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The Grey Album [Limited Edition]

Danger MouseAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Danger Mouse
  • ASIN: B0017CV81U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Let's be honest---very few people would even consider paying $100-plus for this CD. I don't blame them. It's a good album, but in all honesty its hardly worth that kind of money. I believe, however, that there websites where the album can be downloaded for free. This I strongly recommend.

The Grey Album consists of the vocal track from the Black Album set to beats that are composed entirely of songs from the Beatles White Album. It remains, however, a Jay-Z record. His vocals, as another reviewer has stated, are the predominant track. They are, to the best of my knowledge, entirely intact and it is the Beatles who have been remixed in order to accommodate them. Likewise, if your not into Jay-Z, you probably won't like the Grey Album. If you're a Jay-Z fan, chances are you are going to like this album no matter what. If you are, like myself, a Beatles fan, then chances are that you will even consider this album to be far superior to the original Black Album.

Often, though, its hard to tell what Beatles song is used for the beat. That is to say that often they are altered beyond the point of recognition. For instance, if I had not gone to Wikipedia, I would never have guessed that the Allure mix (one of the Grey Album's best songs) was constructed from Dear Prudence. On other tracks, notably 99 Problems (Helter Skelter) and What More Can I Say (While my Guitar Gently Weeps) the Beatles songs are easy to identify and, relatively speaking, the original song is largely intact.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mashup yummy February 28, 2009
If you're amongst the still large group of earbuds uninitiated to the world of mashups, you owe it to yourself to witness this quintessential groundbreaking bootleg effort of a still fledgling genre. The Grey Album is the unlikely yet planned serendipity of combining The Beatles' rock classic The White Album with Jay-Z's hip-hop neo-classic The Black Album. If you're a fan of either release, you'll find something to love.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Album Review May 5, 2011
By bws6g
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Danger Mouse's Grey Album, released in 2004, is a combination of the Beatles' White Album and Jay Z's Black Album. The genre of this album is certainly the mash-up, coming from things such as musique concrete and electronic sampling. The Black Album is used for the vocal content, a capellas with just the sound of Jay Z, while the background music and beats come from instrumentals of a number of Beatles samples. According to the artist, ""A lot of people just assume I took some Beatles and, you know, threw some Jay-Z on top of it or mixed it up or looped it around, but it's really a deconstruction." While it is obvious the songs do not perfectly match up on their own, splicing and concentration on certain parts of the songs really allow for the two different types of music to coexist. Also, it is apparent that track layering was certainly used in the making of this sort of album, probably using up to 20 or more tracks for some songs.

The Grey Album's contribution to music is more important than the methods used to make it. It made everyone think about intellectual property and what it means to own something. If it is changed enough, does the original form's copyright still stand? The owners of the Beatles certainly were not pleased with the Grey Album, however Jay Z came out with an a capella version of his Black Album to initiate creativity such as this. The Grey Album gained so much publicity that it really allowed for the mash-up type of music to take off. While it certainly existed before Danger Mouse, it was not as popular. Not only did this advance a type of music but initiated a new way of thinking about music. What really made this such a controversy is the fact it involved the Beatles, a band with such a strong following.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 11, 2009
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This album is a terrific example of the power and creativity of hip hop. I would have liked to hear more of the Beatles vocals on the album as a whole, but the connotation of the mixture of the two are pure genius.
This album transcends black and white.
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