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Since I Left You [VINYL] [Double LP]

Avalanches Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00004ZUVV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Since I Left You
2. Stay Another Season
3. Radio
4. Two Hearts in 3/4 Time
5. Avalanche Rock
6. Flight Tonight
7. Close to You
8. Diners Only
9. A Different Feeling
10. Electricity
11. Tonight
12. Pablo's Cruise
13. Frontier Psychiatrist
14. Etoh
15. Summer Crane
16. Little Journey
17. Live at Dominoes
18. Extra Kings

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46 of 50 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius! 11 Nov 2001
By A Customer
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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut album 17 April 2001
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An effortlessly sublime album 14 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
....I have to say that it is one of the most fantastic LPs that you'll hear all year. A veritable melting pot of scuffed, dirty beats and refined 70's sensibilities, this album caters for all tastes and has a lasting appeal. Each time you hear it, there is something new to be discovered. From the hazy drift of "Since I Left You" to the oppressive beats and samples of "Frontier Psychiatrist" it can safely be said that there is something for everyone on this unrivalled debut LP.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good album some great tunes on hear
Published 7 days ago by DB
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 10 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 11 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 13 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 13 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 on 11 May 2012 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
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