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Explode Together - Dub Experiments 78-80 [Import]

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  • Audio CD (December 14, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgi
  • ASIN: B000007658
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Intelligent Punk Ever Recorded! December 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Though yes, this certainly is not a "driving album" or a great party record, you wouldn't hang Warhol in your bathroom either. The sole purpose for this recording was to give Mr. Partridge a chance to flex his creative muscles, and to create from the clay of his and Colin's earlier work, brand new art. Like "The Greatest Living Englishman" collaboration and the new Home Demos album, this is not about the music, but rather this is about what the music's about. Its detractors are, I feel, missing the point. Spend a day as Brian Wilson, or eat lunch with Jim Starlin, or transcribe the dialogue in "Waiting for the Electrician", then listen to this again. If you follow all that, you'll absolutely love this album. If you don't, Buy "Big Express" and put "Smalltown" on repeat for an hour or so. When you figure out what the kazoo sound really is, come back to this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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this cd is so way better than i was expecting. this is one of their best records. it's not just dubs and loops n stuff. it's a real record and plays like an albumn. their are lyrics and everything. sounds like nothing else they've ever done. if i were being shipped off to an island and could only take ten albumns this one might just have to come along. brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Drums And The Wires Lies... September 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This compact disc (issued at the same time as Rag & Bone Buffet)

compiles the GO+ EP (initially issued with Go 2) and Mr. Partridge's Take Away/The Lure Of Salvage LP (issued in early 1980). Taking pre-existing tracks of songs (mainly from Drums & Wires) and re-processing them, either taking drum, keyboard parts and adding effects, slowing them down, turning them up/down, re-recording vocals, guitar, whathaveyou and giving them a whole new identity. The experiment surprisingly works most of the time. Partridge was obviously enjoying himself in the studio and it makes for a truly unique listening experience. If you're looking for an album of catchy singles of joyous XTC pop - don't look here. This is very much a "dub" album in the truest sense of it's original meaning. Which was very popular in reggae music in the second half of the 1970's in the UK punk scene (oddly enough).

"I Sit In The Snow" (over the bridge of "Roads Girdle The Globe")

is very interesting as is "Madhattan" (over "That is the way"). "Commerciality (Signal Ad)" is a great song (over the unreleased

"Refridgeration Blues"). This is a collection that truly deserves

repeated listens as there's always something else interesting on

the listening horizon. And it's not an easy listen given the very

empty nature and space of most of the material. It sounds like, in some cases, listening to the individual backing tracks in the studio and with added effects to them. Which is pretty cool given

the nature of the excellence that is XTC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only Andy were always this inventive. March 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I feel compelled to bring up the rating of this gem, my favorite XTC recording.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By a fan
Format:Audio CD
While it's entirely true that the uninitiated XTC afficionado should not start with 'Dub Experiments 78 - 80' in their sonic explorations, the collection remains a fascinating collage of sound sculptures, with various instrumental tracks lifted from XTC songs to make entirely new songs. One great example of this is 'The Rotary,' where Andy Partridge utilizes the rhythm bed of 'Helicopter' and takes a decidely left turn with the new melody.
If you have to have everything XTC has ever commercially released, you'll want to have this. If you're a casual listener, you might think twice.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point March 13, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
The detractors are indeed missing the point. This album is Drums and Wires sliced, diced, ruffled and shuffled. The pleasure (and it is my favourite all-time album) comes not from what you hear but from what's in your head from Drums and Wires in the context of the dub experiments. My greatest regret is that Andy Partridge stopped here and turned the XTC ship into musically safer waters. More dubs please Andy, soon.
By the way, if you get a chance just *listen* to the atmosphere dripping from Shore Leave Ornithology
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Not all experiments have good results. This album, while interesting, isn't a very compelling addition to the XTC canon. Really, for all intends and purposes, this is an Andy solo album reworking some key XTC tracks from various albums.
As such, it probably should have been released on cd as an Andy Partridge side project(akin to the Lennon/Ono TWO VIRGINS and Harrison's ELECTRONIC SOUNDS lps/Cds). Has some interesting moments.
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