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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000FUF870
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Out of print for nearly five years, "Telephono" and "Soft Effects" are presented here re-mastered in one specially priced deluxe package with an added video and beautifully restored artwork. With amped-up acoustic guitars, jumpy song structures, and a punk attitude, "Telephono" (1996) was the shot across the bow from Austin's fledgling rock heroes. The follow-up, "Soft Effects" (1997), features five of Spoon's strongest songs and marks a leap forward in the band's repertoire, signaling the great things to come on subsequent Spoon albums.

Customer Reviews

I actually thanked God for letting me hear this CD.
George Griggs
The volume of the cd has been pushed higher in order to match current recording levels of other music to the great expense of the dynamic range.
Rezzak
Disc 2 is much better, with better depth to the song writting itself.
Nick G. Athas

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of the unfortunate things about the amazing Spoon is that their best works tend to drop out of sight every now and then. This was the case with debut album "Telephono" and EP "Soft Effects," both of which have been unavailable except at hideous used prices.

Well, until now. Now both have been reissued together, and now listeners can hear the full scope of Spoon's spare, rough-edged rock'n'roll goodness. Both the EP and the debut aren't quite perfect, but they are good enough to deserve plenty of repeated listening, alongside Spoon's other works.

"Telephono" asserts itself from the very beginning, with the outstanding riffs and blistering rhythms of "Don't Buy the Realistic," with lots of hooks and Pixieish flavor, and frontman Britt Daniels singing rather simplistic lyrics about taking his hand. "Not Turning Off" ups the ante with its slow-burning bass-rock.

They continue the same sort of sound, with catchy melodies that are similar, but not so much that any of them sound alike. Expect racing drums'n'guitar, a relatively slow and melancholy number about "f**cking torture... nefarious," the hard-rock explosions, and the pulse-racing bass-rock. It doesn't slow down for even one song, thank God.

And then there's "Soft Effects." It opens with the slow, blazing rocker "Mountains to Sound," and then proceeds to guitar-edged powerpop, quavering indie with little synthy shivers, and stormy fuzz-rock. It would probably be among Spoon's best ever, if it were twice the size it is.

One of Spoon's biggest appeals is that they are unpretentious musically -- especially in these two, when they were just starting in the music biz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Griggs on March 9, 2007
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Once or twice every 15 years I hear an outstanding rock songwriter (Ray Davies, Robert Pollard,)- it's an exciting energizing feeling. And it's also a feeling like, "I'm gonna have a listening relationship with this artist for a long time." That's the feeling I got when I heard the songs of Britt Daniel (who has an extremely compelling charismatic singing voice. He let's it all out on this one! Shouting, screaming, singing melodies from a raw place.)

This CD (and EP)are his early efforts and, although rawer than later Spoon songs, it rocks with attitude, excitement, honesty, and some killer pop hooks (e.g. track 5 "Nefarious".) The songs on "Telephono" have jumpy song structures, some girl-boy harmonies, soft-loud dynamics and I was blasting it while driving in my car today. I actually thanked God for letting me hear this CD. That's how grateful I am to have had this recording come into my hands (and ears). I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Oyama on July 21, 2008
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The first thing that came to my mind with these albums is that Spoon is loud. These albums show Spoon back in the days when they were jamming as loud as the Pixies.

"Telephono" is very raw and filled with jagged guitars. Daniel's screams are oh-so-grating, but the sound production values are so surprisingly high. Although Spoon sometimes gets a little too over their heads like Nada Surf in their early days, the recordings are filled with sneaky effects, such as the lo-fidelity screaming effects and the panning sounds from right to left.

And there are plenty of awesome guitar riffs, such as the crazy riffs in "Theme to Wendel Stivers." They even pull off alternating guitars out of rhythm (and alternating between the left and right) before Daniel picks up the pace with his punk-style vocals.

"Soft Effects" is a slightly softer album, and as the album title states, Spoon started integrating more elaborate arrangements of soft guitar sounds, drums and vocal effects. Songs like "Waiting for the Kid to Come Out" demonstrate Spoon's ability to use soft-to-loud chord dynamics. And Daniel still does awesome vocal tricks, with multiple voice tracks and some loud banging in the background. "I Could See the Dude" demonstrates Spoon's use of dreamy echo guitars.

Although the album isn't exactly a soft EP, with loud buzzing sounds in "Get Out The States," the EP shows a progression in Spoon's sound.

These albums may not be the best songs in the Spoon collection, but they are welcome compilations of Spoon back in their raw and loud days.
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By puma on February 21, 2009
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I'm one of those people who think Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is Spoon's best CD. while these two recordings have some good songs, many are only interesting for about 20 seconds. I think Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is the perfect blend of Telefono's rawness and the more polished Kill The Moonlight phase. Still, Cvantez, Idiot Driver and Plastic Mylar are some of the more memorable tracks here.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rezzak on July 28, 2006
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- Telephono is the best full album Spoon has released to date. Soft effects is the E.P. that put them on the map and in the sights of many of their early fans. It is my personal favorite.
- Here for the first time you get both cds in one nice package. It is nice and cheap as well. However, I found that the cd box that holds the cd sleeves is a bit too big to hold them snugly and they always fall out. That is easily forgiveable as these releases are amazing and needed to be reissued so the masses of new Spoon fans can enjoy them. The main reason I am giving this release a 4 star rating instead of 5 is the lack luster mastering of this reissue. This release like many remastered CDs from its era has become a casualty of the loudness war. The volume of the cd has been pushed higher in order to match current recording levels of other music to the great expense of the dynamic range. The highs become a bit distorted and the sound is not quite as clear as the original compact discs that were released years ago. If you are a big fan and really like these recordings you might want to pick up the original pressings on Amazon used or another auction site. Or do like I did and send Merge an email telling them to have their engineers be a bit more careful next time they mess with great music.
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