- 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)
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The Grey Album Limited Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The technical styles of the songs in this album were inspired by the hip hop culture. Hip hop originated in the 1970s in Bronx, New York. Hip hop is characterized by 4 major stylistic elements: rapping, DJing, sampling, and beat boxing. The songs in The Grey Album implement all of the major stylistic elements except for beat boxing. The rapping is used from the a cappella samples of Jay-Z's The Black Album. Danger Mouse provides the DJing stylistic element and the sampling is heard from the samples taken from The Beatles' The White Album.
The technique of break beating is used throughout the album, but it is implemented the most in the songs "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" and "My First Song". Break beats are when DJs sample beats from one song and use them to form the rhythmic beat of a completely new song. This technique was created by DJ Kool Herc, who is often known as the grandfather of hip hop. Break beating in the two songs listed earlier is used to form the beat and rhythm of the new mash-up song. It provides the rhythm and flow to keep a steady and catchy beat.
This album is a very creative and unique production in which two separate songs are brought together in such careful unity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seriously; how did Yoko allow this to happen? No doubt it will be tied up in the court system for years, before this recording ever sees major release.Published 22 months ago by Anachro1
For the life of me, I can't understand how this got such great critical reception. While the concept is interesting and the legal issues surrounding mashups are certainly... Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Ella Ella
Pretty gimmicky though effective way for Danger Mouse to put himself on the map, as it became clear early on that only a few tracks explore a true mash up of the two artists,... Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by IRate