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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Tacky Little Dance Band" Hits The Big Time
The B-52's began life as a self-described "tacky little dance band" out of 1970s Athens, Georgia--and they sounded like musical refugees from a Twilight Zone episode that Rod Serling thought better of. But the band touched a techno-nerve, and before too long they had a record deal and a cult single ("Rock Lobster") that actually made the charts. But for all their fame,...
Published on 21 Feb 2004 by Gary F. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Thing the B-52's
I bought this album expecting it to be like 'Dance This Mess Around'. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the same consistent quality of song, and some were rather disappointing. Still worth it though for the good tracks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Thing the B-52's,
This review is from: Cosmic Thing (Audio CD)I bought this album expecting it to be like 'Dance This Mess Around'. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the same consistent quality of song, and some were rather disappointing. Still worth it though for the good tracks.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reproduction of a classic album.,
This review is from: Cosmic Thing [VINYL] (Vinyl)The B52's put a classic album out in the late 1980s. It had the top party fun track Love Shack which was huge everywhere when released. Also Roam and an unconventional classic Dune Bug can be found on this record, enough for most to get their moneys worth.
It is something to get excited about when Mofi get the presses into action to reach out for another album to enhance and so reminding us of our younger years. I am very impressed by the quality of this reproduction. On Love Shack you can hear in the background conversations in the club/ party room at the start of the song. On a real medium like the lp you can certainly appreciate the engineering quality originally achieved. On a good or even great turntable and sound system this is worth every cent.
For audiofiles this record is pressed with low gain or at a low level so the dynamics can be better realised. There is a warm well rounded analog signature in the midrange plus detailed highs and fast accurate bass. Some of the remastered albums of late are almost digital sounding. If you have quality master tapes or even DSD digital files to work with the result can be superb. Lp can sound harsh depending on the processes used to make it. I have read that when the cutter is digitally driven or synced the whole point of analog can be lost. This one is great however.
Worth the money, five gold stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars hunter,
This review is from: Cosmic Thing (Audio CD)dont believe this cd was so cheap on amazon market place/ its a must have if your a b-52 fan its one of their best well worth 5star rating.
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL SOUNDS BRILLIANT!,
This review is from: Cosmic Thing (Audio CD)With Cosmic Thing the B52s finally got the sound(as well as the sales)they richly deserved.Although their earlier raw quirkiness was always good fun,I always thought their was something even better lurking in the background and this cd proved it.Cosmic Thing has great songs,great playing and superb production without sacrificing the oddball humour the B52s were known for.But the thing that stands out for me are Cindy Wilson and Kate Piersons vocals,in general and particularly on Roam..they glide and soar in perfect harmony in a way todays girl bands would kill for!This is just great timeless pop music from beginning to end,if you only want one B52s cd in your collection,make it this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word, infectious,
This review is from: Cosmic Thing (Audio CD)I'd not listened to this for ages - fifteen years or so - before I bought it from Amazon on a whim. Back in 1991 it was the soundtrack to a summer trip to the alps and listening to it now it still conjures up the memory of the smell of the french meths we used in the camping stove, like a musical madeleine. I wondered in the brief spell between ordering and delivery just how it would stand up against the memory I had of it.
Well, memories can be fallible and though I remembered it fondly, I'd forgotten just how good it was. A minute after I'd put it on I was grinning, a minute after that wondering just why I hadn't played this for so long. It isn't just about the headline hits, the rest of the album still stands up. Sure, there are odd tracks - Channel Z and Junebug, for me - where the standard drops a little, but they're still good tracks in their way just perhaps not quite as much to my taste as the rest. The playing is of a high standard throughout, the influence of producers Don Was and especially Nile Rodgers, who also plays guitar on the excellent Topaz, very evident from first to last and the vocal harmonies through the album are wonderful.
The whole album never really sounded like much else around at the time, and so it hasn't dated especially. If you remember it but haven't heard it for a while then it's worth digging out. If you were too young to catch it first time around, then catch it now. And if you own a copy already don't let it rest on the president's desk...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Man!!,
This review is from: Cosmic Thing (Audio CD)The B 52's have always been on the fringe and have produced some of the most original 'alternative ' music from the mid 80's. This album is not typical early B-52's ( which may not be a bad thing ) as it is more commercial ( 'Love Shack' & 'Roam' ) and certainly very catchy dance/pop.
It does however retain the bands excentricity and in my personal opinion it is a must for any one who doesn't already own it!
'dance this mess around' is a complimation of early stuff which is good value, a greatest hits sort of thing but to delve a bit deeper, Cosmic thing is an excellent indication of album tracks that really tickle your tonsils.
Most tracks ( all?) produced by Nile Rodgers and Don Was which result in a refined yet abandoned crispness.
Listen and Love, man! I am living in Channel Z!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shame, but you get what you pay for sometimes,
This review is from: Cosmic Thing (Audio CD)Bought this because I was a big fan of B52's when I was a teenager. Thought this album would also be good. It isn't. It's awful. Apart from the one hit single, Roam. Rest is just unlistenable. Not worth the low price, better to just buy the single, unless you need a drinks coaster.
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