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MP3 Music, April 13, 1999
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Here they tackle the prospect of 'Remixing' (or reinterpreting), a collection of 14 or so artists. That are not all necessarily associated with Electronic or Downtempo Music. And as well as tackling Artists that are familiar to most (stereolab, Gus Gus, David Byrne, Black Uhuru), they also re image less-known artists work with as much proficiency (Edson Cordeiro, Waldeck, Savior Faire, Slide Five).
"David Byrne's - Dance on Vaseline" gets a contemporary subtle Dance-beat reinterpretation, with slinky and a restrained Laid-back and stylish percussion beat layed underneath the David Byrne's vocal, and the effect is most impressive, like a supremely sophisticated Laid-back Alternative Pop tune.
"Rockers Hi-Fi's - Tranmission Central" is given a dub re-edit, and the Thievery Corporation trademark of Eastern-influenced instrumental Percussion and string arrangements & Samples makes this a beautifully hybrid of Trip-Hop composition with Dub/Reggae vocals overlayed
My Personal fave, (although its a close run thing) is the re imaging of "Stereolab's - Ticker-Tape of the Unconscious", with rather than stripping the track of Stereolab's trademark Kraut-rock electronics & Drone, soften the edges and turns it into a more sensual Electronica-derived track, that retains the original female vocal, but reshapes it to fit within the context of the new composition.Read more ›
The music here is neat, as almost anything from Thievery usually is, just that the title seems to promise some sort of remixing ("Reconstruction"?). In that sense the album fails miserably, I'd still pick K&D anyday for spiffy remixes of tracks of all genres.
Having said that though, this straightforward album gets my top marks for a decent selection of trip-hop grooves. Noteworthy: Hooverphonic, Gus Gus, Slide 5, Urbz 'n Chaos.
Nothing to shout from rooftops about, but a worthy addition to your downtempo collection nonetheless...
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The Thievery Corporation is probably as well-known for their bass-heavy remixes as for their own work, and on ABDUCTIONS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS, they get a chance to show off some of... Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by scoundrel
Compilations by ESL Music are generally good, this one is no exception. Product was somewhat more worn than I expected, but this recording is hard to find so most buyers won't mind... Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by M. Carroll
This is definitely a collectors item has some of the rarest unique productions that is definitely worth while listening to.Published on October 24, 2013 by AnkonianAndrei
I must admit that I'm very bias towards the Thievery Corporation. It's a mature sound, that has been carefully crafted and worked at as a labor of love.Published on March 31, 2013 by Gregory Gross
Do you have the number. Tharty aaight fouty five ah , the Thievery Numba !! The Corporations lo0king for you.Published on December 23, 2011 by Jason Cullmann Mosaix
I love this album but then again Thievery can do not wrong in my eyes. If you like Thievery you will like this.Published on February 22, 2010 by marriediimuzik
i agree with the other reviewers. this is the worst "thievery corporation" cd i've heard. buy "the richest man" by the same group and listen to the tracks "facing east", "the... Read morePublished on August 3, 2008 by Randall Wallace
This is the exact same version as is found on the main page. If anyone tries to tell you different, they're lying. Read morePublished on March 12, 2005 by splitendsjustifythemeans
This is a good CD that gets you grooving excellent Drive music with the Sun Roof open or on a long ride to a party. You will really get your juices flowing.Published on January 6, 2003 by Andrew S. Buie