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Moby is one of the most innovative and individual forces in electronic and popular music today. He has sold over 20 million albums, headlined Glastonbury, and is back with arguably one of the best albums of his career, Innocents.

Moby’s 11th studio album to date proves an uncompromised, fully realized work from one of the most iconoclastic, innovative, individual forces in ... Read more in Amazon's Moby Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00000J6AG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Honey
2. Find My Baby
3. Porcelain
4. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
5. South Side
6. Rushing
7. Bodyrock
8. Natural Blues
9. Machete
10. 7
11. Run On
12. Down Slow
13. If Things Were Perfect
14. Everloving
15. Inside
16. Guitar Flute & String
17. The Sky Is Broken
18. My Weakness

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Moby ~ Play

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By BD VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Every artist or band has a moment in time where they reach the pinnacle of their talent and produce their finest never to be bettered album. `Play' was that moment for Moby.

Re-assessing the album several years on away from the hype and backlash that surrounded it's commercial use and appeal, in my view this album sounds even better and perhaps more relevant than it did in 1999. Whilst one must never confuse quality with popularity in this case the popularity (10 million copies sold to date) is justified.

If you choose to buy this be prepared to be inspired and moved by inviting sound scapes, innovative blues sampling, and a feeling of being let into the private world of Moby when he reportedly recorded `Play' in his apartment.

Highlights for me would be Honey, Find my baby, Porcelain, Why does my heart..., Bodyrock, Natural Blues and Everloving but the others are also too good to be dismissed.

Released against a backdrop of late 20th century cheesy techno trance chart `dance' music, this mature body of work stood head and shoulders above most of its genre at the time, and it still does. The album manages to strike a successful balance between being intimate and delicate towards the end of the album, and soaring and celebrationary towards the beginning. The production has not dated and the sampling and song writing is inspiring and emotional.

Now the hype has died down and the backlash has been all but forgotten, `Play' by Moby has stood the test of time to sound even better several years on from it's initial release, and is probably one of the most significant and recommended albums of the last 10 years.

Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By manliosan@tiscalinet.it on 29 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The eleven B-sides collected in this re-issue are some of the best music ever released by Moby. Though mainly downtempo they have a lot to share with the atmospheres that featured in Moby's early dance stuff. They also form a pretty homogenic body of work that is extremely enjoyable when listened to as a whole.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't aware of 'Moby' till I had heard 'Porcelain' (track 3) for the first time during a TV channel's coverage of the Euro 2000 Soccer tournament. I found myself lost in the beauty of this track and had always wanted to know who it was by. It turned out that not only was he, Richard Melveill Hall a.k.a. 'Moby', responsible for this work of genius, but several cuts on TV trailers I had come across were also of his doing.
If you're one of those who's worried of wasting your money on an album which contains a few tracks you've heard but you think you havent a clue as to how the rest of the album will shape up, then I'll let you know that you will definately NOT be disappointed.
I think this is his 4th album and he has worked his way up to perfection I assure you.
'Play' starts off in a very bright, easy-go-happy mood with the first 2 tracks, which are a sign that you're in for an exciting ride. Track 3 (Porcelain) is a masterpiece you'll find playing in your player many a time.
However the mood of this album does change several times and the second half of the album is very distinct from the first. Over the course of this album, the tracks gradually become more mellowed out and ambient and this I find very special as you start with a party beat and end in a peaceful harmonious state of bliss.
Out of the 18 tracks, track 11 (Run On) is PROBABLY my favorite although I love the way track 9 (Machete) gets my adrenalin pumping with its fast paced beat.
Basically, I fell in love with this album ever since i purchased it and I was surprised how well it was put together. It really taps in deep down at heart if you listen to it all the way through, then you'll want to feel the same way again and again and again...you will NOT be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The original album, of course, is brilliant - I'll concentrate on the B-Sides. By definition, the tracks are misfits that were good enough to accompany singles but not to go on an album. The tracks are longer than those on Play. Moby himself says that they weren't "suitable" to go on Play, but has put them together as a companion album. They are very good, especially "Sunday" and "Spirit", the latter consisting of a slow melody that rises to a sort of climax, stops, and is replaced by a completely different one. Then, a jungle beat comes out of nowhere. Great stuff. The album as a whole isn't quite as good as Play, but the individual tracks are very good. A bit like Anathema Device.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am not familiar with Moby's other work (apart from the Twin Peaks single a few years back) and bought this on the strength of the fantastic "Natural Blues" - I was then delighted to discover it also featured "Run On", which I had heard on the radio months and months ago and loved.
It's difficult to know how much we should credit Moby for much of the best music here - after all, we should really be singing the praises of the gospel and blues stars who provided the samples - but he still manages to take the blues idiom and make it relevant to today. He gave it a welcome kick up the backside and brought it to a wider audience - a lot like what Fatboy Slim did for Cornershop, or even what Kennedy did for Vivaldi!
Being a tuneful, mainly instrumental piece, "Play" is this year's (and last year's) "Moon Safari" by the wonderful Air, and at times things can get a little bit wearing and bogged-down, ranging between metallic breakbeats and neo-prog rock every so often. But usually it works tremendously: as well as the two aforementioned tunes, there is "Find My Baby", "Porcelain", "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" and "Everloving" - all of which are very memorable and hummable yet not over-repetitive either.
I read that Moby used recordings made by some guy called Lomax, who went around the American South and South-West between the 20's and 50's building a huge collection of gospel, blues and country music by undiscovered local bods. It's a very romantic idea and I hope it's true - if Moby is no more than an arranger on the outstanding tracks here, then we can still give him ample credit for that.
Oh - and his sleevenote essays are quite good as well!
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