The Lion and the Witch

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The Lion and the Witch
The Lion and the Witch cover
Live EP by Weezer
Released September 24, 2002
Recorded May 2002
Genre Alternative Rock
Length 26:24
Label Geffen
Weezer chronology
Maladroit
(2002)
The Lion and the Witch
(2002)
Make Believe
(2005)

The Lion and the Witch is a 2002 live EP by Weezer, recorded during the Japan World Cup Tour.

Overview

The Lion and the Witch' was recorded over a few live dates in Japan in the spring of 2002. It was released on September 24 of that same year, the same release day as Pinkerton in 1996. The EP was distributed as a limited edition release in independently owned music stores, with only 25,000 copies made.

Like Maladroit, the marketing of this EP caused a rift with Weezer's record label. The band wanted an eight-song EP with a unique packaging that wouldn't involve crystal cases. Geffen told the band that the packaging idea was too expensive and the number of songs on the EP needed to be reduced from eight songs to six as to not upset the other retailers who wouldn't be getting the disc. The artwork and packaging stuck but the disc's length was reduced to six songs, the instrumental opener "Polynesia" being relegated to a hidden track.

Recording

Several outtakes from these Japanese tour recordings later turned up as B-sides to the single "Keep Fishin'".

While recording the EP, the band makes two errors on this live disc. Rivers Cuomo accidentally begins singing the third verse of "El Scorcho" during the second verse and Scott Shriner, who had been in the band for less than a year at the time of this show, forgets the words in the bridge to "Holiday." After the performance is through, Cuomo muses "Scott just won a Grammy!" In addition to that error, the last track is thirty seconds shorter than what the band intended and there is a noticeable cut off on the finished disc. None of the music is missing, but there was more after-song commentary that the band wanted on the disc. The full version of this track was released shortly thereafter on the band's website as a free mp3.

The EP's liner notes list production credits for Rupert Peasley, who is known among fans as the man on the couch on the cover of Maladroit, and E.O. Smith, which is a pseudonym for Rivers Cuomo, who went to E.O. Smith High School. While only 25,000 individually numbered copies of the disc were made, apparently some fans have copies of the disc with numbers up to the 33,000's. As noted at the band's website, the numbering was disrupted by printing difficulties with the cardboard sleeve.

Artwork

original art
The cover art was designed by Los Angeles-based duo kozyndan. The liner notes of the album have a number of fan letters from Japanese Weezer fans in broken English.

Track listing

All songs were written by Rivers Cuomo.

No. TitleRecorded Length
1. "Dope Nose" (with intro "Polynesia")"Polynesia" - May 19, 2002 in Fukuoka, Japan
"Dope Nose" - May 25, 2002 in Nagoya, Japan
5:19
2. "Island in the Sun"  May 25, 2002 in Nagoya, Japan  
3. "Falling for You"  May 26, 2002 in Tokyo, Japan 4:22
4. "Death and Destruction"  May 20, 2002 in Hiroshima, Japan 4:18
5. "El Scorcho"  May 27, 2002 in Tokyo, Japan 4:15
6. "Holiday"  May 16, 2002 in Sendai, Japan 4:10

Outtakes


"Death and Destruction", "Knock-down Drag-out" and "Slob" were recorded on May 20, 2002 in Hiroshima, Japan.
"Photograph" was recorded on May 27, 2002 in Tokyo, Japan.


Personnel