Lost In Space Enhanced, Special Edition
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See all 11 tracks on this disc
|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)|
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Fans already know that Aimee Mann is a rare bird as a songwriter and that Lost In Space is a terrific record running a bare step behind her superb Bachelor #2. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Gareth Davies-Morris
This isn't Aimee Mann's best work, and it scared off a lot of listeners and reviewers. Yet after about a month or so of listening to it, its quietude set in - it's a cold, spare... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by E. Kutinsky
I don't think I can add much to the accolades of other reviewers. This was my first Aimee Mann CD, and it quickly made me a believer. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by myxoplik
I have been a fan of Aimee Mann since her 'Til Tuesday days. In my opinion, she is one of the best song-writers of our time. I have yet to be disappointed by her music. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Jeff A. Heiser
Aimee Mann is one of our most vital artists, period. I bought this CD just for the second CD as I think Lost in Space is one of the best albums ever when I bought it. Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Tankery
I've already reviewed the original Lost In Space, so I won't bother reviewing the first disc again. The second disc provides some live versions of the tracks, all of which have a... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Mr. B. G. Fowler
I listened to this CD shortly after it was released and just didn't get it at all. Some CDs require more than one listen, preferably separated by months or years. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003
This edition is a very well presented two disc collection. I gave it an extra point for that. But it's a rehash of essentially the same collection found on Lost in Space. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003