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The B-52's are most recognisable from their brightly coloured 50-retro look and their unique vocals, mixing the high-pitched melodic harmonies of lead singers Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson with the sprechgesang vocals of frontman Fred Schneider. Formed in early 1977, their eponymous debut album was released in 1978 and quickly gained an underground following, as their new-wave/surf pop ... Read more in Amazon's B-52's Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0002VEPI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Planet Claire
2. 52 Girls
3. Rock Lobster
4. Party Out Of Bounds
5. Strobelight
6. Private Idaho
7. Quiche Lorraine
8. Mesopotamia
9. Song For A Future Generation
10. Summer Of Love (Original Unreleased Mix)
11. Channel Z
12. Deadbeat Club
13. Love Shack
14. Roam
15. Good Stuff
16. Is That You Mo-Dean?
17. Debbie
18. Hallucinating Pluto

Editorial Reviews

These boys and girls were there when New Wave was born, and they're showing no signs of growing old-or even growing up, you might say! In addition to classic B-52's hits like Rock Lobster (single version); Love Shack; Roam; Good Stuff; Deadbeat Club , and Private Idaho , this collection features two brand-new songs, Debbie and Hallucinating Pluto . It's an 18-track dance party, y'all!

Customer Reviews

Just the way it should be...and the love keeps livin on!
Great DVD and CD......some of their best videos and best music all in one.
I am looking forward to enjoying this CD for many years to come.
Jo Ann Brenes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Avalon Don on January 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Time Capsule" is a B-52's career overview thru the year 1998. It serves up as a decent introduction for a mild fan and also a respectable addition for longtime supporters who already own a few albums by them. IT IS NOT THEIR BEST. These are mostly the radio hits and a little salad dressing while the group was not releasing any new albums . The "Summer Of Love" alternate mix is a vocal improvement from the original version. "Debbie" and "Hullucinating Pluto" were new songs at the time to attract completists. For a very best, "Anthology" is the way to go. The other option is this collection and the B-52's debut album. "Time Capsule" doesn't not have "Dance This Mess Around" and "Lava". These party songs is where the band hits dance grooves matched on this CD only by "Rock Lobster". In the fun catagory of music, the B-52's are as good as it gets. They merged early Rock & Roll organ beat with touches of Yoko Ono phrasing into a new wave sound of their own. "Time Capsule" is a good way to start, but never reaches full orbit.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Hart on November 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1998, the rock band from Athens, GA known as "The B-52's" released a greatest-hits album entitled "Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation", which was re-released in 2004 under the title "Time Capsule: Greatest Hits". Spanning the years 1979 to 1992, this album includes songs from all seven previous albums released by "The B-52's", including their 1979 self-titled album, "Wild Planet" (1980), "Mesopotamia" (1982), "Whammy!" (1983), "Bouncing Off the Satellites" (1986), "Cosmic Thing" (1989) and "Good Stuff" (1992). This album also included two new songs recorded in 1998: "Debbie" and "Hallucinating Pluto" for a grand total of 18 fantastic songs! My ratings for each of the album's songs are listed below:

1. "Planet Claire" (5+, from "The B-52's", 1979).

2. "52 Girls" (5, from "The B-52's", 1979).

3. "Rock Lobster" (5+, "The B-52's", 1979).

4. "Party Out Of Bounds" (5, "Wild Planet, 1980).

5. "Strobelight" (5+, "Wild Planet", 1980).

6. "Private Idaho" (5+, "Wild Planet", 1980).

7. "Quiche Lorraine" (5+, "Wild Planet", 1980).

8. "Mesopotamia" (5+, "Mesopotamia", 1982).

9. "Song For A Future Generation" (5+, "Whammy!", 1983).

10. "Summer Of Love (Original Unreleased Mix)" (5+, different mix from the song released on "Bouncing Off the Satellites", 1986).

11. "Channel Z" (5+, "Cosmic Thing", 1989).

12. "Deadbeat Club" (5+, "Cosmic Thing", 1989).

13. "Love Shack" (5+, "Cosmic Thing", 1989).

14. "Roam" (5+, "Cosmic Thing", 1989).

15. "Good Stuff", (5, "Good Stuff", 1992).

16. "Is That You Mo-Dean?", (5, "Good Stuff", 1992).

17. "Debbie" (5+, 1998).

18. "Hallucinating Pluto" (5, 1998).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Interzone_Records on April 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I am holding a copy of this Australian release in my hand and the DVD format is NTSC, compatible with U.S. machines, not PAL, the european format, as the description incorrectly states. A request has been made to Amazon to correct this error.
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The only thing that made me hesitate in giving this fantastic set 5 stars is the absence of two videos: the official "Rock Lobster" video produced in studio in 1979 to promote the first B-52's album, and what I gather to be an official "Private Idaho" video. Instead we have a good-looking, but not-that-great-sounding live filming of a "Rock Lobster" performance, plus no visual representation at all for "Private Idaho". The missing "Rock Lobster" video is my favorite of the B-52's, featuring some New Wave costumes, plenty of smoke and bubbles, flashing green lights, Fred in a pith helmet, all on an interesting set...and it sounds perfect! The missing "Private Idaho" video that I assume was "official" shows the group performing before a yellow plaid background and is, as is the case with it's predecessor, a visual as well as aural showcase for pure vintage late 70's/early 80's New Wave B-52's.

That said, the video's in this set are great to experience, and seeing the songs performed makes for just as much fun as listening. Even the live "Cosmic Thing" performance sounds, as well as looks, totally awesome. And yes, the DVD plays perfectly on Region 1 players!

The CD is a self-explanatory treasure of instantly classic and eternally lovable mega-fun music. You'll notice a few differences in the track listing on this Australian release, but the essentials are still here. How cool it is that the Aussie's decided to give us the group's rollicking version of "Meet the Flintstones"!

I don't anticipate this CD ever leaving my car...and the DVD will always remain in close proximity to my TV. I still want the other video's one day, but there's no denying this B-52's set is a super collection of extremely fun eye and ear candy! Wild, Crazy, and Cosmic Stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Frame on January 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is the official Warner Music Australia release of a CD + DVD version of the "Time Capsule" collection. "Time Capsule" was previously released in 1998 as a CD and also as a HiFi stereo VHS. In the USA the VHS had all 12 videos which are on this DVD and it is clearly a transfer from the original digital master tape. The DVD is NTSC format, region free, 4:3 fullscreen, and offering a choice of LPCM stereo or a very tasteful Dolby 5.1 surround treatment. The improvement in quality over the VHS is quite marked for both video and audio.

For some odd reason the Australia/UK version of the "Time Capsule" VHS did not include the first 4 videos (Rock Lobster, Legal tender, Song For A Future Generation and Girl From Ipanema) - though the same versions (with overlaid title text) were on the 1990 HiFi stereo VHS "B52s 1979 - 1989". So it is hugely convenient and valuable to now have the complete Time Capsule collection in the superior DVD format (with an audio set up option and a song selection menu).

I agree that the studio lipsynch version of Rock Lobster video has a special appeal, but the B52s are as good (or better) as a live band. I've had the pleasure of seeing them play in Brisbane twice - the Wild Planet and Cosmic Thing tours - and also in Sydney 2009 for the Funplex tour (where the terrible PA system was the only negative). Their first Brisbane Festival Hall show set a precedent when they requested that all of the flat section seating be removed for "Dancing Room Only". They're easily the best dance band I've ever seen.

This 2009 CD + DVD release of Time Tunnel was meant to be a special Australian Tour edition - but I only saw the single CD version available at their merchandise stall after the show, and it took a whole extra year to be officially released to retail sale.

Fantastic, and for any B52s fan, a must have. I could not recommend this product highly enough.
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