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Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B0000036VX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
This double disc of outtakes, b-sides and rarities demonstrates the humbling fact that Yo La Tengo's weaker material still stands head and shoulders above other bands' best moments. Not quite essential (turn to most of their other albums for perfection), but there are plenty of gems to be unearthed in over two hours of music.
Admittedly almost a quarter of this time is spent meandering through the droning instrumental epic 'Sunsquashed', but there are succinct and beautiful songs like 'Demons' too. Disc one is the best: lovely tunes coupled with breathy vocals and occasional exhilirating outbursts of guitar noise. Disc two (entirely instrumental) has a few great passages that would put a band like Mogwai to shame for sheer ferocity and melodic invention, but on the whole it can be trying on the listener's patience. Two short drum solos, two early versions of 'From A Motel 6', and a 'Gooseneck Problem' (whatever that may be!) are disposable diversions.
So, for Ya La Tengo fans: buy, buy, buy, if, like me, you can't get enough of their music. And for non-fans: an interesting collection that gives a few pointers as to what the band are capable of, but suffers in comparison to their excellent proper albums.
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Great collection of alternative takes, B-sides, odd tracks and so forth. This group do not disapoint a true fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Musicianship + Attitude = This Album 31 July 2004
By Moldyoldie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Delightful diversions from a band to which I've taken a special fondness. These outtakes convey the same introspective remoteness and sense of "attitude" indicative of the band's other works. I love the minimalist workings of the guitars, keys, and rhythm with just the right touch of noise. Listening to these two discs would make a long nighttime drive pass swiftly and pleasurably.

I'm certain any fan would enjoy this set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation of rarities. 7 Oct. 2008
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of those compilations that fans love, "Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo" is a compilation of rarities by Yo La Tengo-- b-sides, soundtrack pieces, oddball compilation recordings, etc., recorded over the band's first decade or so of existence. Like any good collection of this sort, it paints an accurate picture of the band through their obscurities, and like most great bands, there's enough gems in the rarities to make this worth the investment.

Indeed, it's hard to believe that something like the raging cover of Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby" ended up a throwaway recording for a compilation-- turned into a fierce rock performance by the band with a staggering feedback-driven solo (among the best performed by Ira Kaplan), it's the kind of performance that can knock you out of your seat. And it's one of a number of standouts on this collection-- from the downtempo, burning, haunting "Demons" (from the score of I Shot Andy Warhol, featuring one of Georgia Hubley's best vocals) to extended instrumental feedback jam "Sunsquashed", there's quite a bit to love on here. And granted, there's some fluff here nad there that we could live without (straight-up punk song "Too Late"), none of it is exactly unlistenable.

In the end, "Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo" is a great compilation for any fan of the band. And by the way, for those interested in their rarities, the three disc version of Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1985-2003 [3 disc] fills in some of the holes after this release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but... 4 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an okay album, with some really good tracks, but it has the obvious problem that any collection of B-sides and outtakes has: outtakes are taken out for the simple reason that they're not strong enough for album release. Unfortunately, they're even weaker when they're taken out of the context of the other songs they were recorded with and jumbled together on an album by themselves.
I give it three stars simply because YLT outtakes are often still better than other artists' regular albums. Still, this is for fans and collectors only. Novices to YLT beware: you might get a completely wrong picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beg borrow or steal this album 10 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, Yo La Tengo is the most underrated great band out there, and this collection of rarities and B-sides proves it. While the instrumental disk may challenge, the majority of disk one proves the luminary talent of the band. At times plaintive, playful, or just downright noisey, the music shines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what? Disregard mistah Peter Kane, below; this rocks. 26 Nov. 1998
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Format: Audio CD
Ira Kaplan's love of feedback, and Yo La Tengo's love of other people's rock and roll songs, is one of the greatest things going for guitar-based music these days. Get this at all costs; it's what VU could have been, with more talent.
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