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Mars Audiac Quintet [VINYL] [Import]

Stereolab Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (12 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 1972
  • ASIN: B007RX32I0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The in sound from way out 19 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Stereolab sound of the mid 90s reaches its space-age heights on this sublime record. Perfect melodies, pulsing guitar, krautrock keyboards and floaty harmonies provide the backing for Laetitia Sadier's cool vocal delivery. Sit bolt upright in that straight back chair and enter the jet age - it doesn't come much better than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Well Tempered Moog 31 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a fabulously accomplished album of music that evokes joy and a sense of wonder. The juxtaposition of uplifting music and searing commentary on 'Ping Pong' make it quite unlike any other kind of pop song. This kind of approach puts Stereolab in another league entirely. They're fabulously hooky and seriously intelligent at the same time.

The whole album shines with talent and enthusiasm. It's a shame that this edition seems to be without the extra disc that contained the extraordinary 'Ulan Bator' but this fact doesn't really diminish the overall impact.

If you like 'Stereolab' and haven't heard this yet don't hesitate. You must have it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect synth-pop 8 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Stereolab album I ever listened to (I'm a massive fan now!) and for me it marks a fascinating transition from their earlier Krautrock sound to the more lush, lounge-pop sounds of later albums. For this reason I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has discovered Stereolab relatively recently who wants some idea about how their sound has developed.
Song highlights for me are Ping Pong, perhaps Stereolab's liveliest and happiest sounding song ever, Des Etoiles Electronic, a gorgeously laid back groove with Laetitia Sadier's vocal in "soothing" mode, International Colouring Contest, and the closer, Fiery Yellow, where delicate samba-type xylophone sounds leave you with a gentle smile on your face.
I think Stereolab went on to even better things with "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" but Mars Audiac Quintet has a unique place in their musical progression. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the rating(!) 4 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hm. Not too impressed. The CD turned up and the print and the inlay appear to be a bit of a copy-job. Seller assured me that it was a 'genuine' reproduction product. Sound quality appeared to be fine, but then there appeared to be a horrible copying eror on one of the tracks, making that track unlistenable. Seller apologised, offered to refund, and then didn't, until I reminded him and warned him a bad rating. So in the end, I got a free disk, but given the hassle, it wasn't worth it. So if I were you, I wouldn't bother. A shame, because I know this is a great Stereolab album and getting hold of a decent original may be tricky.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most accessible of early Stereolab 28 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was just given this as a gift to complete a hole in my Stereolab collection. I hit play on the CD player, my jaw hit the table and didn't shut until it was over. If you own an early album by this band (Switched On, Refried Ectoplasm, Transient Random, etc.) and are wondering which one to get next, this is it. If you own later stuff by the band, are wondering what the earlier stuff is like, and don't like too much grit in your pop, this is the one too. Gorgeous drones, lots of repetition, drums and guitars, bilingual lyrics, analog synth washes, this one has it all. Classic Stereolab. Don't wait six years to get this like I did.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Stereolab at its best 21 Nov 1999
By "eqtweak" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have yet to hear a bad album from Stereolab. This is among their best. Chicks dig it. Your friends will love you for it. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it. The only thing better is seeing them live. This isn't recent Stereolab, though, which is cleaner and more bassy. This stuff is pretty raw in comparison, with live drums, bass and guitar, and with layer upon layer of distorted, fuzzed-out Moog synthesizer, and then Latitia Saedler's (sp?) smart voice coming through the mix with some wonderful harmonies and such. Saedler is renowned for her philosophical lyrics, which on this album team up with the music like no other Stereolab album. Awesome!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best 7 April 2005
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I thought, "Oh, no, more organs, more repetition, same old drumbeat for every song, same old everything." However, a second listen is needed to fully appreciate this as a standalone album. With Peng! formerly being my favorite record by the groop, I was hoping to pick up Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements, their second album, but since there were none on the shelf, I settled for this, their third.

Mundane (or actually just poor) album art aside, this one started as a disappointment and quickly skyrocketed up to the top of my list. Unlike their other albums, this one relies much more heavily on melody than harmony, which later albums do not reflect. Like any Stereolab (Dots and Loops aside), it's different, but it's still the same sound. It's much lighter-hearted and less distorted than the work on Refried Ectoplasm, but comparitively Refried Ectoplasm is the closest thing to this out there.

My top five Stereolab songs:

1) John Cage Bubblegum (Refried Ectoplasm)

2) The Stars our Destination (Mars Audiac Quintet)

3) Jaunty Monty and the Bubbles of Silence (Instant 0 in the Universe EP)

4) Outer Accelerator (Mars Audiac Quintet)

5) Perversion (Peng!)

And thus, this is the one that I deem Stereolab's best. Introduce yourself to Stereolab with it or pick it up to fatten up your collection. Either way, this is a solid and 100% stellar album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best CD, and the closest to their live sound 30 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've long been a fan of Stereolab and own most of their full-length albums. But time and again, for me, "Mars Audiac Quintet" stands tall as their most cohesive, exciting, listenable work.
Whereas their later albums often dip into loungey, vibe-heavy pop territory and their earlier work frequently sinks into screeching passages of pure noise that can tax some listeners, "Mars Audiac" remains Stereolab at their "purest," which is to say, if you've ever been lucky enough to catch them in concert (which I highly recommend), then the energy of this tight, jammy CD is the closest you'll come to duplicating the trance-like experience of seeing them live.
For those just starting out with their Stereolab explorations, this is a fine, fine CD to begin your journey with.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Dee Melodies 30 Jun 2006
By Stephen K. Reeder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A long time ago, I had a really crappy cassette player (remember cassettes?) And my tape of Mars Audiac Quintet was stuck in the tape player, for months. Seriously. The only thing I listened to in the car was this album (Or in this case tape). It got to be a joke, and people would start laughing when they were in my car, and they heard Stereolab AGAIN. But after, literally, months of listening to this recording I think I learned every subtle nuance of this great album. (Perfect driving music!)

This cd, more than any onther, bridges the gap between their early, more rocking, krautrock-influenced sound, and their later space-lounge-pop sound (Which would really start with their next release, Emperor Tomato Ketchup.) This cd still has the loud guitars, overdriven keyboards, repetition, and experimentation that defines their early sound. Unlike some of their early releases, the recording and production are definitely hi-fi, and the recording sounds crystal clear. (This is a great audiophile record!)

They were able to merge the sounds of krautrock (i.e. Can, Faust, and especially NEU!) with the Beach Boys and Velvet Underground, and made this pop masterpiece.

I think in many ways this CD is their honing, fine tuning, and perfecting that early sound, and it drops a few hints about the new musical direction they would take.
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