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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2001
I got this album 3 years ago now in the U.S. and damn me if it isn't stonking! I don't know of another album that shows such variety and yet maintains such seemless continuity. Please note that the U.S. version is a touch different with a track from the Jungle Brothers (in my opinion easily the best on the entire CD - feel that tempo) and 360 Oh Yeah with De La Soul rapping on it (again: fantastic).
Buy this and be proud - for you have done a very good thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2005
This was my first big-beat album, after a college tutor told me that the stuff I write sounded like them (just not as good!)These guys really know their stuff.
Most of the tracks are quite "musical" in that you can listen to them, not just "have it on in the background". The beats are absolutely first class, the bass lines equally cool. There is nothing limp-wristed about this album, but it has a good blend of up-beat and laid back grooves. Best tracks are "take california" (listen to that cymbal effect and the cool turntable work),"on her majesty's secret service" (a bond remix that finally augments the original: epic) "spybreak" (from "the Matrix" lobby shootout scene. Incidentally, if you can get the special Matrix DVD with the option to listen to only the music -without the explosions/dialogue etc- this scene will totally blow you away!)
Great CD to drive to: 'intelligent' and 'primal' in perfect harmony. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2001
This limited edition box set feature the best of the Props' music. The first CD feature amazing A sides such as History Repeating and Bang On! Each track capturing different moods in their thumping beats and drums weaving an impossible rhythm between the guitar flicks and Hammond rhymes.
Disc Two On the other hand has Hip Hop artists De La Soul and The Jungle Brothers rapping to two individual songs. Excellent. From the pivotal OHMSS to the Peter-Gunn hybrid Spybreak! You will be left amazed...and begging for more!
Never underestimate disc two's instrumentals; Dive!, Go Faster and Ron's Theory...excellent stuff...Seriously consider this over the regular version! I did and was not sorry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2003
At the time of writing, I have listened to this album twice and am already able to say that it is absoloutely fantastic!
The Propellerheads ability to skillfully weave together light scratching, mixing, big beats and electronic samples is masterful.
I suppose this album would be categorised as 'dance electronica', but it is so much more than that, every single track has been carefully crafted to create an audio experience that truly invokes excitement in the listener. Put simply, this is a very cool album.
Standout tracks for me would have to be 'on her majesty's secret service' and 'Spybreak!' which fans of the Matrix will recognise as the music track from 'The lobby scene'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I think it's quite sad that the last review of this fine album was over a year ago. It's packed full of classics. From Take California to Velvet Pants to History Repeating to On Her Majesty's Secret Service - and my favourite - Spybreak.
This album is much more crafted, intelligent and well, fun than its competitors. But it's difficult to place where you'd listen to it. It's not party music, it's not love music, it's not music you'd really dance to. It's great for the car or background at home.
I love this album, and I hope The Propellorheads get together and do something again soon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2000
This is an infectious and thouroughly brilliant album form the props. History repeating is one of the catchiest tunes of the last few years, and the rest of the album doesn't let it down: Spybreak, On her majesty's secret service and bang on are just some of the other stunning tracks on this wonderful album
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2008
From the great 90s 'dance' scene that saw the likes of Underworld, Orbital, The Chems, Fatboy Slim and Prodigy along came this one-off effort which IMO stands alongside the best albums these bigger name acts produced. I hadn't played it for a couple of years until last week and now it's on permamnent rotation..almost. Unlike most 'dance' albums this hasn't dated and sounds fresher than pretty much anything currently doing the rounds. It's also a rare album you can play straight though without skipping any tracks and this sure is one of those unusual beasts. The highlight though is the reworking of the James Bond OHMSS theme, IMO the best version of any Bond tune..ever. This is 9 mins of funky breakbeat fury overlaid with David Arnold's lush orchestral arrangements. It's 'kin well the dog's. Seeing as the prices here are so good I think I'll need to get meself a spare copy the number of times I'm caning my own to death. A bl**dy terrific album. What a shame they never made a follow-up.
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on 17 December 2000
This has got to be one of the coolest albums ever produced. Shear class from beginning to end, this is dance music that is equally suited for use as background ambience at dinner parties!
Highlights are the opening track "Take California", which just gets better and better; the incredibly groovy "History Repeating" with the legendary Shirley Bassey on vocals, and best of the bunch a 10 minute rendition of the James Bond theme "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - possibly the best instrumental track of the last 10 years.
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on 5 January 2003
It has the makings of a classic... not a single song is out of place, no bad tracks and get this... they grow on you even after you like them!! The production is top notch in all areas, being composed by professional producer Alex Gifford. His accompianing bandmate, Will White, provides input aswell as live drumming on all the tracks and some turntable scratching. There's eveything from deep, soothing, smooth jazz basslines to frantic, loud brash breakbeat synths. Acid blended with James Bond and much more.
Great album!!
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on 21 December 1999
The Propellerheads seen to be on a mission to use almost all types of music. There are few people who would put a song featuring Shirley Bassey on the same album as a song consisting almost entirely of beat box. Throw in a new version of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a hardcore dance/rock track that HAS to be played ridiculously loud (Bang On!) and a track so cool it features in The Matrix (Spybreak!) and you has one of the best albums around. There is not a single 'filler' on this album.
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