Drag-out" – 2:07
  8. "Gonna Make My Move" – 3:23
  9. "Crab" – 3:10
  10. "Starlight" - 3:28
  11. "Teenage Victory Song" - 3:04
  12. "Inside A Smile" – 3:26
  13. "Gimme Some Love" – 2:57
  14. "Hash Pipe" - 2:58

Differences between the leaked version and the released version

  • Don't Let Go
album verson
1.49 solo
2.02 but if there comes a day...
2.17 confrontations in my mind
2.29 "don't let go" four times to the end of the song
unmixed version
1.49 solo
2.02 but if there comes a day...
2.15 "don't let go" four times to the end of the song
  • O Girlfriend
album version
2.16 solo
2.50 o girlfriend, that's the end
3.07 in your arms ("now i just want to shout" repeated three times to end)
umixed version
2.16 solo
2.50 o girlfriend, that's the end
3.07 feelin' fancies every night
3.24 in your arms ("now i just want to shout" repeated three times to end)
  • Island In The Sun
longer fade out on the unmixed version. you can hear rivers say "no no" one extra time.
  • If You Want It
0.00 intro
0.10 if you want it, you can have it
0.18 'cause everybody wants some love
0.33 if you need it, you should show it
0.41 'cause everybody wants some hope
0.57 it's in the photograph
1.11 if you do it, don't reject it
1.19 'cause everybody wants a dream
1.35 darlin' you know for sure
1.49 solo
1.57 'cause everybody wants a dream
2.14 darlin' you know for sure
2.28 if you do it, don't reject (outro)
Photograph
0.00 intro
0.10 if you want it, you can have it
0.18 'cause everybody wants some love
0.33 if you need it, you should show it
0.41 'cause everybody wants some hope
0.57 it's in the photograph
1.11 solo
1.19 'cause everybody wants a dream
1.35 it's in the photograph
1.49 if you do it, don't reject (outro)
  • sugar booger
unmixed
0.00 intro
0.04 break my spine
0.23 waste my time
0.44 every time you turn around
1.03 draw that line
1.23 spank my brain
1.43 every time you turn around
2.03 show me now
2.07 solo
2.27 every time you turn around
2.46 draw that line
3.06 "'cause that's way, that's the way that you want to be" is repeated an additional 4 times with "yeah, that's the way" ending the song.
b-side version
0.00 intro
0.04 break my spine
0.23 waste my time
0.44 every time you turn around
1.03 draw that line
1.23 spank my brain
1.43 every time you turn around
2.03 show me now
2.07 LONGER solo
2.46 every time you turn around
3.08 show me now
3.11 draw that line
3.31 "'cause that's way, that's the way that you want to be" is repeated an additional 4 times with "yeah, that's the way" ending the song.
  • Gonna Make My Move
0.00 intro
0.18 gonna make my move
0.27 hey!... hey!
0.43 gonna take my chance
0.52 hey!... hey!
1.10 glorious children on my mind
1.27 gonna rock it out
1.36 hey!... hey!
1.54 glorious children on my mind
2.11 solo
2.20 hey!... hey!
2.39 gloriouos children on my mind
2.55 gonna rock it out
3.04 repeats final verse line two more times followed by a "hey!" to end.
Glorious Day
0.00 intro
0.18 gonna make my move
0.27 hey!... hey!
0.43 gonna take my chance
0.52 hey!... hey!
1.10 glorious children on my mind
1.27 solo
1.36 hey!... hey!
1.54 glorious children on my mind
2.11 gonna rock it out
2.20 repeats final verse line two more times followed by a "hey!" to end.
  • Crab
unmixed
0.00 intro
0.17 crab if you wanna
0.38 crab if you need it
1.00 she said she's feelin lonely
1.17 crab at the booty
1.38 she said she's feelin lonely
1.56 solo
2.17 she said she's feelin lonely
2.34 crab at the booty
2.55 repeats last line to end
album version
0.00 intro
0.17 crab if you wanna
0.38 crab if you need it
1.00 she said she's feelin lonely
1.17 solo
1.38 she said she's feelin lonely
1.56 crab at the booty
2.17 repeats last line to end
  • Starlight
unmixed
1.53 solo
2.25 THE PAIN i've felt...
2.43 whoa! that's not enough
2.49 in your arms i would be...
ends with the line "holding on to what he loves, oh so much" three times
b-side version
1.53 solo
2.25 THE PAIN i've felt...
2.41 in your arms i would be...
ends with the line "holding on to what he loves, oh so much" three times
  • Smile
0.00 intro
0.13 "open the door"
0.25 "cause i don't want to break"
0.37 "open your heart"
0.49 "cause i don't want to break"
1.02 "i cant be gone"
1.14 "never know what you're gonna do/standing there deep in front of you"
1.26 solo
1.38 "cause i don't want to break"
1.51 "i cant be gone"
2.03 "never know what you're gonna do/standing there deep in front of you"
2.15 "gimmie a chance"
2.25 fade out
Inside A Smile
0.00 intro
0.12 "open the door"
0.24 "cause i don't want to break"
0.37 "open your heart"
0.49 "cause i don't want to break"
1.02 "i cant be gone"
1.14 "never know what you're gonna do/standing there in the ocean blue"
1.26 gimmie a chance"
1.38 "cause i don't want to break"
1.51 "i cant be gone"
2.03 "never know what you're gonna do/standing there in the ocean blue"
2.15 solo
2.27 "cause i don't want to break"
2.40 "i cant be gone"
2.52 "never know what you're gonna do/standing there in the ocean blue"
3.04 "gimmie a chance"
3.14 fade out

Hash Pipe: unmixed vs. short edit short edit's first chorus cuts off quick after the line "i got my eye swipe"

Hash Pipe: original album version vs unmixed after the second chorus of the album version there's a little build-up before rivers says "hash pipe" a second time. the unmixed version does not have this section and "hash pipe" is only said once and then the song goes straight into what's after the build-up in the the album version. there's the same difference in the third chorus so that the unmixed version ends with three "hash pipes" and the album version ends with 4.

Oh Lisa, Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Teenage Victory [Song], and Simple Pages (aka Gimmie Some Love) had no structural differences. All songs on the unmixed version do seem to be just a tiny bit faster than the released ones though and all songs may also have any number of additional vocal and instrumental overdubs and/or layering.

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