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Zaireeka Import, Limited Edition, CD


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Oct. 24 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002NIQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Youre Invisible Now)
3. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet Of Despair
4. A Machine In India
5. The Train Runs Over The Camel But Is Derailed By The Gnat
See all 8 tracks on this disc

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "fauxbourdon" on March 7 2004
Format: Audio CD
I virtually never listen to this type of music -- I'm usually listening to stodgy old classical music written centuries ago. But I was at a party at a friend's dorm room, and he decided we would play "Zaireeka" on his four CD players. I didn't know what to expect, especially because I'm not a Lips fan, or a fan of experimental or alternative music in general...
But suffice to say, I was blown away. It's been a whole day and I've thought of little other than this album.
What does it sound like? Imagine a song that isn't just presented to you on disc so that it sounds the same way every time... Imagine assembling the song yourself from a variety of ambient noises that happen to sound good together (well, most of them do)... Imagine hearing so many sounds at the same time that your brain keeps jumping uncontrollably from one to the next, assembling harmonies and sonorities on the fly out of all the organized chaos you're assaulted with. Imagine lead vocals, in one tempo, coming at you from one corner of the room, while a trumpet solo harmonizes the vocals from across the room, its tempo just a little off-kilter so that it drags a little further behind the vocals each measure, warping your sense of time. All the while, trippy ambient sounds enwrap you from all sides. And this is just one moment of one track of "Zaireeka."
The lyrics are sad and disturbing and terrifying, telling stories of insanity and suicide, but yet it's all a beautiful and transcendent experience to listen to, and not a depressing one. And the lyrics, while they add shades of meaning to the tracks, are certainly not of central importance -- I barely caught any of them, because I was so entranced by the other sounds I was hearing.
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By S. Kimelman on April 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
Buying Zaireeka was a tough desision to make. It costs more than the average cd and it is a pain to play. Well I did have three cd players I could use. I bought it at a local record store today so that I would then complete my goal of having every 'Lips album. When I got home I set it up and figured out how to coordinate it. I tried it with three cd's at first. Then two. It really didn't sound the same. So I listened to the whole album. Several times. It is insane. The music overtook me. Usually when I listen to music I am doing something else with the music in the background but here the music is the foreground. Calling it a wall of sound isn't quite acurate. A wall is flat. The sound is more like a sphere. The experience is just... mindblowing! I think that if Zaireeka were compiled onto one stereo cd it would only be cool sounding. You do not listen to the music, you experience it. It is an amazing voyage. Anyone who has the resources to listen to this album should by all means buy it!
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Format: Audio CD
Zaireeka is hard to describe unless you have heard it. you go thru the often annoying task of setting up the four stereos, getting the volume right, etc etc, expecting this is be a light diversion. maybe kind of cute. but let me tell you, once you have done it you will want to do it again.
the first track, "Okay I'll Admitt I Really Don't Understand", is mind-blowing. it starts out as if the arrangement and the CDS are out of time, but somehow no matter what they always work. even if the rhythym is off, its off the same way in a perpetual manner, making it different every time.
the main thing i have about this album is that it is different every time. sure you could say that about any album, but this is physically different every time. sometimes CD #1's volume is up, CD #3 is a bit delayed, and every time is a new experience. the first listening is odd and hard to understand. i am now on i beleive my 5th listening, and it gets better every time.
a lot of the songs manage to be incredibly catchy with that special flamming lips groove which is very promminent in this wonderfully produced peice of art. the basslines are killer, especially on "Riding To Work In the Year 2025", and the drum solo of all drum solo's on "March of The Rotten vegetables" is simply out of this world. even the track most people hate, "A Machine in INDIA", i find to be catchy even tho it is incredibly sloppy. (the track titles are amazing, if you haven't noticed)
i guess it isn't for everyone. but beleive this: it is more than a trifle to be amused at once or twice. i cannot think of any other music that sounds like this; Zaireeka is it's own genre. no other band to the best of my knowledge has done this, and if they ever do they will all be bested by Zaireeka, simply because it is the first. one intense joyride of a wall of sound. a Lips fan should definitely own this CD.
happy listening.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Dec 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
When a band is already one of the most unique, and among the most innovative in the music biz, what can they do to get even more innovative? The Flaming Lips answer that question in a unique and surreal way in "Zaireeka," which may be the most unique album ever recorded. Whether it's genius depends on how you view music.
Four discs make up "Zaireeka." When played simultaneously, they create a maelstrom of sound. Setting it up with four CD players sounds a bit arduous, but the experience is worth it when songs like the brilliant "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (You're Invisible Now)" burst out of the multiple speakers. It gives an expansive feeling to the music, as if it's billowing out like smoke and surrounding the listener in a big cushy wall of sound.
The songs have an experimental feeling to them. Some, like "Okay I'll Admit I Really Don't Understand" and "Machine in India" are lacking in complexity when compared to the remaining songs. But in every song, the shimmering multiple layers of sound interweave together, befuddling and dazzling me. A mere disc couldn't hold this much sound. Dogs barking, surreal guitars, gothic organs and pounding drums are much louder here than anywhere else.
It's hard to tell how clear the sound is because of its intensity; it sounds like there are dozens of melodies being played together at times. And fans of the Lips' masterpiece "Soft Bulletin" should check this out. The sound of Zaireeka, once I got used to it, made me think of reminiscent of a bigger, more complicated twin of "Soft Bulletin."
"Zaireeka" is an unparalleled experience that few bands could even dream of, let alone actually make. If you're in the mood for 4-D surreal soundscapes, then this is your thing. A marvelous album.
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