The ultimate tribute to one of the most prolific musical careers of the last four decades, Squeeze Box features all 14 of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s studio albums remastered on CD, 150-gram vinyl, and hi-res digital options, spanning from his debut album “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) to Mandatory Fun (2014). Squeeze Box was released yesterday on Black Friday, November 24, 2017.
“Weird Al” has consistently made his work and full catalog available in hi-res options at 192/24, 96/24, 48/24, and 44.1/24, and we here at HRAC continue to applaud his efforts in that arena. He even did a 5.1 mix of 2006’s Straight Outta Lynwood, which we also salute accordingly.
Six of Al’s albums will make their debut on vinyl as part of Squeeze Box. Each has been newly remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mark Wilder and personally approved by Yankovic. An Al-curated 15th bonus disc, Medium Rarities, features specially selected non-album tracks from across his remarkable career.
Fans were able to pre-order the collection on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s campaign page
Squeeze Box comes in a unique package worthy of Weird Al’s inimitable style: an amazing replica of his signature accordion, with each album stored in its bellows. An accompanying 100-page book will feature a trove of rare and unseen photos and memorabilia.
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s pitch-perfect parodies and pastiches of popular music’s greatest acts have earned him millions of fans around the globe. By keeping his finger on the pulse of the pop charts and harnessing the promotional powers of the Internet and social media, Al went from novelty musician and favorite of radio personality Dr. Demento to left-field hitmaker when “Eat It” — a loving parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”— chewed up the charts in 1984 and earned a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. Since then, getting a hit song sent up “Weird Al” style has become a sign of true popularity, whether you’re Madonna (“Like a Surgeon”), Nirvana (“Smells Like Nirvana”), Coolio (“Amish Paradise”), or Lady Gaga (“Perform This Way”).
Now in his fourth career decade – with no signs of letting up – “Weird Al” has become the most notable comedy musician of the modern era, always holding up a funhouse mirror to the current musical and pop cultural landscapes.
“Children who bought Al’s albums for the hits risked accidentally picking up a broad-ranging musical education in artists, songs and styles they might never otherwise have been exposed to,” Nathan Rabin wrote in Weird Al: The Book. “If they weren’t careful, they just might learn something.”
Weird Al’s Mandatory World Tour, launched in 2015, has taken him across three continents with 200 dates including stops at The Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York, two nights at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall. Currently, Al can be heard as the voice of the title character on Milo Murphy’s Law on Disney XD.
Mandatory Fun was not only the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart, but also the first to reach that lofty position in over 50 years. Altogether, the albums included in Squeeze Box have earned multiple Grammy awards, as well as dozens of gold and platinum records in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
“Weird Al” Yankovic (1983)
“Weird Al” Yankovic In 3-D (1984)
Dare To Be Stupid (1985)
Polka Party! (1986)
Even Worse (1988)
UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
Off The Deep End (1992)
Bad Hair Day (1996)
Running with Scissors (1999)
Poodle Hat (2003)
Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
Mandatory Fun (2014)
Medium Rarities (2017)