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on 20 July 2000
A delectable long-player grounded in the diverse and lonely echo chamber of Thievery's stoned east coast vibes but strongly tempered with chic European jazz and bossonova lounge dub.
On "Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi" Rob Garza and Eric Hilton throw up a seamless blend of tribal drums, synth and samples in the mould of a more smoked Kruder and Dorfmeister, who incidentally have long championed the Thievery Corporation. The Washington based duo confound with a perfect representation of post acid-house sampling, stealing as their name suggests, from their treasure chest of old, borrowed and new musical ideas. These plundered breaks and beats are sewn together in a smoky multi-layered homage to all things dark and haunting to deliver a devilishly structured debut. Dripping from every pore with a syrupy sophistication "Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi" is a must for all fans of things leftfield and down-tempo.
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on 6 June 2008
While Thievery Corporation's first full album is less sophisticated than their later outings its rawer, less "crafted" style means that its best tracks have a distinctly more exciting edge. "The Glass Bead Game", "So Vast is the Sky" and ".38.45" just jump out of the speakers with their highly infectious mix of electronica, hip-hop & dub while "Shaolin Satellite's" drivingly addictive beats and multi-layered swathes of organs & sitars put it up there with the very best of the whole electronica/dance scene. Others drift, often much too languidly, between genres giving a rambling and disjointed feel to the album as a whole but, if you're a fan of Thievery Corporation or of high quality downbeat "world" music then what's good on it is too good to miss.
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on 6 June 2014
If you like the Thievery Corporation style (very 'dub', involvement of lots of other talent and masterful blending of different ingredients), then this is for you.
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on 23 March 2010
This album comes well recommended for chilling and enjoying quality selections from the grooviest of styles.
The Bass throughout is enough to ensnare you and the worldwide journeys of sound just add to the sophistication.
Top marks !
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on 11 April 2014
Of all their exquisite albums this is their outstanding masterpiece. Been listening to this for over a decade and am still amazed by how accomplished this work is. Their more recent albums are still great but so much lazier...

If you ever have the chance to see them live do not hesitate for a moment. You will be surprised to see how these guys rock.
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on 13 February 2011
Good album but if you're downloading this be aware that there are 2 albums on the Amazon site. Unfortunately one has a broken or corrupt link to track 3 so make sure you preview all the tracks before buying. If track 3, "Shaolin Satellite" doesn't play then don't buy that particular album as it'll only cause you a load grief getting it sorted out...hopefully!
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on 8 June 2012
Stumbled across this album many moons ago in a hippy/spiritual type shop - only heard the one track and that was me hooked. Anyone that's into down tempo/dub reggae with a jazz flavour will love this. Yes its not as "polished" production wise as some of the later stuff but for me, that makes it all the better.
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on 5 March 2004
This was my first and definately not my last purchase of Thivery Corporation output. An excellent release this is sure to become the soundtrack for summer days for those who like things at the dubbed 'n' jazzed end of the downbeat spectrum.
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on 22 July 2011
Quite easily one of my favourite albums of all time, every since I first stumbled across it back in '97. Laid back and groovy, this is the Corporations best album. Quite simply a true classic, check it out.
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on 20 November 2001
After buying the sumptuous Mirror Conspiracy (an incredible album to say the least), I decided to investigate the duo's other work. Unfortunately 'sounds from...' doesn't live up to the standards set by its successor. The tunes are quite minimalist - with similar beats to the subsequent ablum but with none of the richness. Although a good album if you're looking for something even more stoned than Nightmares on Wax, it's not what I'd come to expect from Thievery.
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