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  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD
  • Label: ihiphop
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22. Vein (Instrumental) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. The F-Word (Instrumental) 5:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Stress Rap (Instrumental) 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Battle for Asgard (Instrumental) 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Real Earth (Instrumental) 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Long out-of-print classic album from renowned duo Cannibal Ox. Rated 5/5 by HipHopDX; A+ from Stylus Magazine, 8.3/10 by Pitchfork; 4.5/5 by AllMusic; ranked 8 out of 25 Top Albums of the Decade by PotholesInMy- Blog. Full album produced by the legendary producer, El-P (Killer Mike, Aesop Rock, Cage, Murs & more). Features Bonus Instrumental Version of Album!! For listeners who like: El-P, Aesop Rock, MF Doom, Gangrene. When Vast Aire, Vordul Mega, and producer El-P created Cannibal Ox's seminal debut The Cold Vein, few could have foreseen the musical dexterity that would have been embodied on this now classic release. Upon it's release, Pitchfork exclaimed, "The Cold Vein is going to be on everybody's year end list of the best underground hip-hop." Not only was this prediction correct, but The Cold Vein would go on to be cemented as a classic album, earning spots on numerous top album lists of that year and even top album lists of the decade. With undeniable production and word play that Stylus Magazine declares shows "the potential for hip-hop lyrics to work on many levels as the finest English poetry," it's no wonder that fans, new and old cannot get enough of The Cold Vein. After years of being out-of-print and pent-up demand, the group is giving the fans what they want by reissuing their magnum opus. For the first time ever, the album will be digitally remastered so listeners can experience the witty metaphors of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega over the instrumentation of El-P like never before. The album also includes a bonus instrumental version of the album.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By on 7 Jun. 2002
Format: Vinyl
It's very difficult to find words to describe this album. It's an epic science fiction space opera, a unique, unearthly soundscape that makes me ache with pleasure to hear it. If the Gods listened to hip hop in Valhalla or on Mount Olympus, they would be listening to this. It sounds futuristic, yet old as the dawn of the Universe. It is the sound of science. It is the sound of quarks colliding. It sounds disjointed, distorted, warped, but seems simultaneously to fit together perfectly, elements of beats and rhymes meshing together to create unimaginable new musical compounds. It is dirty yet pure. It is beautiful yet ugly. It must be heard.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Raymond on 10 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Too often I've read over-zealous reviews on here and have been disappointed after buying and playing the cd a few times. I agree with the person above: the same thing happened to me a couple of years ago when I originally picked up 'The Cold Vein' - I foolishly left the cd languishing at the bottom of my pile after first listening 'cos I couldn't get my head around the production/beats or even the rhymes. It pains me now to think how long it took me to give Can Ox another spin.

Put simply, this is without a doubt one of the best albums I own, certainly the best hip-hop album. It's worth buying for 'Iron Galaxy' alone - surely the best intro to any hip-hop album ever?

Calling it a genius, monumental, genre-redefining piece of art is no exaggeration; the drony, inspired production by El-P is futuristic and yet, sounds so deep and earth-shattering as if it's been around forever, waiting for you to catch on; the beats are really tastefully chopped up and rearranged; Vaudel and Vast's rhymes and subject matter are based on their real experiences of living in NYC, but are expansive and intelligent and thought-provoking enough for anyone to get into..and their different styles do indeed perfectly compliment each other.

"Put a mic in front of me, and I'm gonna bless it,

hummingbird style, seventy times in one second."

All great art is hard to put into words so I'll shut up now and just say: "BUY THIS NOW!".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Stocks on 28 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Initially I found the unorthodox layered beats on The Cold Vein too much to take in. However, when I sat down one afternoon and listened to the whole album properly I realised that I had never heard a work of such uncompromising brilliance, it struck me like a blow to the face.

Vastaire and Vordul demonstrate what a great duet are able to achieve over a set of beats which are in my opinion completely unmatched in 21st century hip-hop. This is the evolution of a genre from materialistic showmanship to hard-edged metaphorically-expressed reality. Vastaire spits insightful and creative lines in his own unique and impetuous style e.g. "The samples the flesh and the beat's the skeleton/ you got beef but there's worms in your Wellington/ I'll put a hole in your skull and extract the gelatine." Vordul spit's a semi-metaphorical dose of street talk with less hard hitting lines but a nicer flow which fits with Vast perfectly.

Such is the strength of tracks that my favourite tends to be whichever is currently playing, there are no weak ones and that surely is the definition of a classic. Produced by the standout (I should say genius) producer El-P (of Company Flow fame), Cold Vein takes the listener on a relentless journey through a reality expressed in other-worldly fashion. The range of samples used is another outstanding feature of this album.

To say it's my favourite album of all time is an understatement, it's a total no-brainer. No hip-hop album I have ever heard comes anywhere near to being as good as this one. When I listen to this album I imagine myself floating through space. It is from another world, another time and another place. It is also a work of contemporary genius. How this is possible I don't know but it's the truth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on 15 July 2001
Format: Vinyl
Fans of Company flow may have been left a little disapointed when the group announced their split but Cannibal Ox's debut album picks up where Co Flow left off. The album is entirely produced by El P and it showcases some of his sickest beats yet. The beats are hard hitting with dark melodies and samples laid on very heavily these compliment two lyricists perfectly. Vast Air's lyrics are deep and thought provoking especially on tracks like "the F word" and "Iron Galaxy". All in all this is'nt a hip hop album for the fans of people like Ja Rule and DMX but if your looking for something a little more intelligent, creative and original then this should be to your tastes especially if your a fan of El P production style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2003
Format: Vinyl
my favourite album of all time's a big thing to say, but every time I listen to 'Cold Vein' my thoughts are confirmed. Vast Aire and Vordul are both lyrical geniuses, but Vast Aire's gotta take the gold for some of the most intelligent, thought-provoking and coldly relevent lyrics I've heard, delivered as smooth as silk. Their take on Harlem life is bleak and harsh, yet enlightening and deep, with an uplifting feeling of hope for the future. And then theres the simply awe-inspiring production of El-P, in my humble opinion the best producer in hip hop today. His production ranges from electronica (vein, atom) to funked up beats (painkillers) to beautiful soundscapes (pigeon, scream phoenix), always keeping it original, interesting and melodic, with Vasts and Vorguls lyrics fitting perfectly with the sound of each track. All the tunes range from very good to classics, but my faves gotta be 'The F-Word', since I, and most people, can relate to its take on certain relationships. A masterpiece- everyone should own this
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