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Mesopotamia

B-52'sAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The B-52's are most recognisable from their brightly coloured 50-retro look and their unique vocals, mixing the high-pitched melodic harmonies of lead singers Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson with the sprechgesang vocals of frontman Fred Schneider. Formed in early 1977, their eponymous debut album was released in 1978 and quickly gained an underground following, as their new-wave/surf pop ... Read more in Amazon's B-52's Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B000006SM5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1982 album produced by David Byrne, 7 tracks including 'Loveland', 'Deep Sleep', 'Cake' & 'Nip It In The Bud'.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Byrne & B-52's, a combination that oddly works! June 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD
After the solid one-two punch of B-52's and Wild Planet the B-52's found themselves needing to write new material and pondering which musical direction to go. The Party Mix / Mesopotamia EP bought the band time to write and record new material for what would become "Mesopotamia". At the urging of their manager, Gary Kurfirst, the band opted to try a new musical direction with longtime friend and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne producing. The band could just have easily have kept churning out new iterations of the first two albums but eventually that would get stale and pigeonhole them. Work began in earnest in Fall of 1981 but it quickly became apparent that the pressures of creating new material, conflicts with Byrne, and pressure from their label ground the recording to a halt. Rather than completing a full length album what resulted from the sessions was a six-song EP, "Mesopotamia". Confusing things further were two different releases of the EP, the Warner Brothers version, which is showcased here and which is the most commonly heard version, and the Island Records version released in the U.K. which features some entirely different longer versions of the songs. These two different versions confused and confounded critics and fans alike, fueling rampant speculation about what had gone wrong between the band and Byrne and why an EP was the result and not a full third studio album.

All of that controversy aside, "Mesopotamia" certainly was a departure for the B-52's. Rather than the guys vs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...but... July 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a good cd, but not as fun or as good as the B's can be. Influenced by David Byrne, some of the fun the B's is noted for seems muted.
Also, buyer beware...there are to be 7 tracks on this, but there are some misprinted copies floating about with 6 tracks just like the American EP minus the track "Lava"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B-52's + Byrne = Brilliant January 8, 2013
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It is my understanding that Mesopotamia by The B-52′s is one of their lesser albums in the eyes of many fans. I say "my understanding" because I know very little people personally who like and/or listen to The B-52′s and the select few that I do know haven't heard this EP to judge. After giving this a spin for myself I have concluded that I personally love it. I do prefer the 1990 remix* of the title track which adds more vocals over the 1982 album version, but the original mix is great too.

*[The remix mentioned can be found on the Party Mix / Mesopotamia as well as Time Capsule.]

Even though I love this EP, I can see how a lot of fans aren't crazy about it. The tone is very different from The B-52′s first two albums and also different from their commercial breakout Cosmic Thing as well. David Byrne`s presence [of Talking Heads, for those who don't know who I'm talking about] is very noticeable on a lot of the songs. If one is not a fan of Talking Heads then perhaps they might be turned off by the sound of Mesopotamia. While I previously stated that I love this album, if I were trying to get a person into The B-52′s for the first time, this would be one of their last albums I would recommend due to it sounding very different to the majority of the band's discography.

This album is not perfection and certainly not The B-52′s at their best, but it's definitely a great and fun listen. If you're a casual fan of the band then perhaps this isn't the album for you. However, if you have a diverse taste in music like myself then I say give this a chance because I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sort of a 3rd album that usually works... August 10, 2012
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Something happened on the B-52s originally scheduled 3rd album. Apparently layers of people thought they needed to depart from the rougher-edged guitar rock of their previous two releases and embrace smooth synthesizer laced atmospheric sounds and mellow sparse rhythms. Splay yourself all over the floor party music no more. Though originally planned as a full 10-track album, apparently certain people fell out with certain other people and the project found itself suspended. Rumors flew that the band fell out with producer David Byrne or that Byrne fell out with the record label or that everyone fell out with everyone else. Someone or something fell out. In any case, enough work was done to warrant a mini-release of 6 songs. And the B-52s found themselves with kind of a 3rd album.

The influence of David Byrne, then front man for the heavily acclaimed Talking Heads, appears everywhere. The rhythms and guitar sometimes echo Byrne and Eno's "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," though somewhat toned down. Then horns appear (which, interestingly, Talking Heads refused to have on their first album). The vocals, in stark contrast to their previous releases, are incredibly more subdued, controlled and subtle, with the possible exception of Fred Schneider's usual half-sung, half-barked delivery. Everything feels tighter overall and some argued that "Mesopotamia" stands as a prime example of over-production gone amok. Though not everyone agreed.

This album does seem to mark a transition for the B-52s from a live wild frenetic party band to a more mainstream pop band: a transition that started somewhat on "Wild Planet." Their subsequent albums sound far closer to "Mesopotamia" than anything previous to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this Album!
Published 10 days ago by Mulekickmo
5.0 out of 5 stars MESOPOTAMIA BY B-52S
HAVE ENJOYED LOOKING UP MC3 MUSIC AND TRYING TO FIND SONGS THAT I WOULD ENJOY DOWNLOADING TO MY MUSIC. THIS WAS A MUST.
Published 5 months ago by Tab
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
great price and the b-52's are the greatest band ever especially live in concert dealer if efficient and great to deal with fast
Published 8 months ago by Paul Pipher
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this on vinyl
I have this album on vinyl and missed hearing it since I no longer have a record player. It was great to find it on CD. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Darren Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a very good record wit almost unknown tracks, one of my favorites albums it shows the following step of the band ending in Cosmic Thing
Published on May 18, 2012 by Marcelo Bizzacho
4.0 out of 5 stars The B-52's Meets David Bryne
The B-52's "Mesopotamia" is an interesting CD only because of it's production, their previous albums didn't sound like the producer had all the control. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Leonel Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love
Other reviewers are wrong. This is a fantastic album (dating myself) - have loved them forever! It's a float-in-the-pool kind of thing.
Published on December 12, 2011 by Lara
3.0 out of 5 stars Creative tensions makes this a cool album
I remember how disappointed the hardcore fans were when this came out. (I was a nutty fan of the B-52's like you can only be when you are young. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Toomuchnoise
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