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Given that the B-52's 1998 greatest-hits package, Time Capsule, comprehensively surveyed their best and most commercially pervasive missives while including a newly recorded track, "Debbie"--inspired by Debbie Harry and reprised wholesale on Nude on the Moon--it's fair to question the wisdom of this sprawling two-disc set. While new edits, live versions, and remixes pad the sessions and are nice and all, wigged-out chestnuts like "52 Girls," "Rock Lobster," "Dance This Mess Around," "Planet Claire," "Love Shack," and "Roam" really goose the action. That said, revisiting the perennial fashion risks from Athens, Georgia, remains a rare joy. Those old enough to remember the group's landmark Saturday Night Live debut--those wigs, that suit, those far-out gyrations!--will look back fondly not just on the B-52's florescent musical bounty but on the weirdly enduring resonance of their interstellar psychobabble. --Kim Hughes

Disc: 1
1. 52 Girls
2. Dance This Mess Around
3. Rock Lobster
4. Lava
5. Hero Worship
6. Planet Claire
7. Give Me Back My Man
8. Private Idaho
9. Devil In My Car
10. Party Out Of Bounds
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Disc: 2
1. Summer Of Love
2. Ain't It A Shame (new edit)
3. Theme For A Nude Beach (new edit)
4. Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland
5. Wig
6. She Brakes For Rainbows
7. Cosmic Thing
8. Deadbeat Club
9. Love Shack
10. Roam
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1979
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Wea/Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005UPFB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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"Queen Of Las Vegas" (5, "Whammy!", 1983).
M. Hart
The booklet is jam-packed with great photos with a history of the group and essays from the band members.
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Drop these tunes into your iPod and have a party experience walking around!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mars Velvet on January 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was suspicious that yet another collection of B-52's material was coming out so soon after the "TimeCapsule:Best of B-52's" release just over a year ago.
"Nude on the Moon" is a more expanded edition of B-52's songs.
If you own all their albums...there is little on here you do not already have. This band deserves a boxset...3 or 4 discs of classics, rare tracks, mixes and live numbers. But for now this 2-disc collection is what is out! So I bought it...
The booklet alone deserves 5 stars...a wealth of info, insight and photos!! The selection is great too...picking out some real gems left off "TimeCapsule". Those including "Lava", "Quiche Lorraine-live", "Queen of Las Vegas-out take version", "Whammy Kiss-live", and a Moby remix of "Is That You Mo-Dean"!
Surprisingly 6 gems from "Bouncing off Satelites" (my favorite album) made it in this set including the dizzy
"Girl from Ipanema Goes To Greenland", the
sparkly "Summer of Love" and the
achysweet "She Brakes for Rainbows".
And of course the hits that propelled the band onto college radio like "Rock Lobster" ,"Planet Clare" "Private Idaho", "Song for a Future Generation", etc. Plus the hits that proppelled the band out of college radio onto the pop charts with songs like "Channel Z", "Love Shack", "Roam", "Good Stuff" and such.
Beautiful design, nice booklet, great selection but could have been larger a box for me. Don't have any albums by the band but already know you like them...
give "Nude on the Moon" a spin...turn on the strobe light...put on your wig... and shake your cosmic thing!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on June 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Nude on the Moon - The B-52s Anthology" is simply put - a 2 CD set that really has all of the makings of a mini boxed set. Yes, this is a greatest hits collection, but it contains so much more that really makes this much more than a greatest hits album. It covers a near 20 year period that the band covered from 1979 through 1998. After purchasing this collection, you will learn quite a lot about the B-52s. The title on "Nude on the Moon" is a play on the song "Nude on the Beach" and the Moon reference comes from several songs (most noteably, I think Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland says 'moon in her mirror')
First the band themselves. If you aren't familiar with the B-52s, they probably are one of the most original bands of the rock era. They were originally a quintet - until the death of founding member Ricky Wilson of AIDS complications in 1985. They remain a quartet consisting of 3 lead singers - Cindy Wilson (Ricky's sister), Kate Pierson, and Fred Schneider. Keith Strickland is the fourth member and contributes on vocals at times. Cindy and Kate have two voices that harmonize just as well as any two will harmonize. Then there is the unique vocals of Mr. Fred Schneider. Schneider brings one of the most quirky voices in the music industry that goes with the unorthodox style of the B-52s music. In the vocals of the B-52s, you'll hear plenty of shouts and shreks, producing a very 'alternative' rock sound with a touch of psychedelica and a touch of punk. The lyrics of the B-52s aren't the most complex. You'll hear them sing about lobsters, wigs, lava, dancing, a place in Brazil called Ipanema, and even a history lesson on Mesopotamia.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cabral on December 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rhino should get an award for improving the quality of life for its customers. This collection is a blast. In addition to all their "good stuff", it includes a couple of re-mixes and live versions of "Whammy Kiss" & "Quiche Lorraine". The booklet alone gets five stars. There are tons of cool photos of this photogenic band and lots of memorabilia to look at. 50 pages of info including an essay by each band member and a very informative, well written history of the band written by Rolling Stone writer Michael Azerrad.

Think back to 1979. Toto was the biggest band happening. The B-52's sounded like no one else then or since. Unlike most other artists I can't pick out any influences. Everything is totally original. When I first heard Rock Lobster I loved it, but I figured it to be just a novelty song. Then they became the greatest party band in college dorm history.

It was interesting listening to these 35 songs chronologically because it's like living through their ups and downs. From their rise out of college radio to how they dealt with Ricky Wilson's death to their amazing comeback with Cosmic Thing which went quadruple platinum.

Their best albums were the ones that they co-wrote as a band due to their great chemistry and there weakest moments were when they tried to be serious like when they worked with David Byrne. It's amazing to me that what was once new & exciting music is now 26 years old. Where has the time gone?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Earwig on February 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Don't think this is only the best of the B-52's backcatalog on this 2-CD collection. It includes all the obvious "hits" from the band, "Love Shack", "Roam", "Rock Lobster", "Private Idaho", etc. and many great cuts from each studio release, but as with most compilations one can debate the obmission of some tracks and the inclusions of others.
For example: the GOOD STUFF album is severely under-represented with only two tracks from this fine album, plus a dull remix of "Is That You Mo-Dean?" which is much inferior to its lp version. The irresitibly catchy "Hot Pants Explosion" or "Tell It Like It Is" could've filled this void.
Also under-represented is the WHAMMY album. "The Queen of Las Vegas" mix here lacks the pulse that the WHAMMY version gives. Produced by David Byrne, this previously unreleased mix just sounds like Cindy Wilson guest vocaling on a Talking Heads record. Otherwise, WHAMMY's "Butterbean" and "Big Bird" are overlooked for this compilation.
COSMIC THING hogs the most space with seven tracks. Sure it was the band's biggest seller, and the big hits from this record are all essential, but room could've been left for other material instead of "Follow Your Bliss".
BOUNCING OFF THE SATELLITES is perhaps the most wisely selected of the studio albums represented on this compilation. Every track that you'll ever need to hear from that album is included."Ain't It A Shame" is perhaps one of the most heart-breakingly touching songs ever from a band whose rep was built on goofiness and fun.
As far as the early albums go, B-52's and WILD PLANET, simply must be heard in their entirety. I won't squabble over their representations. It's all good.
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