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Reads the Books EP

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009HLBF2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Pagina Uno Introduccion
2. Pagina Dos
3. Pagina Tres
4. Pagina Cuatro
5. Pagina Cinco
6. Pagina Seis
7. Pagina Siete
8. Pagina Ocho (Feat. Claudia Maria Deheza)

Product Description

Though they've already released their own, separate albums this year, Prefuse 73 and the Books are set to unveil an EP together titled Reads the Books. After reaching instant-classic status with their second album The Lemon Of Pink, Massachusetts's The Books have been lauded by in-the-know music heads across the globe for the astronomical quality of their carefully crafted songs complimented by their mysterious, withdrawn personas. Their twisted avant-folk, richly infused with skewed electronic beats and devilishly tweaked samples puts them in a perfect place to go up against the renegade master of tweaky beat freaking, Prefuse 73. Prefuse 73 brings his patented trunk-rattling digi-crunk to the table, remixing and reinterpreting The Books' source material. Warp. 2005.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, but stronger in abridged format Nov. 27 2008
By Ben Sullivan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While working in disparate genres, the Books and Scott Herren share a bit too much in common in the process department of their glitch leanings to augur anything truly revelatory out of this one-way collaboration. No less pleasant for the obviousness of its execution, this is a brief "read" that only offers a few standout chapters.

Listening to the results here, the simpatico between these dual forerunners of modern pop-glitch is evident, but Prefuse 73 is too tight and perhaps too careful with his source material to do anything unexpected. The lack of verve or nerve with the programming here only leads to new sonic juxtapositions--no transformations, and nothing with the inherent playful humor of The Books LPs. For one, "Pagina Cinco" is no more than the sum total of its sources from "The Lemon of Pink". Herren even retreats to the sound of his Savath and Savalas project with "Pagina Ocho", enlisting one of his vocalist collaborators for another non-starter of a track.

That being said, three tracks exhibit direction and energy. "Pagina Tres" is a short burner with some vintage Prefuse melancholic funk, and "Pagina Seis" is a strong longer piece. I also dig the interplay between the freshly chopped vocal & banjo samples and the beat clip on "Pagina Dos". Despite these standouts, this reading can't be recommended to anyone but Books diehards.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars prefuse does it again Jan. 15 2006
By Evan Schuldt - Published on
Format: Audio CD
prefuse has always created some brilliant tunes to chill out to... this is one of them, collaborating with the books... my god very very good..... any of prefuse 73's records are good, but this one is a must.
4.0 out of 5 stars Prefuse 73 - Reads The Books May 5 2011
By scoundrel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Musique concrete (from the Books) meets abstract hip-hop (from Prefuse 73). These two groups have so much in common, in their assemblage of sonic detritus, that it seems almost natural that they would collaborate in this way. Using The Books' previous works as source material, Prefuse 73 reshapes those bits into new forms -- a sort of reimagining. Thus, the banjo from "The Lemon of Pink" becomes the plucky backbone of "Pagina Dos." The rearrangement continues throughout, until the source of the sounds becomes irrelevant; all that remains is the final product, like the reclaimed violin of "Pagina Cinco." Claudia Maria Deheza lends her vocals to "Pagina Ocho," which sounds like a Savath + Savalas track more than a Prefuse 73 track. In other words, sublimely glitchy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcomed Change from Surrounded By Silence... Oct. 30 2005
By Kevin McCauley - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have grown to appreciate each Prefuse 73 album, despite their sometimes extreme difference in sound. After a few full lengths and some single eps, Prefuse 73 has explored both ends of the spectrum, from a more traditional hip-hop sound to a more electronic sound. This collaboration leans much more towards the electronic side, as there aren't guest rappers on this effort. I enjoy this the most out of his works. This just doesn't sound like much else that is out there, including his other works. This ep has enough innovation to keep the listener interested, however it is possible to sit back and enjoy this shorter release without concentrating too hard either.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars look how cool we are July 13 2005
By C. Flora-Tostado - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Scott is still able to surprise, pulling tricks on his unexpecting listeners. Call it whatever you will this kind of skill is rare. Though his hip hop structure stays somewhat close to its roots, this music is more about the engineered textures constructed from source clippings and shavings. The beats he carves leave scattered sawdust that absorb the nitroglycerine leaking throughout and blow it back in your face. Hating on this does not make you cool folks, it makes you wrong