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Party Mix/Mesopotamia [2on1] Import

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Page Artiste The B-52's

Détails sur le produit

  • CD (29 décembre 1990)
  • Nombre de disques: 1
  • Format : Import
  • Label: Mis
  • ASIN : B000002LN6
  • Autres éditions : CD  |  Cassette  |  Album vinyle
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Liste des titres

Disque : 1

  1. Party Out Of Bounds
  2. Private Idaho
  3. Give Me Back My Man
  4. Lava
  5. Dance This Mess Around
  6. 52 Girls
  7. Loveland
  8. Deep Sleep
  9. Mesopotamia
  10. Cake
  11. Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can
  12. Nip It In The Bud

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HASH(0x9a9f2f9c) étoiles sur 5 MESOPOTAMIA REMIXES....WHY???? 25 novembre 2004
Par Tame - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
First of all i want to say that i LOVE this record (i'm talking about "Mesopotamia"; nothing to say about "Party mix!" besides it's excellent). Well, i LOVED the ORIGINAL RECORD, the one i knew when it came out. I had no idea it had been remixed in 1990, and istening to the results...i can't figure out why it was remixed. I had it on vinyl and thought i'd buy it on cd. "That's great, "Party mix!" and "Mesopotamia", the 2 ep's on one cd", that's what fans may think...And then you realize...song timings are different...WHY?WHY WAS IT REMIXED?

"Loveland" and "Cake": 5 minutes long each?? They where 8 and 7 minutes long respectively. The remixer's work it's incredibly horrible; the B-52's said that they wanted to make a danceable record when it came out, and they made it, really well. The remixer, though, has taken away all the spirit: verses, choruses and arrangements are removed, new effects (echoes on voices, louder guitars)are thrown in without a single tiny bit of taste, the volume of the "sytethized" claps is unheardable when not removed too, and vocals that where not used in the original record are here misused...The song structure is rewritten too...Was the band happy with these remixed version? I just can say that fans are gonna be very very disappointed, i know that for sure cause i am still. And NO OPENNING HORNS ON "CAKE"???That had to be the biggest disappointment of 'em all.

Today i've taken my vinyl to a record store near my home where they'll put it on cd for 6 euro. I had no choice.
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Par Paul McGrath - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I guess I must be the only person in the world who thinks Mesopotamia was the B-52's finest achievement. Don't get me wrong, I love their other stuff, and to this day listen to them often. They are their own selves. Completely original. But with Mesopotamia, they stretched beyond even their own ziggy boundaries, and reached, for lack of a better word, some kind of "zone."

This is not an easy album. I think I must have listened to it about ten times before I "got" it. But it's worth the patience. Maybe the best thing to do is to start with the beat. Don't be distracted by anything else. Just the beat. The rest will come later.

"Loveland." Throbbing, pounding bass, the minor note, and you are there. How can you stay off your feet? And listen to Kate Pierson. She has never sounded better. Passionate. Savage. Beautiful. Angry. "Loveland?" I suppose. This is where I fell in love with Kate Pierson.

Then "Deep Sleep," which is mostly a hypnotic kind of psychadelic thing, but again with the great back beat, and dreamy sultry vocals. These women, you think, they are like sirens.

The next two songs are the B-52's at the apex of their career. Mesopotamia is again a great rock song, with the trademark brilliant female harmonies, and here comes Fred Schneider, with his hilarious, absurdist lyrics. You'll note he is a great stylist as well, contributing greatly to the beat with his vocals, in the tradition of the greatest rock and roll singers. The song would still be wonderful, but this sense of timing puts it on another plane.

And then we come to "Cake." There has never been a song in the history of rock and roll like "Cake." What is it about? It is about baking a cake. What's so special about that? Well, these girls sing more passionately about baking a cake than anybody ever sang about anything. Peace, injustice, war, hunger. You want passion? Listen to "Cake." Oh, and then maybe think about irony.

This is where I fell in love with both Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. And with what skill! The B-52's have always been famous for their harmonies but on this album, and on this song, they are mind-boggling. They must have practiced singing this song--God, I don't know--hundreds of times. More. I try to sing along with them every time and, well, forget it.

And again you have the pounding, danceable beat, with horns and guitars and keyboard. I never get tired of this. It just hasn't happened. There is no other rock band in the world which sounds like this. Like them, at their peak.

The last two songs are excellent, ("Throw that Beat in the Garbage Can,") and you will love them, but they can not match the spectacularity of the first four. (Only six songs on the whole thing! Nooooooo!)

So what happened here? Was it David Byrne, the producer? I don't know. I've never been a big fan of him or his band. He played a part though. Sometimes it is pointless to ask. But they hit greatness here. Somehow.

They hit it.
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HASH(0x9ab71444) étoiles sur 5 a big fan's big disappointment 13 septembre 2005
Par Jason Knapp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
When pop artists work entirely on instinct, the results can be inexplicably good. It's often hard to take apart the pieces and explain what makes the whole thing so wonderful, because it feels like the music sprang up, fully grown, right out of the band's collective brain. And that's the way most of the B-52's music feels: inspired, soulful and really nuts.

But this double-EP is a good example of how too much thought can destroy a work of instinct. The remixes for "Party Mix!" are just annoying, but easy to dismiss, since you're getting "Mesopotamia" on the same CD. But I was just crest-fallen when I got this disc home and listened to one of the most brilliant pieces of early-80s pop gone sour.

I'd heard that the band didn't like the results of Mesopotamia's original production and felt that it sounded more like David Byrne, their producer, than their own work. But Byrne took the band's wonderful qualities and pushed them in a new and unexpected direction. It was a very successful experiment.

For the CD release, the band went back and re-mixed the whole EP, dumbing down the hard, syncopated percussion, adding cheesy echoes and reverbs, and just cutting time out of some tracks all together. The result is an uncomfortable grafting of bad pop clichés onto the stark original. It doesn't sound like the original or like the B-52's better music. Fortunately, for those of us who still have decent vinyl copies of the original, we can rip our own CDs and pray they come to their senses in time to release the original version.
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HASH(0x9ab7145c) étoiles sur 5 Party Mix - YAY! Mesopotamia "re-mix" - NAY! 9 octobre 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I finally, finally got this on CD. Having both these EPs on vinyl as a kid in the very early 80's (along with the first two albums - masterpieces!)... and still having them to this day (pulling them out now every once in a while to play as I swing around the room on my walker)... needless to say I was thrilled to finally be able to play these two great EPs, minus all the pops and scratches of my old disc that have been played zillions of times.
First - "Party Mix" sounds GREAT on CD... and is worth it for the price alone. If you're already familiar with The B-52's brilliant early work (and you probably are if you are thinking of getting this) you know it's 6 of their early songs (3 each from the first 2 albums) that have been wildly remixed into a zany sonic stew... totally hysterical and delightful... and a great example of what "remix" meant before house and techno. Totally great and super fun.
However... for fans of the B-52's 1981 "Mesopotamia" EP - be warned...
I tried to be optomistic, really I did... but I am about 70% dissapointed with (what I read here on the liner notes) is a 1990 "re-mix" of the original version of this EP just for this CD (original release was produced by David Byrne and came out in 1981). I have no problem with remastering stuff so it sounds good on CD... but what was this Tom Durack thinking? They sounded FINE in the original versions... very complex, polyrhythmic, almost jazzy songs. Sure when this first came out... many B-52's fans were a little confused... but the release quickly gained a following and a special place in the memories of their audience. They seem to have been re-done here to obviously have a bit more "modern", minimal and I guess easy-to-grasp sound. I think these "re-done" Mesopotamia songs sound lame for the most part (some more than others)... especially when I compare them to the original versions... which were very special and unique and full of wild energy. Why re-do them 10 years later in 1990? Why? Really... why? The originals were fine! Why add reverbed vocals and synths and echo-ing hand claps (ugh!) and noisy guitar at the end of each track (I'm talking about 'Mesopotamia' here... not 'Party Mix')? The re-done stuff here is noticable most of the time and gets pretty annoying in places. Where are the original 1981 release "Mesoptamia" songs for CD? Gone forever? Yea... I'd like to "turn my watch back..." to 1981... to the original version of this great release... which in no way needed messing with. Sob!
Re-cap: "Party Mix" on CD - TOTALLY GREAT!!! But, these "newer" 1990 versions of the 1981 "Mesopotamia" EP... well, if you're a big B-52's fan... be ready for perhaps a not-so-pleasant surprise.
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HASH(0x9ab715a0) étoiles sur 5 To try and clarify 21 mars 2006
Par John Michael Lynch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
Leaving aside Party Mix which was fairly inspired at the time but a bit superflous now, Mesopotamia has a bit of a back history. This is my understanding of it, feel free to correct me if i got it wrong, I would like to know for sure myself

The original album was released in America on Warner records and in Europe on Island records. Apparently there was a mix-up in sending the master tapes trans-atlantic and Island ended up with three songs (loveland, cake and throw that beat) in extended form. Maybe unfinished mixes or maybe different takes, no-one seems to be sure.

When it was re-released the Island records version uses the original Warner release (albeit with a misprinted cover saying the album contains an extra song, lava, which it doesn't).

This, the Warner records re-release, contains the same Warner Version, but remixed. the changes aren't huge but are noticeable. The songs were not cut or shortened, they just do not use the extended Island records versions that some people who bought it originally are used to.

Hope this clears up some of the confusion in the reviews.
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