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The Complete Works Volume Two [Limited Edition]

Spiritualized Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000174LWA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Let It Flow
2. Donít Go / Stay With Me
3. Donít Go / Stay With Me (The Individual)
4. Broken Heart (Japanese Version Instrumental)
5. Lay Back In The Sun (Single Version)
6. Cool Waves (Instrumental)
7. Electricity (Album Version)
8. Spread Your Wings (Instrumental)
9. Come Together
10. I Think Iím In Love (Radio Edit)
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Disc: 2
1. Stop Your Crying
2. Anything More (Instrumental)
3. Rock And Roll
4. Out Of Sight
5. I Didnít Mean To Hurt You (Instrumental)
6. Going Down Slow
7. Do It All Over Again
8. On Fire (Live)
9. Amazing Grace (Peace On Earth)
10. Do It All Over Again (Live)
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Product Description


Since rising from the ashes of Spacemen 3, Jason Pierce has built walls of multi-instrumental sound that would make Phil Spector blush. The Complete Works Vol 2 follows his outstanding if increasingly bombastic career from 1995's Pure Phase to date. After the soothing languor of "Let It Flow" and the two versions of "Don't Go/ Stay" from the single, the first disc concentrates largely on offshoot material from 1997's groundbreaking album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. From the poignant beauty of the ultra-rare instrumental version of "Broken Heart" to the shimmering bliss-rock of "Lay Back in the Sun" and the spine-tingling gospel-backed eruption that is "Come Together", the first disc is a remarkable reminder of Pierce's genius.

The second disc covers the 100-piece-orchestra era of Let It Come Down and the album's three singles. It's hard to highlight, but the three extracts from the 2001 Steve Lamacq Radio 1 session find tunes such as "Going Down Slow" and "Rock and Roll" being given a particularly masterful reworking. An essential anthology of one of the most outstandingly creative careers in contemporary alternative rock, this faultless collection is a must-have for all Spiritualized fans. --Christopher Barrett

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wall Of Amazing Sound! 4 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you need an album as an introduction to the magnificent Spiritualized, you can do no better than this and it's sister Volume 1. This volume charts the course of the band from the 'Pure Phase' album up to the present day, and is filled with some absolute gems from various singles B sides and Instrumentals/Live stuff as well. If you're a Spiritualized fan and have missed out on some of the awesome singles the band have released over the years then this is a great way to catch up.
All in all, along with the earlier works in Volume 1, this is a fantastic compilation of some of the most incredibly crafted music of the last 20 years! Go and Buy now!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reminder of Brilliance 25 Jan 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Whilst the previous Complete Works (Vol.1) Disc chronicled this seminal band on the way up, the new collection highlights a fantastic composer at the peak of his powers.
Disc 1 opens with a trio of tracks from the Let it Flow single. When released in 1995 there was nothing in music that sounded so alien, fractured and beautiful and there still isn’t today. The lead off song and Don’t Go / Stay With Me form a beautiful couplet about love and loss, which then merge into the spectacular Sun-Ra fused free jazz of ‘The Individual’.
The majority of first CD contains rarities from the ‘Ladies & Gentlemen…’ period, perhaps the finest and certainly the most original and visionary album of the 1990’s. The lazy haze of ‘I Think I’m In Love’, the pure gospel beauty of ‘Cool Waves’ are particular highlights but ‘Broken Heart’ is the pinnacle of the collection. Contained here in three versions, instrumentally it is like the most melancholy moment of a Michael Nyman Soundtrack, whilst with lyrics it will send shivers down your spine.
Disc 2 concentrates on the ‘Let It Come Down’ period, perhaps Jason Pierce’s most ambitious project to date. Whilst the album was somewhat of an anti-climax the tracks here are still fine, particularly in their live forms. B-Sides from the time, ‘Rock & Roll’ and ‘Amazing Grace (Peace On Earth)’ showcase the more orchestral song-based direction that was taken.
This collection isn’t merely B-sides and outtakes for fans only. Along with Volume 1, it provides a perfect introduction to the band, and in particular to a man, who has been creating amazing music for nearly 20 years.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the same songs 3 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
i got into spiritualized at the ladies and gentlemen era. buying the complete works vol. 1 was def worth it as i didnt own most of the songs, and it was great. when i saw this one come out, i didnt get it, althouhg i wanted it, but i did wonder if the songs on it that said 'stop your crying' was just the same version as the others, cos the vol 1. has like 'glideas and chimes version' and '7" version' after the titles, whereas this didnt. now i own it, i can tell you that the songs are just the same songs, its like a best of the two album ladies and gentlemen and let it come downm spread over 2 discs (?...). anyway its worth it if its a fiver cos its got a bit of stuff thats not on albums, but whereas the last one (Vol 1.) had proper different versions and other interesting tracks, this has instrumentals, which are a bit of a cop out.
good for beginners, but if you have LICD and LAGWAFIS, then dont pay more than a fiver cos ull be gutted at paying for the same music twice
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars to save suspense- not as good as vol. 1 17 Mar 2004
By *stares blankly* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i don't think that this collection can hold a candle to 'complete works vol. 1.' i may be a bit biased though, as i'd never heard 'feel so sad' before i owned it. the 'ladies and gentlemen...' b-sides are kind of weak. it's fascinating to hear how much work jason pierce put into getting 'broken heart' where it is on the album. it's also kind of fascinating to hear 'stay with me' bleed into 'the individual' even though it works better with 'home of the brave.' but for god's sake can we please stop it with the 'lay back in the sun' alternate versions?! that said disc two is much better and puts a better spin on the 'let it come down' songs. the live versions are quite nice, there is even evidence of where a few tracks from 'amazing grace' originated ('the power and the glory' can be heard in the intro to the live version of 'on fire' and 'hold on's main parts can be heard in 'amazing grace'). 'going down slow' is a nice completely new track. 'rock and roll' is... well, you can tell why he left it off the album...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritualized - 'Complete Works 2' (Arista) 6 Feb 2011
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Total of twenty-six tracks, nifty assembled 2-CD box set (if you want to call it that). Actually, most box sets imply a thick booklet inside. This is, in reality your typical 2-CD release - no matter. Has plenty of single and instrumental edits of past Spiritualized songs. Every bit as good as their 'Complete Works 1' 2-CD title (see my review). While I've never been the biggest Spaceman 3 / Spiritualized fan out there - I do listen to a CD of theirs from time to time. Wouldn't mind catching them out on tour again. Glad to hear that Jason Pierce is now doing better - hear we almost lost him to a nasty case of pneumonia. Long live Spiritualized.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 3 Jan 2009
By From Acorn to Zebra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Two Words:

Exquisitely Beautiful.

True Story:

Since thirteen years young I've scoured the Earth for beautiful music. Of the thousands of songs that I've listened to, I consider twenty of them to be exceptionally beautiful. This compilation contains four of the twenty.

Star Rating:

Six Stars. Very few albums are comparable to this one.
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