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Halfway Between the Gutter & The Stars Import

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  • Vinyl (August 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Music on Vinyl
  • ASIN: B003U82OJY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Stoddard Reiling on June 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First off, you must realize that Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars is not another "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" or "Better Living". Rather, Fatboy seems to be trying to take his music in a different direction by letting some more outside influence, especially funk, into it.
At first, I didn't like this CD. I wanted more tracks like "Praise You" and "Right Here, Right Now" and this CD didn't give them to me. However, after listening to it, really listening to it, I think this is fatboy slim's most intellegent and interesting work. It provides a different kind of music experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for the same.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "littleoldme" on February 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Okay, here we go: "You've Come A Long Way, Baby" was easily one of the most entertaining albums I've ever heard. Filled with tons of fun party tracks and at least four classic anthems ("The Rockafeller Skank", "Right Here Right Now", "Gangster Tripping", and "Praise You"), it was THE pinnacle of big beat. However, there was no way for Fatboy Slim to create "You've Come A Long Way Baby II" without it sounding like a parody or weak imitator.
So instead, Mr. Norman Cook decided to delve into the realms of funk, gospel, and house - and it's incredible. There are some moments here that are very much big beat, such as "Ya Mama", but the album's real peaks are in the deeper dance tracks. "Weapon of Choice" is futuristic funk, "Drop The Hate" and "Song For Shelter" are wonderful house songs, and "Sunset (Bird Of Prey)" is a great trance tune from a non-trance artist. Even the Macy Gray tracks, which I was very skeptical about, are stellar.
So no, this doesn't stick to the Fatboy Slim blueprint, and that's a good thing. If you're willing to try something new, this is your album. I was very impressed - Fatboy Slim does it again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "bezeert" on November 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that if you are expecting this latest Fatboy Slim to be similiar in fashion to the heavy house flavor of "You've come a long way baby", you won't find it but I promise you won't be disappointed either.
"Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars" is so diverse in style from beginning to end that I think it's hard for any fan of Slim to be disappointed. There are a couple of songs on the CD that are reminiscent of the previous album, carrying the house/club beat with awesome sampling. At the same time, there are some more "trance-style" tunes on the CD that are Moby-influenced no doubt.
Personally, I liked the diversity of this CD. If you don't have a narrow taste for this genre and aren't looking for a "remake" of "You've come a long way baby" then there is a good chance you will enjoy this album. The pace of this CD is slower overall but the composition of the music is second to none of Slim's other albums.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By petemcrunnel on December 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While reading reviews for this album, I read one reviewer who commented that "Bird of Prey" is a song that "crys loudly and pretentiously for attention (and airplay)."

The lyrics were actually written in 1969 by Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, and the vocals in the FatBoy Slim version are Jim's vocals dubbed in... The track was never released by The Doors (until their recent box set). It was written by Jim himself (with no help from the band) and included acapella on his underground "Rock is Dead" opera album, which was released in very limited quality overseas and is practically impossible to find in its original version today.

The "Rock is Dead" album criticized the very foundation of modern commercial radio and "pop rock music," at least in the way Jim saw it in the late 1960s... It is ironic that the reviewer perceived the lyrics to "Bird of Prey" as an attempt to sellout, when actually the roots of the track were rooted in self-awareness, philosophy and Jim's perception of big record labels/execs killing rock and roll by stifling musicians' creativity.

To my knowledge, no attempt was ever made at releasing this track to any studio.

The reviewer also writes, "Pretending to be cerebral is a very bad thing." Indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "goldram" on December 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
And this is one CD you ABSOLUTELY have to check out. I have listened to and bought just about everything Fatboy has ever done. I was prepared for a little "success road" complacency on this CD, especially after Fatboy's recent success. I was ABSOLUTELY, completely, dead wrong. This CD could possibly be as good as -- or better than -- "You've Come A Long Way, Baby". That's saying a lot.
And for those critics who say this CD doesn't "flow" (what Fatboy CD ever does?) they are thankfully right -- because the music on this CD "fuses", rather than "flows", in a manner only Fatboy can accomplish.
If you are looking for some of Fatboy's familiar big beat flavor of techno, you'll find a good dose of it on this CD. If you are looking for Fatboy's creative infusion of samples, you'll find a good dose of that, too, including a Jim Morrison (Bird of Prey) sample. I'm not a big Jim Morrison fan (no hate mail, please), but the Jim Morrison-based song on this CD, "Sunset", is killer. If you are looking for some creative use of outside talent, it's there with the likes of Macy Gray in "LoveLife" and "Demons", and Ashley Slater in "Retox" (could be my favorite). And if you are looking for Fatboy's creative use of "explicit lyrics", then check out "Star 69" -- this has to be the best F-word song I've ever heard (I'm not a big user or fan of the F-word, but this song makes the F-word seem, well, like a pretty cool word after all).
But if you are wondering what kinds of freaky, creative, new sounds Fatboy has been putting together, then crank the stereo and listen the final track, "Song For Shelter", featuring Roland Clark and Rodger Sanchez.
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