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Ego Tripping..Gates of Hell EP, Import


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 25 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Import
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B0000JMLVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

1. Assassination Of The Sun
2. I'm A Fly In A Sunbeam (Following The Funeral Procession Of A Stranger)
3. Sunship Balloons
4. Do You Realize?? (T.P.S. Mix)
5. Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell (Ego In Acceleration Jason Bentley Remix)
6. Ego Tripping (Self-Admiration With Blow-Up Mix)
7. A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So)

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This is a sure bet if you liked the Lips' classic (that's right, I think it already is) 'Yoshimi' album. The new songs pretty much have the same tone- reflective surrealistic progressive pop. No, not the kind that the Shins do so well, for the Lips have this Yes-like quality to their visionary, lush psychedelia. "Sunship Ballooons" even has Coyne going for a Jon Anderson-ish earnestness. This is a real fine, sunny wash of gently exploding colors. Coyne's little introductory speech, with Drozd's beautiful Brian Wilson-meets-Yes vocal harmonies, is delightfully reassuring, without sounding corny. "I don't know the dimensions of outer space, but if our ability to feel love turns out to be just a cosmic accident, I'd like to think this means the universe is on our side." This could well be mock-seriousness, but one gets the impression that its at the heart of Coyne's persona. Michael Ivins' bass work is deep and fluid, adding much to this piece's warm charm. "Assassination Of The Sun" is definitely a mini-masterpiece. It too sounds like an understated 'Yoshimi' production-wise, with a modest, epic quality suffusing every note. This is a beautifully sad lament that seems to reflect on the metaphorical "pink robots" (seemingly self-serving, insensitive people, perhaps made increasingly unfeeling like the technology of the machines that influence them) and their creations that Yoshimi (the uncorrupted human spirit) was up against. "They have begun to celebrate the tidal wave they think is great / the ever-beating heart that it wasn't...and now this horrible machine churns out pain instead of love and looks just like the sun...Read more ›
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To me the Ego Tripping EP is an extension to the YBTPR album. The first three tracks are entirely new material, and especially the first, Assassination of the Sun, are excellent tracks. The remix of Do You Realize?? is good, I like the original better, but it is still an interesting take on the song.
I like the remixes of Ego Tripping, I liked the original, but these 'techno' flavored mixes add a driving quality to the song that does it justice. I like these mixes over the original.
All in all a good buy for ~$10, and as always the cover art is interesting also.
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"ego tripping at the gates of hell" is great with songs like "sunship balloons", "ego tripping (non remix), and the last track. everything is in its right place... except the remixes... to not make the album any shorter, the band added some bad remixes. but still, if you have ten bucks to spend and love the flaming lips... "ego tripping at the gates of hell" is a clear deal.
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By Kort on April 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unlike the Yoshimi singles, this Lips EP worth owning. The first 3 songs are well done and moving...forming a sort of trilogy. ALMOST of Yoshimi quality, but not quite there. Still better than 95% of the drek released these days. The remix of Do You Realize is good, but I skip past it after a couple of listens. The 2 remixes of Ego Tripping are pretty good, I like the techno treatment. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but they work for me and it is one of my favorite Lips tunes so I enjoy hearing it different ways. The last track is a rumination of how people change at Christmas and a worthy listen.
All in all, not a bad way to spend $5. I recommend it to any Lips fan. It is a HDCD so the sound is great.
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This EP is better than the Flight Test EP for 2 reasons: Tracks 1 and 3. They are simply amazing, especially "Assassination of the Sun". This track should have been on the Yoshimi album. Each of these songs has this amazing flowing sound to them and Wayne's voice is perfect on both. Anyway the rest of the album is okay I guess, but the Ego Tripping remixes get a little tiring and repetitive after a listen or two, but like I said the above mentioned tracks are worth this purchase. It loses one star because of the (I feel) unnecessary remixes. Oh yeah and this is a HDCD as well so enjoy the lush sound in Windows Media Player or a capable stand-alone player.
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Rarely do bands put out a single or ep with even one good exclusive track. The Lips have included three, the first three on this ep, and they are all thematically related to the sun. The sun trilogy songs are just as melodic, memorable, and sonically full of adventure as recent Lips material has been. The remixes are only of peripheral amusement, and the Christmas song is a great attempt at profundity, and even if it doesn't quite get there melodically, it's decent enough. You'd be hard pressed to spend less money and get more quality tracks than this charming ep. Here's hoping Christmas On Mars and their next proper album will continue the sonic exploration.
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