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Family Tree [CD]

Björk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Little Indian Records
  • ASIN: B00006YXDS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Family Tree is a boxed set of musical material by Icelandic singer Björk. The set consists of a book of lyrics entitled "Words", five 3-inch compact discs of rare and previously unreleased material, and a regular-sized compact disc of "Greatest Hits" selected by Björk herself. Disc: 1 1. Sídasta Ég 2. Glóra 3. Fuglar 4. Ammæli 5. Mamma Disc: 2 1. Immature 2. Cover Me 3. Generous Palmstroke 4. Jóga (Strings & Vocals) 5. Mother Heroic Disc: 3 1. The Modern Things 2. Karvel 3. I Go Humble 4. Nature is Ancient Disc: 4 1. Unravel 2. Cover me 3. Possibly Maybe 4. Anchor Song 5. Hunter Disc: 5 1. All Neon Like 2. I've Seen It All 3. Bachelorette 4. Play Dead Disc: 6 1. Venus As A Boy 2. Hyperballad 3. You've Been Flirting Again 4. Isobel 5. Joga 6. Unravel 7. Bachelorette 8. All Is Full Of Love 9. Scatterheart 10. I've Seen It All 11. Pagan Poetry 12. It's Not Up To You

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Violently Happy...Somewhat 16 Nov 2002
By Simon A. Woodhart VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
When it came down to a decision to to buy the 'Greatest Hits' cd for a not too bad a price or the 'Family Tree' box set for an exorbitant amount I, being the collecting fool I am, went for the latter of the two choices.
Now, first of all I must say that the presentation is quite nice. It is a pink box filled with some mini cd's, a lyric book, a little letter by Bjork herself and her version of the 'Greatest Hits' although bereft of the latest single which can be found on the fans 'Greatest Hits' in stores now. The pink box is covered with a white slip case and is rather quite snazzy, although I find it a bit of a pain to keep all the contents within this box without causing an indentation on the casing of the mini-cd's.
The music is as you would expect, brilliant. There is not a bad tune on here. The string arrangements with the Brodsky quartet are haunting and beautiful, the remixes are also interesting, Bjork that you can dance to, and the roots cd shows off Bjork's progression from the days before the Sugarcubes to her latest musical offerings.
On to the negative aspects of 'Family Tree' which there are a few, minor, but a few. First of all why the need for the miniature cd's? Surely at around twenty minutes each all these songs could have fit on one or two regular sized cd's. Okay, they quite cute when you first open the box, and the artwork on the slips are nice, but their novelty wears off rather quickly what with having to constantly replace the cd's. I have already mentioned the problem with the pink box itself so I won't dwell on that any more than I have already. However if there is one major complaint to bring up that is the lack of the new song.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Björks Juwelbox 13 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
What a treat. From the moment you are holding a copy of family tree in your hands you know, that you are now the proud owner something special.
The familytree box is designed as a little girls juwel box - the place where she would place all her most treasured belongings, and when you open it, you discover that it is indeed full of small treasures: 5 minicd's containing all sorts of music from Björks carreer, a booklet with Björks favourite lyrics and a "normalsized cd" with the title "Greatest hits according to Björk".
The minicd's are divided into three sections: Roots, Beats and Stings.
The 2 "roots" cd's are a collection of songs that reveals Björks icelandic background: Songs from the punkbands "kukl" and "Sugarcubes" are mixed with alternative version of songs from Björks solo carrier. The highlight is here the beautiful live version of "generous palmstrokes": Björk gives here one the most touching performances I have ever heard with zeena Harkins harp as support.
The "beats" cd contains hear first recordings with Graham Massey and Mark Bell. Although only the demo version of "All these modern things" is previously unreleased it's good to have them on one cd as an example of a specific period in Björks carreer.
The 2 "strings" cd's contains live and studio recordings of 9 Björk songs arranged and performed by the brodsky quartet. The arrangements are very beautiful and Björk gives thrilling performances almost no technical support. My favourite is "the anchor song" from "debut", where Björk's singing make you hold your breath.
The greatest hits cd differ from the ordinary edition. Björk has selected her own favourite songs not regarding whether they were hits or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but Extensive ... ! 4 Mar 2003
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Bjork has told recently that preparing the "Family Tree" collection, as well as the compiled-by-fans "Greatest Hits" package, was a pleasurable experience, likening it to spring cleaning ("now I have clear slates on which to build upon"). And one cannot deny Bjork's ingenuity when confronted with this six-CD box set, lovingly packaged and designed by M/M Paris and her artist friend Gabriela Fridriksdottir, which takes the listener back to Bjork's roots as a punky teenager through to the revolutionary pop icon she has become today. The lack of new material is a turn off, certainly, and the package may be too heavy an ordeal for the passive Bjork fan to enjoy fully ... but then there are others who think two-and-a-half hours of Bjork sounds like pop heaven!
There are thirty five songs in the set, adding up to at least three CDs worth of material (so the £40 price isn't so much of a misjudgement), and comes with a book containing Bjork's fondest lyrics and a "map" which explains the methodology behind the box set's construction. Five mini-CDs, each holding around 20 minutes worth of songs, are included alongside Bjork's own favourite clippings from her last five albums ("Debut", "Post", "Homogenic", "SelmaSongs" and "Vespertine") which is manifest in a regular size CD.
The mini-CDs include work with her most affectionate collaborators. The "Roots" CDs detail her development alongside punk bands KUKL ("Fuglar") and the Sugarcubes ("Ammaeli"), as well as Nellee Hooper ("Cover Me"), Zeena Parkins ("Generous Palmstroke") and Guy Sigsworth ("Mother Heroic") amongst others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good album with beautiful packaging.
I only regret having received this box via the Polydor label,
international distribution. If I buy in import is to receive
Album controlled import, here the label One... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mazoué
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong album
I bought Björk Family Tree album. And You send me Olöf Arnalds Sudden Elevation. Big dissapointment. The album was crap. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ville tuomola
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree is awesome!
Nice art covers and package. All the CD's are really cool. I miss It's in our hands in this collection.
Published on 20 July 2012 by Paolo Storti
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Its a nice work mixing old and rather new songs of Bjork. It includes most of Bjork's hits and it comes in a nice pink plastic package.
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by eleni
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully eclectic
This is a superb collection of a whole range of Björk's work from the Sugarcubes to the present day. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2002 by Dr. E. M. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Björk Family Tree Box Se
What can I say this is one of the best packages you will ever buy if you a fan of both popular and classical music. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2002 by "bign2000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork supplies the goosebumps once more
Bjorks new back catalogue boxset is every fan's dream. Bjork is so much more than a singer/songwriter, she has always used her voice as an original instument together with her... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2002 by Graham Wellcoat
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