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Silver Apples / Contact [Original recording remastered]

Silver Apples Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Lovefingers 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Program 4:050.59  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Whirly-Bird 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dust 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dancing Gods 5:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Misty Mountain 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You And I 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Water 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ruby 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gypsy Love 5:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. You're Not Fooling Me 6:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Have Known Love 3:490.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen17. Confusion 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Defines "ahead of its time" 22 Jan 2007
By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Experience a vision of the future from the past 13 Aug 2001
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Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius - Ahead of their time! 98% 8 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Apples- Silver Apples/Contact
This is an excellent budget compilation of Silver Apples first two albums, and what albums they are! Early electronic sounds and drums are the primary sounds of this album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Intergalactic Orangutan
3.0 out of 5 stars a difficult one....
these 2 silver apples albums are weird ones for sure. the drummer is a genius no doubt brilliant simple dancey beats almost like a drum machine so simple yet so difficult. Read more
Published 24 months ago by charliemouse
3.0 out of 5 stars it's teh serious bizness
This album is sometimes wonderous but mostly blunderous. A muchly flawed microcosm of the 1960s and it's flowery experimentalism. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2009 by Mr. G. Halford
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated and Overrated
Some albums become relics of their time and this is a good example.
Back in the day, I'd imagine this was something of an eye-opener as it had strange electronic noises and... Read more
Published on 21 July 2007 by social_outcast
4.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable at this price
I bought this expecting to pick out sounds that would remind me of Hawkwind - I wasn't disappointed! Read more
Published on 10 May 2007 by Tony Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars White Noise this isn't
I bought this 'cause Amazon recommended it as a 'Perfect Partner' to "An Electric Storm" by White Noise. There is no comparison, don't be fooled. Read more
Published on 23 April 2007 by Moz
4.0 out of 5 stars A chin-stroking oddity of an album, but worth a listen
This is a piece of electronic music history. In fact it's electric rather than electronic, but it is a milestone. Though not all milestones are necessarily good albums... Read more
Published on 23 April 2007 by Mr. Stuart Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors go Sci-Fi
Firstly, if you're scratching your head thinking 'Hmmm. . .I quite fancy getting a Silver Apples CD. . . Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2006 by Pachubatinath
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Silver Apples twofer...
This CD contains two Silver Apples albums-the self titled debut and the second album Contact.It is remarkable to hear them now,as they were incredibly ahead of their time in their... Read more
Published on 25 July 2005 by Ted Maul
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