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The Dogs Are Parading - The Very Best Of Special Edition

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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00383Y01G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Girlfriend Experience
2. I Heard Wonders
3. My Mate Paul - The Dogs Are Parading
4. Rodney Yates
5. Holy Pictures
6. Jackson Johnson
7. Hey Lisa
8. 69 Police - Radio Edit
9. Sugarman
10. Living Room
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Ballad Of Sarah And Jack - Geese Mix
2. Don't Die Just Yet (The Holiday Girl) - Arab Strap Remix
3. I Heard Wonders - Andrew Weatherall Mix
4. Living Room - Kevin Shields Remix
5. My Mate Paul - Major Force Remix
6. Little Short One Part 1
7. Head Rush On Lafayette - Fridge Remix
8. You're On Fire (Too Fat)
9. Lower Orders
10. Gone (Alter Ego Decoding Gone Part 1)
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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CD Description

The Dogs Are Parading is a career retrospective of David Holmes’ critically acclaimed studio work curated by Holmes himself. Available as a 29 track ‘hits and rarities’ set it contains three brand new tracks ("The Girlfriend Experience", "You're On Fire (Too Fat)" and "The Lower Orders"), a brand new remix of "The Ballad Of Sarah & Jack" by Geese and the previously unreleased Kevin Shields mix of "Living Room". The first CD includes key tracks "My Mate Paul", "Gritty Shaker", "Gone", "69 Police" and "I Heard Wonders" and covers Holmes’ career from Slash The Seats This Film’s Crap (1995) through to 2008’s The Holy Pictures. The second disc includes mixes from Mogwai, Arab Strap, Major Force, Fridge and Andrew Weatherall.

BBC Review

David Holmes’s debut album of 1995, This Films Crap, Lets Slash the Seats (presumably the man had a problem with possessive apostrophes), was by the producer/DJ’s own admission hugely indebted to movies and their soundtracks. A darkly designed, texturally rich experience, it was generally well received. Come the release of 1997’s Let’s Get Killed, though, Holmes was elevated to the upper echelons of the dance hierarchy, the record scoring highly beside same-year classics from The Chemical Brothers (hooray!) and Bentley Rhythm Ace (huh?).

Holmes’s material was never likely to be confused with the column-inches-consuming big-beat movement of the era, though – it was too in touch with the past to accompany a hedonistic present, its freshness founded upon street recordings acquired during excursions around New York rather than particularly contemporary production techniques. His collages were closer to the subtler, sample-stitched work of DJ Shadow than the bouncy bombast of a then-emerging Fatboy Slim, and Holmes was soon approached by film and television suits after critically cool beats to complement their latest projects. His career trajectory was altered: out of the clubs and over to Hollywood, from Belfast studios to working with director Steven Soderbergh.

Out of Sight, the first movie Holmes crafted a soundtrack specifically for, isn’t actually represented on this splendid best-of collection, but its opener is the previously unreleased title-track to another Holmes/Soderbergh collaboration, 2009’s confused but admirably experimental The Girlfriend Experience. Gritty Shaker made an appearance on Holmes’ soundtrack for the 2001 remake of Ocean’s 11 – again, a Soderbergh-helmed affair – but also featured on Let’s Get Killed, and studio albums proper provide most of the material for The Dogs Are Parading.

2008’s The Holy Pictures, which featured Holmes singing for the first time, releases four of its tracks for use here – one of that album’s bonus numbers, The Dogs They Are Parading, effectively gives this set its title. Of the vocal cuts, I Heard Wonders is the most immediately enjoyable: it comes on like a widescreen Badly Drawn Boy (who has also composed soundtracks) tinkering with some Secret Machines. At the opposite end of the catalogue is Gone, featuring Sarah Cracknell, but its loose trip hop design dates it a little. What haven’t dulled in the slightest, though, are the Let’s Get Killed tracks. Do make that album your next purchase should this introduction to Holmes’s wonderfully varied but consistently appealing output strike a chord. --Mike Diver

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 18 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
At some point over the last decade David Holmes' brand of retro mishmashery seemed to fade from the zeitgeist despite the fact that the Northern Irish producer was reaching a wider audience (and no doubt keeping his bank manager happy) with soundtrack work. His turn to the movie business, principally for Steven Soderbergh, found an appropriate outlet for a producer whose jazzy, hipster vibes have always had a cinematic quality.

I found myself returning recently to that 1997 pre-millennial fave `Let's Get Killed' and finding that it still works very well. At the time, Holmes seemed a jollier, less cerebral UK alternative to DJ Shadow's murky vinyl esoteria, minus the state-of-the-hip hop-nation polemic. Both artists wore their record collector hearts on their sleeves, digging deep into the crate for rare grooves and forgotten pyschedelia with which to blend and splice impressionistically. Arguably (for this won't be a popular statement) 'Let's Get Killed' has dated less. Bar the James Bond tomfoolery, the album compares favourably to the prog excesses and more ponderous moments of `Entroducing', still cited as a great album of that decade (it is, of course).

Holmes was always more interested in cinema than hip hop, though, epitomised by the title of his debut "This Film's Crap, Let's Slash the Seats!" - an album much mined for its effectiveness as incidental music for television drama but somewhat dated now. Only the slow-motion farewell `Gone' from that early effort makes the grade here, David Holmes' rather premature `Best Of' compilation, `The Dogs Are Parading', and it blends in well.

However, `Let's Get Killed' is still the high point in a patchy five album career (not including the soundtrack work and compilations curated by him).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 15 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Its not every day I get to hear something as good as this, reminds me of 80s and optimism growing up, took a while to find it.
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By James C. on 12 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent collection of Mr. Holmes finest tunes.
The bonus disc has some great remixes, some I'd never heard before. So a real treat.
If you are a fan this collection is a must.
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