Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Signature Series 1: Greatest Remixes
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Subtlety does not exist in Fatboy Slim's world. The no-nonsense king of big beat has a job to do: get the party started right. The relentless musical hook is at the center of Greatest Remixes. Reggae and ska rhythms ("Magi... more »
Subtlety does not exist in Fatboy Slim's world. The no-nonsense king of big beat has a job to do: get the party started right. The relentless musical hook is at the center of Greatest Remixes. Reggae and ska rhythms ("Magic Carpet Ride," "Get Up! Go Insane!"), R&B lines ("The World's Made Up of This and That," "What Is Kahuna?"), and acid-synth ("Roll the Dice") are all just grist for the groove mill. "Dubby Jointy" is the disc's wildest track. Backwards tape whooshes, a screaming guitar lick, and a crazed, creepy vocal part coalesce into an inspired version. The album's closer, a remix of "E.V.A." by Jean Jacques Perrey surprises. Fatboy knows enough not to mess too much with the 30-year-old song. The original--funky, loungy, and spacy--could have been recorded last week. --Fred Cisterna
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If This Don't Make Your Booty Move...
the_bomb_diggy | Toronto, Canada | 03/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is a nice teaser for Fatboy Slim's upcoming follow-up to "You've Come A Long Way, Baby." While a few worthy mixes were omitted (Beastie Boys' "Body Movin'" and Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha"), this fact illustrates the point that this is a CD of "greatest remixes," not necessarily the most well-known. Of course we have Wildchild's "Renegade Master" which every Fatboy fan knows about. However, we've got nine other mixes which aren't so well-known yet (though I think Underworld's "King Of Snake" has mainstream potential). As for the CD itself, it's very good at making you get off that booty and shaking it. To me, the standout remix is "King Of Snake." Fatboy builds on the tribal dude saying "Snake fighting, life fighting" until you hear "Snake!" Then, the bass and rhythm constantly EXPLODES in true Fatboy style. This CD is mostly in the tradition of Fatboy's previous work; bottom line - if you like what Fatboy did before, you'll like this. Just don't count on sitting down by the time you get to Jean Jacques Perry's "E.V.A." You're gonna move one way or another. Wanna feel good? Pop this in the player and press "play.""
A must for Fatboy Fans
DJ Shlomo | Wonderland | 03/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is pretty good. Although some of you might already have "Renegade Master" or "King of Snake" the other remixes are a must to complete your Fatboy Collection. To hunt down all of these remixes and import the singles would cost me 10 times the amount I paid for this CD. Unlike the new Fatboy/Norman Cook Collection, these songs were all made after Fatboy left Beats International. I also recommend the Fatboy/Norman Cook Collection if you want some pre-Fatboy songs."
A goldmine to the uninitiated
George Saridakis | Montreal, Quebec. | 04/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How ironic that I only learned about the existence of Greatest Remixes after looking up the much more publicized On The Floor at the Boutique on Amazon, and ended up liking this much better. It's akin to liking and pursuing a girl, being introduced to a girlfriend of that girl by the girl, and ending up dating the friend instead. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed On The Floor, and gave it 4 stars, but it wasn't quite what I wanted and warned others that it isn't an album full of Rockafeller Skanks. Now this, this is more like it! You may sense a formula as you go from song to song, but the contexts in which that formula is applied are different enough to make the songs distinctive as they hit the spot one after another. I was especially elated on getting my hands on Get Up! Go Insane! I freaked out when I saw the video three years ago in Greece and I could never find it anywhere! Oh, the joy I felt when I finally heard the schizophrenic version of Jump Around again, complete with a change of pace in the middle that surprised me at first, but which I've grown to love. Ideally for me, all of his songs would combine such feverishness, aggressiveness and festiveness, stuff that would keep me pounding a dance floor or pounding the weights at the gym for hours. But then again, my musical nirvana would be someone else's complaints of monotony. The more laid back tracks are still quite good to me. Magic Carpet Ride amuses me because it's Fatboy Slim collaborating with a previous incarnation of Fatboy Slim, creating a delightfully demented fusion. It should be called "The Fatboy Slim VS Mighty Dub Katz in the Norman Cook Dimension Remix". Basically, my previous hunch was right. This album comes a lot closer to the "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" experience. I've been accused of growing too comfortable with the Fatboy style (when I slaughtered the Groove Armada album) and the point is taken, but man, if comfort feels so good then get me some more pillows because I wanna hang around for a while."