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Metatronic [CD+DVD, Box set]

John Foxx Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B003905M5Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Underpass - (Extended Version)
2. This City
3. No-One Driving
4. Burning Car
5. The Noise
6. Everyone
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Crash & Burn (Live)
2. Uptown/Downtown (Live)
3. The Man Who Dies Every Day (Live)
4. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Live)
5. Underpass (Live)
6. From Trash (Live)
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Underpass - Video (B&W Version)
2. He's A Liquid - Video
3. No-One Driving - Video
4. Smokescreen - Video
5. Underpass - Video (Mark Reeder's Sinister Subway Mix)
6. The Noise - Video (VH1 session)
See all 7 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

John Foxx continues to be a huge inspiration to today's music scene, thirty years on from the original release of his debut solo album Metamatic.
This two CD and one DVD package has been put together by John himself. CD one features his hits "No One Driving", "This City", "Burning Car" and brand new mix of "Underpass", as well as his own favourites and some rare mixes.
CD two is a previously unreleased recording of a concert in Sydney in 1985, whilst the DVD features seven promo videos (including two versions of "Underpass"), available on DVD for the first time.

- Underpass [B&W version]
- He's A Liquid
- No One Driving
- Smokescreen
- Underpass [Mark Reeder's Sinister Subway Mix]
- The Noise
- Shifting City

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars john foxx you are a legend!!!! 13 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
what a superb disc for die hard fans.2 cds of music including a live in sydney disc and a dvd!all for a great price!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds fantastic! 25 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Apart from great melodies, inspired lyrical imagery, catchy riffs, deep atmospheres, tight rhythms and memorable basslines, this CD also *sounds* superb. It's been expertly mastered, especially considering the material spans 20+ years, and really kicks without the horrible strangled compression you get on most CDs these days. Even the more subdued tracks like "Never Let Me Go" sound better than ever.

No loudness war casualties here, just a real treat to listen to!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great if you especially like Underpass 25 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are quite a few John Foxx compliations out there, and if you want a decent overview of his singles and studio songs, this isn't perhaps the one for you. But if you like hearing Underpass four times, you'll be happy! Disc 1 misses out too many early classics like Plaza and Europe After the Rain, simply because the man's back catalogue is now so extensive. The focus here is very much on cementing his credentials as the synth pioneer that he is, though it doesn't neglect some of his later stuff with Louis Gordon such as The Noise, Broken Furniture and Drive. Nice to hear the extended original version of Underpass, which I don't think I've heard on CD before. Disc 2 is half concert recording (from a 2008 Australian tour) and half remixes and unreleased mixes, including a sleek updating of Underpass by Mark Reeder (slightly reminscent of Gary Numan's 90s makeover of "Cars") that's well worth the price of entry. But the best is saved for the DVD: a (very) selected collection of promo videos and some other films. These include some live footage of The Noise and Shifting City, with LG bouncing around at his keyboard like some mad muppet, and one of the Tiny Colour Movies films (Smokescreen). Nice to see the black and white version of the Underpass video, which looks like it was made on a shoestring, but still oozes urban alienation and isolation, and there's also a colour version to accompany the Reeder remix. Pity there aren't more vids from this period of John's career like Dancing Like a Gun off of "The Garden". I felt a little short-changed in the end, and those vids are out there only on a VHS collection dating from the late 80s. Still, a reasonable price for a 2xCD/DVD set and quality packing, as one expects from Mr F.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are a few compilations out there, and Modern Art was also compiled with the help of John - so what do we get here that sets it apart?

The answer is simple, the DVD, albeit rather short and not playable as a continuous playlist (as far as I can see, anyway). I had never seen these early vids, and the live tracks plus the colour 'montage' video for the special remix of "Underpass" are interesting. I wonder if the more pop promo videos will surface as part of the rumoured Metadelic one day (a sister compilation of his more psychadelic pop moments)? Then Endlessly and the like might see the light of day on DVD.

But for now we get a well-thought compilation of his sparser electronic material across the years, including a slightly extended "Underpass" (original, not a remix). Despite the lack of chronology, this works very well as a disc, and the second CD live tracks are really good too. The bonus tracks are a mixed bunch though, and Mark Reeder's remix of "Underpass" is sympathetic to the point of being slighty too close to the original to add anything. It does exist as a longer mix, and maybe it would've been nice to have that version instead, leaving the radio edit for the DVD.

The price makes this pretty much a bargain if you haven't got any of his other compilations, and there is enough previously unreleased (or on CD) material here to generally satisfy hardcore fans too. But the bonus tracks could've been a bit more interesting.

Final minor gripe is the fact the case is a 4-CD thickie, so the booklet has to sit in a CD tray and over time will probably bend/get dented by the central ring. Hence 4 stars for a 5 star artist, this time around!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music by an undervalued artist 15 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Great to see this compilation get a bit of exposure this week. Just read a brilliant interview with Foxx on the BBC site, and I immediately snapped this up. I love the DVD - but it's also a nice surprise to discover material I didn't know. I can't agree about there being too much Metamatic material on here that another reviewer has criticised this for. There are tracks from across Foxx's career. In fact as someone who hasn't bought a Foxx album since 1983 this compilation is something of a revelation. It just seems a little sad that it's taken this long for people like myself to catch up with what he's been doing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOXXY electronic 5 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like electronic music you'll love this.some cleared up and remixed material
pure synth and drum sequencing .. good vocals .. electronic genius .. up there with jarre and kraftwerk .. very musical and well mixed .. second disc is a sort of extra bonus and the dvd i've not even watched yet .. well worth the money just for the first disc alone .. stand out tracks are "underpass" and "the noise" .. fades a bit towards the end of disc 1 but not dissapointingly .. excellent buy .. hope foxxy keeps on making music.
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