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Movies [Contains TV + Radio Samples]

Holger Czukay Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grey Area
  • ASIN: B000025NJR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars it's a different mix! 23 Feb 2008
By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For anyone that hasn't heard this before, the 2 star review above does kind of indicate it isn't for everyone, but for those with the right ears, it's by turns very silly, extremely psychedelic, absolutely beautiful, and at all times very musical and tuneful - there are no scary grating noises on here. The basic tracks of live instrumentation are heavily augmented by samples - before samplers had been invented. Neither Holger Czukay (whose best solo record this is) nor anyone else has made an album quite like this, nor probably ever will. The album title is very deliberate - these songs are movies for the ears. Give the man an Oscar!

For anyone who loves this album and is thinking of getting a nicely remastered version of this to replace an old lp or cd or is simply tempted by the bonus track I'd say, do buy this but keep the old one. Because the whole album is a different mix, well worth having as an alternative version. And the mastering is inevitably better. As it says in the booklet, buried on page 9 (there's no mention of the different mix on the sleeve): "The CD consists of the entire album in its first original mix from 1979 before any sound exciters (effects) were added to the sound..."
I'm not quite sure what they mean by this - the sound effects, spoken snippets and musical "samples" (added using some sort of 70s dictaphone which Holger adapted for this purpose) are all present and correct. But it's definitely a different mix, perhaps less cluttered than the original, but also a fraction less psychedelic.
Plus as a bonus track you get an excellent instrumental version of Cool In The Pool, which is much more than just a backing track - there's a guitar in the foreground and extra samples.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars history 22 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album contains the greatest track of any that I have in my many hundreds of CDs. When this album came out in 1979 it blew my mind away and it still does today.
"Persian love" contains the most throbbing, incandescent vocals that one may ever be priviledged to hear, coupled with ecstatic trademark czukay guitar riffs and a pungent mix of special effects.
I have stunned many people with this track over the years.
You buy it, hear it, you can do the same.
View the album as a whole and you will find its influence in such a lot of contemporary music, much the same as the film "Brasil" did for modern cinematography>
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable 22 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
One of the outstanding albums of the past 30 years; rightly lauded at the time and still in a league of its own. Persian Love is one of my all-time Desert Island Discs - haunting, mesmeric, delightful and hugely enchanting.
I only write this due to my astonishment at the 2 star review already posted. Please ignore and enjoy this magnificent album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Persian Love 13 July 2008
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
One exceptional track makes Movies really worthwhile: The exquisite Persian Love, an Iranian love song taped from short-wave radio and embellished with just the right elements to turn it into an atmospheric jewel of a track. The longing in the voices is carried on a lilting beat and expertly edited to form a most stirring sound collage.

Brian Eno and David Byrne did more or less a similar thing on tracks like The Carrier and A Secret Life where electronic rhythms & atmospherics are blended with a Lebanese and an Egyptian song on their collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. So if you love that one you'll be enthralled by Persian Love.

Cool In The Pool is a busy mix of funky beats, pop lyrics and samples, including an operatic voice but not quite Klaus Nomi. Oh Lord Give Us More Money is a long exploratory piece in the progressive rock tradition, with jazzy sections, interesting edits of voices that flow in and out of the mix and strange sound effects.

The other long track, Hollywood Symphony, provides more of the same spoken vocals, voice samples and what sounds like a symphony orchestra on acid. One can see whence bands like Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV got some of their inspiration!
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3.0 out of 5 stars SAMPLING PIONEER 19 Oct 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Cool In The Pool is a busy mix of funky beats, pop lyrics and samples, including an operatic voice, whilst Oh Lord Give Us More Money is a long exploratory piece in the progressive rock tradition, with jazzy sections, interesting edits of voices that flow in and out of the mix and strange sound effects.
The other long track, Hollywood Symphony, provides more of the same spoken vocals, voice samples and what sounds like a symphony orchestra on acid. One can see whence bands like Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV got some of their inspiration!
What makes Movies really worthwhile however, is the exquisite Persian Love, an Iranian love song taped from short-wave radio and embellished with just the right elements to turn it into an atmospheric jewel of a track. The longing in the voices is carried on a lilting beat and exquisitely edited to form a perfect whole.
Brian Eno and David Byrne did the same on tracks like The Carrier and A Secret Life on their classic collaboration. So if you love My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, you’ll be enthralled by Persian Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pearl from the Sample-Meister 26 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Though this album has less the hypnotic rhythms of early Can work, it offers in its dream-like flow, a sequence that includes the exquisitely beautiful Persian Love, which Holger composed around a sample from Persian radio. It is frankly sensational, no wonder it's had 75,000 hits - as I write - on Youtube. All the album is creative, and some of it unmissable: Cool in the Pool is the ultimate parody of a feelgood number, and Hollywood Symphony is a masterly, swirling trip through the Hollywood dream/nightmare that lopes along to Jaki Liebezeit's drumming till it unwinds into the most meltingly lovely finale. A remarkable piece of work, particularly for the time. More like Can's Future Days than Tago Mago, and just as rewarding as both.
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