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Community Service [VINYL] [Import]

The Crystal Method Vinyl
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Challenges in the recording studio are simply a necessary evil when you're a musician.However, the complications legendary electronic music duo THE CRYSTAL METHOD (Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland) faced while creating their self-titled fifth album still remain unbelievable. More than halfway through the process, Scott Kirkland received news that would forever change his life.
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  • Vinyl (1 Oct 2002)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • ASIN: B00006JNEW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. No Soul [PMT Remix] - Ils
2. Cake Hole - Evil Nine
3. Breakin on the Streets [False Prophet Remix] - Stir Fry
4. Morpheus [Meat Katie and Dylan Rhymes Mix]
5. Funny Break (One Is Enough) [Plump Dj's Mix] - Orbital
6. Curveball - Elite Force
7. Dude in the Moon [Luna Mix] - Dastrix
8. Name of the Game [Hybrid's LA Blackout Remix] - Crystal Method
9. Boom [The Crystal Method Remix] - P.O.D.
10. Trickshot - Ceasefire
11. Renegades of Funk [The Crystal Method Remix] - Rage Against the Machine
12. Paranoid [The Crystal Method Remix]
13. Wild, Sweet and Cool [Static Revenger Mix] - Crystal Method
14. Hold Back - Force Mass Motion, Dylan Rhymes
15. You Know Its Hard [Koma + Bones Remix] - Crystal Method
16. Red Pill - H-Bomb,

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty classy 11 Mar 2005
By Danny
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep this brief.
Community Service is to Crystal Method what the Dirtchamber Sessions are to the Prodigy.
They're a selection of the tracks which have influenced the members of the respective bands, lovingly remixed into one long high-quality set.
I would have to say, in my humble opinion, forgetting who's responsible for the original music, this, as a Crystal Method album, is well up there with their best.
Full of spunky rhythm and sharp beats, Community Service still sounds like Crystal Method but with enough variety to give it a distinct edge.
Lots of colourful and interesting samples amalgamate together in a great cacophony of catchy drums and sounds and the whole thing just works darn well.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The name of the game� 9 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
America. Sadly, it's hardly known for cutting edge dance music these days. The sounds coming from New York and Detroit seem shuffling in comparison to their European counterparts. Which is why they need more ambassadors like these.
The Crystal Method, a sort of 'American Chemical Brothers' you might say, have in recent years come out with some good meaty dance music. Their first foray into the realm of the mix-CD (so suffocated with ubiquitous-tracks-merely-in-different-order these days) comes off nicely. Purveyors of what the media still insists on calling 'Techno' on their albums, here fuse over an hours' worth of cutting-edge breakbeat with various other dance/alternative styles and their own distinctive sound. Only available on import at the moment (I bought it whilst over in the USA) it certainly deserves a full release over here.
Okay so there's the odd duff track, but some absolute blinders more than outweigh the times they narrowly miss the mark. Stir Fry's 'Breakin On The Streets', the Plump DJ's reworking of Orbital and the soaring, spectacular Hybrid remix of TCM's own 'Name Of The Game' are worth the price alone.
If you're a fan of TCM, breakbeat or simply want to know where the real pioneers of dance lie these days, this is essential.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM have done it again... 20 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
there aren't any words in the world to describe Ken & Scott. the two are more to me than the chemical brothers, they concentrate more on breakbeat tracks, that are designed to get your foot tapping, and your head nodding rather than the layer of abuse of the chemical brothers. it's a known fact that if the europeans were to take on the americans in a vs DJ match up the europeans would come out on top everytime. but if the americans can produce artist like TCM, Moby, Hybrid, they are in with a chance for the future. this album continues with TCM's awesome follow up through Tweekend Advance.
'Community Service' concentrates more on mixing lyrics in with breakbeats more than vegas or tweekend did. with remixes of P.O.D & Rage against the machine you can see that the crystal method are evolving there style of music, and the entire album 0wns.
i just hope these two never die...LONG LIVE 'The Crystal Method' !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good cd 4 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
very good used CD deliuvery took a while which is why i only gave it 4 stars unlike the Community Service 2 which came very quickly
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: This isn't an artist album. Don't judge it as one. 16 Dec 2002
By Christian Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the first mix CD I ever bought, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. For those out there who might be confused as to what a mix album actually is, it's something like a simulation of a club set. On Community Service (to take a convenient example), The Crystal Method don't give us any "new" songs per se, but rather, they have assembled 16 tracks into a single continuous mix which is perfect for playing at parties.
Of course, there are several remixes that are of interest to TCM fans on this album, most of them on the second half of the album. There are three songs that have been remixed by TCM ("Boom" by P.O.D., "Paranoid" by Garbage, and "Renegades of Funk" by Rage Against The Machine), and another three that are remixes of tracks from TCM's previous album, Tweekend. By sheer coincidence, my favorite tracks are all among these six songs ("Boom," "Paranoid," and Static Revenger's mix of TCM's "Wild, Sweet & Cool"). The the first half of the mix is essentially a buildup to the second half, which is a lot more energetic.
If you haven't tried mix albums yet, and want to "test the water," as it were, Community Service is one of the best places to start.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Best Producers Strike Again with Impressive DJ-Mix 25 July 2002
By the enlightened one - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before Electronica acts such as Dirty Vegas and the Wiseguys invaded U.S. airwaves, there was the Crystal Method. And just like these groups, the Crystal Method reached massive audiences after having been featured on a whole variety of TV commercials, from GAP to Skechers to 'The Matrix'. Where is it that you don't hear these guys at a trendy shoe store or in the background of a high-budget movie nowadays?
Since their 1997 debut, 'Vegas', Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, also known as the Crystal Method, have reached an enormous amount of success. 'Vegas' became a top-selling Electronica album, and the guys have remixed everyone from DJ Keoki to rock acts P.O.D. and Rage against the Machine. On top of that, Crystal Method recently won the 2002 Dancestar USA award for 'Best Live Act'. The second album by TCM, 'Tweekend', was another heavy-hitter with such hits as 'Name of the Game' and 'Roll it Up', and featured collaborations with famous rock stars Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Tom Morello of Rage against the Machine. After the duo's second CD it became evident that they needed to be paid more attention to.
On Ken and Scott's third effort, a DJ-mix album called 'Community Service', they triumph yet again. Featuring 16 tracks, this CD is packed with infectious Breakbeat rhythms and TCM's patented chalkboard-scraping noises. What makes 'Community Service' so intrigueing is that the inside sleeve features an entire page listing websites and organizations such as FreeDonations.com, American Institute for Public Service, and the Hunger Site, with the words 'Supporting the community that supports you' at the top. So it seems that Ken and Scott want you to get involved, or that they themselves are supporting such things as freedom of speech and ethnic diversity.
Standout tracks on 'Community Service' include 'No Soul (PMT Remix)' by ILS, a hypnotic intro coupled with the sound of a gospel hymns over it, Stir Fry's energetic 'Breakin On The Streets (False Prophet Remix)', Elite Force's hard-hitting 'Curveball', Dastrix's Crystal-Method-influenced 'Dude In The Moon (Luna Mix)', the Hybrid remix of TCM's own 'Name Of The Game', and the ending track 'The Red Pill' by Scratch-D vs. H-Bomb, sure to make any fan of 'The Matrix' smile. The only complaint I have on this CD is track 15, the Koma & Bones remix of Crystal Method's 'You Know It's Hard'. The middle of the song is really ugly.
>>> 5 stars for excellent track selection and for being completely original. What dance DJs do you know include P.O.D. in their mixes? And one other thing that struck me as funny was the CD cover, which features Ken and Scott in orange suits picking up vinyl records littered on the roadside.
- the enlightened one
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Method Can Mix as Well !!!!! 26 July 2002
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Apparently others who review this cd have no concept of a "mix " cd !! Cause if they did they'd know its not a cd of new material.So, that being said do yourself a favor and grab this cd.Its non-stop beats and awesome music.Not only do these guys create some of today's hottest electronic music, they also klnow how to mix with the best of them.A well done record !!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for Meth's newest 6 Aug 2002
By D. Rinehart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Crystal Method's "Vegas" was the first techno cd I ever bought, over four years ago. I've loved it ever since, loved Tweekend when I bought it last year (except for the last three tracks, which all...). So I bought "Community Service" the day after it came out and have been pretty pleased since.
Some douschebag wrote that he thought the cd was worthless because there were only six or so Meth-related tracks. He did not get the concept of the mix cd.
I own plenty, most from the likes of trance gods Paul van Dyk or Paul Oakenfold. So I know what Meth was going for: it's not really trance, or house, or breakbeats, just through-and-through techno.
The disk starts off slow, with tracks 1-4 being basically exactly the same mood builders. It kickstarts on Orbital's track 5, sloows down again, then revives on track 8 with Hybrid's awesome remix of "Name of the Game" and never lets up from there. Truly, the tracks associated with Meth are all stellar (Renegades of Funk is the weakest of the bunch, but still good). Especially great are the "Name of the Game" remix, "You Know It's Hard" remix (AWESOME!), and Meth's remix of Garbage's "Paranoid" (great beat). The album ends with the cool "Matrix"-sampling "The Red Pill" by Scratch D vs. H-Bomb.
"Community Service" lags in it's first half, but tracks 8 through 16 shine for the most part. Overall, it's satisfying, but should've had a more head-nodding, badass flavor to it that they gained on the last album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Community Service = Essential Beats 22 Dec 2004
By streetcleaner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc from the 'Method was the perfect predecessor to the incredible "Tweekend" cd, at the same time bringing fresh tracks (remixed or not; that is irrelevant) to the over-rated & overplayed "Vegas" release of 1997.

Scott & Ken demonstrate the essence of any electronica dj's reason to exist: remixing skills that twist otherwise snoozer tracks into their signature big beat/hard hop groove.

Being much more accessible than the ego-heavy Prodigy & having diversity of style over remix-only outfits (Rabbit in the Moon plus hundreds of other wannabe's) keeps this 'Island of Groove' (a.k.a. The Crystal Method) the standard of the genre.
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