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Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi

June 7, 1997 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 7, 1997
  • Release Date: June 7, 1997
  • Label: ESL Music, Inc.
  • Copyright: 1997 ESL Music, Inc.
  • Total Length: 1:16:47
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001F61O44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,371 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jim Yu on September 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Thievery Corporation album I've purchased. I also have Abductions & Reconstructions, DJ Kicks, and the Mirror Conspiracy albums. Rob Garza & Eric Hilton are a creative duo who use a combonation to Brazilian Bossa Nova, Dub, Trip-hop, Lounge, Acid Jazz beats to perfection. In comparison to the other Thievery albums, Sounds from The Thievery Hi-Fi and Mirror Conspiracy are similiar. Abudctions & Reconstructions are remixes of other ESL music (18th Street Lounge record label) artists. Their DJ Kicks album demonstrates their artistic versatility.
If you listen to a sample of tracks 5 & 6 on this album you will be hooked. Checkout [...] for more info on their albums, the 18th Street Lounge (where it all started for Rob & Eric). Plus it's a cool place to checkout the next time your in DC.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on July 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For anyone new to chillout, World lounge or Brazilectro, "Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi" is as good a place to start as any. Still low-key while maintaining a driving sense of rhythm, Thievery Corporation prove themselves an essential electronica act on their first collection of original material (the band is also well-known for their remix and compilation work).
Tracks like "2001 A Spliff Odyssey" and "The Oscillator" beg for a sofa and a shaker of martinis at 2 a.m., and more insistent groovers like "Shaolin Satellite" and "Univeral Highness" are sure to breathe some life into any social gathering. Other cuts aren't so easy to peg; "The Glass Bead Game" spends almost four minutes as a mystical Bossa Nova before introducing a head-bobber of a drum loop, and "Incident at Gate 7" casts an ethereal spell that almost puts a sustaining effect on its funky rhythms.
The only thing that could have been shaken up a bit is the disc's range of tempo...sometimes the tracks are better appreciated when played in a changer rather than taking on all sixteen at once. But either way, "Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi" is solid proof that between their own fantastic work and their forward-thinking Eighteenth Street Music label, Thievery Corporation are clearly here for the long haul.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For all those who enjoyed, yet were not completely satisfied by DJ Shadow's Entroducing..., this album possibly your Holy Grail. This is music that blurs the boundaries between acid jazz, ambient, reggae, and trip-hop. Remaining true to the spirit of ambient pioneer Brian Eno,one may listen to this album closely and enjoy its artistic beauty, or effectively ignore it, using its even rhythms to set an amazingly relaxed backdrop. Thievery Corporation have crafted one of the most cerebral musical journeys I have heard to date. This album is a feast for the mind as well as the ears, ranking Eric and Rob alongside Michael Paradinas (mu-ziq) and Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) as some of the most innovative DJ's around. As hyped as this release has been, I was prepared for disappointment, however, this album is every bit as good as advertised. Simply put, you have nothing in your collection without this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you like Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky and you want something new, buy this CD ... Slow, mellow beats, triphoppy sounds - you can dance to this, but you can also sit down and listen to it... It's an excellent CD. A bit more mellow than K&D.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Electronica trends and sounds move faster than is at all rational. Pull out any electronic record you liked three years ago and see how it sounds. There are exceptions, but dollars to donuts it souds as dated as the snare sound on a Cameo single.
Sounds From the Thievery hi-fi is one of the dramatic exceptions to that rule. It still sounds fresh, cool, innovative, and just plain good these many years after its release. It manages to take chill out and acid jazz sounds, mix a legit white boy interpretation of dub as well as a pinch of bossa and South American music, and wrap it up in a very stylish package. It reminds me of the best of Ninja Tune but more sophisticated, smooth, and a little less cheeky.
To me, everything they have done since is quite good, but in comparison sounds mannered and a bit forced. I'm also personally way into dub and they seem to be digging deeper into international sounds and less into dub with each passing record. I wonder if they realized how much ground they were breaking when they made this record. A record that changed how I listen to music and how I make music, soulful and inspired, recommended for almost anyone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on August 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I ordered this CD and the OM Lounge 2 CD after searching for more music in the Kruder & Dorfmeister genre. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the overwhelming drum overlays in nearly ALL the songs on the album. Unlike K&D, the drums stand at the foreground RULING the music, which does not appeal to me personally. I prefer the soothing fluidity of K&D's soft, easy, and well-put-together beats. Although I am not completely disatisfied with my purchase, I would say that this album is a little more reggae and bee-bop than jazzy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
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I would put it on before I go to bed at night, or have it on in the background while I work in the afternoon, or simply have it on when I kick back with friends. It is mellow and jazzy, the slow drum beat makes everything seems so lazy. It is not so intense as Massive Attack's Blue Line, certainly not dark as Portishead. It is a "cool" music for a lazy afternoon, or night music for those who never sleep early. Very nice.
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