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Dummy [Extra tracks]

Portishead Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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Portishead are a band from Bristol, England, named after the nearby town of the same name, 12 miles (19 km) west of Bristol.
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The band was formed in Bristol, UK in 1991, by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley. After releasing a short film (To Kill a Dead Man) and its accompanying music, Portishead signed a record deal with Go! Beat Records.
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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000001FI7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Sour Times 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Strangers 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. It Could Be Sweet 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wandering Star 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It's A Fire 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Numb 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Roads 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Biscuit 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Glory Box 5:050.99  Buy MP3 


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The collaboration of studio whiz Geoff Barrow and singer Beth Gibbons, Dummy was made at the same time as a short film noir called To Kill a Dead Man, and the same approach--gloomy, tormented, and wildly melodramatic--permeates the album. "Sour Times" (the hit in which Gibbons cries, again and again, "Nobody loves me, it's true") and the more cryptic "Glory Box" are the linchpins of the album, defining its sound: dark flashes of old soul and film music, dehumanised electronic bleeps, Gibbons emoting like she's consumed by shame, and a bass-and-beat pulse derived from the slow bump and grind of the Bristol scene that spawned Barrow's old collaborators, Massive Attack. --Douglas Wolk

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11-track version includes 'It's a Fire' not featured on the 10-track version. Universal.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glory box 18 Jan 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Trip-hop was never so dark and magnificently despairing as it is here. Portishead draws listeners into a velvety abyss in debut album "Dummy," a glorious blend of jazzy instrumentation, subtle electronica, and Beth Gibbons' sweet moaning vocals.
"Mysterons" opens with an chilly, ghostly air, followed by the exotic despair of "Sour Times" and the jazzy, eerie "Strangers" and "Wandering Star." Portishead delves into pure trip-hop in the pulsing "It Could Be Sweet" and "Numb," then synthesizes strings and stately organ in "It's A Fire," before wrapping things up with the steady lament "Glory Box," with its undulating riffs.
A noir feel permeates "Dummy," giving a grounded feel to the spacier edges of the music. It's easy to imagine trenchcoats, smoky offices, rainy days and femme fatales set to this music. It's soaked in melancholy and dreamy depression, set to music.
The blend of lounge music and trip-hop could have been awkward, but it blends seamlessly. The Rhodes and magnificent Hammond organ are the core of the silky unearthly sound, adding an epic feel to many of the songs. At the same time, the flexible guitar riffs and jazzy percussion bring it down to earth. And the Hammond does double-time as a jazz instrument as well, even when paired with strings.
Beth Gibbons's vocals are outstanding: high and clear and sweet, except in "Strangers," where she sounds like her voice is being filtered through an old radio. She pours plenty of emotion into the despairing lyrics. The songs themselves are simple and evocative, with loneliness and regret dripping from them. ("The salvation I desire/Keeps getting me down")
Jazz and trip-hop blend seamlessly into the beautiful haunting whole that is "Dummy." A beautiful experience, and one of the best albums of the 1990s.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre defining classic 15 Mar 2006
By David Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This beautifully haunting record is one of those indispensables that any serious music fan has in their collection. I remember being completely blown away by the originality the first time I heard it. The punchy, nuerotic beats and the cold distant voice of Beth Gibbons. I guess if you could refer to trip-hop as a genre, this has to be it´s signature album.
"Mysterons," sounds like a martian landing, Gibbon´s distinctive voice unfurls the track with a steely brittleness. This music sounds purposefully distant and edgy. I like the curling beat on the second track,"Sour times." My personal favourite has to be the intro to the pulsating beat on,"strangers."
"It´s a fire," is the only track that sounds slightly out of place. It is the only track on the album that sounds like something you may have heard before.
The ranging,"Roads," is another extremely inventive track that preludes the classic,"glory box." Gibbons sounds like a battered, wounded woman on this song. Her lyrical approach is totally unique.
What more can I say about this? It´s engaging, strangely distant but at the same time thoroughly seductive. A must buy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic 20 Jan 2003
By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply this is one of the finest cds of the 1990s. The mood, arrangements and performances are quite astonishing.
Beth Gibbons sings the blues, backed up by a blending of sampled loops, hip-hop doodles and live instruments.
It defined the sub genre of Trip Hop. It contains elements of 60s soundtrack, jazz and goodness knows what else.
In Sour Times and Glory Box it also boasts amongst the finest songwriting of its generation. As has been proved by artistes like John Martyn (who covered Glory Box) this stuff does not need its classy fururistic arrangement to stand. These songs would shine with just an acoustic guitar backing.
Mind-bogglingly good, and a must-have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I heard this late last night at a friend's flat, and couldn't speak from start to finish! Frighteningly good, this CD demands your attention and your heart, mainly because of the stark and haunting emotional vocals. That's not to say the music is not totally in-keeping, well executed and highly imaginative too.
I have no idea how I missed this CD before now, as I am a great fan of Massive Attack, but I thank heaven that I know about it now, and have ordered it today. I thoroughly recommend that you do the same - if you do, you are in for a real treat. I fully expect to be listening to this CD until the day I die and hopefully after that too, as this is truly music from heaven itself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those exceptional albums 18 April 2014
By Sussman TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dummy is the debut album of the Bristol-based group Portishead. Dummy is one of those CDs that still sounds as fresh as the day that it was released. So what's all the fuss about? Well basically, it's one of those exceptional albums where almost every single beat seems to be in place, every single little record scratch and sample fits into the mix and provides even more atmosphere, and lyrics that just melt in your mind. Each track really does create a new atmosphere of its very own that runs the range of emotions. Beth Gibbons is one of the main reasons this album truly comes to the fore. Gibbons effortlessly creates mood on every track, whether she's crooning on "It Could Be Sweet" or strutting it out to full effect on "Glory Box." Overall, if you're into trip-hop even the slightest and don't own this album, you should probably drop whatever you're doing and go out and buy it right now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fabulous in parts,well worth the price
Published 1 day ago by harrylucyjayneelsahallkitten
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE MUSIC, SOUND QUALITY NOT GREAT
NICE MUSIC,SOUND QUALITY NOT GREAT.
Published 10 days ago by Brent Shooter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by Mr S M Queen
4.0 out of 5 stars not yet able hear music as it should heard but I am getting better so...
Its still in the case. RTA. slight head injury, not yet able hear music as it should heard but I am getting better so soon hope to be able to give it a spin. If I remember.
Published 13 days ago by mrBT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Peter Martens
5.0 out of 5 stars 1990s Brilliance
One of the contenders for best Albums of the 1990s, and its not hard to see why, a sexy evocative album brilliantly produced and put together.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Galbally
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic album on vinyl
wanted this as a vinyl copy for years but always seemed to dear for me to purchase, as for content it is an essential album for me and any fan of spy film soundtracks like The... Read more
Published 1 month ago by stef
5.0 out of 5 stars Newcomer to Portishead
Saw this at a bargain price and sampled some tracks, then bought the album - great way to discover bands that had passed you by earlier.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. K. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars A recomendation
Was recommended but not for me thought it was a fault with the c.d as was so unique loved the girl singing though very soulful but the music was anything but relaxing to me, sorry... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mavee
5.0 out of 5 stars Portishead classic
This Portishead classic is way ahead of its time and a timeless classic. Unique sound. May make a number of listens if you are not already familiar.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Bryan A. Cannon
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