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Verve Remixed 3 is quite possibly the most ground-breaking and refined of the Verve Remixed series. It is on it's way to satiate the appetites of those who have been following the series and those who have yet to discover one of the most superb remixed series of all time. Featured are remixes of Nina Simone from Postal Service & Blossom Dearie by the Brazilian Girls. Verve. 2005.

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It's an idea that never should've worked in the first place: Verve classics remixed by today's hottest DJs and producers. Yet here's the third installment in the successful series and quality control remains high. Granted, there are a few tracks on each compilation that don't work as well as others and Verve Remixed 3 is no exception. The Postal Service take on Nina Simone's "Little Girl Blue," for instance, makes for a pleasing listen, but sounds too much like the former (the Album Leaf does a better job at staying out of Simone's way). Adam Freeland's "Fever" and Max Sedgley's "Peter Gunn," however, get the balance right. Both songs have been updated for the dancefloor, but Sarah Vaughn's exquisite vocals remain front and center. Then there's Lyrics Born with Jimmy Smith's "Stay Loose," which keeps Smith's groovy organ work in the foreground, but makes a funky track funkier yet. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Little Girl Blue (Postal Service Remix)Nina Simone 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Speak Low (Bent Remix)Billie Holiday 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sing, Sing, Sing (RSL Remix)Anita O'Day 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fever (Adam Freeland Remix)Sarah Vaughan 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Come Dance With Me (Sugardaddy Remix)Shirley Horn 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Just One Of Those Things (Brazilian Girls Remix)Blossom Dearie 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Gentle Rain (RJD2 Remix)Astrud Gilberto 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Peter Gunn (Max Sedgley Remix)Sarah Vaughan 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stay Loose (Lyrics Born Remix)Jimmy Smith 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Boy's Doin' It (Carl Craig Remix)Hugh Masekela 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lilac Wine (The Album Leaf Remix)Nina Simone 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Yesterdays (Junior Boys Remix)Billie Holiday 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Baby Did You Hear? (Danger Mouse Remix)Dinah Washington 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0007PALF2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

All the Verve Remixed discs have been great so far with a good variety of remixes.
SD Mark
I was excited to see the Postal Service doing a mix, however it sounded just like any of their other songs.
K. Suvada
Now, having said that, I really need to know how this CD could possibly be this bad?
Sahasrara Aten RA

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Scott K on September 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One thing that you the potential buyer need to decide before you buy this album is how much reverence you hold for the original versions of these songs. If you feel that the originals are nearly holy and should be left untouched, then for God's sake, don't buy this album. You'll only hear blasphemy.

If however you are like me and have both a deep love for jazz as well as modern electronica, then give this album a try. Its reinterpretation of the original melds the two genres often with fantastic results. I have played this CD over and over again and each time find new and deeper layers. Most importantly it had renewed my love affair with the original versions.

Why not give it a try?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. Niedt on April 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the third release of the Verve Remixed series, in which an assortment of pop artists and DJ's get to raid the copious Verve jazz archives (mostly music from the 1950's and 1960's), and redefine them for the contemporary, dance-oriented listener. For the most part, the results have been interesting and successful, though at times I have the same reaction that I do to a "colorized" version of a classic black-and-white film. (Thank God that fad has passed.) As with the previous volumes, this is a mixed bag of styles and degrees of success. The big difference is that this time out, the re-mixers are more alt-rock and hip-hop types, rather than from the dance and electronica camps. Also, this collection is heavy on the "jazz diva" material, using two tracks each from Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, as well as songs by Astrid Gilberto, Dinah Washington and others. Interestingly enough, two of the most successful updates come from indie-rock favorites The Postal Service (Simone's "Little Girl Blue") and Danger Mouse (Washington's "Baby, Did You Hear?"). Both significantly rework the originals, but remain respectful to the sources. The others run the spectrum from worshipful to almost sacrilegious, so to speak: Bent's mix of Holiday's "Speak Low" is a reverent treatment framed by updated instrumentation. At the other end of the scale, Adam Freeland's version of Sarah Vaughan's "Fever" is speeded up and deconstructed with little if any recognition of the original. There are other highlights, though, like RSL's salsa-spicing of Anita O'Day's "Sing, Sing, Sing", and RJD2's take on Gilberto's "The Gentle Rain", preserving a fragile vocal within a slow piano groove. Overall, it is a good listen, though I strongly recommend, as with the other two volumes, that you also pick up "Verve Unmixed 3", which contains the original versions of all these songs and is available at a bargain price. It's fun to compare and contrast.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mars Velvet on April 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This series is a wave of "classic meets modern" with a touch of tomorrow. Vintage jazz meets modern beats of electronica.

VERVE 3 is the best in this series as one reviewer observed. The tracks that caught my attention were:

"Yesterdays" (Junior Boys remix) by Billie Holiday. This version is airy with metallic sounds rendering the voice into an ethereal whisper. Beautiful.

"Peter Gunn" (Max Sedgley remix) by Sarah Vaughn. This classic Mancini lounge hit gets a fresh rework of electronic layering without or rather unable to cover up Sarah's teasing vocals.

"Stay Loose" (Lyrics Born remix) by Jimmy Smith freaks out with the original wild vocals mixed with organ keys and keyboards jumping in with the brass! Let me get my electric bongos!

"Little Girl Blue" (Postal Service remix) by Nina Simone. This album opener blends 80s synth with handclaps and the far off swoon of Nina Simone's voice. Very elegantly done.

"Just One of Those Things" (Brazillian Girls remix) by Blossom Dearie. The Cole Porter tune gets a rework by the Brazilian Girls (I got turned on to this group by Technicolor Dreamer, a specialist in dance mixtures and electronica compilations).

Blossom Dearie's bell like voice may sound familiar to non-jazz listeners....... she sang "Unpack Your Adjectives" & "Figure Eight" for Schoolhouse Rock in 1970s. (Most of the Schoolhouse singers came from the world of jazz.)

Whether you like vintage sounds or modern vibes... this CD will interest or introduce you to both genres. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Stametz on April 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I just discovered this series a week ago, and bought all six, remixed and unmixed. There seems to be strong opinions about Vol. 3, just released. Is it the best of the series, or the worst?

If I may dumb-down the discussion, I hear "slow songs" and "fast songs" on each of three CD's, but relatively more "fast songs" on the latest release. That means everyone who prefers the dominant "slow song" sound of the first two CD's may find the new one annoying. But everyone who prefers the higher-energy "fast songs" will LOVE the latest release.

I like both, one for chillin' and one for cookin'. So I've re-compiled the three Verve/Remixed CD's into two: one with the best slow songs; and one with the best fast songs. Try it, you'll like it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Maharaj on September 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Listen up you people producing these Verve Remix CD's, the only enjoyable CD was the first one. Numbers 2 and 3 are mediocre to say the least. Stick to the formula as in the first CD and you will have more satisfied listeners and more purchases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Mckenzie on August 16, 2005
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I rushed excitedly to buy this after really enjoying volumes one and two, only to find myself very disappointed... The remixes are very disjointed - there is no real common feel unlike the first two Cds in the series. One or two tracks stand out - the Sarah Vaughan / Peter Gunn theme is wonderful, but her 'fever' remix is weak... And the Nina Simone 'Lilac Wine' remix is just plain embarassing...
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