While hailed as one of the most important musical figures since the early 90s, Moby has enjoyed great success bringing music to a mainstream audience by giving the notoriously anonymous electronic genre an identity and recognizable face. From his 1992 debut, with the massive club hit 'Go,' to the groundbreaking success of the inventive' Play', to the critical acclaim of last year's 'Hotel', Moby has become and iconic figure in the world of pop music, as well as a household name. The DELUXE EDITION features an 11-track remix CD personally compiled by Moby including the legendary 'Bodyrock' Olav Basoski remix The deluxe edition tracks are NOT available on ANY Moby full-length CD. Many of the remixes on the 2nd disc are hard to find. Several were only released as commercial 12 inch singles or on a compilation, others have only partially been featured within a megamix, and three more tracks have never been released at all! In 2007, V2 will release a single disc version of the Greatest Hits. None of the incredible content from the remix CD will be included. The deluxe edition will not be kept active indefinitely, so this is the time to maximize this great package.
It's easy to dismiss the music of this cute, vegan, bare-pated relative of Herman Melville, especially if you don't actually listen to the music and focus instead on his ultra-PC interview style or the manner in which he sold dozens of songs to commercials and film soundtracks back in Y2K. But to do so is to knee-jerkedly miss out on some very fine and innovative music by one of the most influential musicians of the last decade. With the exception of two tracks (one of them the title tune), Go
is a best-of from the years that Moby's been on the V2 label, from 1999's breakthrough hit Play
onward. But Play
--with its uncanny reworking of field recordings with playful beats and ambient textures--remains the artist's finest moment. A full disc of remixes and a smattering of unreleased songs (including a rad new number with Debbie Harry on guest vocals) make this an essential purchase for rabid fans. And, as a judicious selection of Play
-era material is included alongside the finest songs from Moby's subsequent albums, 18
, this is also the perfect entry point for the more casual fan. --Mike McGonigal