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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00000E0RI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,738,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Newton on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD collects Dif Juz's only full-length studio album, 1985's `Extractions', along with two tracks each from their 1981 EPs `Vibrating Air' and `Huremics'. This band was certainly one of the more obscure on 4AD's roster which I suppose is demonstrated by the fact that all of their material is long out of print. I have always enjoyed 4AD's material and only bought this CD second hand recently out of curiosity.

The more recent material is presented first and its dreamlike textures and chiming, echoing guitars are unmistakably 4AD; it is no surprise to see that Robin Guthrie is the producer for all of the tracks on the `Extractions' LP. Liz Fraser is guest vocalist on `Love Insane' but otherwise all of the tracks here are instrumentals. The band's name is a contraction of `Different Jazz' and this gives a clue as to what makes Dif Juz different. The music has a loosely structured, almost free-form quality with superb saxophone playing winding through on many tracks. The band were also influenced by dub and this is shown by the prominent bass and lively rhythms

This CD is evocative and quite addictive but to be critical I would have to say that it is generally short of immediate melody and does require some listens to fully enjoy. I like it a lot though and would recommend it to curious 4AD fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Totally beautiful, amazing record 9 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had this on vinyl as a kid in the 80's - and it sounds great on CD. It has aged beautifully and sounds completley timeless and mindblowing even now. A gorgeous record. I pull this CD out constantly and listen to it... I always seem to be in the mood. It's just really, really, really great.
I wish 4ad had put the "No Motion" track from the "Lonley Is an Eyesore" compilation at the end of the original LPs 9 tracks here, rather than 4 select tracks from the first two EPs (which are available, with 'No Motion' on the recent 'Soundpool' CD) - but beggars can't be choosers! I guess that's what CD burners are for...
A great album with fantastic production and complex, ambient, wind-chime, jazzy sounds... will put you in a great mood. Timeless!
Why did they break up so fast?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Music, Questionable Production 29 Mar. 2006
By Thomas Horan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the early eighties, Dif Juz released a series of brilliant, instrumental EPs characterized by a muscular, cold-wave guitar and rhythm section gliding through gorgeous sonic landscapes. Fortunately, prime examples of this alluring music fill out the final 1/3 of this release. Tracks 1-9 are the band's sole full-length for 4AD. The album material itself is wonderful (especially Twin and Earth, Last Day, Marooned, and Echo Wreck), but it suffers from heavy overproduction by Robin Guthrie, who seems intent on presenting the band's seminal post-rock as though it were new-age, coffee-house background music. Put down your latte, listen closely, and you can hear the masterpiece that might have been.

Dif Juz's sound more compelling and distinctive when they stick to their minimalistic roots, as anyone who has heard the absorbing Soundpool compilation can attest. I did like Extractions. I guess I just expected a little more (or less).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Art Rock from the Heart of the 80's 5 Jun. 2003
By Ross Amador - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dif Juz apparently didn't remain together much longer after the release of the "No Motion" track which appeared on the 4AD compilation "Lonely is an Eyesore". This is truly unfortunate because the track reflects a band beginning to peak and show incredible promise.
This album is entirely instrumental, comprising tracks from previous Dif Juz releases. Deceptively complex, the music lies somewhere between progressive rock and mid-career Cocteau Twins (or imagine a softer, dreamier version of Mogwai). For an album that is now 17 years old it has aged extremely well and still bears repeated listenings on my CD player. Highly recommended.
The production on this, their only full-length LP, obscures Dif Juz's talent and power 5 Nov. 2013
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dif Juz was an early 1980s British band that is unfairly forgotten. Years before anyone else like Sigur Ros or Explosions in the Sky, they were exploring the genre that would come to be called post-rock with their all-instrumental songs. Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins called them hands-down the best live act he had ever seen. Their track "No Motion" on 4AD's classic Lonely is an Eyesore compilation, knocks my socks off.

But I'm not so enthusiastic about EXTRACTIONS, a 1985 release and their only full-length album. The production (by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins) tames what might have been a more savage, in-your-face experience. Some tracks are so distantly miked as to drain them of power. The tunes, which have the complexity of progressive rock without the length or storytelling, will stick in your head for long afterward, but when you finally put the album again on, the flaccid sound comes as a disappointment.

Still, if you can look past the production, there is much to admire here. The standout of the album might be the contribution by divine chanteuse Elizabeth Fraser (again of the Cocteau Twins!) on "Love Insane", the only Dif Juz track to ever have vocals. Richard Thomas's saxophone weaves a sinuous thread through most of the songs, and when he is not playing saxophone, he's providing great percussion.

The CD reissue of this album contains four songs drawn from 4AD releases of four years earlier: "Gunet", "Soarn", "Hu" and "Re" (the remaining songs from these 1981 releases were made available again in the Soundpool compilation). These do have superior production to EXTRACTIONS proper, enough to convince me to stop complaining and push my rating up to 4 stars.
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