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Abductions And Reconstructions

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ABDUCTIONS & RECONSTRUCTIONS

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It's fitting that Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, the duo behind Thievery Corporation, run both a club and a label that have the name Eighteenth Street Lounge: all of the music (which shares the same dubby, acid-jazz flavor) on the label is perfectly suited to the club. Abductions and Reconstructions, however, is different from previous ESL releases, such as Dubbed Out in D.C., in that it's easily the label's most accessible album to date. It consists of 15 Thievery remixes of artists from Stereolab to David Byrne to Baba Maal and tends to be a lot more active than the duo's original compositions. Still, the tracks here bear only a passing resemblance to their original forms--in Thievery's hands, the songs are drawn out, tranced up, mellowed down, but each has its own flavor. The end result is an album that's both diverse and consistent and completely enjoyable. You could just as easily dance to these tracks as sit and lounge to them--the perfect soundtrack for either a great bar or your next party. --Randy Silver

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dance On Vaseline - David Byrne
  2. I Will Follow You (Souka Nayo) - Baaba Maal
  3. KC Doppler - Slide Five
  4. Transmission Central - Rockers Hi-Fi
  5. Tickertape Of The Unconscious - Stereolab
  6. Porno 3003 - Pizzicato 5
  7. Hijack - Thunderball
  8. Ave Maria - Edson Cordeiro
  9. Defenceless - Waldeck
  10. Polyesterday - Gus Gus
  11. This Strange Effect - Hooverphonic
  12. Sexelevatormuzik - Avatars Of Dub
  13. Boof N Baff N Biff - Black Uhuru
  14. Savoir Faire - Ursula 1000
  15. Closer To God - Urbs 'N Chaoz


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ESL Music
  • ASIN: B00000IMVB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let me first state that I am a Thievery Corporation fan, but this is an incredibly underwhelming CD. Most of the remixes do not really take the listener anywhere and do not significantly modify (or "reconstruct" or "abduct") the original recordings. If you want to enjoy Thievery Corporation, then purchase "Sounds of the Hi-Fi" or the "DJ Kicks Compilation". If you want to hear creative remixes of other artists, then buy Kruder & Dorfmeister.
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I have all the Thievery Corporation CD's and this one is my least favorite. (Mirror Conspiracy being my favorite.) But that doesn't mean it is a bad CD. Just that, when compared to the others, it isn't as good. But I still enjoy the CD and listen to it often. My favorite track is #1, David Byrne- Dancing on Vaseline. I think, that if you enjoy the other Thievery Corporation Cd's, you'll like this. It's still a wonderful loungy groovy thing that you can put on and turn up.
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This is very cool loungy music. Having been to the club (the 18th St. lounge) many times I can say that this disc is representative of some of the best stuff the djs there spin. Its a great relaxing compilation with some great mixes of already great songs. I wouldn't say really that you can dance and groove to them but if you are looking to set a loungy party atmoshpere or just have some friends over for a few martinis this is just the thing.
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Thievery Corporation - "Abductions & Reconstructions" (Downtempo, Electronica, Trip-Hop) : The Thievery Corporation has long since mined the more instrumental end of Downtempo trip-Hop, and made a name for themselves, by usually delivering Solid albums, with their sublime "The Mirror Conspiracy" largely sonsidered their best work.

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.
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By A Customer on March 10, 2000
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Until one day ago, I had never heard of the Thievery Corporation, nor their lounge in DC -- which is where I work. The store I was in just happened to have all three of their CDs on display for listening. I walked out of the store with all three (after paying of course. grin). Of the three, this is my favorite. It's a little more upbeat than the others and the mixes just take me away. The sounds are funky, slick and creative all at the same time. I very highly recommend this CD. The others are great as well, but this one just kicks it! Like another reviewer said, you may not be able to dance to all of it, but your head and neck will get some exercise from all the head-bobbin' you'll be doing.
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A nice 1999 entry for the D.C. acid jazz/trance duo. On this album we have some unique beats and soulful melodies to groove to! The David Byrne one launches it nicely into the mellow funk arena, and the rest of the album provides the listener with a nice taste of what Thievery can do in the studio. The Ursula 1000 tune is a prime example of what this dynamic duo is capable of... Listen for the drums and contrasting melodies; shades of DC go-go spice up the background, coupled with ice-cold lounge sounds surrounding your head. If you like Thievery's stuff -- buy this one now!
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What can you say about a compilation that includes streaks from a cross section of bands as psychedelic as Baaba Maal, Black Uhuru, Avatars of Dub and Gus Gus? That it's ambitious.
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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