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Daisies of the Galaxy [VINYL] Import


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Dr. Hugh Everett III, Ph.D., was what Scientific American magazine calls "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century." A quantum physicist who authored The Many Worlds Theory, Everett inspired countless science fiction books, movies and Star Trek episodes with the concept of parallel universes. As a young teenager he exchanged letters with Albert Einstein, debating ... Read more in Amazon's Eels Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (24 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bongload
  • ASIN: B00004WOZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 937,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robinparker55@hotmail.com on 28 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
"I don't know how you take in all the s*** you receive" sings E on the infectiously upbeat yet often sarcastic "Mr E's Beautiful Blues". Perhaps the answer lies in the light, simple feel of much of this album. A marked departure from the tragic mood that prevailed on "Electro-Shock Blues", E spends much of "Daisies of the Galaxy" with his head in the clouds.
The funereal opener, "Grace Kelly Blues" offers closure, a final cathartic release. A stately brass band pounds out a sombre, skeletal introduction seemingly wandering in from a 1980s Tom Waits album, before giving way to an acoustic guitar and E in a reflective mood. Surveying the world in which he's woken up yet again, he lets loose a silent chuckle and sums up with genuine wonder, "I think, you know, I'll be okay". Somehow it's certain he means it, particularly when the song segues seamlessly into the gorgeous "Packing Blankets", E's voice full of hope and liberation as he sets off on an unnamed path, determined to put an end to "all the troubles you and I have seen".
The open-road imagery of "Packing Blankets" suggests a long hot summer, a theme echoed throughout the album. E's at one with nature, whether studying the daisies pushing themselves up through concrete, or swatting the flies in his kitchen. Even the giant man-made spectacle of a rocket launch leaves him unfazed, preferring to stare beyond "the trophy wives of the astronauts" to the birds that flock all around, unaware of the scale of the disruption they face.
For all his newly-revealed joie de vivre, E's songs still display a rich awareness of the need for human contact and comfort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "one_phat_phish" on 15 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
Eels were one of those bands who I'd always wanted to get more into, after hearing 'Novocaine...' but for whatever reason, i decided to get this album first. Prt of me is a little gutted i did though, because next to this, anything E and his not-so-merry men have created pails in insignifance.
The very Beatles-esque intro to Grace Kelly Blues fades away to reveal how the rest of this album means to go on...simple acoustic guitar parts, backed with functional basslines and catchy melodies. Tis may not sound like much, but the result really is beautiful in it's simplicity.
Fans of E's other stuff may be incredibly surprised by the albums positive vibe, in contrast to the bleak, atmospheric Beautiful Freak and Electro-Shock Blues. Even more so, when they find out this album was written in direct response to the death of his mother and sister. Interesting...
The best song on this album, probably through no coincidence being the simplest too, comes in Track 4s 'I like birds'. Using an effortless 3 chord progression, chirpy lyrics and a whistled backing melody, the song practically beams out of your speakers at you, unearthing many happy memories you feared lost.
This album will wake you up on a monday morning, restore your faith in life, reassure you through bad times, and make you smile through the good (hence the title of this review...). I recommend any music fan gives this a try, as its appeal is universal. No doubt about it, worth all of its 5 stars...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "hileythoughtof" on 22 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all, can everyone understand this... Mr E's beautiful blues is not the happy song the reviewers have so far desribed. It may have a funky bass line and the lyrics 'God damn right it's a beautiful day' but those lyrics are just mr E being sarcastic. He is as beautifully sad on this song as on previous albums, for example the first verse 'The smokestack is spitting black soot into the sooty sky/ The load on the road brings a tear to the Indian's eye' or 'The clown with the frown driving down to the sidewalk fair/Finger on the trigger let me tell you gave us quite a scare'
But enough of this complaining, this is a beautiful album, but it doesn't quite have the depth of Electro-shock blues. For some the aforementioned album does get a little repetitively depressive, but for me that is where mr E is at his best. The chirpy 'I like birds' is a plus, but the best moments come thick and fast near the end, with emotional songs like 'Jeannies diary' and 'Something is sacred' The only negative thing i have to say about the album is the pointless instrumental 'Estate sale'.
This is an excellent album, as you would expect from Eels, but doesn't quite reach the heights of Electro-shock blues or Beautiful freak. Still, it is definately worth buying for anyone who recognises musical talent in beautiful music and doesn't just say think that if you listen to Eels/Radiohead/Elbow etc you want to commit suicide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Roche VINE VOICE on 4 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
Another classic album from the group who brought you Beautiful Freak and the wonderful Electroshock Blues. Musically this is a lighter album than Electroshock and less mainstream than Freak as we see the band start to experiment with different sounds and instruments, nothing like a bit of horn. Lyrically Daisies is stock Eels fare, with a variety of songs touching on love, loss and loneliness.
Particular highlights include Grace Kelly Blues - "The Kid at the mall works at hoddog-on-a-stick; his hat is a funny shape, his heart is a brick," - Selective Memory and Something Is Sacred.
Eels seem to go from strength to strength and this album is just another step up the ladder.
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