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Other Side Of The Moon
|1. War(First Try)|
|2. I Figured It Out|
|3. Plain Parade|
|5. Pooh Song|
|6. Mr. Crowley|
|8. The Boys Are Back In Town|
|9. Carnival(Puck Version)|
|10. Nasty Sunny Beam|
|11. Iron Man(First Try)|
|12. Blah Blah Blah|
|13. Losers(First Try)|
|14. Country Hell|
|15. After All|
|16. Cocktail Party Bloody Cocktail Party|
Asian only rarities compilation featuring 16 tracks, including the B-sides to many of their hard-to-find singles. Contains their campy lounge covers of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town', Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man' (First Try) & 'Cocktail Party Bloody Cocktail Party' (aka 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'), Ozzy Osbourne's 'Mr. Crowley', alternate versions of 'War', 'Carnival' & 'Losers' and more! 1997 Polydor release.
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This album collects nearly every B-side and rarity you could ever want from this band. Fans of the band should have no question in their minds: you MUST have this album.
For the casual fan? Well, the Cardigans are something special. They approach indie-pop with a bag full of jazz chords at times, and at other times with an electronica groove perfectly intertwined with Nina's eerie and moving vocals. They've reinvented themselves at least a few times, and we get glimpses of all those intermediary stages on this record.
The album leads off with "War (First Try)", which definitely would have felt at home in the tracklisting for their album Gran Turismo but has elements of their breakthrough sound on the First Band on the Moon LP. Much of the rest of the album represents similar transitional stages. A few simply embrace the sound off the Emmerdale and Life LPs, tracks which devotees of those albums will find absolutely essential.
Should you shell out the price tag on this import? Well, first of all, you should be aware that there is a lousy "napsterized" version of this album floating around the 'net that has incomplete tracks and even incorrect tracks (substituting the LP versions for the alternates in a few places.) If you did the naughty thing and snagged it somewhere, you probably do not have the real album. You probably will need to buy the legit copy to be sure you have it right.
In a general sense, if you were just led to this link because you were sitting around remembering how much you liked that song "Lovefool" from the Leo DiCaprio film, then you probably won't want to shell out the dough for this quite yet. Buy "First Band on the Moon" and "Life" first, then come back to this one. It's essential for the fan of the Cardigans, and essential for fans of indie-pop, but you needn't rush into the hefty price tag on this until you're good and ready. When you're ready, don't balk, just get it! And if you're already a Cardigans fan, you will absolutely adore this album and you simply must have it, especially with the price dipped under $20.
THIS, children, is the best Cardigans CD there is. Most all of the B-Sides from the import singles (up until the marginally terrible "GRAN TURISMO"), all on one disc. It's all good, but without giving a track-by-track description, I'd reccommend:
WAR -- (Imagine Nina's silky voice singing, "Ohhhhh, come crush me now, I'm armed ... and ready to die" -- simply haunting).
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN -- (lounge music-style, and a it's fun that it's a song you should already know by heart, so you can sing-a-long).
CARNIVAL (puck version) -- (Puck, you say? It's the song, but song by a male and in a slower, way more melancholy downtempo style ... grab your hankie, it's a cry-er).
NASTY SUNNY BEAM -- (peppy lil' number, pre-Turismo Cardigans we all know and love).
BLAH BLAH BLAH -- (another great, fun sing-a-long song).
COUNTRY HELL -- (the best song on the CD ...the chorus goes, "If you fall apart ... fall into my arms ... ". I could just melt with this one).
AFTER ALL -- (different arrangement from the version that appears on the "Emmerdale" CD - this one is sooooo much better. You can't help but feel her sadness in this one).
COCKTAIL PARTY BLOODY COCKTAIL PARTY -- (Unlike what the Amazon editorial review says, this is definitely NOT a remake of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". This is, like, a 15 or 16 minute "piano bar" instrumental medley wherein some guy plays snippets of most of the songs from the LIFE cd. Very nice stuff, and soothing too.
Anyway, if you even like the Cardigans' old stuff just a LITTLE bit, this disc is worth grabbing before they are out-of-print forever. If for nothing else, just get it so that when your friends are over and checking out your CD collection, you can casually point to this and they will go, "Wow! I never saw THIS one before." Either way, you get a GREAT CD.
One day, after my friends had sung along to this song in the car, I decided to look them up on youtube to see what their other songs were like and came across Carnival. I got hooked. I loved the band's sound, which was very happy, combined with the sad lyrics. The video was very cute too. So then I decided to look up more songs and before I knew it I had bought the Life album, which is a very good one. Eventually, I got Long Gone Before Daylight and was amazed at how good the band still sounded. Eventaully, I started to look for more albums of theirs and came across The Other Side of the Moon. I was a bit afraid to buy it because the price was about $20 for a used album, and I didn't know how well it would play. But, I went on and bought it. And boy am I pleased.
The album has a lot of b-sides from their earlier years - a dream come true for every fan that loves that era.
Every song on this album is amazing. The songs on here are just as catchy as the songs that made it to the albums. I especially love Blah Blah Blah and Country Hell (singalong all the time).The album also comes with the Puck Version of Carnival, which is simply amazing (sung by Peter, whom I wish would sing more sometimes).It's a cryer. There's also the first version of Iron Man, which is more fun than the album version. And though I never heard the original Losers before, this one is pretty good. The instumentals Laika and Emmerdale are very beautiful, slow songs that are nice to relax to. Most people would probably like the 15-minute long piano songs of tunes from Lfe, but I think the best thing on this album is After All. It is, in my opinion, the saddest Cardigans song I have ever heard. Nina as heartbroken as you can imagine, and it is an acoustic version which may even surpass the album version.
Anywho, if you're a fan of The Cardigans' earlier stuff, probably up to First Band on the Moon, then you should buy this (I know it's about 20 bucks, but it's worth saving your money for). If you're a fan o their later stuff, maybe you should look for their 2-cd best of, which has material from that era as well.
First, for the average collector, I recommend the 2 CD version of The Best Of released almost a decade after "Other Side" came out. The second disc has some great b-sides, unreleased songs, and "first try"s of favorite singles. This is really the motherlode, and should satisfy most fans' cravings.
Only for the avid collector seeking the last bits of juice, would I recommend this CD, which provides a few additional savory drops. Not on the 2-CD Best of: Mr. Crowley (a cappella Cardigans!), a cover of "The Boys are Back in Town", and the closing "Cocktail Party, Bloody Cocktail Party", which is a brilliant, touching, tongue-in-cheek jazz piano/lounge arrangement medley of: Daddy's Car, Tomorrow, Hey! Get Out of My Way, Gordon's Gardenparty, Carnival, Pikebubbles, and Beautiful One.
To summarize -- this is an excellent disc, and I'm glad I bought it. But, because of the availability of the 2-CD "Best of" and the pricetag of this discontinued CD (even used), this now only deserves 4 of 5 stars.