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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000024VK3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Cubik
9. A Day In The Life (medley)
10. What Time Is Love?

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. J. R. Atkinson on 9 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Once in a while something comes along that you reckon must be well worth getting "for a laugh". I bought this album for that sole reason. Hell, the thought of Cubic 22 blasted out by a colliery band? Truly beautiful.
But then something happened - I listened to the full album and realised that it wasn't just a laugh, it is something else. It's wonderful. Eighties house anthems played with real power and emotion by a brass band. An album of tracks that reminds us that music isn't all about being genre specific, that the ludicrous record store racks of categories and sub-categories serve only to create legions of music fans that grow up blinkered to a true love of music. This album isn't about cynically combining two over hyped genres to broaden demographic appeal and shift more units (nothing personal Limp Bizkit...). It's about timeless melodies receiving fresh interpretation through the power and emotion of brass.
It's been a long time since I've listened to anything that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and a shiver go down my spine. The cover of KLF on this album did just that. Don't buy this album because it's a surreal novelty. Buy it because it's great!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My boyfriend and I first heard 'Voodoo Ray' playing as some ambient background music in 'Loungelover'. After finding out that it was by the Williams Fairey Band I decided to buy it for my boyfriend as a bit of a "Do you remember this from Valentine's Day?" novelty gift. He loved it and has played Voodoo Ray back to back for what seems like an eternity! As if this isn't enough he is now trying to convert all of his mates - and they are coming round, slowly.
It is a truly great cd. If you weren't to know the tracks they sound like great melodies, well played, by a brass band. Ideal for a bit of background music when you've got mates over for dinner. Better still don't tell them what it is as when it finally dawns on them 'I know this track' the look on their faces is pricesless...
Pacific 202 is a winner if you're laying in bed, in the dark. Try it sometime!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Fleming on 5 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wonderful! What a crazy combination - but it works! This must have been a very interesting project for the Williams Fairey Brass Band and one which they have tackled in a very professional way - I think it was important that a top band worked on this project otherwise it could have fallen totally flat on it's face. While the 'repetitive' nature of some of the music means that the main challenges were not always technical ones there must have been some big challenges nonetheless playing a style of music which characteristically has little in common with typical arrangements for brass bands - and some very interesting rhythms to boot!

Who would I recommend this CD to?
-I would recommend it to folk who enjoy brass bands (although I would imagine that it would really make most of my fellow brass band members look at me askance if I leant them this CD - they are a bit on the conservative side bless them!).
-I would recommend it to folk who would normally never think of listening to brass bands - let alone actually listen to them. A colleague at work borrowed the CD, he is not interested in brass bands but enjoyed it very much - his comments included that he didn't think all the songs sounded very much like the originals, that the music is full of 'energy' and that it is growing on him - the more he listens to the CD the more he enjoys it (I would agree totally with that last comment!).
- I would recommend it to folk to folk who have no interest in brass bands OR acid music - try it and see!!! It is very cool! Fun - full of energy!!

I just wish we could play some of these in my brass band - boy would I have fun playing those powerful and menacing bass lines :-D

'What Time Is Love?' has to be my favouite because of the sheer power and energy of this piece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beyondskin on 25 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'd never heard of this band before the Lovebox Weekender. I like most types of music, so happily sat down to listen...they were playing "old skool" house music!!! I was in my element!!

Absolutely excellent, which is why I am now on this site about to purchase their album!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Hunt on 11 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Acid House meets brass band seems weird, but really works. I saw the Williams Fairey band playing an Acid Brass set at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a few years ago. No amplification necessary: they were LOUD. Some of the people in the audience obviously thought it was a joke ... until the band started to play. A lot of the brass-band followers weren't quite sure what to make of it, but the acid house crowd loved it. One of the most enjoyable live gigs I've ever been to.

Don't play it in the background, wind up the volume and revel in the sheer power and musicality of one of the best brass bands in the country playing music you actually want to hear.
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