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Creating musical works that convey the emotions, feelings, and settings of the world around one's self is something that Stev has been doing for years as a video game composer. Unlike video games which convey a story through the use of video, sounds and music, to develop a story using only music is a task unto itself. Stev used his knowledge of electronic music to create a thematic project ... Read more in Amazon's Mind in a Box Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Allegro Corporation ***
  • ASIN: B00353W2A0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Parker-Penn on 3 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
R.E.T.R.O was apparently conceived as a tribute to 8-bit computer games and the Commodore 64 PC. This is clear not just in the titles of some of the songs-'8 Bits', 'I Love 64'-but in the computer game bleeps n' bloops which permeate many of the tracks, and the 'covers' of old game music.
Personally, the driving synths on this cd remind me of a mash-up of John Carpenter scores, Kraftwerk, and the soundtracks to every '80s straight-to-video action movie starring John Claude van Damme as/vs./or a cyborg.The majority of tracks are instrumentals, although there are a couple of tracks with vocals (the tracks '8 Bits' and 'I Love 64' mentioned above). On these tracks the album takes a bizarre detour into Italo Disco.
R.E.T.R.O is certainly a bit different, but it is actually very accessible, very melodic, and often, even quite stirring. Definitely recommended for all fans of synths or synth-pop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Aris on 8 April 2010
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For those of you that like computer music, either the old school synthetic chip or studio mixed, this is an album for you. There are some classic Commodore 64 remixes : The Last Ninja 3, Lightforce, The Last V8, Supremacy, Shades and The Last Ninja. All mixes and other tracks are professionally recorded and sequenced, so you know that that time and effort has been put into producing this album. My favourite Commodore 64 remix on the album is, Shades and another track, 8 Bits. Either buy the psychical version or the MP3 download. Recommended !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By geekgirl101 on 14 April 2012
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I've relived a lot of good memories of Spectrum and C64 days when playing this. Stefan's use of heavily transformed vocals in most of his works and with a blend of trance, synthesisers, and C64 sounds makes this a very unique album.

R.E.T.R.O. does not follow the "storyline" that is followed in his other albums like Dreamweb and Crossroads, but some tracks have similar messages in them to most of his work like Whatever Mattered and We Cannot Go Back To The Past.

This is a very inspiring album and highly recommended for Mind.In.The.Box fans and retro game lovers.
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By nineteen68 on 15 Aug. 2013
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For me the whole album is worth it alone for the "Last Ninja" then thrown in "8Bit "& "I Love 64" and you have one of the best industrial/electronic albums of the decade.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
R.E.T.R.O's Feel Seals the Deal 9 Mar. 2010
By SSH - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Mind in a Box ( is an amazing artist that I stumbled upon through blind luck. I have listened to every one of their CDs and own a majority and R.E.T.R.O is definately worth buying. Unlike other techno artists that barely scratch the surface in terms of quality, Mind in a Box sets the standard that, sadly, very few ever meet.

Some of my favorite tracks on R.E.T.R.O include the soulful "Whatever Mattered", which employs one of Mind in the Box's best vocal performances, in my opinion, and "8 Bits", which throws you back behind that old NES controler with its amazing electronic chorus.

Mind in a Box isn't your average, sub-par, one or two track artist. Everything they release is quality and certainly deserves more appreciation than it gets.

Enjoy R.E.T.R.O!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent album that shouldn't be missed! 15 Oct. 2010
By Xanthos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My initial thoughts like others have said when MIAB was coming out with RETRO was a little bit of worry and concern over how it would turn out. Especially that they were calling it a remix album of 80s video game songs, at first I was so apprehensive. After Crossroads they had really set the bar high and it just seemed like an odd direction... Thankfully with RETRO I truly feel they couldn't have done anything better!

Some of their best songs ever are on this album!

Things that stood out most for me about the album...

Lightforce is an absolutely incredible epic song and worth purchasing the entire album for alone! The original was already an amazing song especially given the time when it made and they just amplified its intensity to a level that defies words and simply requires listening. With a high quality Stereo or headphones this song really shines.

There are many songs that are a little slow to start. But then mid way through it just changes up and starts to get amazing and then goes onto a major climax. The perfect example of this is "Supremacy" and "The Last Ninja". So I'd warn you if you're listening to the sample of a song here and think it sounds kinda slow, repetitive or nothing special I'd urge you to give it a shot and listen to the album in full because at least for me I find many songs just kinda play through for the first bit and then really kick in mid way through.

Then you have cool upbeat MIAB songs like nothing they've ever done before with "8-Bits" and "I love 64" (Both of which are Amazing!) At first I was almost concerned it was a bit too poppy and they would lose their appeal fast, but they just keep growing on you as many of the other songs do.

The song for me that really solidified this album though was the final song is "Whatever Mattered". It's so perfectly layered and the lyrics are some of the best of any song I've heard in ages, just like many of their other songs. It just has such an incredible build towards the end, performed in an intelligent, unique and talented style that truly defines Mind in a Box.

All in all odds are VERY high if you're reading this and you like MIAB you will like this album, at the very least 4-5 of the songs a lot!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"Will you still love me when I'm 64?" 21 Mar. 2010
By Dal - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard m.i.a.b were making a throw back tribute album of sorts, my initial emotion was distress. Anyone who knows this group has high expectations based on their back catalog, they have created some of the most memorable and intelligent electronic music I have ever listened to, with layers and layers. Their first 3 albums are actually a continuing story, a mystery, questioning the listener to everything they may think they know about what is going on in this world. So I was worried when I heard they were breaking that mold. Well rest assured they have created a excellent album and quite possibly even built an entirely new sound I've never heard from them before. R.E.T.R.O explodes with it's epic openner, The Last Ninja III, and it really never lets you go until the subtle and calmingly slow closer, Whatever Mattered.. Experiencing the album is something you need to do with a good set of headphones, as like any of their other albums. The production and attention to detail here is astounding. One thing worth mentioning and it shows is, they have brought back old audio systems from the past and integrated them with todays technology. Never in my life have I heard music like this.. It's perfectly blended nostalgia, making you think back to the comadore 64 days, the cloak and dagger days, sweeping synths and keyboards making you feel like you are actually going back into the past.. Now, take that and infuse what they've been doing the past decade and you have a completely new sound that is commanding and epic, yet somehow melencholy and heart wrenching. A lot of the tracks here are completely instrumental, and they've turned out to be my favorite tracks. I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for more, and if you like this please do yourself a favor and find the rest of their albums.

I've spent the majority of this review praising it, but there are a few blemishes; such as the length, I really wish it were longer, and I am it does seem that r.e.t.r.o is a bit self indulgent isolating any new fans of the group. It's a stretch trying to find something negative to say about m.i.a.b because they are so masterful with what they do.

Stand out Tracks:

The Last Ninja III



The Last Ninja

I love 64

Whatever Mattered
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb Electronic Music 20 Mar. 2010
By Tankery - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you in any way like electronic music mind in a box will blow you away. Retro is their finest hour.

The two instrumentals to kick things off have a grandeur that rivals the best of New Order circa late 80s club music.

the rest of the album is brilliant.

I think they define Euro electro-pop brilliance.

Please come to the Midwest of boring old America.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Branching Path, Still Great 29 Oct. 2010
By John Ross Judson - Published on
If you're a serious listener to electronic music, just go out and buy everything MIAB has produced so far. You won't regret it, and it's likely to occupy a lot of your listening time for the next few years.

MIAB is _different_ from any other electronic band out there. There's a story, a mood, that loops through their first three CDs. Once you get into it, it starts to make a lot of other music seem sort of pointless, or incomplete.

After the brilliance of the first three they've released RETRO. First few listens? I didn't like it. Now, I think it's pretty great. It's a stepping stone to whatever they're doing next.

RETRO breaks into two parts -- remakes of themes from video games, and some new songs that bridge forwards from Crossroads. There's a strong audio aesthetic at work in the remakes, one that took me a little while to appreciate (an 8-bit sound).

The strongest songs are the new MIAB compositions. They're great.

Don't start here if you're new to Mind in a Box. Get the first three albums, then buy RETRO for an "alternate world view".
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