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Wondermints Import


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Audio CD, Import, October 23, 2000
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1. Proto-Pretty
2. Fleur-De-Lis
3. Tracy Hide
4. She Opens Heaven's Door
5. Libbyland
6. Shine
7. Thought Back
8. Time
9. Global Village Idiot
10. Playtex Aviary
11. In A Haze
12. Carnival Of Souls

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B00004YU4B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The music is pure magic.
gakugeidaigaku@yahoo.com
Cover albums are usually not a good idea, but this is a great example of how to do them well.
Mark G Dillon
I hope that will convince you to take a chance.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Only a few months ago, people were gladly paying $35 for the Japanese import. Now it's still an import (English) but at $12.99 you'll never make a better buy. It doesn't sound that much like Pet Sounds (maybe "Tracey Hide" is vaguely like "Caroline No"), but it will bring you bliss every time you listen. You may have heard that the Wondermints were Brian Wilson's backing band on his recent Pet Sounds tour. But their own music is not an homage to the Beach Boys--they definitely have their own identity. I recommend visiting their website and reading their story, along with the quotes from reviews of this album. I hope that will convince you to take a chance. This is one of those rare perfect albums. And, since they haven't released a new one in a few years, maybe your interest will help get them recording again.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By More M on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
See that...now it's only available as an import, now that Big Deal Records (NY, USA) is out of business...and you're kicking yourself for not buying it earlier...it's probably worth the hefty import price if you're a completist...but I say pick up "Wonderful World of" and "Bali" first...sure, "Proto-Pretty" shoulda been a huge hit, in a better world...but let's face it, musically, it ain't a better world when suburban white kids are listening to rap music instead of pure, sun-drenched pop...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark G Dillon on August 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There is a mistake of some kind going on here. The cover displayed is for the group's great first album, titled simply Wondermints. Wonderful World of the Wondermints is the group's follow-up album, which consists entirely of cover versions. Either way, both albums are brilliant, and I strongly advise you to disregard that previous, completely puzzling review.
The first album consists entirely of originals, and is one of the most solid power pop albums I've ever heard. The sond dissed previously, Carnival of Souls, is actually the closer, not the opener, and is in fact a super-catchy rocker. The rest uses the likes of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Elvis Costello, Left Banke and Velvet Underground as influences, yet still comes up sounding fresh. If you're a fan of any of these artists, you will love this album. I give it *****.
The second album is almost as good in its way. Cover albums are usually not a good idea, but this is a great example of how to do them well. The group makes interesting song choices, and brings them fresh life. Heck, they even have the audacity to cover one of their own songs. The opener, the Monkees' Porpoise Song, is a surprise stunner. Other artists whose songs get a novel approach include everyone from Brian Wilson to Paul Revere, Burt Bacharach, Pink Floyd, ABBA, the Turtles, along with some more obscure but fascinating choices. This album is great fun and full of quality. It stands up well to repeated listenings. Good luck finding these albums now, but if you do, you won't be sorry!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rich on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Proto-Pretty is fantastic & terrific, its excellence is almost scientific. The song gives its soul to you. It sounds like songs you have heard before, but you can't place what they are. It's a pocket symphony. The rest of the record is pretty good, as well -- especially Carnival of Souls. So good to see you, nice to see you, hope you're doing well . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek A. Bill on July 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
When I told Jeff Foskett that "Thru My Window" was the best Brian Wilson tribute ever, I hadn't yet heard "Tracy Hide". It's like listening to Brian's "Wonderful" after huffing ether. That's meant as a compliment, and this album is a complement to both Pet Sounds and SMiLE. Buy this album and you'll hear one more reason why these guys motivated Brian to leave his room and go on the road.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "semtexx" on August 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I found out about this band from an English friend who's been listening to them for a while. I went out and got Bali and really dug it. I had to go out and get Wonderful World Of and Wondermints right away. I find this one to be the lesser album of the three, lacking the cohesion in the songlist found in Bali and the funky beats of Wonderful World Of. This is still a great album though.
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