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Restless innovator, sampling wizard, classically trained pianist and superstar collaborator, MATTHEW HERBERT is one of electronic music's most versatile and prolific figureheads. Recording under his own name as well as Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, Radio Boy and others, Herbert has also produced and remixed artists as diverse as Björk, REM, John Cale, Roisin ... Read more in Amazon's Herbert Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00000JWJ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Der Schatzmeister: The Scale Song
2. Casanova: 'O Queen Of My Delight'
3. Die Csardasfurstin: 'Let Me Dance And Let Me Sing'
4. The Chocolate Soldier: 'My Hero'
5. Old Chelsea: 'My Heart And I'
6. Veronique: 'Trot Here And There'
7. Naughty Marietta: 'Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!'
8. The Merry Widow: 'Love Unspoken'
9. Der Obersteiger: 'Don't Be Cross'
10. The Arcadians: 'Charming Weather'
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Disc: 2
1. The Merry Widow: 'Vilia'
2. White Horse Inn: 'My Song Of Love'
3. Paganini: 'Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss'
4. Monsieur Beaucaire: 'Lightly, Lightly'
5. Casanova: The Nun's Chorus And Laura's Song
6. Die drei Wunsche: 'Thin, Thin Is My Dear Gwendolin'
7. Monsieur Beaucaire: 'Philomel'
8. A Waltz Dream: 'Waltz Of My Dreams'
9. Der singende Traum: 'You Are The World To Me'
10. The Land Of Smiles: 'Dance While You May'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew H VINE VOICE on 16 April 2008
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This is a brilliant, mellifluous and sonorous pop record. It is not usual to describe the music of Matthew Herbert as pop but, with scale, he has produced an album that is just about accessible to everybody. It is even more unusual to describe pop music as stunning (one would not describe chart music as such) but I am willing to do it here. Usually when a record has so much going on, the various instruments, voices, samples, bleeps, beats etc get lost in a sea of noise. Not here; the record is produced to perfection. Indeed, it is produced so well that one has to listen to it a number of times before one realises its true genius. Many a time have I listened to this record and discovered something new and interesting. However, all the interest never distracts you from the music's foundation: melodious tunes, great singing, solid beats. Impressive stuff indeed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Willy Dixie on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's like Matthew Herbert has finally found a way to put every musical style he has experience in his recent albums together into one big melting pot. There are funky/house beats, jazzy arrangements, big cinematic strings, experimental sounds, poppy vocals and innovative songwriting. The album starts nicely with "Something Isn't Right" with a straight dance beat with mixture of male and female vocals. His long time collaborator Dani Siciliano does the female vocals here again. Next three songs are high quality stuff also and "We're in Love" is a beautiful song with old orchestral jazz feeling and Hollywood-esque strings.

Unfortunately the rest of the album lacks the quality of the first half of the record. There are many great moments in the rest of the songs but it seems that Herbert is little stucked in his own cleverness. The album is a little too long and the compositions start to sound too similar to each other. There are so much hooks and different parts in the songs that it's hard to hang on 'till end of the album.

One problem is also that often "Scale" sounds maybe a bit too much like Roisin Murphy's solo album "Ruby Blue" which was produced by Herbert.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Basil on 1 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've only just started discovering Herbert through love on Rosin Murphy's 'Ruby Blue' album, which is just genius.
This is an album that totally gets under your skin, after a couple of listens you are hooked in and find yourself humming the tunes throughout the day. Its got so many layers and repeated play (best on headphones) certainly rewards the listener.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mono on 12 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
this man just gets better and better, if there was any justice in the world, this would win all the awards, be played on the radio all the time and generally make everyone's lives a lot better. as it is, songs like movers and the shakers, harmonise and the supreme moving like a train can be a joyous secret waiting to be shared. if you like the other albums, you'll know what to expect - if not - join in!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Refreshing 1 Jun. 2006
By Kurt Lennon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Matthew Herbert is a classical piano trained musician, but he has made a better name for himself in the field of electronic music. His recent efforts have been composed almost entirely from unusual sources: coffins, people vomiting, kitchen sinks, punching bags and various machinery. After all, the liner notes mention 635 separate items used for this album's creation, while the packaging cleverly gives us pictures of all of them (49 items per page).

If all this unbridled and eccentric sampling would throw you off, it won't once the record begins: it is unfettered and bouncy electronic music, albeit balanced with jagged political lyrics. However, these are sung by the lovely voice of Dani Siciliano (mainly), and make for a terrific listen. If you are only used to the smooth jazzy quietness of "Around the House" from Herbert(as I am), this will be a pleasant change, and a perfect summer record. One of the year's strongest albums.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 22 Jun. 2006
By t-diggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
for a field of music that is based on repetitive structures and 4/4 beats, this album is a bright ray of sunshine...

it is sunny, sexy, pop-perfect danceable music. it is essentially house, though i heard it referred to as "left-field house" and i think that is a perfect description. lots of movie style string swells, a nice dose of big band steez, jazzy and funky dollops of happiness and a great female singer enhance this cd from being house music to, well, left field house....house that comes at you from your peripheral vision, that becomes part of the environment around you....it is very organic, very danceable (i said that already) and very very fun....

i didnt give it a 5 cuz the first half contains most of the power, but i labeled it 5 because of the amount of boring tepid dance music that exists these days, and herbert seems to be ahead of the curve on creativity in such a stagnant dance music scene and deserves to be recognized for such. the whole thing is growing on me like moss. fuzzy, green moss

this is a great album to have drop right at the beginning of summer. so you can be sure to listen to it with the windows open, with the top down, on the grass, smokin grass, in da club (haha! just kiddin, but not really) and you will boogie, boogie, boogie, til you just cant boogie no more...

EDIT: I have to add, because it is not apparent in the review above...The second half of this album is really not house at all. It is very dowtempo, some of the songs contain very nice arrangments, but ultimately lack the dancy punch of the first four tracks, which are great for any late night...
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
PURE GOLD! GLORIOUS SINGING, GLORIOUS MUSIC! 13 Jun. 2001
By Karl Hess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first fell in love with this collection when I checked it out at the library as "Treasures of the Operetta". Two more CDs followed--"Treasures of the Operetta II and III." I was not prepared for the impact these exquisitely crafted recordings would have on me.
I have long had a love of operetta but found that there were not a large number of recordings to be found in that genre. So much the happier was I for discovering this diverse collection of operetta standards. True serendipity!
Marilyn Hill Smith and Peter Morrison deliver thrilling renditions of the operetta masters. We hear selections from Johann Strauss, Lehar, Kalman, Herbert, Oscar Straus, Millocker, Messager, Stolz and Tauber, to name a few. There are the often sung showpieces and lesser known songs which are blended well and add diversity. One glorious song sets the stage for the next.
With Miss Smith's crystal, velvety soprano and Mr. Morrison's rich, romantic baritone, the production leaves nothing left to be desired--except for more of the same musical charm.
The current offering is a serendipity in itself. It has the three original CDs delivered in one package as a two CD set. I have a modest collection of operetta recordings but I would be hard pressed to name one more satisfying than this generous 36 track package.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wow. 14 Jun. 2006
By M. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard a few tracks from the Matthew Herbert Big Band... which I liked... but this CD is amazing. So amazing, I've never bothered to write a review for amazon before, but this album motivated me to do so for the first time.

Combining mainstream, dance-based electronic beats with experimental jazz-fusion and politically conceptual music, this CD is both toe-tapping and thought-provoking... a rich album full of great melodies which sound like no one else I've ever quite heard before.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not bad at all 11 Jun. 2006
By alexander laurence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some girl long ago told me that Herbert was the equivalent in music of sex. He makes sexy sounds. It's true. This is first real album in a while. It was worth the wait. It mixes jazz, techno, dance, and everything Herbert has done in the past. On this one he has collaborated a lot with Dani Siciliano. The results are very dramatic. This is a cool musical journey. Even Matthew Herbert sings on "Wrong." These songs are like movie soundtracks to a very good film. It is a very cool album.
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