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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: In the Red Records
  • ASIN: B004DMRR3Y
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2011 release from the Detroit Garage rockers. Nearly 10 years after their critically-acclaimed album Ultraglide In Black helped kick-start a renewed interest in all things Detroit and Rock 'n' Roll, The Dirtbombs release this de facto companion piece. Where Ultraglide was a covers collection of '60s and '70s Soul gems, Party Store is an assortment of live-band interpretations of classic Detroit Techno music of the '80s and early '90s. The subject matter runs the gamut from materialistic future-disco braggadocio ("Sharevari," originally by A Number of Names) to cold, post-industrial isolation ("Alleys of Your Mind," originally by Cybotron) through the instrumental optimism of a worldwide house classic ("Strings of Life," originally by Derrick May). All these themes encapsulate the climate of Detroit both now and at the time of their initial release. Let it be said clearly: this record addresses both the past and the future of Detroit.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong being self indulgent if it works - this doesn't June 25 2011
By Woody - Published on
I love everything by The Dirtbombs, especially their double CD If You Don't Already Have A Look which included a load of covers. This album however, is awful. What sounds like a good idea of covering Detroit Techno tracks has turned out to be a monotonous dirge. Avoid this album if this is your first taste of The Dirtbombs. Any other album by them is recommended though.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong but Odd Album Feb. 11 2011
By A. Woodley - Published on
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I love the Dirtbombs. In fact, I love anything that Mick Collins puts himself into. With that being said, this is a bit of an odd album for the Dirtbombs. The album is a cover of techno songs. I am not really a fan of techno music. It's not that it's bad. It's just not my thing. All of the songs they cover on this album, I have never heard before. I honestly can't say how they stack up next to the originals, but overall as Dirtbombs songs, they hold up fairly well. The backing music is still a live band, but it's a live band playing repatitve techno beats. The concept, is a cool one. It's always interesting to hear what artist do with songs from other genres. At times, this album is very cool in that sense. The band is strong and Mick Collins sounds great as always. In fact, some of the techno breakdowns the band does are awsome. They manage to take some of these techno songs and infuse them with some driving Detroit rock. I see two major drawbacks to this album though. First, some of the songs run a bit long. I get bored with a few of the longer tracks, as they seem repatative. My second complaint is that the Dirtbombs actually get a little discoish in some places. I know artist are allowed to change and expand, but something about the Dirtbombs doing the disco shtick is unsettling to me. I love their dirty garage rock blues or Detroit rock (or whatever you want to call it). The only reason that they are able to pull off this somewhat disco sound is because they maintain their feel as a raw band. Bottom line: If you're a Dirtbombs fan, you'll want to check out this album, but be prepared for a new sound. If this is your introduction to the Dirtbombs, start with their first three albums.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Worries Feb. 12 2011
By T-Town Punk - Published on
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Don't worry Dirtbombs fans, this is NOT a techno recording nor is it disco. This is the Dirtbombs with the same approach to a different kind of music. It's a great record and has just as much fuzzy loud guitars as ever, but with some different beats and more electronics. Really a great collection of covers that I have never heard prior to now, just sounds like good Dirtbombs to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars House Organ July 3 2012
By House Organ - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard this album I left the party!!! This is not the THE DB's!
OVER a year later I played it one more time, I didn't knock on the door I crashed
the PARTY, what fun hasn't been off my rotation in weeks!
For those like myself just go back and take a listen or just crash it.....
2.0 out of 5 stars The party's over April 28 2016
By Midnight To Six - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Dirtbombs are no strangers to cover songs. The Detroit five-some have already done an entire album of souped-up soul-nuggets (2001’s Ultraglide In Black), and they’ve always included assorted other cover versions throughout their other releases. Party Store adds to their extensive repertoire with nine covers of Detroit Techno songs from the ’80s and ’90s. Techno covers from a band best known for high-octane garage rock sounds like a terrible idea, but they’ve already covered a dossier of artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Flipper so there was still hope that if anyone was capable of successfully bringing these songs into a rock and roll context it was The Dirtbombs. Unfortunately that optimism doesn’t pay off and Party Store is just as dodgy as its concept. Yes, you can credit Mick Collins’ gang for taking all of the drum beats and synthesizers from the originals and transposing them into a rock setting, but the results are neither good rock nor good techno. There isn’t a single song on the album you’ll want to revisit, but the largest turd in the pile has to be a ditty called “Bug In The Bassbin” (originally by Carl Craig as Innerzone Orchestra), a meandering twenty-one minute instrumental that The Dirtbombs themselves would probably have a hard time sitting through. At this early point it’s hard to imagine there being a more wretched album in 2011 from a band that knows better.

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