19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
What did Wallinger drag out from the back drawer from his 25 years of recording? This compilation is not simply b-sides and outtakes--it's a great snapshot of a variety of styles and feelings from the wonderfully inventive idea that is World Party. Glad to know that he didn't simply rely on his old standbys for this release--it's a treasure trove of tidbits that are a must have for any World Party fan.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
World Party fans will love this set, and inevitably regret, as I do, both the inclusion and exclusion of certain songs. In my case, I wish Karl had added "These Are the Days," a great dirge-like ballad previously available (several years ago) only as a download from his website. We might wish as well that he hadn't included TWO live versions of some songs. That said, there are at least a half-dozen revelations that rate with his greatest tracks: the opener "Waiting Such a Long Long Time," an exciting power popper; "Photograph," a fleshed-out version of the sketch formerly known as "Leave You to Find You"; a dynamite cover of "Dear Prudence"; and others. There are easily enough first- and second-tier songs here to compensate for the new World Party albums we've missed these last six years. It's great to be reacquainted with some minor but fab songs we might have forgotten ("Call Me Up" in a great live radio version), and the packaging is done with the usual Wallinger wit. The whole leaves you charged up, renewed, exhausted and joyful. All regrets noted and nits picked, the set is fab. Go for it. Now.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
Being a fan, I've been waiting for a new World Party record for years...and now I have 5 new records all at once, from Beatles, Dylan and Sly Stone covers to new songs to live versions of the hits! Packaged in a spiral bound date book (I've never seen anything like this, it can go on my bookshelf) with wonderful pictures and funny witty commentary from Karl, my wait is over. Long live World Party...the wait was worth it! Cross my fingers for a tour!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
So a lot of other reviewers have opined on what is missing, or what they wish was different in this set. Great, great, great.
I am the kind of WP listener who bought every album as they were released, but never went in for the singles, bootlegs, etc. Only a few bands merited that devotion from me (XTC, Beautiful South, The Police, Talk Talk....). And it turns out, that was OK. World Party (Karl W. that is) has put together this fantastic set. Truly inspired. Fresh, upbeat, twisty, funky, and just plain FUN! Tons of songs!
All I can say is that this set is brilliant.
I just rec'd the set a hour ago, and after listening to about 10 songs, I know that getting this set was the right choice. Money well spent. This will be great music to listen t all summer!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2012
If you love this band like I do, you'll surely love this new 5 disc set. If your not familiar with World Party your probably better off starting with "Goodbye Jumbo" or "Bang" both great albumns. Arkeology is for those fans of World Party like me who aleady have all the other albumns and can't get enough. Live Versions, Covers, and new material make up the 5 discs. Some silly stuff also, for sure, but mostly true World Party gems with the heavy Beatles and Dylan influence shining through. Also very fun and creative packaging with lots of pictures and fun facts. What do you want for $31 ? Enjoy !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2013
Feast your ears on this! I'm totally loving the songs on this collection. Honestly, I was more of a casual World Party fan before I bought this 5-CD set. I owned two World Party albums and liked them a lot (especially the amazing "Goodbye Jumbo") but I'd never really taken the full plunge until I ordered this monster.
First all, I think this is great value for the money. You get 5 CDs, full to the brim with great tunes, many of which even longtime fans have not heard before. I'm not crazy about the notebook packaging, but I can't put up with it. I just keep the CDs in a separate place. But the music is what really matters, and once again Karl Wallinger, recording as World Party, shows his genius musical skills throughout this delightful set of recordings. Whether he's doing covers or originals, the songs all stick in your head. Sure, there is the obvious Beatles influence --- including a handful of Beatles' covers --- but Wallinger is quite his own man too and these songs all resonate with his distinctive musical touch. Whether you are a casual fan or a hardcover fan, this box/book of CDs is akin to a musical treasure chest, and one you will be happy with having.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2014
Considering all the past albums are very very good, or excellent, Arteology does not meet their standards. As a World Party buff, I'm glad I bought it. There are about a dozen songs on each CD (5 CDs in package). The "new" tunes are probably songs that didn't make the cut for the albums over the last 30 years. Of them, some lack the full ingredients that Karl normally puts into his work. The live cuts are okay, and some songs give a picture of the more fundamental sounds and roots (folk-rock-pop). Then their are about 8 songs that stray far from World Party's style and don't agree with me. Enjoy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
This set from genius Karl Wallinger shows why he the best unknown singer/songwriter alive today. From the Beach Boyesque "Kuwait City" to the funky sound of "Everybody Dance Now" he shows the ability to capture the sscence of a genre or style and make it his own. Whether a fan or not, this 5 CD set has a great deal of new and classic World Party music.Go ahead, buy it! you need it! You want it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2014
We have been World Party, Karl Wallinger fans for years, my wife calls them "the soundtrack of our lives", so needless to say any additional music from World Party would be wonderful. The alternate versions, acoustic versions, outtakes and live music are all enjoyable. We've seen him/them live several times and this set captures the wry, witty banter of Karl Wallinger has in introducing and commenting on his music. The packaging is imaginative and worth the price difference from any download. Lots of music, well worth it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
Karl Wallinger is a one of a kind guy! Well, we all are in our own ways. But Mr Wallinger's new 5-cd box is truly his own unique creation! Being a long time fan of World Party I was curious on what goodies I might find here and now I know there are many.
The diary is a great joy to have.
The music is going all places. High and low. Covers, live-versions and new demos...
I must say that I immediately made my own mix cd with the best songs on here...because I am not that into live-versions and there are some materials on here that are perhaps more interesting than good. Lucille? And God said?
But it sure is a nice diary and a jam-packed cd full of new pop music of the best kind is more than I could dream of anyway.
This is easily one of the best releases this year.
Here's the fantastic cd (made out of this box):
"where are you going when you go"
"I want to be free"
"The good old human race"
"Man we was lonely"
"Time on my hands"
"Sweetheart like you"
"When did you leave heaven"
"It's a pity you don't let go"
"My pretty one"
"Happiness is a warm gun"
"I hope it all waorks out for you"
"In another world"
"Change the world!
That's 17 songs with mostly completely new tracks (for me anyway) and they're all full of hooks and melodies that are up there with masterpiece "Goodbye jumbo". There is of course songs on this box that I have missed or will be surprised by later on...
Only song I am truly missing on here is the marvellous "world without love" that I rank as one of the most beautiful songs Karl has ever recorded...