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Washington DC's Thievery Corporation return with the ultimate collection of their remixes, Versions. Versions features 18 dubbed out reworks (by Thievery Corporation) of a diverse group of ar tists including The Doors , Sarah Mc Lachlan , Astrud Gilberto , Nouvelle Vague , Wax Poeticfeat . Norah Jones , Anoushka Shankar , Transglobal Underground and many more. The album also includes an exclusive new Thievery Corporation track featuring reggae legend Sister Nancy .

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Versions gathers 18 Thievery Corporation remixes from across a music spectrum that only the most eclectic could love. The vinyl-popping digital duo embraces '60s psychedelia with the Doors and '60s kitsch with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. They put them all into the mixmaster, usually adding the downtempo jazzy electro-lounge beats upon which they built their early reputation. Alpert's "Lemon Tree," taken from the recent Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped, is a vintage noirish mood piece, but this doesn't always work. Fear of Pop's "In Love" becomes a tedious vamp, and the Doors' "Strange Days" is a missed opportunity squandered on a Cagian "indeterminacy" moment, like two bands in different rooms. But the Thievery formula usually works wonders on even the most unlikely material. There's an Indian twang to many of these mixes, including the Middle East-via-Bombay grooves of Trans-Global Underground, the Indian singing of Ustad Sultan Khan, and the fragile sitar of Anoushka Shankar. Even the tunes that aren't Eastern, like Nouvelle Vague's Euro-lounge "This Is Not a Love Song," get the full Indian treatment with droning tambouras and tabla percussion. I wonder what it says that no matter whether they're using Astrud Gilberto, Sarah McLachlan, or the Doors as source material, it all comes out sounding like Thievery Corporation. --John Diliberto

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. TaranaUstad Sultan Khan 4:40Album Only
listen  2. Habanos DaysDamian 4:22Album Only
listen  3. This is Not A Love SongNouvelle Vague 4:33Album Only
listen  4. BelovedAnoushka Shankar 4:23Album Only
listen  5. Who Needs ForeverAstrud Gilberto 4:12Album Only
listen  6. DesertEmilie Simon 3:13Album Only
listen  7. Lemon TreeHerb Alpert 3:38Album Only
listen  8. Originality feat. Sister NancyThievery Corporation feat. Sister Nancy 4:08Album Only
listen  9. In LoveFear Of Pop 4:40Album Only
listen10. The Girl's InsaneThe Januaries 4:27Album Only
listen11. Strange DaysThe Doors 4:23Album Only
listen12. Revolution Solution (TC Remix)Thievery Corporation 3:50Album Only
listen13. Shiva (TC Remix)Thievery Corporation 4:49Album Only
listen14. Khalghi StompTransglobal Underground 3:54Album Only
listen15. AngelsWax Poetic Feat. Norah Jones 4:39Album Only
listen16. Nothing to LoseIsabelle Antena 2:56Album Only
listen17. Cada BeijoBebel Gilberto 4:19Album Only
listen18. Dirty Little SecretSarah McLachlan 4:53Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • ASIN: B000EQ46E6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on May 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The signature sound of Garza and Hilton resurfaces with more cool beats, jazzy riffs, Eastern-lounge and tripped out dub. By now Thievery Corporation has a fan base, including myself that loves their remixes. This disc , like many of their others traverses the globe to give the listener an aural experience that cannot be pidgeonholed; it is a mixture of layered sounds that delights the senses. On this excellent CD you will find a diversity of artsts that includes remixes of the Doors, Sarah McLaughlan, Bebel and Astrud Gilberto, Norah Jones Transglobal Underground, Herb Albert and others for an eclectic assembly that ultimately works because of Theievery Corporations technical expertise with the electronic groove. When putting out something of their own like on "Originality" which features Sister Nancy, the result is a mesmerizing reggae back beat and mashing vocals that sound like they come straight from Kingston. Another TC credit goes to "Revolution Solution" that is a cool mixture of Jamaican electro-vocal stylings with a strong fast paced upbeat clashing with a crashing back beat for a remarkable synthesis. Sister Nancy rapid fires her Jamaican-style-rap, backed by nice laid back horns while maintaining the lazy groove. When TC lends their own version or remixed version it is not all Jamaican reggae or dub as is evident on "Shiva" which has tripped out spacey beats blending with dreamy vocals for a otherworldly musical experience. Speaking of spaced out songs , check out " Angels" which features Norah Jones coming in and out on vocals as the electronic voodoo shimmers and wobbles through it's musical progression. One of the oddest remixed songs is the classic Doors song "Strange Days" that comes off like a reincarnated Morrison playing the dance circuit in a strange new world.Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CasaCaliente on May 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Most of these remixes have been available in various places for a while, especially on Perfect Remixes 4, but it's good to have them gathered on one CD. Fans (and detractors), will know the formula by now; dubbed-up, loungey and/or eastern-tinged beats. All good stuff and the album flows very smoothly. A common criticism of Thievery Corp. is that that their original compositions, mix CDs and remixes are all a bit samey but I think that's why many people like them. They provide a cool, unobtrusive soundtrack to people's everyday lives.

What do reviewers usually write in such a situation; will please existing fans but won't win many new converts? That's spot on
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on September 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Thievery Corporation are very good... they can mix a song and, as most of these remixes show, almost any song, into something breathtakingly different and, when they're in the mood, they can produce their own stunningly innovative tracks. But above all, they know how to appeal to a market... which is, in this case, high quality "downbeat" music.

And, as with their "The Mirror Conspiracy" album, they know exactly where they're going here: laid-back, languid beats that are lifted out of the mire of "lift music" and put firmly into the "cerebral experience" category because the production and execution are, as with almost everything they do, excellent. Check out their stunningly beautiful reworks of "Who Needs Forever?" and "Dirty Little Secret", plus their clever and genuinely exciting version of The Doors "Strange Days" - all three of which are better than the originals - to see how good they can be. But, and here's the problem, they can, as albums like "DJ Kicks" and "The Cosmic Game" show, take things so much further.

So, it all depends on what you want. If it's something that breaks the boundaries then you're in the wrong place. But if it's something you can be genuinely "chilled" and "intrigued" by then you've found it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Snyder VINE VOICE on June 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Versions" is an album of remixes and reworking of existing songs by one of my favorite groups, Thievery Corporation. Thievery is one of the most consistent groups around. You know you're always going to get really cool beats.

This album, "Versions", doesn't disappoint when it comes to good, cool, head-nod-able beats. This is vintage Thievery even though some of the original songs are 40 years old.

The album features a nice mix of vocals (male & female) and instrumentals. The vocalists actually sound like they could be current guests who just recorded the vocals. Thievery has done a great job mixing in these sometimes-dated vocals into their blend of beats.

It's another cool album, one that is highly recommended to all fans of their previous albums. Unlike the albums where they just sequenced a bunch of old abstract jazz songs, this one is way better. This album "Versions" does not feel like a compilation at all; it really feels like and sounds like an actual album. Good stuff as always.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on March 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's nice to finally have many of these remixes in one place, including many I had not heard before. Despite these songs being from many different genres and times, they flow together like liquid butter! The new Thievery song "Originality" is a slamming reggae jam that will liven up your party in the coming months. Imagine today's young people getting down to The Doors, courtesy of Thievery's "Strange Days" remix. Elsewhere, there are plenty of songs to spin, no matter your mood. This is not just some knockoff package till Thievery can deliver another studio album - this is a full fledged musical work!

On another note, it's nice to know that Thievery is embracing the beauty of album packaging, with another first rate package here to go along with "The Cosmic Game" and "Richest Man in Babylon." Even though CD sales are going the way of the passenger pigeon, it's nice to browse through such an elaborate package, which can then enhance the entire listening experience.
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This album seems to be a compilation of things heard before. It really seems like a Thievery Corporation "B-sides" album which just as well could have been an add-on to the "Cosmic Game" rather than a stand alone, e.g., a $7-8 dollar supplement...And to think that 18th St.... Read More
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