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Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon) is a classic silent film by revered French director Georges Méliès. Released in 1902, this legendary 16-minute film is widely considered one of the most important works in film history, and the very first to use science fiction as its theme, incorporating special effects that were very state-of-the-art at the turn of the 19th century. ... Read more in Amazon's Air Store

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrive
  • ASIN: B000HIP42O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Cure "All Cats Are Grey"
2. Black Sabbath "Planet Caravan"
3. Nino Rota "O' Venezia Venaga Venusia"
4. The Band "I Shall Be Released"
5. Georges Delerue "Camille"
6. Japan "Ghosts"
7. Scott Walker "The Old Man's Back Again"
8. Jeff Alexander "Come Wander With Me"
9. Cat Power "Metal Heart"
10. Minnie Riperton "Loving You"
11. Tan Dun "For The World"
12. Sebastien Tellier "Le Long de la Reviere Tendre"
13. Lee Hazlewood "My Autumn's Done Come"
14. Robert Wyatt "P.L.A."
15. Elliot Smith "Let's Get Lost"
16. The Troggs "Cousin Jane"
17. Air / Alessandro Baricco "Musica"
18. The Cleveland Orchestra "Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte"

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Air curates their first ever compilation for the Late Night Tales series. A stunning, moody mix of some of the duo's most influential songs. Includes well known acts such as The Cure, Black Sabbath, Cat Power, Elliot Smith, and Air themselves, mixed in with a selection of rare jazz, pop and score material.

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"The Rolls-Royce of compilations." -- GQ

"This series just gets better." -- Time Out

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anon. on October 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The CD is best when the choices are least expected: "All Cats are Grey" (The Cure), "Planet Caravan" (Black Sabbath), "Metal Heart" (Cat Power), "P.L.A." (Robert Wyatt), "Cousin Jane" (Troggs) are all fantastic, and fantastically unexpected. I can live without some of the movie-soundtrack selections (esp. Tan Dun) and the foray into kitsch - Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" (wretched stuff, plus it sounds completely out of place here) - but these compilation albums are always a bit hit-and-miss, for whatever reason, and this one is no exception. By my calculation, there are NINE stellar tracks here, and that's enough for me (for the price I paid). I've downloaded the best tracks onto my IPod, along with some of my favorite moody Air tracks ("Bathroom Girl," "Les Professionnels"), and the results are exceptional LateNight music.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt Bailey on October 12, 2006
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It would be a mistake--one the other reviewers here have made--to review this as if it were an Air album and not just a selection of some of their favorite music. You can definitely hear the influences on Air in the music chosen, but the selections are all over the musical map. What other mix CD includes Black Sabbath and Ravel? If you don't expect everything on the CD to sound exactly like Air, you will find it an excellent, eclectic collection of tracks. The artists are mostly people you've heard (or heard of) before, but several of the songs are left-field selections. It's perfect listening for--as you may have guessed--late nights.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Eckert on March 16, 2007
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This is one of my favorite CDs at the moment. If you listen to this CD and then you listen to any AIR CD, you can really see how the songs on this CD influence their music. The only complaint I have about the mix of songs is Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You". It has never really been a favorite of mine, mostly because it gets stuck in my head everytime I hear it. On the other hand, choices like "All Cats are Grey" by the Cure and Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan" are a great start to this moody trip that you really should check out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Littlelash on April 1, 2011
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This album is part of a series of late-night mixtapes, called "Late Night Tales." This series (similar to other dj-mixtape series) allows artists to come up with a range of songs that express their tastes, stories, inspirations, and identities. Air's version is quite excellent and goes beyond the ordinary mixtape. They really set the mood for a "late night" chillout-including a range of artists and genres that blend together smoothly (and surprisingly-see the Cat Power-Minnie Riperton, or Black Sabbath-Nino Rota transitions). Definitely a purchase for the well-versed fan, not the ordinary Air fan. The majority of people who are rating this as low either didn't understand what the Late Night Tales series was, or misread the product description. Do not consider these reviews as legitimate.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DanceFan11 on November 9, 2006
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Nothing else to add that hasn't already been said. To reiterate the obvious - this is a compilation and not an original artist album and it represents what has inspired Air musically and shaped their sound to what it is today. This is a MUST BUY.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hoke on October 13, 2006
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Seriously, how can the other two reviewers clame themselves Air fans?!?!? THis is AIR picking out the songs that inspire them. AND THEY ARE GREAT CHOICES! The Band, Japan, Cat Power? Plus it's a CHILL OUT MIX!!! Thats why it's low key! Seriously, if you like AIR, you will love this.
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On a scale of one to phenomenal, Air strikes a chord (no pun intended) with this list of somewhat obscure songs that are sure to please even the most hard to make smile aficionado. My only regrets are 1) That I didn't discover some of these songs on my own; and 2) That I don't have the songs on vinyl. Cat Power 'Metal Heart' shares an intricate weave of guitar and painful lyrics that almost drip through your headphones to let you feel the mood. Sebastian Tellier displays mastery of synth-pop and shows why his style has influenced groups like Air and Daft Punk. Add the trippy, leslie speaker inspired 'Planet Caravan' and The Band with it's carefully crafted, folk inspired diatrabe of exaltation from a prison and you begin to immerse yourself in a story of music that you can listen to over and over again. Remember the end scene in Casino? Camille. What about the martial art classic Hero? For the World. All these musical journeys are thoughtful, inspirational and will give you plenty of listening pleasure for years. Great job Air on sharing your inspirations, and helping to keep creativity alive through sound.
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By flare31 on September 22, 2010
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When I heard it for the first time, I was a little dissapointed and later on I found that this is just remix album of various songs and interprets. In this view I have listened to it a couple of times and found thout that this is a very extraordinary album that is my favourite one to listen to before I go to the bed. EXCELLENT from the beginning to the end, definately worth a try.
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