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Lost In Space Enhanced, Special Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Dec 9 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Special Edition
  • Label: Outside Music
  • ASIN: B0000JJE5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Humpty Dumpty
2. High On Sunday 51
3. Lost In Space
4. This Is How It Goes
5. Guys Like Me
6. Pavlov's Bell
7. Real Bad News
8. Invisible Ink
9. Today's The Day
10. The Moth
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Real Bad News (Live)
2. The Moth (Live)
3. This Is How It Goes (Live)
4. The Scientist (Live)
5. Invisible Ink (Live)
6. It's Not (BBC)
7. Nightmare Girl (B-side)
8. Backfire (B-side)
9. Fighting The Stall (Unreleased)
10. Observatory (Unreleased)

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This is a special edition of Aimee Mann's LOST IN SPACE album. I think it was a great idea to include the bonus disc, which has b-sides and live tracks. It is a must for any Aimee Mann fan. LOST IN SPACE is a wonderful album that seeps into your brain a bit more with each listen. The melodies are mysterious and compelling, and the lyrics are meaningful and deep. The album tends to deal with songs about isolation and addictions. My favorite track hands down is "This Is How It Goes", a song that is very blunt in it's message but there's just something so appealing about it. "Invisible Ink" is another favorite, some really great lyrics in this one. Other favorites include "Today's The Day", "Pavlov's Bell", "Real Bad News", the title track, and High On Sunday 51". All the songs are great.
The bonus disc is great to listen to. There are many live tracks: "Invisible Ink", "Real Bad News", "The Moth", "This Is How It Goes", and a wonderful version of "The Scientist". There's also the live track "It's Not" from BBC. Then there's some b-sides from the project. "Nightmare Girl" has a frantic feel to it, really great song that would have fit nicely on the album. Less is more though I suppose. "Backfire" is a nice b-side too. "Fighting The Stall" and "Observatory" are cool unreleased tracks.
I love the packaging too. It comes in a hardcover book, with a great illustrated booklet that is nice to read while listening to the album. It's truly an experience. It's worth every penny for this special version, even if you own the original. The live tracks really bring the songs to another dimension, and it's nice to hear some b-sides and unreleased tracks. Overall an excellent album made even better with these bonus features!
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This tall girl sure can complain. But she can really write some great songs--and sing them too! And 'Lost in Space' is one of my favorite albums. Fairly short (unlike the good lookin' singer) at something like 40 minutes, but there's not a bad track on the album. Naturally, I bought the original release and then had to figure out whether or not to buy this one.
Well, here's the deal: This limited edition release (limited to 20,000 copies) contains an extra 40+ minutes of music (when you add cd1 and cd2 you get barely over 80 minutes total--but still, mathematically, twice what you get if you just buy the one). Anyhow, I'd say this edition is worth grabbing--whether you've already purchased the single disc version or not (and if you haven't, what the heck is wrong with ya?).
The second disc contains 10 songs (two B-sides, two previously unreleased tracks, and six live songs--five recorded live in Stockholm and one at the BBC). The B-sides are great (as usual) and the unreleased tracks strangely unreleased and now released. All fit within the style of Lost in Space and all are filled with the typical pathos and beauty that defines this attractive singer from Boston. I should mention the discs come in one of those annoying digipacks where you slide the cds in an envelope-type contraption (where they are easily scratched). On the other hand, the insert is pretty much a great big cartoon book. One other bonus to tip yer hand: There's a video of "Pavlov's Bell" on disc two. I couldn't get the entire thing to play on my old PC, but I was able to play enough to freeze frame the singer stretched out on an old bed. Ooooh Laaa La!!!
Buy it. Indeeeeeed. HHD.
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As many have said before, Aimee Mann is one of the better singer/songwriters to come along in recent history. 'Til Tuesday was one of my faves. I also loved Aimee's early solo career with her twisty ballades and intelelligent, insightfull lyrics (although she occasionally got lost in the production). That being said, the "A" CD of this set containing new studio work is a major disappointment. It is hard to believe the samey durge that seems to be all that is left of a great solo career. This is really depressing stuff. Even the instruments sound depressed.
BUT, the "B" disc is a real winner. The live Aimee is an incredible contrast to the near corpse on the first CD. Great songs, soulful, heartfealt performances. The live songs on this CD are worth the price of admission alone. I wish Aimee would drop the last vestiges of John Brion's overbearing and clumsy producing that has pervaded her style, leaving her to do straight-up, unfettered, no-gimmic performances the likes of the (a)live songs in this set.
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I reviewed the original release (same 4 stars) - but I did go out and purchase this disk upon it's release and will re-gift the single disk to someone who is Aimee Mann-less. As w/other reviewers here - I'll stick to covering the 2nd disk.
The sound quality on the live recordings are excellent. If it weren't for some clapping at the beginning or end of songs - you might just think they were alternate versions and not necessarily live. Mann does a great cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist", though she doesn't really do anything different to the song.
The studio b-sides I have heard and really are good enough to be included on a full album ("Nightmare Girl" in particular). The unreleased songs are ok - though "Observatory" grooves unlike most anything Mann has done recently. I think it would have been better had the vocal been just her - but it's at least interesting.
I cannot tell if "Backfire" and "Observatory" are from 'Lost In Space' or from 'I'm With Stupid' sessions. You can clearly hear members of Squeeze on backing/harmony vocals - and I had not heard of them working with Mann since "That's Just What You Are". At least on "Backfire" you can see how well their vocals fit in w/her music.
Still a worthy purchase - though mostly for established fans. I'm not sure how many newcomers to Mann's music would want studio and live versions of the same songs on the same disk. But on the plus side - I think this cost me one dollar more than the original one-disk set....and *that's* a deal!
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