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LEMON JELLY 64 - 95 (2005 UK CD album from Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen featuring 9 tracks entirely based on unlikely samples taken from their vast record collections including the singles Stay With You [based around a sample of Gallagher&Lyles I Wanna Stay With You] and The Shouty Track. Presented in a fold-out thick card digipak picture sleeve with card inner sleeve and fold-out booklet)
The resurgence of rock in most aspects of popular music has certainly not gone un-noticed by Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen as 64-95 is littered with epic guitars and explosive refrains nestling amongst the downbeat soul for which they are best known. Opener, "Come Down on Me", is tense, fiery and for the most part dominated by the partnership of crashing power-chords and a lead synth that, while not a big-beat tune, wouldn't sound out of place on an old Lo-fi's or Chemical Brothers album. However, for anyone missing the sugary sweetness of Lost Horizons, most of the album is business as usualstrict drum patterns and rolling, mesmeric loops of lush strings, acoustic guitars (that sound great if a little bit cheesy) and lovable bass hooks. "Make Things Right" sums up a great deal of the music with its summery melody and reserved mid-tempo groove, this track being particularly reminiscent of classic Nightmares on Wax. Among the deviations in formula are "The Shouty Song", which comes across as some sort of harsh, contemporary jig and "The Slow Train", which utilises a barber shop quartet to fantastic effect. From start to finish 64-95 is pretty much devoid of filler (the weaker tracks only being weak due to other songs being better) and it culminates in the wondrous epic "Go", with the beat poet talents of William Shatner building to a crescendo that'll send anyone home with a smile on their face. Another great collection that isn't too radical a departure but doesn't rest on past successes, pushing Lemon Jelly forward at their own pace. --David TruemanSee all Product description
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Lemon Jelly could have produced derivative versions on thier Lost Horizons theme for as long as they wanted, but they didn't. This is much better than that. Like many of their best previous tracks this album borrows heavily from other peoples work. That is the point of it in fact. Each track being a remix of a song from the year it is named after. This gives each track a different vibe from the others, and adds a great deal more diversity to this album than their previous efforts.
That said it is still Lemon Jelly, and their stylistic influence is ever present. It is still electronic, but it is also more than that. Their love of guitar riffs is emphasised with loops and beats accentuating the rockier moments of this album, and their sense of the epic story comes to a head at the end of the album with William Shatner narrating a fantasy parable that builds to a crashing, explosive, climax.
This may not be the album their hardcore fans were looking for, but it is certainly a great album, and it doesn't suffer for declining to pander to their previous work.
Standout Tracks: '64 (Go), '75 (Slow Train), '76 (Stay With You), and '88 (Come Down on Me).
Notable by its absence is "The Fruity Track" - a B-Side from the Stay With You single - a masterful remix of Peaches by The Presidents Of The USA.
Overall: Recommended for fans looking to broaden their tastes but especially for people who haven't heard much of Lemon Jelly. This is a great cross-genre introduction to their style and one of their best albums yet.
I really liked KY...I loved Lost Horizons. I adored "Stay with You". So, I was really quite dissapointed with the first listen of '64 - '95.
The first two albums I fell in love with straight away. This one didn't do much for me at all. It just didn't seem Jelly like
Not to be outdone I listened to it again...and again...and again.
And I tell you what, it's REALLY REALLY growing on me!!
All because it's quite different to their other 2 outings.
With the exception of one track where some bint keeps saying, "Don't stop now" and believe me, she doesn't stop, to the extent that I really can't stand it anymore and have to skip to the next track, the other tunes are excellent. You just need to give it a few plays to adjust yourself to LJ's new style.
In my opinion, the best track is saved till last. Go, featuring William Shatner is just classic LJ!! Beatiful tune building to a superb metal guitar crescendo! On paper it sounds really naff, but it works. It really really works!!
It's heavier stuff from the two boys this time round.
Just give it time and you will love it!
NONE of the tracks are cover versions, and shouldn't really be treated as such, but most of the tracks do take a song from a particular year, sample sections of it, and then build on it. For example, '93 aka Don't Stop Now', takes elements of Atlantic Ocean's 1993 dance hit 'Waterfall', slows them down and then adds typical LJ extras to create something rather special (yes, it is my favourite track!). The most disappointing track is 'The Shouty Track', and being a fan of Ralph Tresvant's 'Sensitivity', I don't think 'A Man Like Me' has sampled it to great effect. However, overall, this is a refreshing step on from Lost Horizons, and old and new fans definitely won't be disappointed.
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