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Wild Opera Double CD, Deluxe Edition


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Since its formation in 1987, over the course of six massively varied studio albums and several compilations, No-Man has produced a unique body of work that has developed from the band's proto Trip-Hop/Ambient origins into something beyond easy categorisation.

After receiving ecstatic press reviews, indie top 20 hits and high profile contracts in the early 1990s (with One Little ... Read more in Amazon's No Man Store

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  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B003H3D29S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. WILD OPERA - RADIANT CITY
2. PRETTY GENIUS
3. INFANT PHENOMENON
4. SINISTER JAZZ
5. HOUSEWIVES HOOKED ON HEROIN
6. LIBERTINE LIBRETTO
7. TASTE MY DREAM
8. DRY CLEANING RAY
9. SHEEPLOOP
10. MY RIVAL TREVOR
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. DRY CLEANING RAY - DRY CLEANING RAY (REMIX EDIT)
2. SWEETSIDE SILVER NIGHT
3. JACK THE SAX
4. DIET MOTHERS
5. URBAN DISCO
6. PUNISHED FOR BEING BORN
7. KIGHTLINGER
8. EVELYN (THE SONG OF SLURS)
9. SICKNOTE
10. BONUS TRACKS: HIT THE CEILING
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

No Man is Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). "Wild Opera", No-Man's third album, released in 1996, is regarded as the most inventive and unpredictable album in the band's catalogue. Rapidly shifting from distorted grooves to sinister, Jazz-inflected Trip-Hop and from choked Rock riffs to more traditional ballad fare, Wild Opera represented a thrilling departure for the band and has since become seen as a classic one-of-a-kind statement of uncompromising creative intent. Long out of print, the original CD is now a highly- sought after rarity, with copies changing hands for over £100 on Ebay. Kscope's deluxe and remastered 2CD reissue additionally includes all of the "Dry Cleaning Ray" mini-album, alongside b-sides and exclusive rarities from the era, including four previously unreleased tracks. The digi-book packaging features an essay from Mixtaped/Returning director, Richard Smith, and new artwork from long-time No-Man collaborator, Carl Glover.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
I cannot believe I have ignored this duo for so long. Listening to this album is pure joy. Every song is so totally unique. Tim Bowness' voice has a beautiful hypnotic whispering quality to it. Go out and buy this CD and the 5 other albums they have made which no one has heard of. You will get no finer music for your money. Make 2002 the year No-man are recognised!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Loops, trip hop and pop this is a superb album and to me its madness that this album has been overlooked should have been Mercury nominated in the year of release. No-man definitely one of music's most overlooked groups.

The organ and loops of `Dry cleaning Ray' the down and dirty `Time travel in Texas' the sinister `Housewives Hooked on heroin', there is not a bad song on this album.

However what makes this reissue even better value is the addition of the hard to find `Dry Cleaning Ray' EP and some rare and previously available bonus tracks. `Hit the ceiling', `where I'm calling from', `housewives hooked on heroin (alternate version)' `my rival Trevor (alternate version)'' `time travel in Texas (radio session)' and `pretty genius (radio session)'.

When you see the original versions of this album reaching £100 or more on a popular internet auction site you know you are picking up a bargain here. One of my favourite albums from the 90's
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
The fourth studio album by the criminally underrated No-Man sees them navigating a slippery, light-footed semi-surreal path between art-pop and trip-hop via menacing night-time songs of obsession, disillusion, mortality, the pangs of corroded love affairs and the victimhood of fame. Multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and sensuously vulnerable singer Tim Bowness are occasionally joined by Richard Barbieri (Japan, JBK, Porcupine Tree), Robert Fripp and Mel Collins (King Crimson) on a moody, fragmented odyssey through dark hours of the soul. Even if there's no particular homecoming in sight, and no obvious answers to the plaguing questions and doubts, the journey's studded with unforgettable, bleak lyrical imagery and graced by persistently excellent music. If Tricky had hankered to be Scott Walker, if King Crimson had locked horns with Massive Attack, if AR Kane had eaten ABC; if the Wu-Tang's RZA had hatched plots with Bowie, or if "Dummy" had been made by Can with David Lynch in the producer's chair... well, they might have come up with this record, but I doubt that they would've done it as well as No-Man have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Loops, trip hop and pop this is a superb album and to me its madness that this album has been overlooked should have been Mercury nominated in the year of release. No-man definitely one of music's most overlooked groups.

The organ and loops of `Dry cleaning Ray' the down and dirty `Time travel in Texas' the sinister `Housewives Hooked on heroin', not a bad song on this album.

Go and buy it while you can.
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