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Maxinquaye [Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks]

Tricky Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B002MX9YJQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Overcome 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ponderosa (Album Version) 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Black Steel (Album Version) 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hell Is Round The Corner 3:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pumpkin 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Aftermath 7:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Abbaon Fat Tracks (Album Version) 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brand New You're Retro 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suffocated Love 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You Don't 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Strugglin' 6:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Feed Me 4:030.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. She Devil (Rough Monitor Mix) 6:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ponderosa (Dobie's Rub Part 1) 4:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Slick 66 (Commercial 12" Mix) 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Overcome (Bungle Mix) 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brand New You're Retro (Alex Reece Remix) 4:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Black Steel (Been Caught Steeling Mix) 5:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aftermath (Version 1) 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Just For The Hate Of It (Rough Monitor Mix) 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Overcome (Acapella - Rough Monitor Mix) 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Black Steel (Rough Monitor Mix) 6:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Overcome (2009 Remix) 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hell Is Round The Corner (2009 Remix) 5:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Black Steel (2009 Remix) [feat. Kidd Rasta] 3:560.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

Bristol rapper Adrian Thaws, aka Tricky (once he'd dropped the cumbersome "Kid" from his moniker), was hardly an unknown force when he released this debut album in early 1995. His whispered, husky vocals had appeared on Massive Attack's 1991 disc Blue Lines, and he featured again on the trio's next LP, 94's Protection. Maxinquaye, though, was something else. It's hard to imagine how he could have stepped out of Massive Attack's shadow in a more dramatic fashion.

Named after the artist's late mother, Maxinquaye is a (quite deliberately) suffocating delight of oily beats and murky atmospherics, bruised lyricism and crafty samples. Tricky relishes his frontman role, that much is clear from a venomous turn on Brand New You're Retro (which lifts from Michael Jackson's Bad) and the man's captivating performance on Hell Is Round the Corner, which rides the same Isaac Hayes sample as Portishead's Glory Box (which was released as a single just weeks before Maxinquaye hit shelves). But he's not quite flying solo here, as his then-girlfriend Martina Topley-Bird steals the spotlight on a series of numbers. And it's the collision of these vocal styles - one croaky and smoky, one silky smooth but able to bear teeth when called upon - that drives this album to the classic status it today enjoys.

And rightly so, too. Trip hop had reached its creative zenith in the mid-90s, and it was Portishead's Dummy and this collection that gave the sub-genre its twin pillars of demonstrable brilliance. (The next contender would not appear until 1998, in the shape of Massive Attack's awesomely claustrophobic Mezzanine.) But while Dummy was an unlikely hit with the coffee table set, Maxinquaye's oppressive production and oblique lyrics ensured it bypassed cocktail party playlists. It was - it is - intoxicatingly deep, with too many moments of malevolence-meets-melancholy magic to summarise in just a handful of paragraphs. And if that sounds like a cop-out, it partially is: returning to this album is like meeting an ex-lover you last saw a lifetime ago. You want to hold onto the memories, not scatter them amongst the detritus of the present day. Because these songs are possessed by a wicked beauty rarely glimpsed since, in the work of Tricky or any other artist; a beauty intrinsically tied to time and place.

Maxinquaye was both Melody Maker's and NME's album of the year in 1995. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize in the same year (losing out to Dummy). Magazines Q, Rolling Stone, Spin and Village Voice scored it incredibly highly. It has a five-star rating at AllMusic.com. So while it's far from the easiest of listens, even so long after its release, this set is as essential to any record collection as Pet Sounds, Purple Rain and Paul's Boutique. Believe the critical consensus, as in this instance it's entirely accurate.

--Mike Diver

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Product Description

CD 1:1. Overcome 2. Ponderosa 3. Black Steel 4. Hell Is Round The Corner 5. Pumpkin 6. Aftermath 7. Abbaon Fat Tracks 8. Brand New You're Retro 9. Suffocated Love 10. You Don't 11. Strugglin' 12. Feed Me CD 2: 1. She Devil 2. Ponderosa 3. Slick 66 4. Overcome 5. Brand New You're Retro 6. Black Steel 7. Aftermath 8. Just For The Hate Of It 9. Overcome 10. Black Steel 11. Overcome 12. Hell Is Round The Corner 13. Black Steel

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to the English disaster 21 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
The thing that really sets this album apart from anything else produced in the last 10 years (including Tricky's other albums) is the lyrics. Like reading Shakespeare or listening to the ramblings of a drunk it takes a while to make sense of the words and realise just how much wisdom there is lying beneath:
"You feed me lies, distortion - the English disaster"
"I was raised in this place, now concrete is my religion"
"We're hungry, beware of our appetite"
I could try writing paragraph after paragraph about the different meanings I take from these lyrics and why I think they show us how ugly and scary an institution modern British culture can be, but I could never get the point across the way Tricky does. You know when you hear a tune and it's so good that you're convinced you've heard it before? Well that's how I feel about the words on this album - they sound like they were just waiting for someone to say them.
It's not just the lyrics either - the music creates the paranoid mood the lyrics evoke and the lyrics describe the dark lonely places the music takes you to, making it almost impossible to seperate the two. The beats are disjointed and messy - but never just for the sake of it. The chopped up ideas and phrases and the layering of different vocal parts on every song takes you to the twisted place the narrator is living in.
8 years down the line and this album still sounds ahead of the game - phrases like trip-hop and chilled-out are deceptive (even insulting), save them for baby food music like morcheeba. I rank this album up there with all the classics - astral weeks, the stone roses, dylan, marley. I just hope time proves me right!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth upgrading 2 Jan 2010
By as
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong : "Maxinquaye" is a real jewel but this special edition misses the goal.Instead of adding the B-sides (of the EP "hell 's around the corner" for example) , or some catchy live tracks (the still unissued tracks like "saturday night", or early versions of "together now" (appearing later on nearly god's album), "bombing bastards" or "Kill a jew", or whatever remastered recordings the numerous concerts that Tricky and Martina gave at the time), what did they fill the 2nd CD with? completely worthless mixes and re mixes and (so they say) a capella manipulated versions which are nearly unlistenable.
Tricky live was (and still is) an experience (top notch musicians, energetic versions with real drumming of all the "Maxinquaye" tracks). Any live version would have been welcome, especially the one of "feed me" for example which gives another dimension to the track. again a missed opportunity....... stay away.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark stuff that makes for good bedtime listening 31 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I really like this album. I'd first heard Tricky on the Massive Attack/ Protection CD and from hearing that, felt it was worth taking a chance on his solo album - what a lucky guess.. Seriously, if you want something dark and metallic, kind of fresh out of the furnace sounding, balanced with well thought-out lyrics and haunting vocals this will work for you. It has (for me anyways) a good balance of emotional tones in the different pieces, without resorting to repetition, although this does crop up in a very interesting way for those who already own Massive Attack's Protection album. The two albums, side by side, seem like two interpretations of a singlular theme; the cut-and-pasting of voices and lyrics between the two albums opens another perspective from which to appreciate tricky's work on this album. End result: on it's own feet 'tis a memorable album, side by side with Massive Attack's Protection it offers a deeper and intriguing statement. But then you might just like it for the beats..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling in every sense 19 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I only got this album recently but wish I'd bought it sooner; it's beautiful...I expected its general dark, paranoid theme but was surprised at how varied it was both musically and lyrically. And the vocals are amazing! Anyone into Massive Attack etc should definitely give it a go...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite, and first, album by Tricky 11 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, this is good. I don't think there's a weak track on this album. As always, Tricky sounds almost asleep when he's actually part of the track - often you get other folk singing... with a bit of Tricky whispering in the background... or growling... or sounding like he's challenging the world record for speaking while holding gravel in his mouth. Smart stuff.

Is it deep? I dunno... I like it is all I'm saying... there might be a 'message' or two in the tracks - hell, it might be full of 'messages', but I just really like 'em. It chills me out to listen to this, all the songs sound pretty unrushed, like there's all the time in the world - except maybe for Black Steel and Brand New You're Retro of course.

Lyrically this album is clever and it rhymes a lot... nothing wrong with that, I like it. Best tracks are Ponderosa, Hell Is Round The Corner and Suffocated Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still moves me 9 Feb 2007
By mettest
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album in March 95, and it still holds. Keep coming back to it, every now and then. Just have to hear "Overcome" or "Pumpkin" in another context, and I think: yes, that was a good album, and I put it on... and it's just as great an experience now as it was the first time I heard it. You cannot overrate it! It's as integrated an album as the Beatles' Abbey Road or Sgt. Pepper; and if that doesn't mean anything to you, well that's your problem!

Every tune leads into the other, they are magnificent by themselves and outstanding as part of a whole. One hell of a modern symphony, if you like!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
This is a masterpiece. Tricky (together with Massive Attack) forever changed the way music sounds and feels. One of the top 20 albums
Published 20 days ago by Fredrik Isaksson
5.0 out of 5 stars yes an old classic that i,d been wanting to listen 2
Value for money in good condition, and i ve been wanting to listen 2 it for years.. came on time
Published 12 months ago by sarah the slayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fantastic.....a must have album from the mid ninties!
I have wanted this album since i first heard it in '95.... can't believe it's taken me til 2013 to finally buy it!?! ...i'm glad i did finally buy it - it's a beauty! ... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tomsk
5.0 out of 5 stars No comparison
Simply put this was the greatest british album of the 90s,
To step out of Massive Attacks shadow and deliver this album was astonishing.
Published 15 months ago by stoveboy78
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant absolutely
I usually listen to jazz, english and irish folk, robert johnson, derek bailey, debussy and van der graaf generator but to paraphrase the words of another great bristolian... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by M GREGG
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying this
Have been more aware of Tricky cos of Martina Topley Baird, but through Last.FM his songs kept being added to my list of choons and am glad they did. Good perchase.
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Newcastle 73
5.0 out of 5 stars really top notch stuff
I dont know how this slipped under my radar in 1995 - probably due to the deluge of Oasis articles around at the time. Even the 'extra' CD is more than just padding
Published on 3 Dec 2009 by Nick Hindley
5.0 out of 5 stars Maxinquaye
Every generation has music that defines their era and in the mid-nineties it was the output of Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead that has the greatest resonance. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2007 by Demob Happy
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy Massive Attack Instead
I cant say i was completely surprised by the overall rating of 4 + half stars awarded to this album, it being considered 'a classic' and all. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2006 by Mr. B. W. Alexander
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