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  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gut
  • ASIN: B00005AWE3
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Take Yo' Praise - Camille Yarbrough
  2. Love Loves To Love Love - Lulu
  3. Higher Ground - Ellen Mcilwaine
  4. Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya - Stik E & The Hoodz
  5. I Can't Write Left Handed - Bill Withers
  6. I Can't Explain - Yvonne Elliman
  7. Let The Rhythm Pump - Doug Lazy
  8. Beatbox Wash (Rinse It Remix) - Dust Junkys
  9. Sliced Tomatoes - Just Brothers
  10. Young Scene - Keith Mansfield
  11. Humpin', Bumpin' & Thumpin' - Andre Williams
  12. I'll Do A Little Bit More - The Olympics
  13. The Acid Test - Leo Muller
  14. Beat Girl - The John Barry Seven
  15. The Kettle - Colosseum
  16. Ashes The Rain & I - The James Gang

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From the humble roots of albums comprising classic breaks sampled by latter day artists such as the Sampled series or Blue Break Beats, it is only natural in a world of superstar DJs that these collections become personal. A Break From The Norm features 16 classic tracks as sampled by vinyl junkie Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim. From the first two tracks alone the diversity is clear with Camille Yarbrough's now famous vocal from the funky "Take Yo' Praise" (as used on "Praise You") preceding Scottish diva Lulu ("Love Loves to Love Love"). Such collections don't often stray far from funk, disco, soul and jazz but the refreshing inclusion of other genres such as the folk-rock ballad by The James Gang ("Ashes The Rain & I") provide a chilled-out break from the sweaty funk and dirty beats that inevitably feature. A standout track is the comparatively modern "Beatbox Wash" by the Dust Junkies which contains the almost indecipherable but convenient line "What we're doing when the fatboy's trippin". In all, with so much original material to choose from, it is a very carefully considered collection ignoring some of the more obvious choices and opting for the real hidden gems. To quote the sleeve notes from Mr Cook "...all the tracks here are enjoyable on their own merit rather than just 'Oh, that's where he got that bit from' syndrome" --David Trueman

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I concur with the other reviews, but if you like this one also check out the Vol 1 & 2 of 'Sampled', a compilation of the original versions and sampled materials of some more recent hits. Lots of 'Oh that's where it's from' moments...
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One thing that surprised me more than anything with this album was that some of the samplings I heard from his versions I always presumed were tweaked up in a way. For example the guitar rift used in the Lulu song, I dont know why but I thought that was tweaked up when he used it so I was surprised when I heard the original in how it was the same sound. It actually makes me wonder how much he uses as direct samples from songs and what are his own added stuff. Other than that I still love the songs he makes. I think more than anything he embraces the originals so listening to either still feels like a different experience which is good to know. I could be wrong about this but I always thought this album came out back in 1999 rather than 2001 as I thought this came out before his third album, oh well it doesnt make a major difference regardless anyway. Also for those that are interested, the songs covered here are featured from the Fatboy Slim albums: "Better Living Through Chemistry", "You've Come A Long Way Baby" and "Halfway Between The Gutter and The Stars". Theres some you may not recognise as there is the odd song on there that have been used for B-Sides, I can only recall 1 song so far that I have no idea what song it was used on. I highly recommend this to avid Fatboy Slim fans who are curious to see what the originals are like, you wont be disappointed.
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I?ve just bought the Fatboy Slim compilation album called ?A Break from the Norm? that was released a few days ago. It?s a collection of many of the tracks that Norm has sampled in his tracks. If your a Fatboy fan like me, you?ll recognize where all the samples came from, but it's great to hear what the rest of the track is like!
In the words of the great man himself ?there were many others we could have included on this LP, but the snippet that was sampled was frankly the only redeeming feature of the record. I think you?ll agree that all the tracks here are enjoyable on their own merit rather than ?Oh, that?s where he got that bit from? syndrome.?
And it?s certainly true, although the bits he has sampled are predominantly the most catchy bits of each track, the rest of the tune always stands up on it?s own. I think it?s wonderful, because you get masses of different styles - from Lulu to the Dust Brothers! I like practically every style of music, so it?s ideal. It also opens your mind to how many different musical influences must be present in the Fatboy?s tunes, and is sometimes amazing to think how he has transformed that sample into a dancefloor-filler!
Highly recommended for anyone who is open-minded.
Jon
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This album arrived today and I'm half way through listening to it.

If your a Fatboy Slim fan you may not enjoy this music particularly (although there are some good songs).

However I recommend you buy this because you will probably do what I did and be listening along then suddenly jump out of your chair shouting "OMFG Fatboy slim is a utter genius".

Some of the samples hes taken from these songs are so clever.

The vocal hooks from 'Ya mama' and 'Gangster trippin' is manage to pull from a the middle of a rapped lyric - blink and you would miss them.

If like Fatboy Slim and have all is albums before palookaville I would recommend you do whatever you can to get this album - be it beg, borrow or steal. This is a CD which should be in your collection.
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