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February 4, 1970 – James Murphy is born in Princeton Junction, NJ. He
will spend his formative years commuting to the Princeton Record
Exchange, making strategic import and underground vinyl discoveries
based more on cover art than anything and building a musical acumen
free of any kind of peer pressure or scene politics. He heads to New
York City with the intent of ... Read more in Amazon's LCD Soundsystem Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dfa
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 45:33 - Part 1
2. 45:33 - Part 2
3. 45:33 - Part 3
4. 45:33 - Part 4
5. 45:33 - Part 5
6. 45:33 - Part 6
7. Freak Out/Starry Eyes
8. North American Scum (Onanistic Dub )
9. Hippie Priest Bum-Out

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Product Description

Following the massively acclaimed and already touted by many as the best album of 2007, `Sound of Silver', LCD Soundsystem release the previously download only and much sort after `45:33' track/ continuous mix (James' i-tunes only collaboration with Nike).

Without a doubt this is one of the most unique pieces of work you will hear all year and finally available on vinyl & CD with extra tracks thrown in for good measure. Add to this the forthcoming FABRICLIVE36: James Murphy & Pat Mahoney, a mix album from LCD Soundsystem founder Murphy and percussionist Pat Mahoney (out now) plus several remixes in the pipeline and you'll see why Murphy rarely takes a holiday.


45.33 might well confuse some of the music purists convinced that great art and commerce must never mix. This 45-minute suite of music, you see, is the result of a commission from sportswear company Nike, who hired LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy to write music to accompany the perfect exercise workout. Murphy, perhaps aware that the gradual, building tempo and euphoric highs of a great run could be seen to closely mirror the dancefloor dynamic of a great DJ set, agreed, and the result is perhaps the most synthetic, funky, altogether club-like records to appear under the LCD name to date. Commencing with rising analogue synth notes, the piece shuffles into life on a sultry Studio 54 tip, a mid-tempo disco beat decorated with handclaps, euphoric piano, and soulful vocals. Before long, though, it’s shifting and mixing, first through an alternate instrumental cut of "Something Great" (which would later appear in full on LCD’s 2007 album Sound of Silver) then through phases of kosmiche electronica, velvety soul, and brass freak-outs–-all intent on keeping the tempo pumping. Also included on this CD issue of 45.33 is three bonus tracks, the conga-tapping "Freak Out/Starry Eyes", a bleepy, dubbed-out mix of "North American Scum", and the bouncy bass grooves of "Hippie Priest Bum-Out". –-Louis Pattison

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 20 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Pleasing on the ear but certainly not something I would consider running to, unless I was aiming at going at a snails pace.
If any of you are interested in a repetitive, grooving and almost never changing piece of music look no further than Manuel Gottsching's wonderful E2-E4....
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4.0 out of 5 stars intriuging and brilliant 15 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
The curious gestation of this record takes another step. Original commissioned as a digital download for Nike, "45.33" was envisaged as a continuous, one piece epic to soundtrack your corporate-sponsored exercise. Now, with LCD Soundsystem being en vogue and this years "Sound Of Silver" being the music of choice for advertising execs, hip-but-past-it commuters, and Vice-reading Indie Kids, their label has seen fit to finally issue this intriguing and brilliant experiement to be masses.

Now appended with some extra - and slightly incongruous - extra tracks, the main draw, and artistic triumph of "45.33" is the song itself. "45.33" is one long (and I mean long) largely instrumental mood piece that works only in it's entirety. In the olden days this would be known as Prog : where a song would last the length of a vinyl LP and only end because you couldn't fit any more than 23 minutes onto a side of a 33rpm vinyl disc. In this golden age of CD (and the unlimited size MP3) technology has now freed the artist to do whatever they'd like. What "45.33" is is a brave, and interesting instrumental expedition into the far reaches of music. Whilst the piece works as a cohesive whole, it also forms several separate chunks (as you would expect).

The modern song works in a variety of forms. Verse, chorus, middle eight, break. It's really laughable : these parts are then arranged to repeat a number of times. Devo wrote an album of around 40 songs - each of one intro, one verse, one chorus. Rather than repeat themselves they bend the form into new shapes. The medium is the message. By the same token, "45.33" takes each part of each song, and repeats it with a minimalist variation so it evolves and changes imperceptibly over the duration of the track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all LCD Soundsystem fans 17 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have recently "discovered" LCD Soundsystem and have not been disappointed by any of their releases. Everyone should listen to this band and miss their passing.
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