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Party Mix-Mesopotamia [Best of]

B-52's Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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1. Party Out Of Bounds
2. Private Idaho
3. Give Me Back My Man
4. Lava
5. Dance This Mess Around
6. 52 Girls
7. Loveland
8. Deep Sleep
9. Mesopotamia
10. Cake
11. Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can
12. Nip It In The Bud

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb April 10 2000
Format:Audio CD
I guess I must be the only person in the world who thinks Mesopotamia was the B-52's finest achievement. Don't get me wrong, I love their other stuff, and to this day listen to them often. They are their own selves. Completely original. But with Mesopotamia, they stretched beyond even their own ziggy boundaries, and reached, for lack of a better word, some kind of "zone."
This is not an easy album. I think I must have listened to it about ten times before I "got" it. But it's worth the patience. Maybe the best thing to do is to start with the beat. Don't be distracted by anything else. Just the beat. The rest will come later.
"Loveland." Throbbing, pounding bass, the minor note, and you are there. How can you stay off your feet? And listen to Kate Pierson. She has never sounded better. Passionate. Savage. Beautiful. Angry. "Loveland?" I suppose. This is where I fell in love with Kate Pierson.
Then "Deep Sleep," which is mostly a hypnotic kind of psychadelic thing, but again with the great back beat, and dreamy sultry vocals. These women, you think, they are like sirens.
The next two songs are the B-52's at the apex of their career. Mesopotamia is again a great rock song, with the trademark brilliant female harmonies, and here comes Fred Schneider, with his hilarious, absurdist lyrics. You'll note he is a great stylist as well, contributing greatly to the beat with his vocals, in the tradition of the greatest rock'n'roll singers. The song would still be wonderful, but this sense of timing puts it on another plane.
And then we come to "Cake." There has never been a song in the history of rock'n'roll like "Cake." What is it about? It is about baking a cake.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mesopotamia: B-52's peak, badly remixed Aug. 10 2000
Format:Audio CD
I agree with Paul McGrath: Mesopotamia is The B-52's at their peak. Mesopotamia on vinyl propels me uncontrollably out of my chair to dance. Kate Pierson's unchecked exhuberance is enough to bring tears to your eyes. Gawd they're having a blast, and it's perfectly off-centered and beat-underlayed in production by David Byrne. This was a meeting of artists in their prime, an unrepeatable moment.
I don't know *what* Tom Durack was thinking when he desiccated this dripping-wet masterpiece in a 1990 remix that saps it almost completely of its original fulgent energy. Dammit man, I don't need to hear every word of the lyrics!
I'll use this as a vinyl-preserver, playing it when I'm doing dishes or in the car. But life's too short -- when I wanna jump, I'm going with the version I need to turn over in the middle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the b's knees Dec 16 2001
By Rick
Format:Audio CD
i lost ... and found brain cells listening to this. the combination of the two "e.p.'s" was apparently a merchandising strategy.... why not include the "lost tracks" from the mesopotamia sessions... they gotta be somewhere!! (c'mon mr. byrne, let it go) no matter what you have to pay for this collection of music it will be worth it just to hear "deep sleep" 3 1/2 minutes of heaven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Experiments in Pop April 11 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This one has everything and the KITSCH-en sink. The Byrne-produced "Mesopotamia" showcase ups the ante in Southern burble-swamp-dream ballads ((Deep Sleep)). An area nobody thought to explore. Swooning over cooking methodology hasn't been seen so sexy since Martha Stewart's hey-day ((Cake)). Throw this in and meet somebody by the third pyramid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Vinyl April 18 2001
Format:Audio CD
LOVELAND is for my money the greatest B-52s song ever-- combining all of their funkiest early sound (think 53 miles west of venus) with earth-shattering vocals. The overall production of the album seems to capture the musicality of this outrageously rockin' band in a way that other albums (and producers) have not. Lovin it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars how to overcook a cake... Sept. 27 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The originals of these songs were great, but they've been remixed in a tacky late 80s style so that they now sound completely dated. Mesopotamia was too well-produced to suffer the indignity of being remixed to the consistency of gruel. Seek out the original pressings.
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