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Zaireeka [Box set, Limited Edition]

The Flaming LipsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002NIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc

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Media Type: CD
Artist: FLAMING LIPS
Title: ZAIREEKA
Street Release Date: 10/28/1997
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eureka Zaireeka December 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When a band is already one of the most unique, and among the most innovative in the music biz, what can they do to get even more innovative? The Flaming Lips answer that question in a unique and surreal way in "Zaireeka," which may be the most unique album ever recorded. Whether it's genius depends on how you view music.
Four discs make up "Zaireeka." When played simultaneously, they create a maelstrom of sound. Setting it up with four CD players sounds a bit arduous, but the experience is worth it when songs like the brilliant "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (You're Invisible Now)" burst out of the multiple speakers. It gives an expansive feeling to the music, as if it's billowing out like smoke and surrounding the listener in a big cushy wall of sound.
The songs have an experimental feeling to them. Some, like "Okay I'll Admit I Really Don't Understand" and "Machine in India" are lacking in complexity when compared to the remaining songs. But in every song, the shimmering multiple layers of sound interweave together, befuddling and dazzling me. A mere disc couldn't hold this much sound. Dogs barking, surreal guitars, gothic organs and pounding drums are much louder here than anywhere else.
It's hard to tell how clear the sound is because of its intensity; it sounds like there are dozens of melodies being played together at times. And fans of the Lips' masterpiece "Soft Bulletin" should check this out. The sound of Zaireeka, once I got used to it, made me think of reminiscent of a bigger, more complicated twin of "Soft Bulletin."
"Zaireeka" is an unparalleled experience that few bands could even dream of, let alone actually make. If you're in the mood for 4-D surreal soundscapes, then this is your thing. A marvelous album.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to spend a Saturday night....serisously June 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album the other day in at a local record store with all intentions of purchasing "Blonde on Blonde" by Bob Dylan but ended up in the "f" section and picked up this album. Upon reading the warning label on the cover I was sold. Any album that may send me into another musical dimension of disorientation and confusion was something I needed to own.

Would it live up to the hype? I read the enclosed booklet in the CD case and apparently Wayne of "The Flaming Lips" got the idea by having some 60 cars in a parking garage playing music all at the same time creating some psychedelic symphony. I thought this would be the best way to experience the album, and probably the least troublesome since I don't own 4 CD players and didn't want to trouble my friends into setting up theirs. Anyway, I convinced some of my friends that this was an experiment that needed to take place and that I need 4 other cars with CD players. They were skeptical at first but I assured them we would be taken away on a magic carpet ride of sound. We met at an abandoned parking lot and parked the cars in a circle.

At first it was difficult to get the CDs to sync up, but after trial and error we finally got it to work. Wow. We stood in the center of the cars and were literally surrounded and inside the sound. To experiment we'd move from car to car listening to each individual CD which by itself was only nonsensical sound but when they worked together created something beautiful and profound. It was also interesting to walk away from the cars and listen to the songs from far away as they came together. It truly was an experience.

Even if you don't know or like "The Flaming Lips", try this. It's absolutely worth the time, money, and effort. You can't put a price on a musical journey. I suggest going with playing the CDs through 4 cars because you get to be outside and can experiment more with the sound by moving around. Do it!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will change how you listen to music January 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Lips fan for a while and had wanted to listen to Zaireeka for quite some time, but never had the chance. I decided to download a set of "mixed-down" mp3s from Kazaa and put them on a cd and gave it a listen, and thought it sounded neat, but it was obvious that it was just too much sound for one cd and so it sounded quite muddy. I noticed, however, that the actual box set was only 25 bucks at the local record store and so i decided to give it a whirl. IT IS AMAZING. I can't stress this enough. In NO WAY does a single-cd version of these songs come anywhere near to expressing the true experience. The goliath sound of this album makes famous producers like Phil Spector or Nigel Godrich seem like giddy amateurs. Synching the 4 cds is actually not as tedious or difficult as some would have you believe, as I have found that the album sounds the best when it is very close, but not perfectly in synch. Don't let that stop you, it is not a problem. Anyone who can't decide whether to buy this or not, i implore you, PLEASE DO! After this, everything will sound half-assed. Also, because of the nature of dealing with 4 different cds and cd players, the options are endless for changing the sound. Good luck!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For sheer ambition, uniqueness, and fun! July 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It takes effort to even get the chance to listen to this set--you need to have at least 2 (preferably 4) CD players in the same room. If you can get it together you are in for the kind of sonic experience that maybe your parents had when they dropped acid for Sgt. Pepper--but guess what? We don't even need drugs for this record; it sounds like them already! This is such a fresh, audacious auditory experience, with sounds whirling in from every corner, spilling off and apart and somehow magically linking up again. In addition, the first four songs (especially "Riding to work") may be the best Flaming Lips songs ever, which only goes to prove their greatness. Needless to say this set exceeded my expectations for the quality of the experience. One point: you really can't enjoy this record by playing one CD at a time (though two at a time is adequate). This fact just enhances the specialness of each full audition. I've heard it called overblown, pretentious, blah, blah, blah--come on, folks! This is the Flaming Lips! They should get points just for pulling this off! The Flaming Lips are many things: glorious, silly, profound, inane, precious, moving, frustrating, rocked out, etc. One thing they are not is pretentious. They've always had a great sense of humor not just in their (marginal) lyrics but in the music itself. Their fun is taken seriously and their seriousness is funny, and that is the hallmark of a great band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars George K
The Flaming Lips are another one of my favorite groups. I saw them a couple of years ago. I love it when Wayne Coyne steps into the inflatable bubble ball and gets bounced around... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerge Klavins
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh. My. God. DID YOU HEAR THAT???
Here's a great story. Wayne Coyne, because he's crazy, got the completely random idea to line up a bunch of cars in a parking lot and play a bunch of cassettes in that bunch of... Read more
Published on November 21, 2008 by finulanu
5.0 out of 5 stars The insanity cause my brain to turn to liquid and drip out my left ear
Ok so it was late one night me and three friends are sitting around my house eating the things that make mario so "super", and we decided to pop in this album. Read more
Published on June 13, 2008 by Stuffed Animal Baby
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Te idea of playing a set of 4 disc, each one with different music arrangements on each track, sounded great; when i actually get the 4 cd's to play altoghether it did sound... Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by gam
4.0 out of 5 stars Garageband + Zaireeka = Awesome
With the advent of consumer-friendly mixing/recording software, this album is more accessible than ever. Read more
Published on August 21, 2007 by Dorian Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Candy...I have found it!
It is great to finally own a copy of this 4-disc album by The Flaming Lips. As I'm sure you know, those avant-cooks intend for us to listen to all 4 discs simultaneously... Read more
Published on August 10, 2007 by Darby Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars ZAIREEKA by The Flaming Lips
Luckily modern technology has come into play in order to listen to the CD the artist wanted you to...
Published on March 15, 2007 by David S. Horvath
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and revealing experimental piece
Zaireeka is an interesting experience. It forces one to participate in the music through cueing-up all 4 discs. Read more
Published on March 9, 2007 by Earsby
5.0 out of 5 stars More of an experience than an album
After a while of putting off buying Zaireeka since it seemed too bizarre, I finally gave in and got it. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Making listening a group celebration in an ipod age!
Last week I threw my first "Zaireeka" listening party, and it was a blast--a feast of sound and images as invoked by the complex music and keen lyrics. Read more
Published on February 6, 2007 by Sally Rover
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