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Studio-obsessed indie rockers The Apples in stereo are celebrating the start of a new decade with the release of their seventh studio album, Travellers in Space and Time, their most hi-fi and hook-laden production to date. Described by frontman Robert Schneider as "retro-futuristic super-pop," the album is the official follow-up to 2007's New Magnetic Wonder, and the band's ... Read more in Amazon's The Apples In Stereo Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B002HHBC0G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 compilation from the Indie Pop veterans. The shiny pop centerpiece of the famed Elephant 6 collective, The Apples In Stereo was born of Robert Schneider's infatuation with recording and his near-pathological compulsion to write the perfect Pop song. Citing Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys as their root text a decade before it was en vogue, Schneider and former and future band members used their basement-D.I.Y. beginnings as a launching pad into a kaleidoscopic galaxy of sound. Constantly mutating from debut album Fun Trick Noisemaker through recent opus New Magnetic Wonder, that galaxy has expanded from 4-track recordings made in Schneider's bedroom to 100-track sonic experiments complete with new musical scales. Collecting the Apples' most well-known songs, #1 Hits Explosion reminds us that Pop music is the art of the song, the art of sounds assembled in a pattern designed to give joy. For over fifteen years The Apples in stereo have taught us that three minutes can change your life. #1 Hits Explosion will make sure we don't forget it.

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sir Grand Citizen on September 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Re-released just one week after this new APPLES IN STEREO compilation hits the stands, the complete BEATLES catalogue has seen the light-of-day complete with remastered audio, lovingly arranged by an army of audio engineers who understand/appreciate that a music fan really CARES about the quality of sound, the richness and texture, the detail.
An interesting juxtapostion, listening to these re-issued BEATLES albums against the APPLES' "#1 Hits Explosion" compilation. You see, despite their age (and what could possibly today be seen as archaic equipment/recording techniques), the re-issued BEATLES albums sound fantastic. Great care has been taken to ensure that the sound-levels are realistic, the peaks are reasonable, and the details have been left intact.
"#1 Hits Explosion", on the other hand, is a lousy-sounding piece of crap. I have never - NEVER - in my life heard worse audio-clipping, or more cringe-worthy compression. The label, YEP ROC, obviously could NOT CARE LESS about the quality of this material. And it shows.
If you compare the tracks on this compilation against the VERY SAME SONGS on their original issue (for example, "TIDAL WAVE" from their 1995 CD "Fun Trick Noisemaker"), the difference is night and day. The original track as heard on the 1995 release is clear, bouncy, full of detail and texture. The version on "#1 Hits Explosion" is so compressed, over-loud and clipped that it [...] THE FUN RIGHT OUT OF THE SONG.
Every single song on "#1 Hits Explosion" suffers this sad fate. The label has mastered the album according to the ridiculous rules of the current CD 'Loudness war', and because of that I now have a CD that is truly unlistenable.

So, congratulations YEP ROC.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elbeam on September 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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If the Apples in Stereo had only made Fun Trick Noisemaker and then quit, their legacy as a legendary pop group would have been secure. In 1995, nobody else was making records as giddy or as full of wonder as the Apples, and definitely no one was making records as exquisitely arranged and magical on a shoestring budget. The release of Fun Trick was a defining moment in indie rock that came pretty close to being a lo-fi pop masterpiece, and still sounds just as amazing. That the Apples couldn't top it is no cause for shame on their part; that they kept trying and ended up creating a catalog as rich in great songs and records is cause for celebration. The cheekily titled #1 Hits Explosion is just the kind of career-summing package the band deserves and it makes clear just how wonderful a band it is. Gathering songs in roughly equal numbers from all six of their studio albums (and adding the infectious rocker "Signal in the Sky [Let's Go]" that they recorded for The Powerpuff Girls' Heroes & Villains soundtrack), the collection focuses mostly on the ultra-hooky, power pop-influenced side of the band. Starting with the booming rocker "Energy" from their most recent record, New Magnetic Wonder, the songs fly past like gooey sticks of bubblegum, glowing and shimmering like the finest pop music of the '60s and '70s. "The Rainbow," "Go," "Shine a Light," and "Ruby" (just to pick four) could have easily been hits in 1967 given the right circumstances, "Shine a Light" sounds like a low-budget ELO, and there's absolutely no reason "Signal in the Sky" wasn't topping the charts in 2000. Only "Strawberry Fire" and "20 Cases Suggestive Of...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Squidman on November 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
For anyone looking to check out a decent overview of Robert Schneider's wonderful band...start here.

You'll find yourself humming a number of these tunes after a few listens. Catchy, power pop, bubblegum...pick your adjective...it's just good, well crafted music.

For the record, I can't really say I hear the drastic sonic differences another reviewer hears. But then again, I don't have a high end stereo system which could make the difference.
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