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Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi

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A Warning
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2001 Spliff Odyssey
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Shaolin Satellite
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Transcendence
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Universal Highness
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Incident At Gate 7
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Manha
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Scene At The Open Air Market
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The Glass Bead Game
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Encounter In Bahia
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The Foundation
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Interlude
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The Oscillator
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Assault On Babylon
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.38.45 (A Thievery Number)
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One
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 72:10

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Mark Richardson is the Editor-in-Chief of Pitchfork and he lives in Chicago. His column, "Resonant Frequency," appears on the site monthly.

04.22.11
Mood music for the suitably disoriented.
2002 | Label: Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) / InGrooves

The spacey Pink Floyd sample driving "2001 Spliff Odyssey" says a lot about where the D.C. duo Thievery Corporation's heads were at on their debut. Though their sound would continue to refine as the project grew in popularity, at this early stage they were happy to craft mood music for the suitably disoriented, with some of the rough edges left intact. Crisp singles like "Shaolin Satellite" and "Incident at Gate 7" provide some pulse-quickening contrast… read more »

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Sleeper Car

jmatty72

This is missing the track called Sleeper Car.

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FYI - 128 VBR compression!

climbingfool

These are low bit-rate encodings, just so you know.

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Great album

Barnette

Not a bad song on it.

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GREAT album

jape

Still my favorite Thievery Corp. album

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UK Version

Caph

There is a UK downloadable version of this album on emusic. Just search for the album title and the match you find will be the UK downloadable one.

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my kind of sound

addytude

relaxing and fresh music for living

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Outerspace

benpjones

I swear that The Oscillator & .38.45 (A Thievery Number) were made by powerfull beings from outerspace.

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Relaxing

nt86

although i wouldnt listen to this all the time, its very calm and relaxing if you have high quality headphones

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Check it out~~

EMUSIC-Sebastian

The Oscillator & Shaolin Satellite are awesome tracks. Thievery just keeps getting better and better. This CD shows the beginnings of the massive potential that the guys were just about to rise too. Amazing work to be enjoyed~~~~~~

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Rare-groove duo Thievery Corporation may fall under the general classification of electronica, but their album Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi, like much of their music, is such a confluence of subgenres that techno fans might not find what they’re looking for in it. This record is electronic in that nearly everything heard on it has been tweaked in the studio, but almost all of the actual synth sounds on Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi lie in the background. What carry each song are recordings of actual instruments, either live or sampled, mixed to create the arc of the specific track. Add a smattering of vocal samples, and the result is the love-child of Massive Attack and Mondo Grosso, a trip-hoppy, acid jazz mutant that will make you want to dance, have sex, or lounge by the pool (if you’re not left walking in confused circles, trying to figure out which one). That seems to be the CD’s only real weakness: the seams that bind the various influences involved in the music can be a bit ragged, leading to some songs that come off as awkward, rather than eclectic. The amalgamations throughout most of the disc are quite effective, however. The track “Scene at the Open Air Market,” for instance, sounds like the melody is played on a xylophone, before switching to perhaps an accordion, eventually coming to sound like a mixture of lounge music, rhumba, and Eastern European folk — but sexy. The samples of a man yelling reggae-style shout-outs during “2001 Spliff Odyssey,” however, are mostly just distracting from the ultra-smooth groove, and can feel like interruptions. In the end, assuming that almost everyone who picks up Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi is a fan of trip-hop, acid jazz, club/dance, or electronica, then it is essentially a record for everybody. Its only real fault is that occasionally, it edges on being a record for nobody. – Cammila Albertson

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