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Nude on the Moon: Anthology [Best of]

B-52's Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. 52 Girls
2. Dance This Mess Around
3. Rock Lobster
4. Lava
5. Hero Worship
6. Planet Claire
7. Give Me Back My Man
8. Private Idaho
9. Devil In My Car
10. Party Out Of Bounds
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Disc: 2
1. Summer Of Love
2. Ain't It A Shame (new edit)
3. Theme For A Nude Beach (new edit)
4. Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland
5. Wig
6. She Brakes For Rainbows
7. Cosmic Thing
8. Deadbeat Club
9. Love Shack
10. Roam
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Given that the B-52's 1998 greatest-hits package, Time Capsule, comprehensively surveyed their best and most commercially pervasive missives while including a newly recorded track, "Debbie"--inspired by Debbie Harry and reprised wholesale on Nude on the Moon--it's fair to question the wisdom of this sprawling two-disc set. While new edits, live versions, and remixes pad the sessions and are nice and all, wigged-out chestnuts like "52 Girls," "Rock Lobster," "Dance This Mess Around," "Planet Claire," "Love Shack," and "Roam" really goose the action. That said, revisiting the perennial fashion risks from Athens, Georgia, remains a rare joy. Those old enough to remember the group's landmark Saturday Night Live debut--those wigs, that suit, those far-out gyrations!--will look back fondly not just on the B-52's florescent musical bounty but on the weirdly enduring resonance of their interstellar psychobabble. --Kim Hughes

Album Description

'Nude On The Moon' lights up a pair of CD's with 35 tracks from 9 albums released between 1979-2001. Included are rarities like 'Quiche Lorraine' from the PETA 'Tame Yourself' & 'Whammy Kiss', live at the Cleveland Music Hall and a couple of unreleased tracks, 'Is That Mo-Dean?' (Inter-Dimensional Mix) & 'Queen Of Las Vegas' (Mesopotamia Outtake Version). Also includes liner notes by writer Michael Aserrad (Rolling Stone), tons of cool & rare pics. Packaging consists on 2 digipaks in a slipcase. Rhino Records.

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"Nude on the Moon - The B-52s Anthology" is simply put - a 2 CD set that really has all of the makings of a mini boxed set. Yes, this is a greatest hits collection, but it contains so much more that really makes this much more than a greatest hits album. It covers a near 20 year period that the band covered from 1979 through 1998. After purchasing this collection, you will learn quite a lot about the B-52s. The title on "Nude on the Moon" is a play on the song "Nude on the Beach" and the Moon reference comes from several songs (most noteably, I think Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland says 'moon in her mirror')
First the band themselves. If you aren't familiar with the B-52s, they probably are one of the most original bands of the rock era. They were originally a quintet - until the death of founding member Ricky Wilson of AIDS complications in 1985. They remain a quartet consisting of 3 lead singers - Cindy Wilson (Ricky's sister), Kate Pierson, and Fred Schneider. Keith Strickland is the fourth member and contributes on vocals at times. Cindy and Kate have two voices that harmonize just as well as any two will harmonize. Then there is the unique vocals of Mr. Fred Schneider. Schneider brings one of the most quirky voices in the music industry that goes with the unorthodox style of the B-52s music. In the vocals of the B-52s, you'll hear plenty of shouts and shreks, producing a very 'alternative' rock sound with a touch of psychedelica and a touch of punk. The lyrics of the B-52s aren't the most complex. You'll hear them sing about lobsters, wigs, lava, dancing, a place in Brazil called Ipanema, and even a history lesson on Mesopotamia.
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Short of slipcasing a remastered set of all six B-52's albums, "Mesopotamia," and a bonus disc of all the bonus singles and live tracks, there will never be a collection of The B-52s' work that will merit 5 stars. Their world was just too broad to be encapsulated in something as meager as two compact discs. I remember seeing that electrifying performance of "Rock Lobster" on SNL while in college, and knowing that I had to have that album the following morning or my life just would not be in balance. From that moment on, I've been a fan. Their albums since then have never been far from my library, even with the occasional disappointment ("Bouncing Off The Satellites") or the growing pains ("Mesopotamia").
So like Rhino's "Pioneers Who Got Scalped" anthology for Devo, "Nude On The Moon" could never live up to a fan's expectations. And also like Devo, no-one looked or sounded like The B-52's when "Rock Lobster" got dormatories full of students to fall on the floor and flop around like fish in the 'down down" phase of the song. Thus I'll give it a high recommendation for a several reasons. One is that "Legal Tender," left off "Songs For A Future Generation," is here. Two wonderful live tracks ("Quiche Lorraine" and "Whammy Kiss") are here. I like the remix of "Is That You Mo-Dean?" almost as much as the original, and they had the good sense to bring the best of the two new greatest hits tracks on board for this set, as "Debbie" makes a second appearance.
Things to put you off this disc and go for the first anthology are that both "Cosmic Thing" and "Bouncing Off Satellites" are way over represented.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation, but Sept. 1 2003
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The B-52's are arguably the greatest party rock band to emerge from the eighties. It's too bad the entire genre of New Wave pretty much disappeared overnight with the arrival of the nineties (don't worry, the band has since reformed.) In recent years, the band released this hits compilation. How does it measure up? Read on and find out.
-More than likely, the only reason you want a B-52's hits compilation is so that you can get Love Shack, Rock Lobster, and/or Roam on CD. And, needless to say, you'll find them all here.
-This compilation doesn't just rely on the hits. You get a number of underrated masterpieces, including Planet Claire off the band's debut album.
-A number of unreleased tracks are available here, and only here. These include but are not limited to live tracks and new edits of old songs.
-THE SONGS ARE IN ORDER OF RELEASE! Failure to do this has ruined many a hits compilation.
-This is the band's most complete hits compilation.
-Unlike some of the other compilations the band has released, this one covers the band's entire career.
-I have only one complaint with this compilation, and it's one I make for just about every hits compilation - The unreleased tracks are just part of a ploy for the band or the record company to pull in extra cash. IF THE BAND WANTED TO RELEASE RARE TRACKS/MIXES/EDITS/ETC., THEY SHOULD HAVE MADE A RARITIES COMPILATION. IF THEY WANTED TO RECORD NEW SONGS, THEY SHOULD HAVE RECORDED AN ENTIRELY NEW ALBUM.
If you only get one hits compilation by this band, just get the single-disc Time Capsule. Though it's not as complete as this anthology, it's a much better value, and will probably appeal to the casual fan more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK But Skips A Deal
Almost the entire 1st LP is here, some from the 2nd, but the Mesopotamia songs are missing, except the title track which is one of the weakest. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Heidi Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favorites dressed up by Rhino's wizards
As a longtime fan of this group, I wondered, Why on earth is this compilation necessary? All it took was one listen to answer the question. Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by Bruce Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's My Umbrella? Where's My Box Set??
The B-52s are one of the best party bands to come out of the new wave movement. Rubbing shoulders with Blondie and The Talking Heads, these guys did weird right. Read more
Published on March 24 2003 by 718 Session
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Complete
Sorely missing from this collection is "Bedrock Twitch" and
"The Flintstones" from the 1994 movie.
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by Kevin M. Sak
5.0 out of 5 stars The B-52's, still good music
I have loved and listened to the B-52's for years.
First off all, the anthology albums are great. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by Dylan Gatenby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation
This "best of" cd is fabulous. It really gives you a feel for the B-52's. I recomend it to newcomers; however, I doubt that experienced fans will appreciate it as much.
Published on May 23 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Yet
I guess it was back in High School watching MTV when I first encountered the wild B-52's and have been a big fan of their music since then. Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by Jay
2.0 out of 5 stars A lost opportunity
Given that their single disc best-of, "Time Capsule", showcased all their hits and was released only 3 years earlier, this new anthology should feature rarities and stuff... Read more
Published on March 13 2002 by Jack
3.0 out of 5 stars Nude? Thank Heavens Not!!!!!
I cannot imagine five people I would rather NOT see nude. On the moon? Yes. Nude? No. The B-52s, contrary to a recent cave-locked reviewer's opinion, are not a bunch of 40... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by Hoppy Doppelrocket
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, if somewhat uneven, representation of the B-52's.
Don't think this is only the best of the B-52's backcatalog on this 2-CD collection. It includes all the obvious "hits" from the band, "Love Shack",... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2002 by Earwig
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