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Silver Apples / Contact Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: MCA / Spectrum
  • ASIN: B000002P7M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 1 May 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This wonderful budget-priced c.d from the late 1990's collects the first two albums from cult-act Silver Apples, taking in their eponymous debut from 1968 and follow-up 'Contact' from the following year. I never really heard of Silver Apples until I read about them in an interview in the booklet of a reissue of Suicide's first LP. They have also been namechecked by people such as Spacemen 3, Stereolab & Sonic Youth...
Silver Apples were absolute pioneers- the band itself was reduced to just two members, so had to drop the conventional element to their band and think of something new. The something new was an experimental use of oscillators and proto-sampling that puts Silver Apples at the forefront of avant-garde and proto-electronica. It's true that without the oscillators etc, Silver Apples have a vocal-style not unlike many bands of the era (e.g. Love, Chocolate Watch Band, Moby Grape), the lyrics are mostly written by a poet or two (making them very much of their time) & part of their sound does feel dated...(part of their sound could be related to any band on 'Nuggets'- some of it may even remind you of Jim Morrison's poetic musings. 'Dust' may even remind you of 'Little Britain' !).
As part of their sound still sounds like a future waiting to happen - Taylor (who has recently died, sadly) offering rythms around the array of oscillating-sounds offered up by the Simeon. The songs as such rely more on being drones and rhythms with added vocals- musically it predicts not only the aforementioned Suicide, but also Spacemen 3, Radiohead (The National Anthem), Led Zeppelin (there is a song called Misty Mountain, go figure!), die motorik of Neu!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2007
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Silver Apples were the first synth-pop band by a considerable distance - about 6 years in fact until Kraftwerk had a hit with Autobahn. However, comparisons with Kraftwerk probably stop there. For starters, despite being the world's first synth-pop band and years ahead of their time, Silver Apples were also OF their time, and that time was the late 1960s. So instead of deadpan, ironic Germanic motorik, you get lyrics that have a strong whiff of 60s hippie. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but you need to know that because it's a major part of what this duo are about, so if you're checking this out because it's the very beginning of all things synth-pop and you can't stand anything vaguely hippy-ish, you won't like this.

Now, this being 1968, there was no such thing as a drum machine, so one half of Silver Apples was a drummer, and a very good one at that. The other half, and the half that made them one of the most unique acts in popular music history, was the surname-free Simeon and his "instrument", named after himself. The Simeon (the instrument, that is) consisted of a whole bunch of tone generators set to different notes and triggered by various parts of Simeon's anatomy (his hands and feet mostly, the latter triggering the bass notes). This made it a very primitive polyphonic synthesizer (a decade before such a thing was commercially available), with not much variation of timbre being possible.

Now all this innovation would be worthless without some talent, and Simeon had clearly put the hours in learning how to make good music out of this strange contraption.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2001
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Bearing in mind when this (these - there are two albums on this disc) was made you could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the first thing that the silver apples did was borrow a time machine. They blend the essence of detroit techno with psychadelic pop/rock into tunes (reminiscent of Looper) that trully shock and amaze at times, the end result feels fragile, as it the whole thing might explode, implode or just come off the rails. The high standard that the initial tracks set is more or less maintained throughout and you will not be dissapointed at the delightful noise that this experimental duo are capable of exploiting. After a listen to this you could be forgiven for thinking that Music has been going backwards ever since. Buy it and enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a reviewer on 8 Oct. 2005
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Just to add to the other reviews here - I'd like to say that each track is worth a listen, as they are all good, if a little samey as a whole. Are these guys aliens from the future (they sound like it - or their music does - on Velvet Cave etc.!), or DID they possess a time machine? from This collection of their 2 albums includes my personal favourite - Program; a truly trippy dreamy experience I encourage anyone to take a journey with. With washed out, almost anaemic, somehow peacefully blissful vocals, classical music samples, radio excerpts/samples, this is among my top ten lysergic tracks of all time!!!!! And Seagreen Serenades - a beautiful track, almost a lament, with hauntingly wonderful recorder sounds over electronic reverbed underlay and beat. Well, it is all gr8 as i say, so go give your ears, mind, and soul a refreshing audiological treat!!!!
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