on 26 March 2001
This timely release should really have been called Yello 1986-1998 The Second Mix in One Go. With only 11 tracks it is considerably less substantial than the predecessor - but make no mistake - Yello Eccentrix Remixes is still a must for any kind of Yello collection.
The album consists of 2 previously unreleased mixes of the hits The Race and More by Boris Blank, a previously unreleased track, Topaz, as well as 8 'hard to get hold of' remixes by Boris Blank, Fluke, Plutone, Mark Picchiotti, Teri Bristol, Doug Laurent, Olaf Wollschläger and Ian Pooley. Boris Blank's remixes are a rare treat, and for those connoisseurs out there who feel that Yello started loosing the touch after Baby (1991) the 'Break Light Mix' of The Race sees Boris Blank back to his best 1980s years. This mix is on par with the original full length version, 1988, as well as Derek May's legendary 'The Pits Mix'. The new 'Rockabilly Mix' of More and the new track Topaz continue the deeper techno sound of Pocket Universe and should absolutely not be missed. Fluke's version of How How sounds as radical today as when it was first released in 1994. This unmistakable Fluke retouch transforms the rather mediocre original How How to new rhythmic heights (compare this version of How How with Fluke's Atomix 5 of Atom Bomb, 1996 - the beat is almost uncomfortably similar). If you have ever wondered how a house version of Vicious Games would sound try the Boris Blank/Olaf Wollschläger mix. This version is a definite improvement to The Grids 1995 'Hands on'-mix but the new vocals by Diana Böge are a far cry from the chilling voice of Rush Winters and I still prefer the 'Vicious Remix' of 1986 and the 1994 M.P. & T.B. remix.
My only reservation to this album concerns the choice of including Plutone's 'In Silence Mix' of How How from The Plutone Mixes (1994) which is superfluous and comes across as the weakest of the tracks. I always felt Plutone made a better job at capturing the Yello sound with the Drummer's and Saxophone mixes. Instead of this track I would have preferred a new Boris Blank retouch of a classic like Tremendous Pain (Suite 904), Blender, Jungle Bill, Tied Up, Desire or the like.
For those of you who wish to cover the absolutely very best of Yello both Yello 1980-1985 The New Mix in One Go and Yello Eccentrix Remixes are strongly recommended.
// J. Silvennoinen
on 19 January 2014
I Love everything YELLO have ever done,and I've been listening to them since i was 15 way back in '81 so i may be a bit on the biased side,but this is a cracker. theres some excellant remixes some by Boris himself.A must for any Yello collection,or a great place to start!