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Desertshore

4 Aug. 2008 | Format: MP3

£4.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 14 Mar. 2002
  • Release Date: 4 Aug. 2008
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1970 Reprise Records, a label of Warner Bros. Records, manufactured and marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company
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  • Total Length: 29:13
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  • ASIN: B001F3WBY4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,158 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JJKelsall on 24 Oct. 2012
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(Again I shall note that it might be useful to check out The Frozen Borderline, which can be bought for around the same price and contains this album, plus The Marble Index and a welcome host of bonus tracks to sink your teeth into).

Desertshore is Nico's most accessible album as well as her most varied, although it is probably still not the stuff for the casual capitol radio listener. All that said if you are interested in Nico, this is probably the best place to begin before taking a step back to The Marble Index, and two steps foward to The End. Desertshore is usually seen as Nico's crowning achievement and in some respects this is true, for this is the only album where she gets the balance of darkness and light correct. Good examples of this are the beautiful Piano and String led ballad, Afraid, as well as The Falconer, which starts of quite dark, but just before it begins to grate, Cale masterfully subdues Nico's harmonium to bring in more of that tender piano. Another tender effort is the almost acapella, My Only Child, which contains some wonderful harmony vocals.

An oddity on this album is the one minute long Le Petit Chevalier, sung by Nico's eight year old son, Ari. Initially it joined the lighter tracks, though there is something disturbing in the way the young boy's breath can be heard over the creepy instrumentation guiding his words.

Janitor of Lunacy is one of Nico's best known songs and it is truly a career highlight, containing one of her best vocal performances, of which there are many on this album, particularly on the ballad, Afraid. Lunacy introduces the album and really begins the eastern feel already sparked by the wonderful album cover.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew McIntyre on 15 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This has been remastered and reissued, along with the equally brilliant "The Marble Index", as a 2 CD set called "The Frozen Borderline". The remastering on the new release is superior to that here, and there are bonus tracks as well. So, it's definitely worth considering getting that version instead (especially if you don't already own "The Marble Index").
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Despite being aware of some of Nico's music for the last 15 or so years, I was unaware of the existence of 'desertshore' until about two weeks ago. I'd heard the 'marble index' once years back then and wasn't too keen really (a feeling that's totally reversed recently).
Back to the desertshore.....not sure what to say really......it's just incredible; extremely haunting, poignant, dramatic, dark, light, heartbreaking, joyous.....more tuneful than the amazing Marble Index....far superior to Chelsea Girls..... haven't heard 'The End' yet...
In fact, no music has affected me quite like this since Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, incidentally released at the same time (12/70).....must have been something in the water perhaps??
powerful, dark, beautiful and pure.....it sounds so far ahead of it's time it's no wonder it never sold well in it's day....perhaps it's time is now..........
A true masterpiece of music, lyrics and voice......unlike anything else I've ever heard..........
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By Otto von Perkmeister on 9 April 2015
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I first bought this LP in 1971 when it first came out because of a recommendation by a friend. I liked it more and more over the years but I honestly do not know the reason why I like Nico's work. The music takes me on a visual journey that no other singer can. As the original was played on many different turntables over the years and no longer sounded pristine, I decided to buy the 180gm vinyl re-issue.
The original was on "Reprise" but this one has been released on a not very inspiring named "Four Men with Beards", a San Francisco based label, with probably the dullest actual record label possible. Still the sleeve is nearly the same except for the name of the label.
The pressing is excellent though and it sounds brilliant to hear again as it should be. I always buy re-issued analogue recordings on vinyl because CD just doesn't do it justice for me.
For anyone who hasn't heard this before, I would say it is probably her most accessible album. The previous "Marble Index" album although really good doesn't have the immediate appeal of Desert Shore, and the one after "The End" has some good tracks but is spoiled by some synthesizer backings by Brian Eno for me. I wish it had just been her and John Cale, like Desert Shore is.
In a word, brilliant.
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