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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorchio!
What a Gem of an album. The only shame being its 26 minute run time.
But what a joyfull, groovy 'n hoopy 26 minutes. The B-52's at their most relaxed, helped along by subtle production from David Byrne.Buy! Buy! Buy!!
Let's hope they find some forgotten out-takes and do a full re-release. Or even better, now that ~The B-52's are Back, they could do Mesopotamia...
Published on 9 Oct 2010 by Strawb

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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage B52s, but this is a rip-off
Mesopotamia was always one of my favourite B52s albums, even though it was more of an EP than an album. But to release it as a CD with no extras or added material is criminally lazy and quite insulting. The total running time of this CD doesn't even make half an hour. As if this wasn't bad enough it seems as though the album has been remixed and altered to make it even...
Published on 3 July 2005 by A. Griffiths


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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage B52s, but this is a rip-off, 3 July 2005
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A. Griffiths "Adrian" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
Mesopotamia was always one of my favourite B52s albums, even though it was more of an EP than an album. But to release it as a CD with no extras or added material is criminally lazy and quite insulting. The total running time of this CD doesn't even make half an hour. As if this wasn't bad enough it seems as though the album has been remixed and altered to make it even SHORTER than the original vinyl...most noticeably on "Loveland" and "Cake", which have been the hardest hit.
What a disgusting way to release this material for B52s fans. There is an import available which teams this album with the similarly short "Party Mix" EP, which makes better monetary sense, although sadly that double pack features the same remixed songs from Mesopotamia as this CD. Don't throw that vinyl away, and certainly don't buy this. If you do want it, at least get your money's worth with the double version, also available on Amazon, but don't get this, despite the "budget" price tag, it's not worth a penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorchio!, 9 Oct 2010
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Strawb "Strawb" (West country. UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
What a Gem of an album. The only shame being its 26 minute run time.
But what a joyfull, groovy 'n hoopy 26 minutes. The B-52's at their most relaxed, helped along by subtle production from David Byrne.Buy! Buy! Buy!!
Let's hope they find some forgotten out-takes and do a full re-release. Or even better, now that ~The B-52's are Back, they could do Mesopotamia 2!? Maybe get Lady Miss Keir in for a guest spot and chat with the girls? and i bet Beck would Love to produce this time round!
Wonder what kind of Cake they's make?
In conclusion... GORGEOUS.
and Essential!
Now to replace my missing first 2 albums on CD. Never lend people!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inferior mix for cd, 6 Nov 2011
This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
it's not the length of the cd that disturbs me, but the fact that some of the music is not the same mix as the original vinyl release. Even an unannounced new mix need not in itself be a disaster, but unfortunately the different mix on offer here is dramatically inferior to the original vinyl release and I cannot think of a single reason why this should have occurred outside of plain error. It smacks of the type of sloppy approach which was quite common when record companies dumped their product onto cd format in the 80's and early 90's. Not only was no consideration given to the audio requirements of the then new format, but sometimes the wrong mix was also used. I can't believe the B52's had anything to do with this; it's so clearly inferior to the original. Avoid this cd if you have the vinyl. If not then it's simply ok and better than nothing, but let's hope it gets the reissue it deserves - the two stars are not for the music but for the slapdash record company approach to their 'product'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not too bad after all!, 2 Dec 2004
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This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
This was the B52`s much underrated 3rd album recorded with help from the talking heads David Byrne. At the time it was critiscised for being too slick- amazing considering this was the eighties where I thought slick production values were seen as a virtue! Maybe it just strays a little from their trademark sound. It`s no "B52`s" or "Wild planet" but it`s a whole lot better than 1983`s dismal "Whammy" or the spotty "Bouncing off the satellites" or for that matter the Ricky Wilson-less "Pop" years of the late 80`s-90`s. And besides it`s cheap- buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 4 Sep 2009
This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
This was the B52s at their creative peak. David Byrne shook things up a bit in the studio. He described at the time that he took them from their previous expectations, which was to come into the studio knowing exactly what they were going to record to making them explore the way they were to approach the songs. The results were a departure from their previous two albums. I guess this album was a bit too challenging for the record companies tastes because they follow up, Whammy!, was a return to their original formula. I for one certainly do not agree that that album was inferior in any way, in fact it is one that I listen to a lot, but Mesopotamia is just brilliant.

As for the length of this CD, why should they put anything else on it? This is the album as was. As far as I can remember it was always sub-30 minutes. There are other albums that are considered as classics that are very short, e.g. Miles Davis' In a Silent Way is seen as one of his best albums, certainly in his top 5, which is no mean feat when you considered that he released such a huge volume of music (I have 70+ of his albums)

From Loveland to Nip It In The Bud this is an album that is rhythmically driven with strong evocative sound textures. This was certainly serious attempt to make good, if somewhat wacky music, shame on those who dismiss it because it requires some listening to before it really pays off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT WITH THE PARTY MIX DOUBLE PACKAGE, 19 July 2014
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This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
This is an intriguing little album (about 26 minutes in length). Bought as a single album, it is rotten value but it is available with the Party Mix album, making it far better value.

The album itself is left field for the B52s, steering clear of the catchy hooks and going for something a little more challenging. Whilst it is not their strongest offering, it is nevertheless worth a listen, particularly for the title track.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother, 1 Mar 2012
This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
Poor sound quality/mix and a shadow of the original vinyl version - prepare to be dissappointed - surely this classic deserves a digital make-over!
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2.0 out of 5 stars B-52's, 19 Feb 2004
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This review is from: Mesopotamia (Audio CD)
This record is typical of the B-52's style with a heady mix of songs with a distinctly off-the-wall attitude to the world. They've lost none of the fire of their earlier albums - a "must buy" for any B-52 fan.
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