Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Dean Martin & Julie London, Leroy Holmes, Louis Prima|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
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This rises above kitch and is actually good
Richard Diaz | 05/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The concept is absurdly clever (brilliantly stupid?) and shouldn't work, but it does. Take some all-time lounge classics (and a few odd songs like the James Bond theme or The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) and give them to electronic artists to remix. Yet it works well, mainly because of the talent that came on board: Uberzone, U-ziq, Utah Saints, Wagon Christ, Tranquility Bass, Gus Gus, Q-Burns Abstract Message, and more. These are artists who not only have talent, but have shown a a sense of fun and humor in their own productions.Sure there are a few songs that don't quite pass the muster, but not many. And let's face it, you're buying this for kitch value anyway, so even those songs will have a charm to them. You won't play this often, but it's something you can always pop in to amuse friends, and there's enough cool songs to grab a martini and enjoy it yourself."
3 1/2 stars; very original, interesting, goofy, a solid lis
Matthew J.P. | Somewhere, OR. U.S.A. | 03/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There's some really good material on this disc. It's just buried underneath boring, techno-versions of lounge favorites. This CD is great at parties, as I'd imagine, but it's a little weak when listened to as a whole-album by yourself. The highlights (and moments of disgrace) are mentioned below somewhat extensively:
The album starts off with the upbeat, funky song "Hypnotique (Uberzone Remix)," and it's fairly decent, but at seven minutes, it gets too drawn-out and it is a true bore in the end. All hope is not lost, however, because the trance-esque track "Lonesome Road (Y-Ziq Remix)" is a true delight to the ears, and it is one of the better moments on the disc. It does have some annoying and dissonant drum beats that don't match the beautiful flow of the rest of the song, but overall, it's pretty good. Next, you get a very annoying "Watermelon Man" remix that pisses me off every time. Even when I do skip this track, I still hear the name "Watermelon Man" at the very begenning of the song, and it comes pretty damn close to screwing up the entire disc for me. A truly wretched moment on the disc. Then you get an interesting version of the somewhat-catchy Dean Martin & Julie London track "Sway," and it can really get a party started, but when listening to this track all alone, you begin to realize that you're a loser. After that, you get a good James Bond remix (I've played the Nintendo 64 game GOLDENEYE a million times, so this song gets old to me really fast, but for most people this song will be greatly enjoyed). After a horrid track to which I forget its title, THE moment of excellence on this album comes next on the brilliant "Good, Bad, and the Ugly" remix that sounds so great that it makes the disc worth it by itself. A hardcore techno edge is given to the western classic anthem, and it will make anyone feel like a true badass. One rocking anthem that's been played over and over in my stereo. After that, "Do it Again" follows, and it is very terrible. One must wonder who selected some of these tracks, because a lot of them shouldn't have been included on this lounge-compilation. "Séance on a Wet Afternoon" is the following track, and next to the good ,bad, & ugly remix, this track is the best on the disc. I often play "Séance" on chilly October nights. A perfect Halloween song. After that, the rest of the disc is pretty bad, so I won't go into detail.
Overall, I think this CD is worth it just because of the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" mix and "Séance On a Wet Afternoon." Too bad the rest of the disc isn't as good. I give it 3.1/2 stars. It was enjoyable, yet it was anything but memorable."
Much more than an OK CD
email@example.com | USA | 06/10/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A great CD for fans of the bands & players listed. The mixes are tight and original, and some--like the tracks by Wagon Christ, the Rip-off Artist, and Gusgus--are outstanding. A little bit of jungle, drum 'n' bass, dub, and even good ole dance, and plus a lot of ingenuity... Unlike the fan above me who can neither spell nor get titles right (Gusgus' "this is normal" is not on this cd), I easily recommend this compilation to any true fan of "our" music."