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Ego Tripping..Gates of Hell [EP, Import]

the Flaming Lips Audio CD
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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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FLAMING LIPS Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell (Scarce 2003 UK 7-track CD EP featuring exclusive remixes including remixes by Jimmy Tamborello Jason Bentley & Blow Up)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Good Compliment To Yoshimi June 7 2004
By sikarv
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise. Dec 19 2003
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
I have become quite the fan of the Lips over the last few years and was able to see them perform their spectacular live show twice this past summer. A joy.
I was drawn to buy this cd, not thinking it would be much more than some, no doubt interesting, out-takes, much like the Fight Test ep.
I was wrong.
This work stands on its own. It is a wonderfully connected aural experience with a song cycle that updates, advances and continues where Yoshimi left off - minus Yoshimi and the robots.
The emotional oomph underlying the Yoshimi work is furthered; consider this a Flaming Lips "take" on things, updated and up to the minute as of the 2003 holiday season.
This is a very satisfying musical and lyrical experience, culminating on the profound rumination of "A Change At Christmas". May we all be more successful in making that annual "change" in thinking last the whole year.
While this may be considered a bridge to what's next for the Flaming Lips, this ep, as I said earlier, stands a worthy release on its own. If you are someone who digs the Lips, I highly recommend that you don't overlook this compelling work.
Happy holidays to Wayne, Michael, Steve and you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise. Dec 19 2003
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
I have become quite the fan of the Lips over the last few years and was able to see them perform their spectacular live show twice this past summer. A joy.
I was drawn to buy this cd, not thinking it would be much more than some, no doubt interesting, out-takes.
I was wrong.
This work stands on its own. It is a wonderfully connected aural experience with a song cycle that updates, advances and continues where Yoshimi left off - minus Yoshimi and the robots.
The emotional oomph underlying the Yoshimi work is furthered; consider this a Flaming Lips "take" on things, updated and up to the minute as of the 2003 holiday season.
This is a very satisfying musical and lyrical experience, culminating on the profound rumination of "A Change At Christmas". May we all be more successful in making that annual "change" in thinking last the whole year.
While this may be considered a bridge to what's next for the Flaming Lips, this ep, as I said earlier, stands a worthy release on its own. If you are someone who digs the Lips, I highly recommend that you don't overlook this compelling work.
Happy holidays to Wayne, Michael, Steve and you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good with one essential track. Nov. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you view ownership of b-sides tracks in the manner similar to essential or passable; then hopefully this review will help you out.
The first three tracks are pretty good quality while listening to them, they follow in the same electronic/thoughtful/atmospheric songs similar to Morning Magicians, Pavonis Mons by Balloon, and It's Summertime... but sadly just aren't as strong as I hoped. That doesn't mean they are failed attempts, but it helps to view them as expanded sounds from the original album (which is I guess the essence of a b-side).
The remixes. Do You Realize has finally scored a good remix from the Postal Service. Someone else in the reviews described it well as "Laptop electro beeps and blips", and that pretty much sums it up. The first remix of Ego tripping is quality and has more soundscape than the original. It should be noticed that I think Ego Tripping is one of the weaker songs on the album, and I was amazed that they were making an EP out of it. The second one, on the other hand is forgettable.
Finally we get to the best song on the album, A Change At Christmas (Say it isn't So). This is my new favorite song from the Lips. The way it's performed, and with Wayne's trademark positive outlook on the universe, is in line with Flaming Lips' stronger and more impressive songs. The great thing I love about the Lips is their message in songs. They always have a bi-polar arrangement about simple things presented in complex manners. And this one is about hope in Christmas time, about how great it is to mankind, but it's so fleeting to hold onto... yet we repeat the cycle year after year. With all mankind has accomplished in our time, you think we could easily accomplish a well deserved peace among all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Continues...
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... Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Empyrean
4.0 out of 5 stars gets overbashed by terrible remix's.... but still great
"ego tripping at the gates of hell" is great with songs like "sunship balloons", "ego tripping (non remix), and the last track. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by lost_weasel
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Lips EP
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. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Kort
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 songs make it worth it.
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". Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Randall Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars quality ep - the sun trilogy reason enough
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by C. S. Saenz
4.0 out of 5 stars tripping to hell
The EP is ok but I wish better songs were included. I like Do You Realize? T.P.S. remix and Ego Tripping the Blow-Up remix, I don't really care for the other remix of Ego Tripping... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by "blondebardot"
5.0 out of 5 stars Tripping in Heaven
The opening three tracks, Assassination of the Sun, I'm a Fly in a Sunbeam & Sunship Balloons could have fit in so perfectly on the "Yoshimi" lp I'm just wondering if... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Ego Tripping
Here is yet another great piece of work by the Flmaing Lips. I was very excited when I heard that they would be using Ego Tipping at the Gates of Hell for their new EP and it... Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Nathan M.
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