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  • Audio CD (March 24 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000006BZ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Take California
2. Velvet Pants
3. Better?
4. 360 Degrees (Oh Yeah?)
5. History Repeating
6. Winning Style
7. Bang On!
8. A Number Of Microphones
9. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
10. Bigger?
11. Cominagetcha
12. Spybreak!
13. You Want It Back

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The two loopy English knob-tweakers who created these 13 hyperkinetic, hypnotic sound collages and dance tracks ... are musical sushi chefs.... They are purveyors of techno, or electronica, the studio-assembled hodgepodge of canned, synthetic drumbeats, tape loops and snatches of melody sampled from old records. Happily, [they] also wisely incorporate flesh-and-blood performances by ... Shirley Bassey, De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers. The guest turns make for the album's most appealing tracks.... -- People

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Since the Chemical Brothers explosion, new big-beat acts from the U.K. are greeted with skepticism, but Propellerheads are no copycats. Alex Gifford and Will White did the usual groundwork by releasing singles and EPs before giving up a full album. The groovy single "History Repeating," featuring '60s cabaret vocalist Shirley Bassey, plays slightly into the lounge revival of the late '90s but with a James Bond-esque style that grabs attention similar to Portishead's "Sour Times." The recurring spy film theme makes this a perfect soundtrack for Austin Powers's first rave--"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is actually a Bond remake. Propellerheads also slip in full-on "rock" jams ("Bang On!") and slick urban cut-ups reminiscent of De La Soul, who appear on "360° (Oh Yeah?)." Shifting tempos from laidback to lightning-fast with exceptional ease, Decksandrumsandrockandroll is a solid collection of funky, jazzy, hip-hop-influenced dance music that has earned its mainstream acceptance by delivering the goods. --Liisa Ladouceur

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Format: Audio CD
Propellerheads take the world of techno and reshape the standards. For those of you thinking that techno has to be repetitive, the same beat over and over again, well the Propellerheads take techno to new standards, showing the world that there can be variety, and talent in the world of mixing and sampling.
This album has variety, each track is so different, and that is what makes this album so special and unique. But there is one thing that is consistent in this album, and that is energy. Unlike other mixers, where i have found that there is a significant dip in energy halfway through the album, this is not so in DECKSANDDRUMSANDROCKANDROLL. From the start you are launched into the fast paced beat of 'Take California', guaranteed to get you moving through the house a lot faster than before, and it doesnt stop there. The energy keeps flowing throught the album.
If you are a lover of music that can get you going in the morning, or music that makes you just want to dance, then buy DECKSANDDRUMSANDROCKANDROLL. It is an album that shows tremendous flare, and creates an atmospehere of amazing energy.
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I just bought this CD mainly for "Spybreak!" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," and these two songs are still my favorites on the CD. I first heard Spybreak (a shorter version) on the Matrix soundtrack, and liked it quite a bit.
After listening straight through, I found that the songs on this CD are best for listening to as background music-- apparently, this music is supposed to be for clubs anyway, so this makes sense. The techno has a wide range, from hip-hoppy tracks to the cabaret-style "History Repeating" to movie-soundtrack songs like "Spybreak!" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (a mix of OHMSS from some Bond movie I can't remember).
Anyway, the point is if you like some techno, you'll probably like at least several of these songs.
BTW, I found that the clips on this page are not at all representative of the music I liked most, so if you don't like the clips given, you could still easily enjoy the CD overall.
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I initially bought this CD on the power of "History Repeating" and a vague memory of "Velvet Pants". I remembered I had liked it, but that was it. When I popped the CD into the stereo, I remembered why. While it's true that "History Repeating" is their most widely known song, it isn't really a good taste of their kind of music unless you really listen. It's the music behind the lyrics that makes Propellerheads what they are, and they know that and know to emphasize that in their other songs. This is music that you can live to. No matter where you are, what you're doing, this is true music. The Propellerheads have discovered that you don't need flashy, gut-wrenching, emotional lyrics to make music, that all you really need is a sense of music and some good old-fashioned creativity. Truly a great CD, and definitely worth buying, even if only to discover whether or not you like this music. The small samples that are given here are not nearly enough to give a taste of this CD.
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This album creates an amazing atmosphere with its combination of laid back grooves and driving beats. The drums *blow away* other bands completely. They are the core of the songs, but don't take thet to mean that they aren't embelished on nicely. Wether it be De La Soul's funky raps on "360 Degrees", Shirley Bassey's Lounge vocals on "History Repeating", the elctronic dance-floor drive of "Spybreak!", or the artful big-band arrangements of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" this album will make you smile. It's refreshing to see that in a musical genre in which the darker tones of The Prodigy or the abrasive banging of The Chemical Brothers garner so much attention, someone can still make an album with a highly accessable, happy-go-lucky nature. Don't get me wrong, I love the Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, but they lack the cross-genre, universal appeal that make the Propellerheads so fresh and entertaining.
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The main reasons I bought this CD were the low price and "History Repeating" video. When I first listened to the entire album, I was really impressed with the texture and variety displayed on all the tracks. It also helped that the songs made me want to MOVE. My favorite tracks are "A Number of Microphones" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," which are actually almost one track as the former melds into the latter: I tend to think of it as a REAL monster track! This album truly stands out from the rest of the pack. Personally, I try not to compare albums with one another as, for one reason or another, I'm often not too enthusuastic about the other artists they are compared to compared to. What I can say is if you're looking for fast beats and high velocity, the Propellorheads definitely have it.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 29 2005
Format: Audio CD
Big beats. Hip-hop. James Bond. That's the description of the Propellerheads' "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll," a wildly enticing album that mixes dance music with a James Bondian atmosphere. Its crossover appeal and originality are very good, but the raw energy is the icing on the cake.

A cheerful, sputtering radio sample opens the album, before leading into a gritty maze of electrobeats and percussion, interspersed with samples. It's heavy stuff, but still fun. Things reach their heaviest point near the end when jazz rhythms are mingled with deep vocal samples and some blisteringly raw electronic buzzes.

It gets more fun in the second song, "Velvet Pants," a vaguely jazzy song with the constant repetition, "He's got a nice body, he's wearing velvet pants... Send the first kid down, send the first kid down, and they played records."A more openly hip-hoppy sound enters with the pleasantly slackerish "360° (Oh Yeah?)", while "Winning Style" has a glitzier, faster tone.

The best songs of all are the ones with a distinctly James Bondian flair: "History Repeating" is a wonderfully overwrought lounge-dance song, with Shirley Bassey roaring that, "And I've seen it before/and I'll see it again/just little bits of history repeating!" Same with spy dance-track "Spybreak." But things reach their peak with "In Her Majesty's Secret Service," a ten minute opus that mingles majestic retro with big beat fun, complete with an orchestral brass climax.

If it sounds fun, that's because it is.

Kitschy electronica is one of the easiest kinds of music to mess up, especially if there's sampling going on. Give it a theme, and it's even harder.
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