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Premiers Symptomes

AirAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 15, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B00000JXSA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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1. Modular Mix
2. Casanova 70
3. Les Professionnels
4. J'ai Dormi Sous L'Eau
5. Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi
6. Californie
7. Brakes On

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Air's European-label five-song EP, Premiers Symptomes, may have been a collection of early singles, but when it first came out in 1997 it felt all of a piece. Deploying an array of vintage mid-century instruments (Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, Clavinet), as well as a tuba, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel created a cloistered, lulling sound world that was entirely their own (although, think The Percy Faith Orchestra Covers Brian Eno's Music for Airports and you get the basic idea). By contrast, the recent rerelease of Premiers, with two bonus tracks, sounds like exactly what it is: a collection of early singles. It's not that newcomers "Californie" and "Brakes On" are unworthy, just that their overt funk shatters the tranquil atmosphere this French duo so painstakingly establish elsewhere. Most electronica fans are usually more than happy to bump 'n' grind, but when they're in the mood to play Premiers Symptomes, all they want--all they need--is the Air that they breathe. --Jeff Salamon

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Premiere the "Symptomes" October 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since "Premiers Symptomes" means "first symptoms," it's appropriate that it's the name of Air's collection of early singles. This French duo created a warm sweep of electronica that sounded like a complete , which is only marred by two funky, rather awkward songs pasted on to the end.

"Modular Mix" kicks it off -- a dreamy song that sounds like the soundtrack for an underwater movie. "Casanova 70" and the languid "Les Professionals" add a lounge-y sound. And "J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau" and "Le Soleil Est Près de Moi" are sweet and slow , almost like a pair of trip-hop lullabies.

The rerelease of "Premiers Symptomes" was given a bonus -- two new tracks, "Californie" and "Brakes On." Well, they're a mixed blessing. They're actually very fun songs -- funky, dancey and "Californie" has a stretch of ethereal electronica halfway after about a minute. But they just don't quite mesh with the early work.

"Premiers Symptomes" was compiled of singles released before the hit "Moon Safari," and so it has something of the same dreamy feeling. It's only a half hour long, but it's worth it to get the the romantic blend of ambient, trip-hop, funk and a hint of 60s psychedelic pop -- in a word, sensual chillout music!

Songs like "Modular Mix" have layers upon layers of shimmering keyboard. But "Casanova 70" and "J'ai Dormi Sous L'Eau" favor a more jazzy sound, with synthesized horns behind some twittery synths, while the spacey beats of "Les Professionals" sounds like a rainy morning near an alien city. Beside all these smooth sounds, the brash, bass-heavy extra songs sound harsh to the ear.

"Premiers Symptomes" is a must-have for Air fans (newbies had better start with something else), although the last two tracks aren't quite in sync with the first five. A beautiful experience, smooth and soft and sensual.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars electronic-downtempo music at it's best March 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
it's just amazing hearing these singles compilation from AIR, one of my best bands in this genre, the music is so groovy and excellent to getting relax at work or home or even for a background music for a social gather with friends or even for getting intimate with your couple!!

Very nice ambient music, it's really a jewel, an electronic masterpiece, must get your copy if you're in this kind of electronic music (kinda trip-hop)...these french dudes from AIR really rules!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album should be played in all Dutch Coffee Shops! November 8, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Very smooth and tranquil textures that embrace your mind right away! Almost brainwashing you to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine and a nice smoke while sitting in your recliner or having a delicate moment with that special someone. This is a must have for those who love the experimental genres of music from all over the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very nice September 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I, as well, have been waiting a VERY long time for this one, and I had a hard time harassing my local record stores to get it in! Definately more "background music" than even Moon Safari, the first two tracks are nice calm instrumentals, followed by "Les Professionels", which I was delightfully surprised to disover its chord progression to be an early version of "All I Need". Track 4 begins with a beautifully done keyboard part which eventually probably grows too heavy and would serve better as a slower, more mellow song. Beautiful nonetheless. "Le Soleil..." is simply a throwaway that sounds very primitive compared to their deeper masterpieces like "Kelly Watch the Stars" and "Remember". And "Californie" is Air at thier funkiest and prettiest, with a cool jam intro which leads into a breathtakingly beautiful piano section, with the sound of the ocean as an overwhelmingly grand soundscape. Definately one to lay back and close your eyes to. I only wish the outro went on longer. Check out the enhanced version with a cool tour documentary, as well as the vinyl version which has cool packaging as well. All in all, if you like music, Air will blow your mind- My favorite band, the most unique and original artists in music today. STANDOUT TRACKS: "Californie", "J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau". ----Sam's Myth []
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HEAR February 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For years, obsessed fans and collectors clamored for a domestic re-issue of French-duo Air's five-track EP, Premiers Symptomes. In 1999 they got more than they had bargained for. While the original European release pulled together five early Air singles of dreamy consistency, the US release mindlessly tacked on two funky "bonus" tracks that many believe clashed with the original vibe. To settle the controversy, I recommend programming your disc player for only the first five tracks. That way you may better experience Nicolas Godin's and Jean-Benoit Dunckel's lullingly tranquil soundscapes without the jarring wake up call of newcomer closing tracks "Californie" and "Brakes On."
Blending the vintage sounds of the Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, and Clavinet, these five separately released singles hang together with a delicious album-like cohesiveness, creating a soul-soothing atmosphere that you will crave at the end of the day.
These five singles represent some of the most gorgeously grooving electronica pop in the entire Air discography, clearly holding their own next to anything on the duo's gem-filled full-length debut, 1998's Moon Safari. The music of Air offers a blissful escape from our modern day blues, helping us breathe a bit easier, if only for the duration of a few brilliant tracks....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Air is so awesome. This music is perfect for a nice drive through the city. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys relaxing sounds.
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Published 21 months ago by Leopoldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Air - Premiers Symptômes
As good as Moon Safari was, Premiers Symptomes stands head and shoulders above it. Beautiful and haunting, it showcases the pure potential that Air has yet to live up to. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by scoundrel
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratched, skips on the best song.
I bought this cd for a specific song, the 5th track. The cd had a scratch when I opened it and the first time I played it in my car, it skipped through the entire track 5. Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by S. Burden
4.0 out of 5 stars Sun expedition
About as close to the selfless, space-pad vibe present on their smoothly influential debut sound (look at the second half of "Professionnels" and try to deny derivative acts such... Read more
Published on February 21, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Casanova 1970
This is the best thing by Air I've heard. I much prefer it to Moon Safari, which I find a bit cloying in comparison. This one is just groovy. Read more
Published on December 10, 2008 by Alain Didier
4.0 out of 5 stars 5.5 out of 7 ain't bad
There are 2 things I especially love about this CD. One is the sampling from the original SNES "Super Mario World" soundtrack in "Modular Mix. Read more
Published on August 17, 2008 by kevin callis
4.0 out of 5 stars Porn Soundtrack
Call me a freak, but i love this album and it reminds me of the soundtrack for any generic 70s porn flick. That, by the way, makes it good mood music.
Published on March 22, 2008 by DonMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great EP
I originally heard the first track while listening to KCRW and I knew I had to pick up this album. I wasn't dissapointed.
Published on February 24, 2006 by M. Sweredoski
5.0 out of 5 stars Air Essential
This is Air's most famous, and arguably best, CD. It is dreamy yet tight and sets the bar for downtempo music. This is early Air before their CDs were full of collaborations. Read more
Published on December 22, 2005 by L. A. Schein
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