- Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
- Ltd ed. edition
- Original Release Date: 2003
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: Astralwerks
- ASIN: B0000C7PSI
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,895 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Singles 93-03 Limited Edition
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Limited two CD edition includes a bonus CD containing an additional seven tracks. 2003 collection from the British Electronic/Dance duo.
To remain relevant after a decade in the music industry is rare indeed; for a dance act, it's virtually unique. Singles 93-03 ably demonstrates how the Chemical Brothers have managed it. Having first carved a reputation as DJs the Dust Brothers in the early 1990s, the two history graduates narrowly avoided calling themselves the London Dust Explosion before spearheading big beat, becoming a huge live draw, collaborating with Noel Gallagher and having Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis play "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" at his wedding. It's been 10 years of fun, frolics, and gigantean left-field beats for Ed Simmons and Tom Rowland and, as this faultless singles collection testifies, continual reinvention.
From the seething siren, pounding breaks, breathy vocals and spellbinding post-acid electronica of album opener "Song to the Siren" to the ingenious collaboration with the Flaming Lips, "The Golden Path," Tom 'n' Ed have somehow managed to carve tracks that appeal equally to radio, clubs, and the live arena. Alongside the cement-cracking bass of "Leave Home" and "Block Rockin' Beats" comes the high-inducing sonic debauchery of "The Private Psychedelic Reel" and dancefloor filler "Star Guitar," to name but a few of the many highlights. Ingenious, boundary-baffling stuff, this compilation offers a hypnotic historical tour of one of the most creative careers in dance music. --Christopher BarrettSee all Editorial Reviews
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As far as the first disk goes, which is the actual singles collection, I already had most of the tracks in my music library, although it's still cool to hear all the singles together in one CD. The two new tracks on the first CD are both really fresh: "Get Yourself High" is a hip-hop energy boost, and "The Golden Path" (a collaboration with the outstanding "Flaming Lips"), is a stream-of-consciousness spiritual trip. For the tried-and-true fans (like me), the biggest draw to owning this collection is the second CD, which is filled with unreleased and live tracks. "Not Another Drugstore", "The Duke" and "Morning Lemon" are just as inventive, unpredictable, and brilliant as anything on the Chemical Brothers' last few albums. The alternate mixes of "Galaxy Bounce" and "Under the Influence" are sweet too.
The ending vocals to the track "Morning Lemon" sum up my feelings for this collection of superb material perfectly: "Take that, mtherf*%kers!"
And now it's love.
For casual listeners of electronica/dance music, there is plenty in this compilation to make it worth the price. Star Guitar is the kind of music you want to play when you're racing down a dark highway on your way into the city, Get Yourself High is head-bop fantastic and both Loops of Fury and Chemical Beats sounds like they should have made it onto a Matrix soundtrack.
In short, this is a great compilation for the Johnny-come-lately Chemical Brothers fan.
The real treat is the limited edition bonus disc. It has the remix version of "Not Another Drugstore", the original version of "Morning Lemon", the original version of "Galaxy Bounce" taken from the first Tomb Raider motion picture soundtrack, a few b-sides, unreleased tracks and two live tracks. The live tracks are really cool. This is a must have compilation album with the limited edition bonus disc for every true Chemical Brothers fan. You will not be disapointed!