Third Eye Blind announces double vinyl collection

A Collection is available July 15th

In celebration of 25 years as a band, Third Eye Blind is releasing the band’s 2006 greatest hits compilation, A Collection, as a double 180-gram LP vinyl on July 15th and will tour throughout the summer. Available on vinyl for the first time, the set’s 19-tracks were selected from the alt-rocker’s first three studio albums that were released between 1997-2003, and include their biggest singles mixed with a few rarities and fan favorites.

A special orange-vinyl version will also be available exclusively at select brick-and-mortar retailers. Also, this summer, the group announced it would tour North America with Taking Back Sunday and Hockey Dad to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Third Eye Blind, the band’s multi-platinum 1997 debut.

The band’s debut was certified platinum six times in the US, where it spent more than 100 weeks on the Billboard 200. The first side of A Collection brings together all five singles from the album, including “How’s It Going To Be,” “Graduate,” and “Semi-Charmed Life,” the band’s highest-charting single. Released in July 1997, that song topped the Modern Rock chart in August. Later that year, the single was certified gold, and the Billboard Music Awards named it the Modern Rock Track of the Year.

“Jumper” is another essential track from the debut featured on the set. Not only is it one of the band’s biggest songs, peaking at No. 5, but it’s also embraced as an anti-bullying anthem, especially in the LGBTQ community. Frontman Stephan Jenkins originally wrote the song about a friend’s suicide, which led the band to become vocal supporters of suicide prevention. This year, the band collaborated with Smith & Cult to create a line of nail polishes in honor of their 25th anniversary and named after songs on their six-times platinum debut. The colors are named: Jumper, London, God Of Wine, Semi-Charmed, and The Background. They are donating 100% of the proceeds from the shade Jumper to True Colors United, the non-profit founded by Cyndi Lauper that implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ youth.

The band’s second and third albums – Blue (1999) and Out of the Vein (2003) – contribute ten songs to A Collection. Standouts include the Top 20 hit “Never Let You Go” and the singles “10 Days Late” and “Blinded (When I See You).” The set also delivers deep cuts with “Wounded,” “God Of Wine,” and the version of “Slow Motion” that has lyrics. Rounding out the set is a selection of rarities, including “Tattoo Of The Sun,” the B-side of “Semi-Charmed Life,” and “My Time In Exile,” which appeared on the Japanese version of Out of the Vein.

LP 1:

A1. Semi-Charmed Life
A2. Losing A Whole Year
A3. How’s It Going To Be
A4. Jumper
A5. Graduate
B1. Never Let You Go
B2. Deep Inside Of You
B3. 10 Days Late
B4. Blinded (When I See You)
B5. Crystal Baller

LP 2:

A1. Forget Myself
A2. Can’t Get Away
A3. Motorcycle Drive By
A4. My Time In Exile
A5. Palm Reader
B1. Tattoo Of The Sun
B2. Wounded
B3. God Of Wine
B4. Slow Motion

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