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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000B66PLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digable Planets formed in the early '90's, when Ishmeal Butler, met Mary Ann Vieira while attending college in Massachusetts. The two later hooked up with Doodlebug and began recording. Their first single, 'Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)' hit the R&B Top Ten while their debut album, Reachin' was a critical and commercial success. Digable Planets returned in late 1994 with their best album. Blowout Comb continued the group's jazz-rap fusion, but also saw them branching out to embrace the old school sound of the street as well. After Blowout Comb, Digable Planets gradually dissolved due to the dreaded "creative differences". Ten years later, the group has reunited, recently completing a summer tour and assembling a collection of hits, remixes and rarities for Blue Note Records. Beyond the Spectrum - The Creamy Spy Chronicles contains some of contemporary music's finest gems and exclusive tracks that have spanned the decade and remain head-boppin' jams for the hip-hop generation. 2005.

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It's not clear why they didn't just call this a "greatest hits" compilation since it so clearly is one. That said, it does a decent job of pulling out the best songs from the DP's two mid-90s albums (though one should ask: can a two-album group really qualify for "greatest hits" status?). The seminal "Rebirth of Slick" is on here, as are other slices of jazzy mellowness from Reachin', like "Nickel Bags" and "Dial 7." It's good to see how much material is here from the underrated Blowout Comb, which features superior musical and lyrical material such as the deliciously dark "Dog It" and the light-hearted charm of "Jettin'." The album also features some exclusive material such as unreleased songs ("Three Slims Dynamite"), "Dedicated" (which only appeared on the B-side of a single) and remixes for both "Where I'm From" and "9th Wonder." --Oliver Wang

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on October 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I admit I initially thought this was a new album, but then I saw the tracklist and realized it was a collection of sorts. So what we get here is a couple remixes, a couple b-sides, and the "better" tracks from their two albums. A few more tracks would have been nice, and I'd easily swap "Nickel Bags" for "It's Good To Be Here". Overall though I like what's included. Obviously a new album would have been more welcome, but at least we get something from them, and they are on tour as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan P. Gutekunst on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Just because you can't take the initiative to simply read the track listing on an album BEFORE you buy it doesn't give you the right to give it 1 star because it is not what you thought. That is your fault you didn't get what you wanted. Digable Planets are incredibly different than anything you will ever hear. Truly original and innovative unlike your Kanye West types and P-Diddy rip off artists. Thier sampling is only used to enhance the talent they already possess, not hide the talent they don't.

The track listing alone is worth the buy. I would recommend the other two albums as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Scott on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm still baffled by the fact that dude(1st review) says he likes Digable Planets but gave the album 1 star. Strong choice man way to make a stand. Anyway, for the rest of you who CAN read or actually bother to do a little research about an album before you buy it, yes this is basically a best of collection with a few tweeks thrown in here and there. I think it is a great intro to one of the best "underground" hiphop groups ever. The lyrics are smart and the beats are mellow. This ablum just goes to prove that good music stands the test of time. I am glad to here that the group is back to together and I really hope they do decide to drop a new album soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lomax on November 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As another reviewer said, the first reviewer's low mark isn't based on a valid point. The point of this album was to be a remastery of the better Digable tracks. There are also some tracks that did not show up on the albums, which is a bonus.

If you are new to Digable Planets, I highly recommend this work, for every song on this CD is ace. These people are the kings (and one queen) of psychadelic chill out hip hop. The rhythm production also helps out a bunch. Many of the tracks sample older songs, but the producers (including King Britt) do it so tastefully and respectfully that they would have been hot beats without the use of a sample.

Get this and I'm sure you'll be hooked. If you like them, also get "Uptown Saturday Night" by Camp Lo. There's another group I could go on about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miskatonic Alumnus on February 25, 2006
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Even to a huge fan of Dig Ps this CD was not at all impressive. Don't get me wrong, what's on it is the some of the best music ever created...the problem is... I've already got it all. If you have their first two cds then this is really only worth it if you have an unsatiable curiosity about those extra tracks. They're ok. If you don't have the old ones..then pick them up first!
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