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Early Four Track Recordings

of MontrealAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The brainchild of singer/guitarist Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal was among the second wave of bands to emerge from the sprawling Elephant 6 collective. A native of Athens, Georgia, Barnes was inspired to form the euphoric indie pop group in the wake of a broken romance with a woman from Montreal. He signed with Bar/None Records while living in Florida, subsequently moved to Cleveland and ... Read more in Amazon's of Montreal Store

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  • Audio CD (February 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kindercore Records
  • ASIN: B000056MRO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,891,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dirty Dustin Hoffman Needs A Bath
2. Dustin Hoffman Gets A Bath
3. Dustin Hoffman Thinks About Eating The Soap
4. Dustin Hoffman Scrubs Too Hard And Loses Soap
5. Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation To Eat The Bathtub
6. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Comes Home
7. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Seems Suspicious About The Absent Tub
8. Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance Of Missing Bathtub (There Is Only One R In Ignorrance)
9. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Calls In Detective To Dust For Porcelain Particules On Dustin Hoffman's Tongue
10. Dustin Hoffman's Tongue Taken To Police Lab Where It Is Used As Toilet Paper And Reading Material While On The Toilet (Naughty)
11. Dustin Hoffman Offers Lame Possible Explanation For Missing Bathtub (Front Cover)
12. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes A Sarcasic Remark, Cuts The Head Off Of A Duck, Places It Where The Tub Was And Begins To Groan (Growl)
13. Dustin Hoffman Becomes Indignant And Wets Himself
14. Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom And Climbs A Tree
15. Dustin Hoffman's Children Enter The Bathroom
16. Dustin Hoffman's Children Don't Enter The Bathroom

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5.0 out of 5 stars It took a little bit to grow on me June 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
but I like it just as much as any Of Montreal album. I don't judge these as Of Montreal songs. To me, these all come from a time before then. The lyrical style is different. Listen to those first few tracks on here; it sounds as if Kevin's trying to get as much out of his mouth as he can.

The album's amateur song is to be enjoyed. I'm not sure when in the world the musicians where at the time of these recordings, but it reminds me of stuff (quality-wise) I use to make with my friends in a basement (with the four-track). The are experimental, be it in the lyrics, the music, or both.

I really enjoy the songs especially those with the lines "The telephone only lets me borrow the comfort of your voice", "Creampuff wedding of two" and "I'm not getting married without a bottle in both hands." Because of all the Dustin Hoffman titles (obviously chosen after the fact) these serve as de facto titles.

You might be initially turned off in thinking this is another Of Montreal album, but give it a chance because this shows just how much Of Montreal has grown in the past ten years. If they went from this to where they're at today, then who knows what further bounds they'll travel before its all over?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Of Montreal album... December 3, 2001
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Every one is amazing, mind you, but this one is incredible because he delves incredibly deep into territory only slightly perused on "The Bedside Drama": sadness, all-encompassing and honest. The untitled tracks here represent perhaps the last of a truly sad bunch of songs. I, for one, love sad songs. I revel in them. Kevin Barnes is happy now, which is by no means a good thing. But, in my math textbook, Kevin Barnes + crestfallen = teary-eyed bliss. Listen to tracks 3 and 5 and pretend like you're not the saddest you've ever been in your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw recordings of fully conceived songs April 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
As a big time Of Montreal fan, I got this mostly for completeness sake, not expecting it would be as great as it is. This is Kevin Barnes in straight ahead pop song mode, the songs are big balls of hooks, the lyrics surrealistic and heartbreaking. It turns out that Of Montreal was the REAL king of lo fi in the mid 1990s!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early and gritty January 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman. Why did Kevin Barnes name every song on "The Early Four Track Recordings" after Dustin Hoffman? Be that as it may, this collection of Of Montreal's early work seems a bit cobbled together and dusty, but the band's charm shines through in some of the songs.

As I said before, each song is named after Dustin Hoffman supposedly doing something, usually connected with bathing. (The weirdest title is "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes A Sarcastic Remark, Cuts The Head Off A Duck, Places It Where The Tub Was And Begins To Growl").

What follows is mostly a collection of guitar pop and ballads, with piano and some muffled percussion in the background -- there's a country flavor to "Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom And Climbs A Tree," and an experimental flavor to "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes...", where a kazoo plays half the song to a carnival tune.

The title "Early Four Track Recordings" seems almost like an apology for the lesser quality of these songs. They were recorded before Of Montreal became the semi-big indie band that they are today, and it shows. The quality of the tape-to-CD transfer isn't that great, for one thing -- "Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance Of Missing Bathtub" sounds like Barnes is singing with his head inside a bag.

For another, this CD simply doesn't have a great deal of the whimsical joy and sorrow that their later songs have. That isn't surprising, since the band was still getting its footing. But in some songs you can hear bells, kazoos, and a carnival tune that sounds like a circus gone amuck. In songs like this, Kevin Barnes' poppy madness is in full swing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Of Montreal CDs September 15, 2006
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I bought this cd because every other "early 4 track recording" that an elephant 6 band has done is absolutely amazing. So I bought this expecting a mind blowing album. It took me a few days to get into the album, but afterwards it just flows. Since the purchase of this album, I listen to it all the way through at least four times a week. It goes great with anything. Video games, taking a shower, spending time with your lover, reading a book, or just singing along alone in your bedroom.

This is one of my favorite albums I've ever purchased and every penny was worth it. If you're new to Of Montreal, this is a great first buy.

I'd make a list of all my favorite songs, but it would be a waste of time. Just refer to the entire tracklist above. That should do the trick.

Get this album. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
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