The Spirit Of Apollo
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The Spirit Of Apollo

14 Feb 2009

£7.49 (VAT included if applicable)
Song Title
The People Tree (Feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip)
Money (Feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip)
N.A.S.A. Music (Feat. Method Man, E-40 & DJ Swamp)
Way Down (Feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante)
Hip Hop (Feat. KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre)
Four Rooms, Earth View
Strange Enough (Feat. Karen O, Ol' Dirty Bastard & Fatlip)
Spacious Thoughts (Feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)
Gifted (Feat. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li)
A Volta (Feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx)
There's A Party (Feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)
Whachadoin? (Feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)
O Pato (Feat. Kool Kojak & DJ Babao)
Samba Soul (Feat. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert)
The Mayor (Feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM)
N.A.S.A. Anthem

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 Feb 2009
  • Release Date: 14 Feb 2009
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2009 Spectrophonic Sound, Under Exclusive License To Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:13:12
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  • ASIN: B001RJR59M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,283 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really packs a punch 9 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Can't quite believe how much is going on on this album! It seems to contain influences of every kind of music you can think of, from rock to rap to pop to soul to indie to world beats. It is essentially a dance/hip-hop affair throughout, but with such stellar contributors as Talking Heads' David Byrne, RZA, George Clinton, Kanye West, John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the immortal Tom Waits, the breadth of scope and the quality of the songs is tremendous.

Every track is underscored by rock-solid beats and (usually) a rapped verse (albeit tuneful), leading into catchy hooks at the chorus, funky basslines and all manner of overdubbed sound effects, segues and links.

But it's the quality that shines through: Every song brings a new angle to the beats, every one is thumping, melodic and catchy. The Tom Waits performance is particularly strong - he bursts into the song at the first chorus like a clap of thunder and proceeds to rasp and sneer his way through two further verses. Just stunningly good! - he should do a whole album like this.

Even the packaging is top notch. In short, the best album I've found this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 13 May 2009
By C. Verspeak VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The incredible lineup of artists contributing to The Spirit of Apollo is its strength and its weakness. The appearance of two or three distinct guests on each track means each song has a distinct flavour and motif. But stretching this concept over a whole album has the effect of diluting each singer's voice. While individual songs make sense, the album overall becomes fragmented and somewhat meaningless. Its like the difference between a smoothie and straight juice. Both taste great and are good for you. But in a smoothie the individual fruit flavours get subsumed in the whole. Its still good, but harder to put your finger on what's special about each ingredient.

An album full of great singles then. And in today's world of playlists this is maybe no bad thing. But the whole record, well, it might be great for parties as background music, but probably not one you'll listen to on a loop too many times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of Apollo 22 Jan 2012
By Lem_Sip
Format:Audio CD
The quality of the CD and accompanying booklet were faultless and the distribution time was fair. I however was slightly disappointed that all the plastic bits on the spindle that keep the CD in place were all snapped of and missing from the box.

I dont know whether this was due to a mechanical error or human error, but I however must mention that I did not report this to the distributer and so have give them an opportunity to offer a replacement. As it did not affect the way the CD plays I wasn't too bothered about this though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different! 5 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
A unique collection and twist on traditional hip hop. Spank rock have an influence here and it definately shows. Recommended
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