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Scorpio Rising

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SCORPIO RISING

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heart Of The Hustler
  2. Domino
  3. Vai Vai
  4. Sapphire
  5. Angela's Lament
  6. Scorpio Rising
  7. Stereo Tonic
  8. Vibrations
  9. Solar
  10. On The Sly
  11. Golden


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • ASIN: B00005LMR3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. E Woodley on August 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ive read reviews here for years and have never been compelled to write one EVER. I cant wax lyrical about about much but I will say that, at the very least, even if you bought this album off the back of hearing just a snippet of one of these tunes, I promise you, you wont go wrong. Ive been searching for the holy grail as far as the perfect album is concerned and never really found it - but I have had this album in my car constantly since I bought it a few years ago, and whilst other cd's have come and gone, this one will not go away, and frankly, I wouldnt want it to. Its bright, bubbly, smooth but punchy when it has to be, and I cant think of a moment in the day when you wouldnt want to slip this on and it still hits the spot....remarkable.
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Thunderball, like many of its colleagues on the ESL label, define the new era of lounge. I've listened to the album from end to end without skipping one song. All you need is a smoky lounge, a stiff martini, and this CD playing and you realize life is pretty good.
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Let my words be the first to bless this defining point album by Thunderball. The likes of SuperFly, Foxy Brown, and of course, Shaft, along with others of the slick city style genre should use this album as theme music. They say it is hard to repeat a winner, but Thunderball has ascended to a new level of style with Scorpio Rising as compared to Ambassador of Style, their first album. Scorpio Rising blasts onto the scene with the opening track, 'Heart of the Hustler', which automatically gives you the idea that this will be a long and smooth ride through the melodic and mesmerizing streets of a pimped out big city. Pimped out in a good way. From there, 'Domino' through 'Golden' gives a cinematic flush to the ears and imagination of the listener, bringing a true pleasure and new drama with every song. This is accomplished because the album unfolds like a soundtrack to a movie flick...a Powerful Black Exploitation flick...in a good way as well. Thunderball is the Hustler on this album.
In addition, I must say The Eighteenth Street Lounge record label has their finger on the pulse of today's slick style music, with artist like Nicola Conte, Thievery Corporation, Desmond Williams, and Thunderball, check'em out.
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Cool album artwork and it covets the one star. The newspaper headline poster on the cover reads in Italian, "The Lady Got Married!" When I bought this CD in 2004, I had the cover blown up and laminated for my girlfriend who was getting married. While the residual image still lingers, the songs, did not. Over the next 20 months, I just kept deleting them out of my 3K +plus Itunes rotation, because they were sooo boring, even when following Asian Dub Foundation A History of Now or introducing Charles Wright [Express Yourself: The Best Of Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band]. Scorpio Rising tracks all slipped right outta there, and when I listened to the samples just now, I remembered why... B-O-R-I-N-G, poorly paced, way-in-the-background background music--- these are interstitials that you hear when you flip by the Bounce cable station that features every Black film EVAR made.

Another roundly pounced reviewer called it "wall paper" in passing; sorry, downtempo chillbots, they're right! For simliar but infinitely BETTER 70's groove cinematic tracks, listen instead to the current German acid-jazz, R&B funk outfit, Mo' Horizons (for first-rate funkadelics, start with Sunshine Today). Just because music is "orginal to its era" doesn't make it good!
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Stylish, yet not confined to one style. From SuperFly sounding tracks, to house to breakbeats, yet all unmistakably Thunderball.
No filler - every track is solid.
If you've been put off by their previous release (which was quite weak), give them one more try. It will be worth it.
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This is one of the best chilled albums i got, the music itself is very seductive, chilled, groovy (+ any other word if you can think of in this genre!). It was really a discovery for me, i won't describe it as just-another chill-out CD or even only-chill-out music; Thunderball guys shows exceptional talent in creating music in both down-temp and upbeat styles, the whole album is brilliant, sexy vocals are on top. The two highlights of the album, are "Heart of the hustler" and "Angela's Lament", the later is personal favorite. Addictive. Hats off and five stars for Scorpio Rising.
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If smooth rockin' grooves, cool, superfly riffs and ultra-sexy vocals are your thang, BUY THIS NOW! This CD is an inspiration. It made me realize how good music can truly transport you back to a time when quality music was out there for the picking. It also has the most modern feel w/out sacrificing any of the quality retro sounds. I love all kinds of music and this CD totally rocks! Not a filler track on here, ALL gems!
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Funky, Groovy, this CD is fantastic all the way though. It has a retro 70's spy feel to it. This CD is filled with an excellent use of drums, guitar, and sexy vocals.
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