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  • Audio CD (12 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000023XLS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  4. Jorgé 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Slow-burning 1999 album from Warp's comedown kings, with vocals on four songs by Sarah Winton! Includes "Finer". ("CAR BOOT SOUL")

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Like other DJ composers, Nightmares on Wax mentalist George "Herbs" Evelyn has stopped flea-market shopping for vinyl records out of car boots and started rummaging around in his own mind. The gorgeous retro soul strings, vocal choruses, and chill-out trip-hop he finds rolling easy up there in his fog bank are a definite maturation of the Philly-soul redub and bass-boss Barry White attitude that was pioneered on 1995's Smoker's Delight. Since then, though, Evelyn has scratched a ton of vinyl to get to the truth: nothing is warmer than live bodies. This album was still made with a drum machine and just enough wax to keep it in the boot, but bass, keys, guitar, and vocals are live. The real secret to this soft summer vibe is that Evelyn doesn't simply hand over the vocals and let the pieces become wannabe soul singles. Instead, these cuts maintain a jazz attitude recalling George Benson's Breezin'--not his most technically challenging playing, but a laid-back, perfectly executed distillation offered up like a gift. Unwrap the fragile jazz riff of "Fire in the Middle" or the upbeat, Fifth Dimension-like background vocal and hip-hop scratch of "Ethnic Majority" and the bad-ass horn funk of "Ease Jimi". Beware of a short little strings-and-bass dub called "Jorge": If this one gets in your ears once, you'll be humming the one-word chorus all summer. --Dean Kuipers

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Nightmares on Wax is one of those legendary one-man bands who crop up every now and then (also known as George Evelyn, but that doesn't sound as cool). Even the "merely good" work by people such as he is astounding, inventive and really fun.

And "Carboot Soul," his third album, is no exception: it's an amazing mixture of chillout electronica and acid jazz. It's a bit less hazy than his 1995 "Smoker's Delight," but that isn't surprising -- here Evelyn pulls on various influences to flavour his music. The title fits this album: it's soulful, yet it has as many influences as a "carboot" rummage sale.

It begins on a symphonic note in the epic "Les nuits," which seems to herald a new music direction. Don't be deceived. The symphonic build-up leads to funky grooves and jazzy flavours in "Morse," which continues to the brassy "Easejimi," the mellow murmurs of "Finer," and the wonderfully peculiar "Argha Noah." Say that last title out loud, and you'll understand the joke.

But there is a slightly more delicate style near the end, when Evelyn switches to the gently rippling guitar of "Fire in the Middle," the melancholy acid jazz of "Survival," and the eerier, more symphonic sound of "Capumcap." Evelyn ends the album on a high note, with those sensitive, lower-key songs.

It's hard to find groups as good as Nightmares on Wax -- scour the top hundreds, and you won't find anything like this. I personally found "Carboot Soul" in a tiny hole-in-the-wall music store, in the "used" bin, although it's hard to imagine why anyone would discard an album like this.

Despite the chillout label, Evelyn's music has a sort of relaxed warmth that counterpoints the icy sound of many other bands.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2000
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Along with Global Communication's '76:14', this album is arguably a contender for the greatest chill-out album ever made. After a few listens the mesmerising tunes have found a way to your heart and you will wonder how you ever managed without them.
As the title suggests George 'EASE' Evelyn has trawled through hundreds of old records to find the samples he uses to construct the gorgeous soundscapes of this album. Highlights are too many too mention, but suffice to say that this album transcends musical boundaries and tastes - I've yet to find a single person who hasn't fallen in love with this album upon hearing it.
Oh and I'm not some obsessive fan writing to heap praise on an idols latest offering - my musical tastes range from hip-hop to techno to rock.... This album however has earned each and every one of it's five stars. As the saying goes, if you only buy one album this year, buy this one and let the love affair begin...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 2001
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This is a stunning album of relaxed, chilled out songs. You don't need to be into any particular type of music to appreciate this - classicists to hip-hop heads will enjoy. Unreservedly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Warren on 13 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Everyone had been waxing lyrical (ha ha, it wasn't intended honestly!) about Nightmares on Wax and told me this album was FAB. I had to check it out for myself and they were right. Les Nuits is a fantastic opening and you think it can't get any better after that. You are wrong. Finer is great too, not saying the other tracks aren't but that's what's playing on my CD player at the moment. I could talk about all the tracks being amazing on this album but I'd be here all day. This album redefines chillout. It's funky and laidback like no other. It's an asset to my collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2003
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This album is an absolute dream. Lazy, sexy hip hop beats are accompanied with some mouth-wateringly funky hooks, lush, juicy basslines and lovely strings and brass - mmmmmmm!
It makes a fantastic alternative to drugs, as all the stresses just melt away as soon as it comes booming out of the speakers.
The tunes are mostly instrumentals, but there are one or two vocal tracks on there and a few sampled bits and pieces.
It could be argued that it is simply background music, but I always like to crank up the volume and let its warmth flood into the room like sunshine.
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, I keep coming back to it time and again, and so will you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By timheidi@nutshell.net on 3 Sept. 2001
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There are very few compositions that grab you by the throat & make you love them...but this is one. I cannot fault this album. I cannot stop listening to this album - and unlike the hoards desperately clamouring to claim the 'chilled' crown, Car Boot Soul was born to it. Think iced coffee on a balmy summers afternoon...people, this is almost perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Just the music for a chilled out summer evening. Massive beats, subtle vocals and influences from all over the place make this an album to own and savour.
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By CSPGH on 13 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Nightmares On Wax on MTV, no less, a couple of years ago. Les Nuits came on while my brother and I were browsing the music channels and I was transfixed - it became one of my favourite songs in an instant.

I finally got around to purchasing the album and I was not disappointed at all. This album is brilliant for watching the sunset on a Saturday evening or... well, any other evening for that matter.

If you're looking for chilled out music, look no further.
If you're looking for great music, look no further.

I would recommend this album to total strangers and I can absolutely guarantee that everybody you know will like something from this album.
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