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Challenges in the recording studio are simply a necessary evil when you're a musician.However, the complications legendary electronic music duo THE CRYSTAL METHOD (Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland) faced while creating their self-titled fifth album still remain unbelievable. More than halfway through the process, Scott Kirkland received news that would forever change his life.
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  • Audio CD (July 23, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • ASIN: B000069JJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. No Soul (PMT Remix) - Ils
2. Cake Hole - Evil 9
3. Breakin On The Streets (False Prophet Remix) - Stir Fry
4. Morpheus (Meat Katie And Dylan's Rhymes Mix) - Koma + Bones
5. Funny Break (One Is Enough) (Plumb DJ's Mix) - Orbital
6. Curveball - Elite Force
7. Dude In The Moon (Luna Mix) - Dastrix
8. Name Of The Game (Hybrid's LA Blackout Remix) - The Crystal Method
9. Boom (The Crystal Method Remix) - P.O.D.
10. Trickshot - Ceasefire
11. Renegades Of Funk (The Crystal Method Remix) - Rage Against The Machine
12. Paranoid (The Crystal Method Remix) - Garbage
13. Wild, Sweet & Cool (Static Revenger Mix) - The Crystal Method
14. Hold Back - Force Mass Motion Vs. Dylan Rhymes
15. You Know Its Hard (Koma + Bones Remix) - The Crystal Method
16. The Red Pill - Scratch-D Vs. H-Bomb

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Exciting, edgy, and energetic, Community Service, the Crystal Method's debut DJ mix release, is an instant success. Method men Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan have molded 15 cuts from the likes of Orbital, Rage Against the Machine, and Evil 9 into their own futureshock soundscape, with a result that sounds like an after-hours electronic speed-romp through a postapocalyptic Playstation mega city. At times, Community Service sounds like the sister of German techno-chase film Run Lola Run, nowhere more so than during Koma & Bones' pulsating "Morpheus (Meat Katie and Dylan Rhymes Mix)" and Force Mass Motion vs. Dylan Rhymes's "Hold Back." Add some nice funky flashes to the overall techno-based energy, and Community Service is an entertaining reminder that these boys still know their way around decks as well as desktops. --Steffan Chirazi

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I first heard some of the songs on You tube and decided that I needed to buy the CD.
LadyoftheLakeLA
This album is pretty much only a dance mix, very repetitive and boring unless you are actually dancing.
Alfred Stappenbeck
If your not ready to dance to this music I recommend it for high speed freeway music.
gregtheoreo

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Christian Zimmerman on December 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This was the first mix CD I ever bought, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. For those out there who might be confused as to what a mix album actually is, it's something like a simulation of a club set. On Community Service (to take a convenient example), The Crystal Method don't give us any "new" songs per se, but rather, they have assembled 16 tracks into a single continuous mix which is perfect for playing at parties.
Of course, there are several remixes that are of interest to TCM fans on this album, most of them on the second half of the album. There are three songs that have been remixed by TCM ("Boom" by P.O.D., "Paranoid" by Garbage, and "Renegades of Funk" by Rage Against The Machine), and another three that are remixes of tracks from TCM's previous album, Tweekend. By sheer coincidence, my favorite tracks are all among these six songs ("Boom," "Paranoid," and Static Revenger's mix of TCM's "Wild, Sweet & Cool"). The the first half of the mix is essentially a buildup to the second half, which is a lot more energetic.
If you haven't tried mix albums yet, and want to "test the water," as it were, Community Service is one of the best places to start.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By the enlightened one on July 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Before Electronica acts such as Dirty Vegas and the Wiseguys invaded U.S. airwaves, there was the Crystal Method. And just like these groups, the Crystal Method reached massive audiences after having been featured on a whole variety of TV commercials, from GAP to Skechers to 'The Matrix'. Where is it that you don't hear these guys at a trendy shoe store or in the background of a high-budget movie nowadays?
Since their 1997 debut, 'Vegas', Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, also known as the Crystal Method, have reached an enormous amount of success. 'Vegas' became a top-selling Electronica album, and the guys have remixed everyone from DJ Keoki to rock acts P.O.D. and Rage against the Machine. On top of that, Crystal Method recently won the 2002 Dancestar USA award for 'Best Live Act'. The second album by TCM, 'Tweekend', was another heavy-hitter with such hits as 'Name of the Game' and 'Roll it Up', and featured collaborations with famous rock stars Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Tom Morello of Rage against the Machine. After the duo's second CD it became evident that they needed to be paid more attention to.
On Ken and Scott's third effort, a DJ-mix album called 'Community Service', they triumph yet again. Featuring 16 tracks, this CD is packed with infectious Breakbeat rhythms and TCM's patented chalkboard-scraping noises. What makes 'Community Service' so intrigueing is that the inside sleeve features an entire page listing websites and organizations such as FreeDonations.com, American Institute for Public Service, and the Hunger Site, with the words 'Supporting the community that supports you' at the top. So it seems that Ken and Scott want you to get involved, or that they themselves are supporting such things as freedom of speech and ethnic diversity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John on July 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Apparently others who review this cd have no concept of a "mix " cd !! Cause if they did they'd know its not a cd of new material.So, that being said do yourself a favor and grab this cd.Its non-stop beats and awesome music.Not only do these guys create some of today's hottest electronic music, they also klnow how to mix with the best of them.A well done record !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By streetcleaner on December 22, 2004
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This disc from the 'Method was the perfect predecessor to the incredible "Tweekend" cd, at the same time bringing fresh tracks (remixed or not; that is irrelevant) to the over-rated & overplayed "Vegas" release of 1997.

Scott & Ken demonstrate the essence of any electronica dj's reason to exist: remixing skills that twist otherwise snoozer tracks into their signature big beat/hard hop groove.

Being much more accessible than the ego-heavy Prodigy & having diversity of style over remix-only outfits (Rabbit in the Moon plus hundreds of other wannabe's) keeps this 'Island of Groove' (a.k.a. The Crystal Method) the standard of the genre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Rinehart on August 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Crystal Method's "Vegas" was the first techno cd I ever bought, over four years ago. I've loved it ever since, loved Tweekend when I bought it last year (except for the last three tracks, which all...). So I bought "Community Service" the day after it came out and have been pretty pleased since.
Some douschebag wrote that he thought the cd was worthless because there were only six or so Meth-related tracks. He did not get the concept of the mix cd.
I own plenty, most from the likes of trance gods Paul van Dyk or Paul Oakenfold. So I know what Meth was going for: it's not really trance, or house, or breakbeats, just through-and-through techno.
The disk starts off slow, with tracks 1-4 being basically exactly the same mood builders. It kickstarts on Orbital's track 5, sloows down again, then revives on track 8 with Hybrid's awesome remix of "Name of the Game" and never lets up from there. Truly, the tracks associated with Meth are all stellar (Renegades of Funk is the weakest of the bunch, but still good). Especially great are the "Name of the Game" remix, "You Know It's Hard" remix (AWESOME!), and Meth's remix of Garbage's "Paranoid" (great beat). The album ends with the cool "Matrix"-sampling "The Red Pill" by Scratch D vs. H-Bomb.
"Community Service" lags in it's first half, but tracks 8 through 16 shine for the most part. Overall, it's satisfying, but should've had a more head-nodding, badass flavor to it that they gained on the last album.
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