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You've Been Spiked

Chris JossAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • ASIN: B0002LUBFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Frenchman Chris Joss, a completely self-taught multi-instrumentalist & autonomous studio producer, is not exactly a newcomer to the global music scene. Having lived in both Paris & London in the early nineties, Joss digested the vibrant music scenes of each city while working as a sound engineer & playing with several bands. In March 2004 Chris Joss' stunning third album, You've Been Spiked, was finally complete. With its thick funky bass lines, wah-wah guitars, & Rhodes & Hammond riffs pulsating overtop rootsy drums, this album is a vibrant tribute to 1960's & 1970's dance music. Obscure samples, turntable scratching, retro-futuristic ambience, & the lush vocals of the enigmatic Cosmika join in to complete a resolutely cinematic soundscape. Includes bonus tracks.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIGHT OOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!! November 7, 2005
By D. Lee
Format:Audio CD
Chris Joss delivers some serious blaxploitation inspired grooves that will wisk you back to the times of bell bottoms, afros and platform shoes! Joss' "You've Been Spiked" is a retrospective piece of marvellously produced tracks that pays true homage to an era that gave us some of the funkiest music ever! In fact, this music sounds so authentic you would think they came straight out of the 70's...but it's all circa the 21st century. It's good to know that there are still modern cats (especially on the ESL Record label)who know how to recapture music from days gone by.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAD A** BLAXPLOITATION ON ANOTHER LEVEL May 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Play this cd, and you'd swear you're listening to a beautifully remastered funk treasure from the 70's---Chris Joss captures the "blaxploitation" style better than any artist I've come across. The 2 "Wrong Alley Street" movements are pure "Shaft" material, with a bass line groove that is just nice---a cheesy B-movie police-car chase scene, ridlled with afro-donning cats comes to mind with these, as well as with most of the other tunes here..."Drink Me Hot" captures the mid-tempo funk straight out of a (dare I say) 70's "adult film", with sick drum loops, and a fly-a** bass line, along with all of the other elements that Curtis Mayfield would be envious of.
Amongst all of the other exceptional tracks on this cd, "Discoteque Dancing", "Sheila V" and "That Show" pick up the pace with thick beats, more incredible bass lines, and fender rhodes, etc. that will absolutely move you if you like real "black music".
There are a couple tunes that delve in the "lounge/bossa" territory, that are a bit weak, but this cd captures the magic of another era, where "dig this" were the words to say, and nappy afros were the coiffes of choice. But, again, this is not bland imitation---Chris Joss has created a groove that is undeniably real, and will kick your soul in the a**. My album of the year thus far for '05.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chris Joss brings out the jazz soul vibes September 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
'You've Been Spiked' is a swirling stew of soul, jazz, and lounge music. The two opening tracks are stunning Medeski Martin And Wood-meets-DJ Logic jazz romps, groovy instrumentals that almost entices you to hear more. Generally the rest of the CD is a combination of the smooth soul of 70's blaxploitation soundtracks and jazz/lounge electronica, eg, Zero 7 and Air. There's also the kitsch of sexy-spaced-out scores like 'Shake Sauvage' and 'Beat At Cinecitta'. Chris Joss opens with a powerful punch, and after the high, allows you to chill-out and hang loose. Images of lava lamps, vinyl, and polyester bell-bottoms not included. 'You've Been Spiked' is a strong album for it's musicality and ability to capture the spirit of another time. One of my favourite albums of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of its kind December 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Chris Joss really scored big with this one. From beginning to end there is a variety of modern twists on early 70's funk, jazz, "cheesy" disco, and lounge and there is not a weak track to be found. Many in fact, are as close to perfection as you'll find. The flow of YBS is without peer also, veering effortlessly from get-down-wit'-it to post-romantic psychedelia, and everything in between.

If you "get" this type of music at all, you will absolutely love this set. I can't think of a single album of its type that tops it, even though there are lots of good ones out there.

Great stuff, this. I am eagerly hoping that Mister Joss will grace us with a YOU'VE BEEN SPIKED II.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Mind the Bollocks, here's the lowdown March 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am not going to beat about the bush. Either you have heard of ESL or you haven't. I obviously have and checked out the ESL web page and started exploring artists other than Thievery Corporation. And that was a master stroke of genius because ESL has so much to offer.

I had heard of Chris Joss before but was more into the sound of other French counterparts, namely Kid Loco and Air. The first thing that grabbed my attention about this album was the album cover (never judge a book by the cover, but a CD, well that is something altogtether completely different). Love the artwork, might even make a poster out of it yet.

More importantly the music. May I suggest someone gets a copy to Quentin Tartantino ? OK the influences are obvious but they work and the album is extremely consistent. A bit lightscale for top heavy funketeers to be honest but then if you like your lava lamps bubbly, your pernod on ice and believe that ADIDAS stands for All Day I Dream About Scoring then get this as your party soundtrack, dust off the old kangol, polish your girl's platforms (or better yet, lick them clean) and think progressively.

Some would say this album is cheesy, I disagree...or rather, if it is cheesy then Chris Joss has produced the MasterKraft. Think about it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Joss - You've Been Spiked March 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Chris Joss seems to come from a place where the 1980s never happened; his album YOU'VE BEEN SPIKED goes straight from the 1970s to today. "Disctotheque Dancing" plays that funky bass right over some disco breaks. The cinematic influence here is unmistakable; Joss channels blaxploitation as easily as he does Bollywood: "You've Been Spiked" has sitars humming throughout, while "Riviera 69" has a mysterious, icy feel suitable for an Italian giallo. "Waves of Love" heads into dreamy, romantic territory, a sun-drenched track; "Waking Up in the Park" shares some of the romanticism, but seemingly with a more urban vibe. This album is proof positive that 10 years just isn't enough for a good decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bought 2
I liked it so much I bought a second one. Well.... Not intentionally. I bought this because I like to have hard copies of music. I.E. C.D.s, vinyl etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Just happy to have found this
This is the type of funked up, high qu. production that I have been looking for. The other reviewers accurately synopsize the album, I just wanted to add my applause!! Read more
Published on April 11, 2008 by Edward Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone gets it!!
I've been searching quite a bit of music that has that retro flair with modern means of production for a while now. Read more
Published on August 15, 2007 by Thomas Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars One Groovy Trip
This recording is one of the most original and entertaining I own in my very large CD collection. One groovy trip through the sounds on this CD and you will swear you are back in... Read more
Published on April 8, 2007 by Kid Byron
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Comparisons
The negative reviews, particularly "Harper's," are off base. Comparing this music to D&K and other related electronica is like comparing apples to oranges. Read more
Published on December 8, 2004 by Little Archie
4.0 out of 5 stars James Brown Soundtrack meets Hammond Funk
A very groovy release that could easily be passed off as an obscure 70's blaxpoitation soundtrack (and in parts, especially with the hammond, it reminds of the 70's soul-jazz... Read more
Published on November 17, 2004 by James Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Groooovy !!!
I disagree with those 2 guys who haven't listened entirely to this excellent LP : there are only 4 tracks with hammond out of 13. They're all tight and really funky. Read more
Published on November 14, 2004 by S.Blurg
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