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The Singles Import, Limited Edition


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Limited 2 CD version features a bonus disc of B-sides and Remixes. Having first exploded onto the UK dance scene in '97 with the underground smash 'Flylife', Basement Jaxx duo Felix and Simon really hit their stride with the 1999 crossover behemoth 'Red Alert'. Since then, a series of quirky, fascinating, immaculate self-written, self-produced singles have followed, from the punk-ragga menace of 'Jump N Shout' to the buoyant, bouncy pop of 'Romeo' and heavy electro menace of 'Where's Your Head At'. This essential collection gathers the finest of the A-sides together for the first time and successfully closes Chapter 1 in the Jaxx's quest for world domination. Long may they reign! Xl. 2005.

1. Red Alert (Ft Blue James)
2. Good Luck (Ft Lisa Kekaula)
3. Romeo (Ft Kele Le Roc)
4. Oh My Gosh (Ft Vula Malinga)
5. Bingo Bango
6. Where’S Your Head At
7. Rendez-Vu
8. Jump N Shout (Ft Slarta John)
9. Lucky Star (Ft Dizzee Rascal)
10. Plug It In (Ft Jc Chasez)
11. U Don’T Know Me (Ft Lisa Kekaula)
12. Do Your Thing (Ft Elliot May)
13. Just 1 Kiss
14. Flylife
15. Samba Magic
16. Magnificent Romeo (Remix-2 Many Dj’S)
17. I Beg U
18. Mere Pass
19. Miracles Keep On Playin’
20. Red Alert Remix
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: XL RECORDINGS UK
  • ASIN: B0007MVY2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of this year's biggest albums in the United Kingdom has been Basement Jaxx's "The Singles." For the past six years, they have made crazy house music, drawing from dance, techno, salsa, funk, and many other different genres. They appeal to both the underground and the mainstream and millions dance the night away to their classic choons in clubs every single weekend around the world. The success of the Basement Jaxx is due in part to the crazy sounds, the catchy melodies and the mysterious guest vocalists who sing with such passion over the futuristic beats that Simon Radcliffe and Felix Burton whip up behind the control panel.

This album has done amazingly well in the charts over here in the UK, and I think that is due in part to the fact that everyone loves the singles, but not many are really passionate enough about the duo to buy one of their studio albums. This album crams in 15 massive dance floor fillers from the past six years for arguably the greatest collection of real dance music ever. This isn't bland, mindless drivel dance music, because it has substance and style. "Remedy," "Rooty" and "Kish Kash" are the three studio albums that the Jaxx have released to date, and this album takes all the big hits from them and compiles this flawless collection of classics that is sure to get any party started.

The album opens up with "Red Alert" which was the band's first ever hit from back in early 1999. This song stormed dance floors worldwide and features Blue James on vocals. The melody is anthemic and the beats are out of this world. "Good Luck" was taken from the Jaxx's third album and is a wonderful concoction of pop and rock, merged together to create a funky club banger.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jake Z on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've always been sort of a casual fan of Basement Jaxx, never buying any of their cds. That changed when I bought this singles collection. Now I own all their cds. It is definately worth paying more to get the bonus disc. On the first disc you get 15 of their hits, including "Where's Your Head At", "Do Your Thing", "U Don't Know Me", "Romeo", "Oh My Gosh" and more. The second disc contains remixes, live tracks, and unreleased tracks. They have a unique style of house music which incorporates funk, salsa and other genres. Definately a great collection that should have a place in every house music fan's collection!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let me say first off that Dizzee Rascal is a good rapper and is NOT a disgrace to hip-hop as The ShadoX so wrongly states. Look--I'm only 11, and I've got 109 hip-hop albums I have studied hip-hop for months on end. Dizzee Rascal is a good artist, and if you don't believe me, listen to "Learn" off his "Showtime" album. He won the Mercury Music Prize album of the year for "Boy In Da Corner", his best work.

Oh, and then you went ahead and chose Dizzee's worst song ever to critique, "'Round We Go". There are so many better songs by Rascal, but ShadoX chose his most annoying track so it would look like he actually had a point. And he didn't like "Where's Your Head At"!! Who doesn't like "Where's Your Head At"?!?!! I mean, ShadoX, where's your head at?

Anyway...

I own "Rooty", but the only song I liked off "Kish Kash" was "Lucky Star" and the only songs off "Remedy" I liked were the singles, so I was glad there was this. I already had a few of the songs, but who cares?

A good compilation for the beginning Jaxx listener, the beginning electronic listener, or just for any music lover.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Anderson on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like most singles collections, this is a pretty decent intro for newcomers, though (like most of the Jaxx's efforts) it's mainly a hit-or-miss affair, eliciting strong reactions of either like or disdain from most of those who listen. The first disc is marked by some truly awful examples from their earlier work (still tinged, however, with that distinctive Jaxx brand of hyper-club nostalgia), including (most notably) "Jump N' Shout" and "Flylife," though they're equally matched by absolutely fabulous, absolutely classic hits like "Good Luck" and "Lucky Star." The new singles, "Oh My Gosh" and "U Don't Know Me," are catchy, sweet additions to the lineup, while the rest will please (though hardly surprise) fans of the duo.

The bonus singles are notable not only for their quality (and sometimes rareness) but for their eclecticness as well, as there are acoustic, live, Latin, and original versions of various favorites and b-sides from throughout their career, ranging (again) from the really unexpectedly amazing (the acoustic version of "Broken Dreams") to the deliciously out-there, deliciously bizarre (Ha Choo). But isn't that, after all, what the Jaxx are all about? Psycho-frantic power-ballads pasted wild-like next to Coke-and-Pop-Rock-induced dance anthems? It pulses through the beats.
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Format: Audio CD
I've only recently discovered Basement Jaxx, through a variety of mediums, whether it be from friends, the internet, or even video games. Their music is definitely different -- nothing like anything I've heard before -- which sometimes turns me off to their music, but not this album. This album is full of crazy songs that you can sing along to, dance along to, and even laugh at when the time is right.

I can't really begin to compare this album to other things as it is so different, but I think the closest you can get would maybe be the Benassi Brothers, and even then, you're still straying from what Basement Jaxx really is. Although, it does seem that they do draw some, if not a lot of influence from the hip-hop scene. Just the way the vocals, and beats are constructed, really gives me an image of a hip-hop influence.

It's kind of risky to get into Basement Jaxx, as their other albums were somewhat unattractive to me, but if you're looking to try something new out, or you're looking to expand your house collection, try this album. I'm sure it will get you going.
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