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Genius of Live

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Nacional Records is proud to announce the release of Tom Tom Club's 'Genius Of Live.' The iconic group's album will feature tracks from the album 'Live At The Club House' as well as remix tributes to the timeless smash hit, "Genius Of Love."'Live At The Club House' features Tom Tom Club's effervescent, energetic,and upbeat live show while proving their original fusion of hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat and funk is truly timeless. Artists like Ozomatli, Nortec Collective, Money Mark, The Pinker Tones and others remix "Genius Of Love" on the bonus disc.

Disc: 1
1. Genius of Love
2. She's Dangerous
3. Wordy Rappinghood
4. Time To Bounce
5. Punk Lolita
6. Man With the 4-Way Hips, The
7. As Above So Below
8. Suboceana
9. Who Feelin' It
10. Happiness Can't Buy Money
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Features Genius of Love 2001 remixes by Money Mark, Ozomatli, DJ Bitman, The Pinker Tones, Kinky, Monareta, Mexican Institute Of Sound, Poncho, Isa GT, King Coya and Senor Coconut.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • ASIN: B003Y7L5SM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melancholy on November 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Been listening to the Tom's Tom's for decades (studio lp/cd recording's only) but never knew they could rock so hard in a live setting, expect raggae, rock & pop and alittle taste of dub. Tina Weymouth's Basslines will rattle your teeth with the right stereo set-up and the guitar(s) are amazing and yes the actual (Tom Tom) drums sound clear and very upclose & present in this live mix. Good to hear Chris Frantz again up to his old trick's with fun vocal ad libs here and there and Tina's lead vocal's still sound amazingly cute and fresh that only enhances the irresitable rhythm that this off-the-wall yet very complex band produces.

I have never heard the track (Genius Of Love) live and the Tom's Tom's do it justice and then some with a hell of alot more guitar, also (Wordy Rappinghood) vocals sound fresh & lively and there are some great guitar lick's and sustained guitar reverb efx's that really changes the sound of this track and ofcourse the Tom Tom drums/bongos and other percussion instruments just adds extra sound juice to this funky jam and that goes for all the other track's found on this set that are also sonically enhanced by the complexed percussion arrangements found all over this set.

HOWEVER with all that said, the killer track for me is by far (THE MAN WITH THE FOUR WAY HIPS), not in a million years I could ever imagine the Tom Tom Club could ever make this song sound even better than the original (Long & Dub Version's) found on the four way hips 12inch single mixed by lengendary Steven Stanley.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cyberyukon on October 7, 2010
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Tom Tom Club live is a dizzying mix of sounds and beats and grooves. The set crosses over all of the band's studio albums. They demand multiple listens and are completely worthy of study. And the remixes are fantastic as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a 2 CD set. The first CD is a concert from 2001 and the second CD is 11 remixes of Genius of Love. My version came in a nice cardboard, fold out package with a booklet inside. I don't know if they all come that way. Eventually, these type of products get switched over to the standard plastic jewel case.

The sound quality of the concert is excellent. Also there background audience noise is kept to a minimum and is only in the right places. There is almost 70 minutes of music.

It is just a great, lively, fun concert that is full of energy and great performances. I think this is my favorite Tom Tom Club album, because they are basically a bar band and shine in this kind of setting. Wish I had been there or get the opportunity to see them play if they ever tour again.

My favorite studio album by the band is Dark Sneak Love Action. I think it is the ablum that is most like this live CD (although they don't play any of the songs from Dark Sneak Love Action). There are other Tom Tom Club albums that I don't like as much, like The Good, the Bad and the Funky, which is the least funky of all of the band's albums.

As you probably know if you are reading this, Tom Tom Club was a side project of the Talking Heads Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz. The Tom Tom Club song Genius of Love is featured in the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense (the best concert movie ever made...better than Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii).

The second CD consists mostly of boring remixes of Genius of Love. They are 3 to 6 minutes long and none of them are nearly as good as the live version here, or the one on Stop Making Sense. I found the CD a struggle to get through. It is not like the Blondie Fracture remix CD that has many different and interesting versions of the song.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By melsbaby on December 4, 2010
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having been a fan of tom tom club since they first came on the scene, i eagerly await anything new fromthis group. i was not disappointed w/ this cd, especially w/ the re-mixes of some of my fav tracks. ie; man w/ the four way hips & sub-oceana.
to any tom tom fan, i'd recommend this cd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jimstoic on September 6, 2012
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Tom Tom Club is the most underappreciated band of the past 50 years, IMO, at least among the bands that have had some success. They should not be a niche act or cult favorite. They should be bigger than (for example) the Black Eyed Peas. I'm not a big fan of live albums, but I own every other recording by Tom Tom Club, so I bought this. It's fantastic, which makes sense: even their studio recordings make me feel part of a celebration, and on "Genius of Live" I get to hear the music celebrated by an audience.

I was listening to the album in my car the other day while my partner was riding with me. He asked something like, "Does she ever sing melodically?" I think Tina DOES sing melodically, but if I were to accept for the sake of argument that she does not, I'd say, as I did to my partner, "The point is the rhythm, not the vocals. It's not supposed to sound like Celine Dion."

I was a Talking Heads fan from the first time I heard the band, on a casette tape I checked out from the Sandpoint [Idaho] Public Library in 1980. I owned all of their albums up through Little Creatures, after which we parted ways. But in spite of the decline in the quality of their output, I was more disappointed when they broke up than most people were when the Beatles split.

David Byrne's "The Catherine Wheel" was for some time my favorite album, period, and Byrne and Brian Eno's "My Life In the Bush of Ghosts" was another favorite. I figured I would become Byrne's biggest fan, and I have followed him, seen him live, and even gotten his autograph. But time has revealed that it was the contributions of Tina and Chris that made Talking Heads so wonderful to my ears. In the way that, as Camus said, "An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself," Byrne's music is self-conscious.
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