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Decksandrumsandrockandroll

Propellerheads Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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1. Take California
2. Velvet Pants
3. Better?
4. 360 Degrees (Oh Yeah?)
5. History Repeating
6. Winning Style
7. Bang On!
8. A Number Of Microphones
9. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
10. Bigger?
11. Cominagetcha
12. Spybreak!
13. You Want It Back

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Since the Chemical Brothers explosion, new big-beat acts from the U.K. are greeted with skepticism, but Propellerheads are no copycats. Alex Gifford and Will White did the usual groundwork by releasing singles and EPs before giving up a full album. The groovy single "History Repeating," featuring '60s cabaret vocalist Shirley Bassey, plays slightly into the lounge revival of the late '90s but with a James Bond-esque style that grabs attention similar to Portishead's "Sour Times." The recurring spy film theme makes this a perfect soundtrack for Austin Powers's first rave--"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is actually a Bond remake. Propellerheads also slip in full-on "rock" jams ("Bang On!") and slick urban cut-ups reminiscent of De La Soul, who appear on "360° (Oh Yeah?)." Shifting tempos from laidback to lightning-fast with exceptional ease, Decksandrumsandrockandroll is a solid collection of funky, jazzy, hip-hop-influenced dance music that has earned its mainstream acceptance by delivering the goods. --Liisa Ladouceur

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding CD. Jan. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
After seeing Propellerheads on my recommended list several times, I finally gave in and bought the Decksandrumsandrockandroll CD. Terrific choice! I loved the album from the opening song. Propellerheads are amazingly versatile and the range of styles and moods exhibited on this disc are astounding. The covers "History Repeating" (Featuring Shirley Bassey) and "On Her Magesty's Secret Service" are absolutely first rate. Other wonderful tracks include "Take California," "Velvet Pants," "Bigger ?," "Cominagetcha" and "You Want It Back" (Featuring Jungle Brothers). Lesser tracks, but still quite good, include "360 / Oh Yeah" (Featuring De La Soul), "Winning Style," "Bang On!," "Better ?" and "Spy Break." I find no merit in "A Number of Microphones" and I wish I could get it off the CD.
I've now listened to this CD about 20 times and I thoroughly enjoy it. Some of the songs provide excellent dance music. However, the humorous banter and the aforementioned "Microphones" track don't stand up to repeated listenings and I'm left with the urge to edit the disc. Alas, this is a minor complaint and some listeners may actually enjoy this stuff. All in all, this is an outstanding disc and I'll be looking forward to their next offering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winning Style Nov. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have been delving into my cd collection lately. One of those cds I re-discovered was Propellerheads' debut album "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll". My first exposure to them was the video for the song "History Repeating" which features legendary singer Shirley Bassey (which by the way was my first exposure to Shirley Bassey herself). I just love the retro-ish sound of the song. It has a very '60s feel. "History Repeating" is one of those songs that sounds like it would be perfect for an Austin Powers movie. This song would have been even bigger had it been around for the brief swing movement. The rest of the cd is fairly good. It isn't something I can listen to day in and day out. I'm not a big fan of break beat music but unlike a lot of break beat acts that were coming out around the time "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll" came out, the Propellerheads managed to maintain a separate identity from all the Fatboy Slims, The Crystal Methods, and The Chemical Brothers at the time. The Propellerheads incorporate various sounds from '60s retro pop ("History Repeating" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service") and hip hop which I can't say the same about Fatboy Slim or The Prodigy whose music never attempted to go beyonds the realm of dance music. Overall "Decksandrumsandrockandroll" is a rollicking good time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't own many five-star albums March 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm not the kind of person to write rave reviews about many music albums, but this album is utterly ridiculous. Every track offers something unique to the sound, but the album as a whole is very cohesive, sticking to the spy-sound guns that make this duo so talented. Contrary to the person who said this album isn't great to dance to, I disagree...the big thing, though, is that this isn't club music. This isn't your regular 4-on-the-floor sound, though most of the songs are in standard 4x4 rhythm. Incorporating a variety of really unique samples (mostly UK/British stuff), the Propellerheads have created an album that never stops getting funky. I can't pinpoint a lot of what makes this album, 'cause each song is unlike anything you've probably heard before. There's a stupendous hip-hop track (360 degrees) that contrasts really well with mainstream hip-hop and shows those guys how to do it right. There's a beautiful reworking of a lounge-style song (History Repeating). There's some downright slamming, angry, noisy music (Bang On!). Then there's the "Correct Microphone Placement" song that is a perfect little beatbox number. Obviously "On Her Majesty's..." is a killer track, and it bridges classically-styled music with some hard-hitting beats very well. I cannot recommend this album enough, to any music fan in general. The people who doubt what techno can be haven't heard enough music like this. I often wonder what the point in creating house music was after the mid-late 90s, since all the good stuff seems to come out of the earliest works, like this disc.
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Seven months ago, that award would have gone to The Antidote, no problem. Then, I bought this record on a lark.
Its awesome. Its breakthrough music. It makes everything else seem old, including hip hop. Its trancy; its layered; its energetic; it rocks. It does all these and more. I can't tell you how great this album is. Road trip nirvana is what it is. And then, only when you can't convince the DJ at your favorite hang to play it so you can groove for an hour non-stop! This ain't your daddy's Big Beat...
My recommendations: Start with Track 1, "Take California". What a groove. Play it really loud, then wait to you hear the bongos kick in. Whoa! The next song, Velvet Pants, either gets you or it doesnt. I love it, but its trippy. All the next songs rock; a few with some great hip hop beats. 360 Degrees (Oh Yeah) is really interesting, some old school hip hop set to a back beat rhythm that starts with a skateboard in a half pipe! Two songs that have received siginificant attention, "History Repeating" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" are good, but not the album's best. Shirley B is great on the former, but the latter drones on too long for my tastes.
The cool thing about this album is you'll groove to the first five or six songs right away. Then, the next few get a little slower; you'll almost always skip the last two or three songs as a result. Then, after a month, you'll realize the last two songs are the BEST songs on the record!
Enjoy. Its awesome. Let me know your thoughts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets ya in the groove
This is one of those albulms where as soon as one the songs start playing you automatically get hyped for it no matter what mood u are in, its a great album with a couple of... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2008 by Jay D
5.0 out of 5 stars Decksanddrums...
Big beats. Hip-hop. James Bond. That's the description of the Propellerheads' "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll," a wildly enticing album that mixes dance music with a James Bondian... Read more
Published on April 30 2005 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Propellerheads straddle rock and Big Beat
Is it rock or is it Memorex? The Propellerheads have the trademark Big Beat aesthetic, thumping trancelike rhythms, along with a level of rock intensity. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Wickerlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes my day better... EVERYTIME!
This is gooooood music! I have been listening to this for years and it never gets old!
It gets you going and makes you happy! Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Seema Sugandh
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I just bought this cd and it has not left my cd player. I can't believe I didn't get this long ago. It's got a great beat, it's funky, you've gotta move while you listen. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars super cool
What an excellent CD. After originally buying this for Take California, I was quite impressed by the other tracks as well. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Unending bliss
I love this CD...in fact I wished they would come out with something new, and soon. Besides all that, this CD is great for any occasion whether it be on the road, at a party, or... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by "bratched"
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE CALIFORNIA BUT BUY YOUR OWN CD
I went in search of the CD that contained Spybreak! (from the Matrix CD) and what did I find? A CD chock full of cool beats that everyone wants to borrow before Take California... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by M. R. ZOGLIO
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Electronica
I just got this CD about two hours ago. Man, it is great. The stand out tracks are definitely 'Take California' 'Bang On!' 'Spybreak! Read more
Published on March 20 2003 by E. Woods
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Chemical Brothers
Although "Take California," "Bang On," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," and "Spybreak" are all very good tracks, especially for dancing,... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by A. Farquhar
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