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The Frozen Borderline: 1968-1970 (International Release) [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Nico Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000M06SV8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Prelude (2007 Remastered LP Version)0:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lawns Of Dawn (2007 Remastered LP Version) 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. No One Is There (2007 Remastered LP Version) 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ari's Song (2007 Remastered LP Version) 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Facing The Wind (2007 Remastered LP Version) 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Julius Caesar (Memento Hodie) (2007 Remastered LP Version) 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Frozen Warnings (2007 Remastered LP Version) 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Evening Of Light (2007 Remastered LP Version) 5:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sagen Die Gelehrten (Outake) 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Reve Reveiller (Outake) 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Roses In The Snow (Alternate Version) 4:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nibelungen (Complete Version) 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lawns Of Dawn (Alternate Version) 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. No One Is There (Alternate Version) 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Ari's Song (Alternate Version) 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Facing The Wind (Alternate Version) 5:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Julius Caesar (Memento Hodie) (Alternate Version) 5:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Frozen Warnings (Alternate Version) 4:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Evening Of Light (Alternate Version) 5:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Janitor Of Lunacy (2007 Remastered Album Version) 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. The Falconer (2007 Remastered Album Version) 5:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. My Only Child (2007 Remastered Album Version) 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Le Petit Chevalier (2007 Remastered Album Version) 1:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Abschied (2007 Remastered Album Version) 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Afraid (2007 Remastered Album Version) 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Mutterlein (2007 Remastered Album Version) 4:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. All That Is My Own (2007 Remastered Album Version) 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. My Only Child (Demo) 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Janitor Of Lunacy (Demo) 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Abschied Ode [Death/Farewell] (Demo) 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. You Are Beautiful [Afraid] (Demo) 3:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. The Falconer (Demo) 5:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. On The Desert Shore [All That Is My Own] (Demo) 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Hidden Track [Frozen Warnings-Demo]14:230.79  Buy MP3 

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "a hole you fall into" 18 April 2007
By M. Hann
Format:Audio CD
having previously enjoyed nico's work with the velvet underground and her solo debut, chelsea girl, this reissue of two of her later albums (the marble index and desertshore) came as something of a surprise. it is considerably less accessible than either of the above; john cale's experimental arrangements combined with nico's gloomy vocals initially create quite an unsettling atmosphere. however, despite the unusal instrumentation (mostly harmonium and strings), this is far from being an unlistenable avant-garde experiment. beneath the dissonance lies true beauty, displaying nico's unique songwriting style. with each spin, the listener becomes aware of another beautiful snippet of melody, another haunting lyric or a subtle piece of instrumentation which previously went unnoticed. nico was taking vast amounts of heroin during the recording process; this is reflected in the dark and addictive nature of the music itself. it is relentlessly pessimistic, both musically and lyrically. the sound engineer is quoted in the liner notes that "the marble index isn't a record you listen to, it's a hole you fall into"; indeed, the music draws the listener in and consumes him entirely. this probably wouldn't be the record to put on at a dinner party; it is more suited for listening in solitude in a darkened room. it is a challenging record, no doubt. however, it is also one of the most original, beautiful and powerful collections i have heard in my life.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
German chanteuse Christa Päffgen would be almost 70 if she were alive today, a shocking statistic considering how staggeringly modern much of this music sounds. Those raised on the vocal whirlwinds conjured by Polly Harvey or Bjork will find much to sustain them here, although the nature of Nico's allure is far more glacial and severe.

Her voice has the clarity and resonance of a great cathedral bell tolling underwater, but if Nico is effective when accompanied by only her own swaying harmonium, she is shattering when framed by John Cale's groundbreaking orchestrations. The Velvet Underground member had studied with Aaron Copland and his string arrangements on tracks like Evening of Light are way ahead of his time, prefiguring the primal chaos of contemporary composers like John Adams or James MacMillan but at the same time maintaining an almost medieval hymnlike severity as on the almost accapella My Only Child or the unearthly, tumbling Abschied.

This 2-CD set comprises extended versions of 1969's The Marble Index and 1970's Desertshore, both of which deserve to discover an audience they failed to find in their own time. Both CDs contain a wealth of unreleased tracks - both alternative takes of familiar songs and extra material, like the beautiful Réve Reveiller.

Nico's stage name is an anagram of icon, and that still makes perfect sense.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perservere and you will benefit.... 26 April 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
To all intents and purposes, this is five star package....beautifully packaged and remastered, with excellent (if slightly overblown)sleevenotes. If you are a fan of Nico already, you will not need to hesitate in awarding a final star...but this is not a package for the uninitiated. Nor is it perhaps the logical next step for fans of Nico's 1967 debut album, 'Chelsea Girl'...that album had a very different sound, being in many ways, a conventional late sixties folk-pop production (it's actually much better than that, but the striking material doesn't always benefit from the very conventional arrangements). Going from 'Chelsea Girl' to 'The Marble Index' is a bit like jumping from a warm bath into a freezing cold one! Therefore...I'd advise the newcomer to saturate him/herself in some like-minded works of the time: Skip Spence's 'Oar', for instance, the early works of the Soft Machine, maybe the wilder shores of the post-Nico Velvets. THEN, try '..Index', followed by 'Shore'.

Nico's voice is unique and may not be a 'good' singing voice, but she certainly knew how to put her material over....and this is pretty amazing material, that owes far more to the Romantic poets and Nico's German heritage than it does to late sixties pop/rock. John Cale's very original settings may take some getting used to, but the ears adjust after a few plays. And, contrary to what some may tell you, this music isn't depressing at all: once you've got past Nico's somewhat ghostly delivery, you'll find this stuff as life-enhancing and renewing as anything else that came out of this wonderous era of music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Compelling Comilation Ever Made! 24 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
The Frozen Borderline is a combination of two of Nico's three masterpieces, The Marble Index and Desertshore and the only crime of this album is that The End is not also included. However, The End is about to get a decent remastering itself, so it's all good. If you want a good idea of Nico's sound, this is the best record to get as it contains her most avante garde (Marble Index) and her most acessible (Desertshore)albums, plus extras. For The Marble Index we get four tracks origionally left off of the release, which was certainly a crime. Roses in The Snow and Nibulungen are prime examples of this.

The other extras are all demos of Nico's songs, featuring her trademark harmonium and brings new light to most songs, particularly the softer ballads like Afraid and My Only Child. And since this whole collection is roundabout the same price as just one of these albums alone, it is definately worth it even if you end up despising the music.

I would also ignore all the comments about Nico simply droning along in a flat monotone. Those people clearly listened only to the first track on Marble Index (Lawns of Dawns) couldn't bare anymore and judged that that was all Nico could do. Had they continued listening, they would have heard Nico's soaring vocals on No One Is There and the tender emotion of My Only Child. There is also the stunning vocal performance and Janitor of Lunacy, where Nico conjours up the arcane world with her voice combined with that harmonium and Cale's instrumentations. Afraid also proves that Nico is capable of some beautiful lyrics and can express them with touching emotion.

The Music itself is quite minimalistic, especially on Desertshore which is what makes it more accessible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the wind
I was fortunate enough to see Nico solo at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm back in the seventies, as I recall it just her and her trusty harmonium. Read more
Published 8 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but beware liner note errors.
Nico's compelling 1968 masterwork, 'The Marble Index', gets here the treatment it so richly deserves, with the complete original studio recordings, and a competent sound... Read more
Published 9 months ago by an acquaintance
5.0 out of 5 stars The best music I've ever heard in my whole life
Until "The Marble Index", Nico has recorded 16 amazing songs: 2 from her first single at Immediate Records, 1 from the movie "Strip-Tease", far better than the Juliette... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by Milton Somogyi
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a distance from the perfumed garden
Nico had fame thrust upon her in a way that most of the wannabes of today would probably saw a limb off to replicate. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Nico CD
If you like Nico then you simply must have this CD !
I can't rate this release highly enough.
The remastered versions put Nico's voice at the front of the mix... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect winter music - may stop babies from crying
over the winter i had this in the car and listened to it day in day out. there's nothing better to listen to driving across the snowy wastes of niddrie. Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by A E Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold but compelling comfort
This is a hansomely packaged re-issue, with added demos, outtakes and alterate versions, of Nico's second and third solo albums. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2010 by G. M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Pass the absinthe, hold the pills
There has never been such a heroin-drenched recording as this. Frozen and numb, with the pain a vaguely troubling memory. Can this be justified? Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by dogme
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value double package of a true one off.
The Frozen Borderline title for this expanded edition of Nico,s seminal albums "The Marble Index" and "Desertshore" comes via a track on "The Mable Index"-"Frozen Warnings". Read more
Published on 30 April 2007 by russell clarke
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