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Versions [ENHANCED]

Versions [ENHANCED]
Thievery Corporation

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • ASIN: B000EQ46E6

Versions gathers 18 Thievery Corporation remixes from across a music spectrum that only the most eclectic could love. The vinyl-popping digital duo embraces '60s psychedelia with the Doors and '60s kitsch with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. They put them all into the mixmaster, usually adding the downtempo jazzy electro-lounge beats upon which they built their early reputation. Alpert's "Lemon Tree," taken from the recent Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped, is a vintage noirish mood piece, but this doesn't always work. Fear of Pop's "In Love" becomes a tedious vamp, and the Doors' "Strange Days" is a missed opportunity squandered on a Cagian "indeterminacy" moment, like two bands in different rooms. But the Thievery formula usually works wonders on even the most unlikely material. There's an Indian twang to many of these mixes, including the Middle East-via-Bombay grooves of Trans-Global Underground, the Indian singing of Ustad Sultan Khan, and the fragile sitar of Anoushka Shankar. Even the tunes that aren't Eastern, like Nouvelle Vague's Euro-lounge "This Is Not a Love Song," get the full Indian treatment with droning tambouras and tabla percussion. I wonder what it says that no matter whether they're using Astrud Gilberto, Sarah McLachlan, or the Doors as source material, it all comes out sounding like Thievery Corporation. -

1. Tarana/Ustad Sultan Khan Listen Listen
2. Habanos Days/Damien Listen Listen
3. This is not a Love Song/Nouvelle Vague Listen Listen
4. Beloved/Anoushka Shankar Listen Listen
5. Who Needs Forever/Astrud Gilberto Listen Listen
6. Desert/Emilie Simon Listen Listen
7. Lemon Tree/Herb Alpert Listen Listen
8. Originality/Thievery Corporation Featuring Sister Nancy Listen Listen
9. In Love/Fear Of Pop Listen Listen
10. The Girl’s Insane/The Januaries Listen Listen
11. Strange Days/The Doors Listen Listen
12. Revolution Solution(TC Remix)/Thievery Corporation Listen Listen
13. Shiva (TC Remix)/Thievery Corporation Listen Listen
14. Khalghi stomp/Transglobal Underground Listen Listen
15. Angels/Wax Poetic Featuring Norah Jones Listen Listen
16. Nothing To Lose/Isabelle Antena Listen Listen
17. Cada Beijo/Bebel Gilberto Listen Listen
18. Dirty LIttle Secret/Sarah McLachlan Listen Listen

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