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Other Side of the Moon
Other Side of the Moon
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1

Asian only rarities compilation featuring 16 tracks, including the B-sides to many of their hard-to-find singles. Contains their campy lounge covers of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town', Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man'...  more »


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All Artists: Cardigans
Title: Other Side of the Moon
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal Int'l
Release Date: 1/5/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Euro Pop, Swedish Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Other Side of the Moon
UPCs: 498800520802, 766484250620, 4988005208026


Album Description
Asian only rarities compilation featuring 16 tracks, including the B-sides to many of their hard-to-find singles. Contains their campy lounge covers of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town', Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man' (First Try) & 'Cocktail Party Bloody Cocktail Party' (aka 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'), Ozzy Osbourne's 'Mr. Crowley', alternate versions of 'War', 'Carnival' & 'Losers' and more! 1997 Polydor release.

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Don't let the price stop you: can you put a price on beauty?
smooth_earl | Pocatello, Idaho United States | 10/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was a casual Cardigfan at first (yeah, "Love me, love me ...") but eventually bought their "LIFE" cd on a whim and never regretted it. THIS, children, is the best Cardigans CD there is. Most all of the B-Sides from the import singles (up until the marginally terrible "GRAN TURISMO"), all on one disc. It's all good, but without giving a track-by-track description, I'd reccommend: WAR -- (Imagine Nina's silky voice singing, "Ohhhhh, come crush me now, I'm armed ... and ready to die" -- simply haunting). THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN -- (lounge music-style, and a it's fun that it's a song you should already know by heart, so you can sing-a-long). CARNIVAL (puck version) -- (Puck, you say? It's the song, but song by a male and in a slower, way more melancholy downtempo style ... grab your hankie, it's a cry-er). NASTY SUNNY BEAM -- (peppy lil' number, pre-Turismo Cardigans we all know and love). BLAH BLAH BLAH -- (another great, fun sing-a-long song). COUNTRY HELL -- (the best song on the CD ...the chorus goes, "If you fall apart ... fall into my arms ... ". I could just melt with this one). AFTER ALL -- (different arrangement from the version that appears on the "Emmerdale" CD - this one is sooooo much better. You can't help but feel her sadness in this one). COCKTAIL PARTY BLOODY COCKTAIL PARTY -- (Unlike what the Amazon editorial review says, this is definitely NOT a remake of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". This is, like, a 15 or 16 minute "piano bar" instrumental medley wherein some guy plays snippets of most of the songs from the LIFE cd. Very nice stuff, and soothing too. Anyway, if you even like the Cardigans' old stuff just a LITTLE bit, this disc is worth grabbing before they are out-of-print forever. If for nothing else, just get it so that when your friends are over and checking out your CD collection, you can casually point to this and they will go, "Wow! I never saw THIS one before." Either way, you get a GREAT CD."
One of the best B-sides collections ever, well worth the pri
C. Wynes | Dyersburg, TN | 07/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The pricetag on this collection is indeed intimidating. "You mean I have to pay $18 or more for these songs that didn't make their LP releases?" Yes, you do. But you'll want to, and you'll never regret it.

This album collects nearly every B-side and rarity you could ever want from this band. Fans of the band should have no question in their minds: you MUST have this album.

For the casual fan? Well, the Cardigans are something special. They approach indie-pop with a bag full of jazz chords at times, and at other times with an electronica groove perfectly intertwined with Nina's eerie and moving vocals. They've reinvented themselves at least a few times, and we get glimpses of all those intermediary stages on this record.

The album leads off with "War (First Try)", which definitely would have felt at home in the tracklisting for their album Gran Turismo but has elements of their breakthrough sound on the First Band on the Moon LP. Much of the rest of the album represents similar transitional stages. A few simply embrace the sound off the Emmerdale and Life LPs, tracks which devotees of those albums will find absolutely essential.

Should you shell out the price tag on this import? Well, first of all, you should be aware that there is a lousy "napsterized" version of this album floating around the 'net that has incomplete tracks and even incorrect tracks (substituting the LP versions for the alternates in a few places.) If you did the naughty thing and snagged it somewhere, you probably do not have the real album. You probably will need to buy the legit copy to be sure you have it right.

In a general sense, if you were just led to this link because you were sitting around remembering how much you liked that song "Lovefool" from the Leo DiCaprio film, then you probably won't want to shell out the dough for this quite yet. Buy "First Band on the Moon" and "Life" first, then come back to this one. It's essential for the fan of the Cardigans, and essential for fans of indie-pop, but you needn't rush into the hefty price tag on this until you're good and ready. When you're ready, don't balk, just get it! And if you're already a Cardigans fan, you will absolutely adore this album and you simply must have it, especially with the price dipped under $20."
Simply a great compilation of B-sides...
Albert B. | Barcelona, CAT Spain | 07/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I strongly recommend this compilation since it contains great songs like 'I figured Out' or 'Nasty Sunny Beam' which are very characteristic of Cardigans' own and unique style; there's also 'Plain Parade' and a puck version of 'Carnival' which take you into a nice world...'The boys are back in town' has got a similar rhythm to that of Lovefool and it makes it great. The versions of Iron man and Loser are, in my opinion, funnier than those included in First band on the moon. So, every Cardifan deserves this pearl."