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Family Tree [Box set]

BjörkAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

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listen  2. Glora 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fuglar 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ammaeli (a and e joined together) 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mamma 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  2. Cover Me 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Generous Palmstroke 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Joga (Strings & Vocals) 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mother Heroic 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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listen  4. Nature Is Ancient 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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listen  1. Unravel (Instrumental) 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Cover Me (Instrumental) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Possibly Maybe (Instrumental) 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Anchor Song (Instrumental) 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hunter (Instrumental) 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 5:

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listen  1. All Neon Like (Instrumental) 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I've Seen It All (Instrumental) 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bachelorette (Instrumental) 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Play Dead (Instrumental) 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 6:

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listen  1. Venus As A Boy 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hyperballad 5:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You've Been Flirting Again (Family Tree Version) 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Isobel 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Joga 7:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Unravel 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bachelorette 5:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. All Is Full Of Love 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Scatterheart 6:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I've Seen It All 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pagan Poetry 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. It's Not Up To You 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Elektra / WEA
  • ASIN: B00006LUM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Family Tree explores Björk's artistic progression in part by sifting through older material and experiments with musical tangents. Just a month removed from the release of her Greatest Hits collection, which was compiled entirely from fans' votes, this multi-disc set highlights the artist's selections. In addition, the box contains five 3-inch discs of rare and previously unreleased material. Two of them focus on her fascination with classical arrangements and include songs she performed live with the Brodsky Quartet in 2000. Two more are given over to her earliest work, including a few Sugarcubes tracks, as well as "Sídasta Eg," a song Björk composed on her flute when she was 15. The last of the five minidiscs, Beats, contains her first post-Sugarcubes club-oriented experiments with 808 State's Graham Massey and Mark Bell that eventually yielded her startling Debut. While it feels scatterbrained at times, Family Tree successfully strips down Björk's creative output into a fascinating history lesson, providing a glimpse at the forces behind Björk's ornate, iconoclastic style. --Matthew Cooke

Product Description

Track listing DISC 1: GREATEST HITS SELECTED BY BJORK: 1. Venus as a Boy 2. Hyperballad 3. You've Been Flirting Again 4. Isobel 5. Joga 6. Unravel 7. Bachelorette 8. All Is Full of Love 9. Scatterheart 10. I've Seen It All 11. Pagan Poetry 12. It's Not up to You DISC 2: ROOTS I: 1. Sidasta Eg 2. Glora 3. Fuglar 4. Ammaeli 5. Mamma DISC 3: ROOTS II: 1. Immature 2. Cover Me 3. Generous Palmstroke 4. Joga - (strings & vocals version) 5. Mother Heroic DISC 4: BEATS: 1. Modern Things, The 2. Karvel 3. I Go Humble 4. Nature Is Ancient DISC 5: STRINGS I: 1. Unravel 2. Cover Me 3. Possibly Maybe 4. Anchor Song 5. Hunter DISC 6: STRINGS II: 1. All Neon Like 2. I've Seen It All 3. Bachelorette 4. Play Dead Details Distributor: WEA (Distributor) Recording type: Studio Recording mode: Stereo SPAR Code: n/a

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, but overpriced with a few sprinkled gems September 22, 2004
By Deep83
Format:Audio CD
So i finally bought this box set a few weeks ago. It took me this long because I was always skeptical about the price. Now that I have it, i can say that, yes, it IS too much money for what it contains. It's a great item, but should have been at least twenty bucks less!

CD 1 is the first "roots" cd. it contains 2 previously released b-sides from the "Big Time Sensuality" single, "Sidasta Eg" and "Glora". I think "Sidasta Eg is a great song, it is sung in Icelandic, however. "Glora" is a short instrumental track in which Bjork plays the flute, there's not really much to it. The other 3 tracks are from Bjork's participation in the bands Kukl and The Sugarcubes. The only one that really stood out to me was "Ammaeli" (track 4) which I thought was a cute song, even though I have no idea what it is about!

CD2 is the second "roots" CD. The first track is an alternate version of "Immature" that I think might have been a demo version before it was produced by Howie B. for the HOMOGENIC album, since this version is sometimes credited as 'Bjork's Version'. This is a great, stripped-down version of the song which really emphasizes the vocals and piano. It was previously only available on the UK "Joga" CD Singles. Track 2 is a previously unreleased alternate version of "Cover Me", which might also be a demo. It didn't really blow me away, but it's nice to hear a difference.

Track 3 is a great live version of the "Hidden Place" b-side, "Generous Palmstroke", track 4 is a Strings and Vocal version of "Joga" (previously available on the single), and track 5 is the previously released b-side "Mother Heroic", which I think is one of the best Bjork B-sides and I'm really glad of it's inclusion here.

CD3 is the "beats" CD.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the gift November 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Everyone who likes Bjork has been tussling with the same problem these last weeks : can I shell out $50 for alternate tracks of music I already possess?
Short answer : Yes, definitely.
Long answer : Bjork, too, seems aware of the silliness of boxed sets, alternate masters and such, so whatever minimal redundancy there is here (e.g. 'Venus As A Boy' again) is hugely compensated by the wealth of new and superb material.
The twelve song 'Greatest Hits' (chosen by Bjork) takes two songs off each of her albums, so you are not 'wasting' 'Debut' or 'Telegram'; the 'Beats' disc covers early tentative versions of songs we know well, often with a hesitancy and delicacy missing in the established songs; the 'Roots' discs will be new to all but the most dedicated Bjorkperson - even there, the versions of Birthday' by Sugarcubes is sung in Icelandic!!
And finally, for people like myself who were stunned by the Brodsky Quartet's take on 'Hyperballad' from telegram, we get a ten song concert with only strings and voice.
Possibly the best things Bjork has ever released?
In all, a very generous set of music, constantly surprising and delightful, which also makes a very understated point of what a complex and serious musical force Bjork is.
The packaging is lovely, too, though as a 46 year old man trying to balance the powder-pink box on my knee and then juggling with all the little bits of paper and artwork, I must have looked an odd sight - like some Japanese schoolgirl unpacking her sushi on the metro.
Wait till you get home to unwrap it.
Five stars is not enough.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Violently Happy? (somewhat) November 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When it came down to a decision to to buy the 'Greatest Hits' cd for a not too bad a price or the 'Family Tree' box set for an exorbitant amount I, being the collecting fool I am, went for the latter of the two choices.
Now, first of all I must say that the presentation is quite nice. It is a pink box filled with some mini cd's, a lyric book, a little letter by Bjork herself and her version of the 'Greatest Hits' although bereft of the latest single which can be found on the fans 'Greatest Hits' in stores now. The pink box is covered with a white slip case and is rather quite snazzy, although I find it a bit of a pain to keep all the contents within this box without causing an indentation on the casing of the mini-cd's.
The music is as you would expect, brilliant. There is not a bad tune on here. The string arrangements with the Brodsky quartet are haunting and beautiful, the remixes are also interesting, Bjork that you can dance to, and the roots cd shows off Bjork's progression from the days before the Sugarcubes to her latest musical offerings.
On to the negative aspects of 'Family Tree' which there are a few, minor, but a few. First of all why the need for the miniature cd's? Surely at around twenty minutes each all these songs could have fit on one or two regular sized cd's. Okay, they're quite cute when you first open the box, and the artwork on the slips are nice, but their novelty wears off rather quickly what with having to constantly replace the cd's. I have already mentioned the problem with the pink box itself so I won't dwell on that any more than I have already. However if there is one major complaint to bring up that is the lack of the new song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little discs, big voice!
This is a beautiful compilations of songs from one of the best singers in the world today.
Attention to the String discs (they are not only instrumental)!
Published on October 10, 2008 by Vinicios Barboza
4.0 out of 5 stars Björk made her first CD "Gudmundsdottir" when she was 12 years...
Björk made her first CD "Gudmundsdottir" when she was 12 years old. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by D. Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection -- Lacking A Bit In Literature
I found this at a local music store in New York for 35 bucks, so I would recommend going somewhere other than Amazon for it, but I would certainly recommend getting it. Read more
Published on August 25, 2006 by J. Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Impractical
The music is a must for all Bjork fans, but the small discs dont play on all players. My Mac laptop can't read them and I can't put them on my iPod. Read more
Published on August 14, 2006 by L. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions Of A Foolish Man....
I've been a fool and have suffered as a result of my ridiculous preconceptions. I'll start by saying that I went many years being aware of Bjork's existence, but being really... Read more
Published on June 27, 2005 by G-Dexter
4.0 out of 5 stars Original But...
I feel like I have been cheated. I mean, sure I read these reviews before purchase and knew that the packaging was...odd and that the price was...not worth it. Read more
Published on April 9, 2005 by Laurie Lear
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For All Bjork Fans
This is a great collection to start with if you are just getting into Bjork's music, or if you have everything else she has done. Read more
Published on March 6, 2005 by Monica D. Affleck
5.0 out of 5 stars STRANGE . . . and this is why I love her.
STRANGE . . . and this is why I love her.

Published on September 11, 2004 by Randolph Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars pure Bjork
Family Tree is one of those albums that's just made for the fans. Its a look inside the artist and woman known as Bjork. Read more
Published on July 12, 2004 by P. Haugen
5.0 out of 5 stars Four systems and a marvelous universe
Family tree is the unification of four opposite systems like Roots, Beats, Strings and Words, these systems work together perfectly, giving you images of new worlds of instincts... Read more
Published on April 1, 2004 by Daniel
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