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Since I Left You [CD]

Avalanches Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00004XN07
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Since I Left You 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stay Another Season 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Radio 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Two Hearts In 3/4 Time 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Avalanche Rock0:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Flight Tonight 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Close To You 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Diners Only 1:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Different Feeling 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Electricity 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tonight 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Pablo's Cruise0:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Frontier Psychiatrist 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Etoh 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Summer Crane 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Little Journey 1:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Live At Dominoes 5:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Extra Kings 3:420.99  Buy MP3 


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The Avalanches are a much-feted six-man crew of sample-addicts from down-under, whose debut album Since I Left You is a bargain-bin vinyl throwback to the Daisy Age. Their everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach is exemplified by their debut single, "Since I Left You", which opens the record with its wistful disco-samba shuffle and a scintillating sliced-and-diced soul vocal. The album is constructed like a mix tape and calculated to tweak the dance floor. Snatches of familiar rhythms bubble up throughout, giving the record a comfortable lived-in feel, but also betraying the fact that the group haven't dug very far through the crates to source their raw material. Vast chunks of records by Madonna, Art of Noise, Kid Creole And The Coconuts and Parisian hip-hoppers Saian Supa Crew are easily identifiable. There's little doubt that this kind of sample re-construction has become standard fare for retrogressive adolescents with a mania for collecting records and precious little musical flair. The Avalanches get full marks for their seamless mixing skills, but otherwise it all feels way too neat and tidy, bristling with its own inventiveness when it should strive for something that transcends its influences. For every innovator like DJ Shadow and Dan the Automator, there will be an avalanche of imitators. --Chris Campion

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't believe the unbelievers. 19 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
it seems that some listeners can't quite comprehend the concept behind the avalanches' thrilling debut album, since i left you.
upon hearing a sample that (shock! horror!) they might have heard before, they immediately label the band lazy, for 'not digging deep enough' into the crates, or even more laughably, unoriginal, simply because sampling is used at all.
i dare them to listen to the 'gimix' bootleg tape that was circulating long before the album was ever released: not only does it contain the 'obvious' samples used in the album itself, but bob dylan, cyndi lauper, jimi hendrix, de la soul, the beatles, the smiths, deee-lite and a whole host of unbelievably big names make appearances... huge chunks of their biggest hit singles are audaciously and very deliberately included.
the point is, these songs, and the samples in 'since i left you' are not chosen in order to steal the original artists' thunder. on the contrary, the avalanches are paying homage to music that they love and revere. of course, in the end, it's not what they use, it's how they use it. be prepared to be blown away as jimi hendrix's 'crosstown traffic' is mixed with cyndi lauper's 'girls just wanna have fun' as though it were the most natural thing in the world. stand, mouth agape, as sgt. peppers, sped up, is played hand in hand with 'groove is in the heart', and jurassic 5's 'jayou'.
similarly, the well known (and some might say, tired old) tunes sampled on the album itself are treated in a fresh, refreshing, magical and totally inspired way. many are unrecognisable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Since I left you 7 Mar 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Avalanches are a DJ's dream come true -- six Aussies who took hundreds of sound snatches, and wove together a wildly playful kind of electronica. Their first (and so far, only) album, "Since I Left You," is a tangle of the delicate, the weird, and the incredibly danceable.

It kicks off with the sparkling "Since I Left You," but the best is yet to come. The Avalanches manage to attain both a typical "sound" and plenty of originality in their songs, such as the bleeps-and-horns "Different Feeling," the knob-twiddling basslines of "Radio," the sputtery dance number "Live At Dominoes," and the interference-laden Rastafarian rock "Flight Tonight."

But with all the dance tracks, the Avalanches have their softer side: the delicately upbeat "Two Hearts in 3/4 Time," the swaying "Electricity," the brief and staticky "Pablo's Cruise," and the gauzy, multilayered "Etoh." It rounds off with the majestically languid "Extra Kings," which has a long sweep of distortion and chaos in the middle.

It's almost too easy to dance to the Avalanches. They take almost a thousand mismatched sounds and manage to cobble them into some really brilliant music. What's especially brilliant is the way these patchwork dance tracks manage to find solid, simple grooves, and stick to them right to the end.

"Since I Left You" isn't perfect -- at times the fragments don't quite mesh together. Some parts are pure chaos, but oddly they don't mar the overall sound; instead, they enhance it. Scattered in amongst the melody is the sound of video games, horses, discos, golf instructions, flutes, pianos, and seagulls -- it adds a strangely whimsical sound to the dance music.

The vocals tend to be samples repeated over and over, just under the surface of the music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius! 11 Nov 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I think this album is just amazing, very cleverly done, and I truely hope there is definately more to come from these clever little Aussies!
I love the way the tracks are all kind of mixed in together, so all you have to do if hit PLAY and hit the dancefloor - or lay back and chill - either will do nicely.
You can definately tell that the album was made by a bunch of aussies as you immediately imagine sitting around a BBQ or hitting the beach to the laid back summery feel of some of the tracks.
Your'll soon recognise a few samples too along the way. Especially the "Holiday" sample from madonnas hit single, which just makes you want to pick up and drink and wiggle your way to the dancefloor! And then the following day, hum the tunes all day, much the annoyance of all your collegues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut album 17 April 2001
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Format:Audio CD
What can I say? I heard the title track on radio 1 and had to discover the album. I`ve had it in my CD player all week now and think I am addicted. Its mixed seamlessly throughout, yet doesnt become dull or boring. There`s always something to listen out for, brilliant samples by the likes of Madonna and ever changing tempos. The first track makes you smile and the grin lasts for the whole album! Very uplifting, get it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and mesmerisingly flowing album 11 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
As a whole, "Since I Left You" is considerably more than just the sum of its parts. The album flows so well - it is almost as if track marks and names were included in order to conform as it would surely be sacrilege to not play this album from start to finish. All the samples are cleverly used to create a fantastic trifle of sound - only you may need a quality hifi to properly appreciate all the layers. I heartily recommend this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Put off buying for long enough (holding out for vinyl edition) but glad I got the CD. It's quite long (about 60 odd minutes) but flows (almost) seamlesslessly so I just hit play... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stuart N Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best album ever
Had this album when it 1st came out then it got lost on my travels. Came across it again and still love it's uniqueness can't beat it
Published 6 months ago by samcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for my 20 yr old Son
My son really loves this interesting album having first heard the track 'Frontier Psychiatrist' and the video on You Tube. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Oneten
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
This mixed CD is great for parties and BBQs. Has a housey break beat hip hop feel to it. Recommended.
Published 9 months ago by Ren
5.0 out of 5 stars good
wow this is a great product i cant believe how great it is im impressed this is great really though what a great product
Published 23 months ago by pen name?
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative brilliance.
When struck by the frequent moments of brilliance on this long album, it always makes me wonder about the amount of hours and the number of records listened to so that so many... Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by Patch
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Found this cd one night after seeing the video for 'since I left you' at 4am on MTV. Saw the recomendations here and thought, what the heck, lets buy it. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2006 by Ms. Sarah J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish the would make another!!
This is one of those few albums that I don't need to skip through any song... A pure genius album. The only fault I have is that they never made second album...
Published on 15 Nov 2006 by Jazmania
5.0 out of 5 stars Summertime or anytime album
Wonderfully original. The Avalanches used over 800 samples on this album - yet the whole thing feels so perfectly balanced. Blissful, retro funk and beats.
Published on 17 Mar 2006 by Patrick Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Only because I can't give six
Quite, quite magnificent. Joyful, witty, massively original and great to listen to when drinking red wine on top of Wrynose Pass in the Lake District.
Published on 22 Feb 2006 by Simon Hemelryk
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