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Simple Things (Remixes) [Enhanced, EP, Import]

Zero 7 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, EP, Import
  • Label: Palm Pictures
  • ASIN: B00007MB61
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Distractions Bugz In The Attic Remix
2. In The Waiting Line Dorfmeister Con Madrid De Los Autrias Dub
3. Destiny Photek Remix
4. Distractions Madlib's YNQ Remix
5. End Theme Roni Size's Tear It Up Remix
6. Destiny Enhanced Video

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad At All! 3 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved it but I felt that there could have been more remixes on this cd. It didn't have the depth that I expected personally. Even though I enjoyed it I would have loved to remix some of these classics myself.

Anyways, worth a buy but don't expect an alternate version of the original classic.
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Amazon.com: 2.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars The remixes that failed to meet my expectations 4 Mar 2003
By Llaqtaypa Charanku - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD has made me realize all that is both good and bad about remixes. I'm definitely a fan of Zero7. I think that "Simple Things" is probably one of my five favorite recordings, ever. After falling in love with "Simple Things", I was so infatuated with the sound of Zero7 that I went out and bought "Another Late Night". While it's completely different from "Simple Things", I still enjoy it very much.
When I read that they were releasing a compilation CD of remixes from "Simple Things", I could hardly wait until it was released. On my first listening, I was really quite disappointed. Compared to the original versions, I found these remixes to be quite uninspired. A lot of it sounds like typical dance club fare, where the original versions are truly beautiful music. Then I realized that remixes are really another musician's concept of a song. That realization helped me to figure why I loved Zero7's remixes of other people's songs, but why I really wasn't too fond of other people remixing their songs.
While I respect the remixers featured on this CD for their own work, I feel that some music lends itself to remixing more than other music does. Take, for example, M People. Their music is great remixed, and in many cases, better so than in the original form. Heather Small's voice is incredible, but the actual music behind M People wasn't anything to write home about. "Simple Things", however, is already pretty much perfect by itself. It would take an absolutely genius remixer to improve on it at all. And not just a remixer, but an incredibly talented musician. I don't think that this music lends itself to remixing, because it really doesn't need it, and it would be very hard to make a remix that isn't out-shined by the original.
Finally having a higher resolution version of the video for "Destiny" than is available online is a nice thing. For fans of that video, it's almost worth the price of the CD alone. Unfortunately, for Mac OS X users who don't want to launch Classic, you have to do a little snooping around on the CD, in order to view the video in QuickTime Player.
I do think that I got my money's worth out of this CD, but it's not the type of thing I'd have a strong desire to listen to regularly. After owning "Simple Things" for almost a year, I still listen to the entire CD all the way through, several times per month, and when I listen to it, I usually have the urge to play it again. That is one thing I can't say about this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Set of Almost-New Songs 9 Feb 2003
By "wisty" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am not a fan of remixes. The only reason I got this CD was that I heard the remix of Destiny on the radio. I immediately went out and bought this CD after listening to Simple Things. Wow. The songs on this CD are almost totally new. The beats are new, the tones are new, the only things that are the same are the lyrics. The only downside to this album is the fact that there are only 5 remixes of 4 songs. The best two by far are the "In the Waiting Line" remix and the "End Theme" remix, though all of them are excellent. A highly recommended album for fans of Zero 7.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Remixed down 22 Jan 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are two things that remixing can do to a song: on one hand, it can elevate a simple melody into an exquisitely complex new sound. On the other, it can turn it into a sloppy mess suitable only for club dancing. Unfortunately, "Simple Things: Remixes" is the second.

Things don't start off well: "Distractions (Bugz in the Attic Remix" kicks things off with a spasmodic electronic beat overlaid over a wavery mix, while "In the Waiting Line (Dorfmeister con Madrid de los Austrias Dub)" adds a Latin flavor to the original.

"Distractions (Madlibs Ynq Remix)" is a flatulent, plodding remix, while "End Theme (Roni Size's Tear It Up Remix)" sounds like the soundtrack to a sci-fi thriller. Only "Destiny (Photek Remix)" has any redeeming value, with its cold, distant electronic beats and simple mix. Only the Photek remix manages to sound like anything but generic techno.

Remixes are not supposed to wipe out the original melody of a song, but that's what most of this EP does. It's impossible not to compare the remixes to the original Zero 7 album "Simple Things," and it's equally hard not to find the remixes wanting -- it's impossible to tell even vaguely what the original mixes sounded like.

Delicate remixing would have done a much better job in this case, or else a very simple remix. The blaring Latin rhythms and lightning techno obscure the melodies, although the cold simplicity of "Destiny (Photek Remix)" suits the song remarkably well.

While some bands remix well, the remixes of Zero 7's "Simple Things" is wretchedly generic and actually kind of boring. Listen to the original, skip the remixes.
2.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of Zero 7. These mixes just not my cup of tea. 29 Dec 2013
By Snowdragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Simple Things is one of my fave albums... still in my music rotation, but these remixes are not that great.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Transforms a beautiful album into crud 23 July 2003
By Mark Colan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love the (original) Simple Things album. It's refreshing to have beautiful, fresh, melodic music in a time when modern music is about rhythm, rap, and techno. So far it's my favorite album of the year, and it's always playing on my "internal radio".
But everything that the Simple Things album does beautifully has been wiped out with these remixes. Perhaps if you love techno music, which to me tends to sound all the same, you'll like this. Remixes are generally a mixed bag - I love some, but most aren't as good as the original. I hoped to find at least one gem in the form of a reinterpretation, but I was disappointed here.
If you think the original Simple Things was a disappointment with its melodies, slow tempo, and slightly surreal feal, and if you're a fan of techno, you may really like this. On the other hand, look at the number of used copies available, and the price they're selling for, and judge for yourself: these stats speak louder than stars.
In any case, don't buy it new.
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