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Prospekt's March EP, Limited Edition

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US CD pressing. A special EP/Mini Album only available for a limited time, featuring new artwork with a special EP Booklet. 8 tracks of new material including 5 brand new songs, a special guest appearance from Jay Z on the new version of Lost+, plus a vocal version of the now-classic Life in Technicolor ii and alternative mix of Lovers in Japan. Tracks, Life In Technicolor II, Postcards From Far Away, Glass Of Water, Rainy Day, Prospekt's March/Poppyfields, Lost+, Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun Mix), Now My Feet and Won't Touch The Ground. EMI. 2008.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 2008)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Limited Edition
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B001HDO4Z6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. Kelly on November 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've been an avid fan of Coldplay since A Rush of Blood to the Head, but never did I think they would become something too beautiful for words. Truly, if you haven't heard any of their music after X&Y, you will be completely surprised.

As a historian, musician, and rather open-minded person, I've found both Viva La Vida and Prospekt's March to be absolutely fantastic works of art. There's a story here. Listen to Violet Hill, and then listen to Prospekt's March. Take in the music, but don't forget the history behind it. Figuring out exactly what they're talking about is one of the most exciting things in the world. I won't spoil it here.

As for the new tracks on Prospekt's March, well, they're not new. They're leftovers from Viva La Vida, which is actually a great thing. These songs won't be left to the depths of history and never heard again.

1. Life in Technicolor ii is perhaps even better than the original. Why Chris axed it is a mystery to me.

2. Postcards from Far Away: A short piano session, but beautiful in its sound. It really reminds you of a postcard or connection from a distant place.

3. Glass of Water: Epic. The buildup is fantastic. I won't even try to explain it here.

4. Rainy Day: Somewhat similar to Viva la Vida in its use of some orchestral instruments. Very varied. It's like a hundred things are happening at once, and the lyrics go well.

5. Prospekt's March: In sound, opposite of Violet Hill. In lyrics, possibly one of the most beautiful songs in recent times.

6. Lost+: Nothing new here, you could've gotten this weeks ago from the Lost EP. It's the remix with Jay-Z; while it doesn't sound that bad, it's not crazy or anything. Good effort by them to branch out, though.

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If you are a true Coldplay fan then I'm sure you have listened to Viva La Vida so many times that you know all the words. This small collection of songs will be sure to feed your appetite for new Coldplay. The songs here are all amazing and add to the huge collection of awesome Coldplay music. Also the price is amazing. This is almost a full album of songs for half the price. It can't be beat. I especially love "Life In Techniolor II." I absolutely love the original and this version adds lyrics to make the sound even better! :)

Bottom Line : Buy this album if you love Viva La Vida and want more amazing Coldplay!!! :)
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After their massively successful, and amazingly good, "Viva La Vida," Coldplay found themselves with leftovers from their recording sessions. So, just in time for the holidays, Coldplay gives us their musical gifts in this tight EP, complete with new tracks, remixes, and new versions of old favorites.

But let me first say that this album cannot be compared to "Viva La Vida" in quality with the new tracks. The great production values are still there, but they simply don't match up to the standards of 'Viva.' It wasn't until the third listen that the quality of the songs really started to shine on their own. They're still not 'Viva,' and it's probably best that they were left off, but they're still great songs in their own right. From the completed "Life In Technicolor," or the new "Glass of Water," each new track has something to give. Coldplay also goes purely acoustic on "Now My Feet Won't Touch the Ground," which surprisingly works from the sometimes over-produced band.

However, there are some questionable tracks on here. Mainly the "Lost" remix, featuring Jay-Z, which sounds like Justin Timberlake's "Until the End of Time," with Beyonce just implanted over the song. It adds absolutely nothing, and the rapping is bad. Sorry Jay-Z, you got lost in there somewhere. "Lovers in Japan" is also supposed to be a remix, but there is no noticeable difference between it and the original. It's placement on the album therefore is rather mystifying.

Overall, if you loved "Viva La Vida," or you're just a fan of Coldplay, then pick the album up. Clocking in at a little under half an hour, the EP has songs that shine apart from the main album, which is what the best EPs do; provide a home for good songs that don't really fit anywhere else. And that's exactly what this EP does, even with a couple of misfires.

Real Score: 4.5
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I loved Coldplay's newest album "Viva La Vida." To me the music was more polished and mature than their last two releases put together. Strong musicianship, dark progressive overtones, and sweeping soundscapes made that album powerful and majestic, something the music world desperately needed in these times of manufactured garbage the RIAA seems to throw at us daily.

The songs on "Prospekt's March" were remixes, extras, and other bits and pieces from the "Viva" sessions. Most of what's here resembles what was on "Viva", and is just as powerful and exciting to listen to. "Life in Technicolour II" is an expanded version of what we heard on "Viva", and was actually slated to be the first single (with the lyrics) before Chris Martin axed it and the band decided to do something different with it. "Lovers in Japan" also appeared on "Viva" and appears here as well, in more of a remixed form (Osaka Mix, as it's called). The beautiful "Glass of Water" is majestic, and "Now My Feet Won't Touch the Ground" could've easily been a single on its own.

Unfortunately, the awesome song "Lost" is marred by the rapping of Jay-Z. I'm not sure what that was all about, and I suppose I should applaud Coldplay for their creativeness, but it just doesn't work. "Lost" is an epic piece that fit snugly into the "Viva" story and this version here pays horrible tribute to that song. This is not to disrespect Jay-Z, it's just that "Lost" is a masterpiece on its own, and interspersing rap bits over it just doesn't work.

All in all, though, it's nice to have an EP release like this. Bands don't do this much anymore, and it's nice to have the sophistication and musicianship of a band like Coldplay which allows us to hear the scrapped bits, if you will, in addition to the more polished material.

For those who are vinyl buffs, this is available on a limited edition LP as well. Amazon is stocking that as well.

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