A Break from the Norm
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Classic. I brought this CD ages ago, and found it insprational at the time and I still do. I still listen to it while I work, and I find it calming and somthing to break away... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2003
I am constantly amazed by Norman Cook. I imagine since these samples had to be cleared in the first place someone came up with the bright idea to use them again and make some... Read morePublished on 13 April 2001