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Black Ep [Import, EP, Enhanced]

Interpol Audio CD
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Exclusive French-only EP features the lead track 'Say Hello to the Angels', taken from their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights. Since the release of the debut, Interpol have gone from strength to strength, garnering critical accolades along the way. Also included on this EP: 'NYC' (Demo) and four cuts culled from the band's 2002 appearance on The Black Sessions, a popular in-studio concert broadcast on France's Inter radio, aired during Bernard Lenoir's C'est Lenoir program: 'Obstacle 1', 'Specialist', 'Leif Erikson', and 'PDA'. EMI. 2003.

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3.0 out of 5 stars For Interpol fanatics only May 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I think some people's comments (like pitchforkmedia's) about the holdoverness of this title are a little over the top, as this is supposed to only be a french title, and is just here by import status. The main point of this title is the same as say the Cure's BBC ep released way back in the early 80's when they were still in their Boys Don't Cry stage, this is meant as a document of their Black Sessions session, the things tacked on it are there basically to make it a french single for Say Hello to the Angels with the Black Sessions on it. So in that light is it worth buying? Not unless you really loved Turn on the Bright Lights and can't wait for the next cd, or if you really want to hear the Black Sessions, then you'd be like me. I basically bought this because it was french, you may laugh at me, but I had just gotten back from france, and thought it'd be cool to have a french Interpol cd. However the Black Sessions were worth the 10 dollars I spent on this (believe me dont buy this from Amazon if you really want it), and hearing the song Specialist was cool as I haven't heard it before. I unlike most people don't feel like Interpol has been overhyped (now the strokes and yeah yeah yeah's are and with less good music than interpol) as they have the music to back up the write-ups. And thus I think this cd isn't just a holdover, it's mainly a document of the Black Sessions. As such you should only spend the pmney if you feel like that's enough to warrent the price. (and yes the sound is very quiet)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Haphazard holdover Oct. 22 2003
By ChrisWN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For over a year now, "Turn the..." has been my favorite cd & I have been eager for new material from Interpol. This release combines the NYC (demo) track (the only unique track on the UK NYC single), an album track (Say Hello to the Angels), and the tracks played on French Radio "Black Sessions". The poor quality of this recording & production is probably the reason behind why "Black Sessions" CD's don't rank up there with radio sessions from the UK (Peel, Radio 1) & US (KCRW). All tracks (except for the album track) have loud popping/crackling & sound as if they were recorded from vinyl. Overall, the tracks sound no better than the ones people taped (from the radio show) & uploaded to the internet shortly after its broadcast. Secondly, the indexing fades & cuts the live tracks individually (one time rather abruptly w/ a "pop" at the end), making it sound rather haphazard. Either including the entire live recording & then indexing the tracks, or using a tape of the radio w/ intros/segueways might have given this more of an EP/ consistent feel. Including the remix of Obstacle 1, the Peel sessions, Kcrw sessions or something else might have made this a more worthwhile stopgap til the next album. Otherwise, the tracks themselves are not played any differently then the album versions. Be forewarned, this CD is Copyright Controlled.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check it out for "Specialist" Oct. 15 2003
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The "Black EP" is a European-released EP that contains some interesting finds for Interpol fans. "Say Hello to the Angels" is the lead-track, and one of the better songs from "Turn on the Bright Lights", with great wall-of-sounds guitar riffs. "NYC (Demo)" is the same track that appears on the US release of the "Say Hello" single.
Tracks 3 through 6 are live tracks recorded for a French radio program called "Black". For those that have seen Interpol in concert, you know that the live tracks are pretty similar to the studio tracks, and this is the case here as well. "Obstacle 1" remains the band's best track, but "PDA" and album closer "Leif Ericson" are quite good as well. The real treat of this EP is the inclusion of "Specialist", which is as moody and entrancing as any of the album's tracks but does not appear on the album. It makes this single worth buying in and of itself.
While Interpol is about to start working on a second album, their label continues to find ways to repackage the limited number of available songs in various configurations. It's not a bad thing, as any new opportunity to give exposure to Interpol is well deserved.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to turn it up to 11 to hear, but still great! Oct. 27 2003
By Danielle C. Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, the volume on this little ditty is a bit quite and when i listen to it i have to crank the volume, but with the volume cranked, it sounds decent, so i really can't complain.
anywho, even though that all the songs have been released elsewhere, this is still a worthy recording. I am especially fond of "Specialist", it is quite stunning. I am also quite fond of this version. I would not purchase this unless you are a reasonalby die hard fan, it costs quite a bit because it is an import, and most non-interpol devotees would be disapointed by the sound quality. But for the true interpolee, this is a fantastic addition to your collection and i strongly recommend settling the black ep on your shelf next to turn on the bright lights.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little sad March 17 2011
By Eche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The overall volume of this record is very quiet. I turn my speakers all the way up to only hear it moderately than to have my ear drums exploded by another song at regular volume. It a bunch of live songs with the best one easily being "Specialist". Worth the buy if you are a big Interpol fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. July 15 2014
By Eloy Jimenez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"The volume sound is low..." Perhaps, it's because this album is not -thankfully- compressed like the Demo cd of the TOTBL Tenth Edition. Besides, if it sounds low, it's because most actual albums are recorded so aloud that they sound terrible.
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