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69 Love Songs [Box set, Limited Edition]

The Magnetic FieldsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00000JY1X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Absolutely Cuckoo
2. I Don't Believe In The Sun
3. All My Little Words
4. A Chicken WIth Its Head Cut Off
5. Reno Dakota
6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
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Disc: 2
1. Roses
2. Love Is Like Jazz
3. When My Boy Walks Down The Street
4. Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
5. Very Funny
6. Grand Canyon
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Disc: 3
1. Underwear
2. It's A Crime
3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
4. I'm Sorry I Love You
5. Acoustic Guitar
6. The Death Of Ferdinad De Saussure
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1999 triple CD album from the Indie/Electronic Pop band led by singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt. Just as the title promises, 69 Love Songs contains just that, most of them sung by Merritt. Guest vocalists include LD Beghtol, Glaudio Gonson, Shirley Simms and Dudley Klute,

Initially conceived as 100 love songs arranged in alphabetical order for theatrical revue performance, Stephin Merritt--indie-pop songsmith and Magnetic Fields spearhead--downsized his ambitious concept project to 69 Love Songs, his first recording under this moniker in four years. Parleyed into three volumes, Merritt, as on other outings, is joined by a rotating cast of musicians including manager Claudia Gonson. These players take on the role of orchestra and cast to Merritt's madcap composer, librettist, and performer, augmenting his lo-fi electronic-based rock with sparkling instrumental touches and narrative vocals for a portion of his absurdly wondrous ditties. Endlessly intriguing, the Fields revisit not only earlier themes of love both shunned and requited, but continue to forge a seemingly impossible synthesis of country-tinged Euro-pop and old-school musical theater. No stranger to melancholy, Merritt's twinkly music-box world, in shades of resplendent violet, is beautifully peopled with incurable romantics who drop pop-culture references and shed gender identity as often as most folks change their underpants. Not surprisingly, 69 Love Songs is delicious defeat on the romance front while pulling ahead as Merritt's most coherently engaging listen. --Paige La Grone

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quantity and Quality in one epic package February 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I suspect a certain worldview is required to fully enjoy this album, the major component of which is an almost preternatural attraction to the weird and excessive. Fortunately I have that in spades, so when a drunken friend (in whose tastes I have great faith - he reccomended Pulp and Six Feet Under, after all) mentioned this doozy, I was intrigued enough to go out and buy it.
First of all, this album achieves two reasonably important things: it delivers exactly what it promises, and it does so with an almost frightening consistency. Any album with just shy of three full hours of music is bound to have some filler, but there's almost nothing here that doesn't work on at least some level, and a good third of the songs are actually great. That's more than some bands achieve in an entire career.
Musically speaking, this is a low-fi, indie pop album (read: it sounds like it was recorded in a basement - and that's a virtue). That said, it runs the gamut. 'Fido, Your Leash is Too Long' is an odd, synth-drenched, funky jam; 'A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off' is a sweet and lowdown number that draws on classic country influences; 'My Sentimental Melody' sounds like something They Might Be Giants would record in one of their softer moments (at least to me), 'Absolutely Cuckoo' is a four-part harmony vocal dubbed over a ukelele - and that's just a scratch on the surface of disc one.
From a lyrical point of view, these are all love songs, true. But love is a many splendored thing, isn't it?
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MERRITT IS GOD April 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
In the Sixties, people used to sometimes write "Clapton is God" on the sides of buildings, so let me be the first to write "Merritt is God." (Though I wouldn't be surprised if somebody beat me to it.) The sheer number of great songs in this collection is staggering. After getting used to each volume separately, I now typically listen to the entire collection in sequence, setting aside three hours for the experience.
It's amazing how consistently high the quality is here. There are only three songs I hate--"Punk Love," "Love Is Like Jazz," and "Promises of Eternity"--and Merritt has gotten so far into my head that I wonder if the first two, at least, were intentionally designed to be hated. The theme of this album is diversity, after all, and how could a 69 song collection be diverse if you liked every song?
Merritt and his merry band of guest vocalists (24 songs are not sung by him) mix images of joy, sorrow, male, female, gay, straight, lust, true love, and just about anything else you can think of that has to do with romantic love. Merritt wisely avoided trying to string the songs together thematically, instead choosing a looser approach that gives "69 Love Songs" the feel of a really good (and delightfully long) mix tape.
A list of the songs I like, or even the songs I love, would be too lengthy to include here. For example, the first eight songs on Volume One are all knockouts, and even the ninth one, "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits," is an amusing and entirely harmless OMD ripoff.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MVP of my music collection September 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm a 51-year-old baby boomer, and I figure I've spent tens of thousands of dollars over my lifetime on 45s, LPs, cassettes, and CDs of almost every kind of music. My CD collection totals 842 titles as of today, and 69 Love Songs is the greatest thing I own. To Stephin Merritt, thanks so much for "When My Boy Walks Down the Street."
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE YOU June 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ok. I debated this purchase for about two weeks. I looked at itfrom a cost stand point ($! yikes) but you have to devide that by 3cd's. Or better yet, devide that by 69 amazing songs. Very cheap cost if you think about it... So, I bought this collection and it is one of the most sound purchases I have ever made.
As the historians tell it, there were supposed to be 100 love songs written for a boxed set. Somehow 100 turned into 69 and the rest is musical genius on 3 discs.
If you're not familiar with the sound of the magnetic fields...think They Might Be Giants (circa FLOOD) or a new wave Tom Waites (circa Small Change) or the punk rock Burt Bacharach.
I have found that disc two is my personal favorite...with songs like the poetic 'Very Funny', the 80's new wave inspired 'If You Don't cry', the spector-esque 'Washington DC' and my personal fave 'Papa Was a Rodeo'. Yee-haw.
Disc one holds just as many gems but i think they would mostly be considered b-sides. Take for instance the swank 1970's show tune wanna-be 'The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side', the uber minimal 'punk love', or the coulda been a Johnny Cash hit in 1968 'Chicken With Its Head Cut Off'.
Disc three is my second favorite of the three Cd's. The stalker anthem 'Im Sorry I Love You' is fun, The traveling menstral vibe of 'The Night You Can't Remember' and the lo-fi buck rodgers vibe of 'Strange Eyes' are ...'as lovely as a tree...'. Also, I can just hear 'Underwear' as a back drop for a Haines commercial in 2010.
If you are looking for something new and origional look no further. Amusing, Inspriational, Arty and fun. Steven Merrit scores a 3 way home run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 69 Love Songs is just that 69 songs dealing with the ...
Quite honestly one of the most interesting albums I've ever listened to. 69 Love Songs is just that 69 songs dealing with the pitfalls and beauty of modern romance. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Christopher Watola
3.0 out of 5 stars This ranges from really good to annoying
This ranges from really good to annoying. Really love the mag fields albums up to this collection, so I don't know. Obviously the idea here isn't to do a typical album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kristine k. landrum
2.0 out of 5 stars lone dissenter
i respect all the other 4 and 5 star reviews but i certainly don't understand them. thankfully i bought a cheap, used version of this box set -- and i definitely won't buy the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by quiteright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
I'm a huge fan of Stephin Merritt. Great musician and I think this is the best album of his that I've heard... even if the... largest.
Published 16 months ago by Pen Name Here
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest album
This is a truly great album. All of the songs are somehow sincere and darkly ironic at the same time. Incredible.
Published 22 months ago by Matthew R. Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Wonderful set of songs. Funny, touching, melancholy. A lot of variety of styles, but somehow all uniquely Magnetic Fields. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Shane Kenyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
The audacity of an artist that thinks they can release a 3 disc set of originals and make it work. Well , work it does. This release is legendary and deservedly so. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by Cousin Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars pop buffet
Yes, it's 3 CD's worth of music, but it's worth the price and the worth the effort to listen to it all the way through ... again and again and again. Sheer pop genius: a blissful. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreak Soundtrack
In all honesty I had never even heard of the Magnetic Fields even though I went to grad school in Boston at the time they were around it seems. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by JJ King
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
In my opinion, the quality of the songs varies from song to song, with some songs being some of the Magnetic Fields greatest, some of them not. Read more
Published on January 27, 2011 by thom
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