Mars Audiac Quintet

April 14, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Rhino/Elektra
  • Copyright: 1994 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States and WEA International for the world outside of the United States excluding the United Kingdom.
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  • Total Length: 1:06:56
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  • ASIN: B001GD1WWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,343 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

There are so many delicious layers of organs here!
M. Savoie
Well, Stereolab has always produced top-notch electronic music.
Michelle Cameron
They make early B-52's sound like Schubert chamber music.
NOGURU (ladida@cyberusa.net)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was just given this as a gift to complete a hole in my Stereolab collection. I hit play on the CD player, my jaw hit the table and didn't shut until it was over. If you own an early album by this band (Switched On, Refried Ectoplasm, Transient Random, etc.) and are wondering which one to get next, this is it. If you own later stuff by the band, are wondering what the earlier stuff is like, and don't like too much grit in your pop, this is the one too. Gorgeous drones, lots of repetition, drums and guitars, bilingual lyrics, analog synth washes, this one has it all. Classic Stereolab. Don't wait six years to get this like I did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark on April 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I thought, "Oh, no, more organs, more repetition, same old drumbeat for every song, same old everything." However, a second listen is needed to fully appreciate this as a standalone album. With Peng! formerly being my favorite record by the groop, I was hoping to pick up Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements, their second album, but since there were none on the shelf, I settled for this, their third.

Mundane (or actually just poor) album art aside, this one started as a disappointment and quickly skyrocketed up to the top of my list. Unlike their other albums, this one relies much more heavily on melody than harmony, which later albums do not reflect. Like any Stereolab (Dots and Loops aside), it's different, but it's still the same sound. It's much lighter-hearted and less distorted than the work on Refried Ectoplasm, but comparitively Refried Ectoplasm is the closest thing to this out there.

My top five Stereolab songs:

1) John Cage Bubblegum (Refried Ectoplasm)

2) The Stars our Destination (Mars Audiac Quintet)

3) Jaunty Monty and the Bubbles of Silence (Instant 0 in the Universe EP)

4) Outer Accelerator (Mars Audiac Quintet)

5) Perversion (Peng!)

And thus, this is the one that I deem Stereolab's best. Introduce yourself to Stereolab with it or pick it up to fatten up your collection. Either way, this is a solid and 100% stellar album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "eqtweak" on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have yet to hear a bad album from Stereolab. This is among their best. Chicks dig it. Your friends will love you for it. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it. The only thing better is seeing them live. This isn't recent Stereolab, though, which is cleaner and more bassy. This stuff is pretty raw in comparison, with live drums, bass and guitar, and with layer upon layer of distorted, fuzzed-out Moog synthesizer, and then Latitia Saedler's (sp?) smart voice coming through the mix with some wonderful harmonies and such. Saedler is renowned for her philosophical lyrics, which on this album team up with the music like no other Stereolab album. Awesome!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen K. Reeder on June 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A long time ago, I had a really crappy cassette player (remember cassettes?) And my tape of Mars Audiac Quintet was stuck in the tape player, for months. Seriously. The only thing I listened to in the car was this album (Or in this case tape). It got to be a joke, and people would start laughing when they were in my car, and they heard Stereolab AGAIN. But after, literally, months of listening to this recording I think I learned every subtle nuance of this great album. (Perfect driving music!)

This cd, more than any onther, bridges the gap between their early, more rocking, krautrock-influenced sound, and their later space-lounge-pop sound (Which would really start with their next release, Emperor Tomato Ketchup.) This cd still has the loud guitars, overdriven keyboards, repetition, and experimentation that defines their early sound. Unlike some of their early releases, the recording and production are definitely hi-fi, and the recording sounds crystal clear. (This is a great audiophile record!)

They were able to merge the sounds of krautrock (i.e. Can, Faust, and especially NEU!) with the Beach Boys and Velvet Underground, and made this pop masterpiece.

I think in many ways this CD is their honing, fine tuning, and perfecting that early sound, and it drops a few hints about the new musical direction they would take.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've long been a fan of Stereolab and own most of their full-length albums. But time and again, for me, "Mars Audiac Quintet" stands tall as their most cohesive, exciting, listenable work.
Whereas their later albums often dip into loungey, vibe-heavy pop territory and their earlier work frequently sinks into screeching passages of pure noise that can tax some listeners, "Mars Audiac" remains Stereolab at their "purest," which is to say, if you've ever been lucky enough to catch them in concert (which I highly recommend), then the energy of this tight, jammy CD is the closest you'll come to duplicating the trance-like experience of seeing them live.
For those just starting out with their Stereolab explorations, this is a fine, fine CD to begin your journey with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By techmannn on June 15, 2005
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Their earlier CD, 'Peng' comes close and I like 'Margerine Eclipse,' but this is their 1994 CD that I keep listening to. There are some glisteningly perfect "pop tunes" like Ping Pong, and highly melodic spacey tracks like Wow and Flutter and Three-Dee Melodie. The singing is great. It sounds like the band had really hit their groove by this point.
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