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This Station Is Non-Operational (With DVD) Best of

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  • Audio CD (June 5 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0008FPIPO
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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1. Fahrenheit
2. Picket Fence Cartel
3. Chanbara
4. Lopsided
5. Napoleon Solo
6. Pickpocket
7. Doorman's Placebo (B-Side)
8. Metronome
9. 198D
10. One Armed Scissor
11. Enfilade
12. Non Zero Possibility
13. Incetardis (B-Side)
14. Autorelocator (Rare)
15. Rascuache (Vaya Remix)
16. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (Smiths cover)
17. Initiation (BBC Lamacq Session)
18. Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk (Pink Floyd cover)

Product Description

In their first collaboration since the break-up, the members of At The Drive-in, (now split into The Mars Volta and Sparta) have handpicked a collection of their greatest hits, BBC Session, B-sides, re-mixes, and covers of The Smiths and Pink Floyd tunes which spans their entire career (1995-2001). The package will also include a companion DVD/CD-rom with music videos, desktop wallpaper, buddy icons, and Operations Manual;their EPK. The booklet will contain 20 unrleased photographs from the ATDI Archives. Fearless. 2005.

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I'm a huge fan of the Mars Volta. They ooze with talant so I had to look at their previous work. AtThe Drive-In's best-of collection came along at just the right time. This stuff is really good. It's obviously a young band with limited production. Oscar's voice isn't always pitch-perfect, the instrumentation sounds at times like something independant. But there is beauty here. The songs sound very progressive punk, but written and preformed with flashes of brilliance that foreshadow the coming of The Mars Volta. This cd prooves that you don't need a big produced sound or technically perfect performances to make something that sounds great. The inspired and hard-working can succeed at any level. Buy this cd if you're a big fan of TMV's song-writing and exploration more than their genre (this is more punk than rock or jazz) or if you like progressive punk that has a somewhat unpolished sound.
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At the drive in is an amazing band. Sure they've seperated, but when they seperated, they created two masterpieces...Sparta and Mars Volta. What more needs to be said? This is greatest hits, plus b sides, plus two wicked covers. If you like any of the three bands memtioned, just get this. It shows them in their best form, which they never seemed to not be. So yeah, no point in doing a track by track review because they are all 10/10. BUY IT!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c012618) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c07d324) out of 5 stars Could be better, could be worse July 2 2005
By THime - Published on
Format: Audio CD
At The Drive-In was an utterly enthralling and influential 90's act from El Paso that caused a musical revolution in my life.

However, this collection, whose title is taken from a lyric in "One-Armed Scissor," is a little iffy.

For one thing, my favorite ATDI album, Acrobatic Tenement is completely unrepresented.

This collection feels like it was compiled predominantly by Paul, Jim and Tony (the "Invalid Litter Dept." video looks like it was put together post-ATDI, for instance) and since they could only use the songs all three co-wrote, Acrobatic material was out of the question (Cedric, Omar and Jim were the only members in the band from '96 to their breakup.)

However, I feel that Acrobatic Tenement was their most raw and exciting album, so without any of the material (besides a hamfisted version of "Initiation") it is missing a key era in At The Drive-In's history.

In/Casino/Out is definitely well-represented, which also goes with the compiled-by-Sparta theory.

Relationship of Command-era tracks are split between rare tracks and album tracks.

It feels like they maybe should have put some more RoC songs on This Station like "Pattern Against User" or "Cosmonaut," but they probably didn't want to over emphasize their most well-known CD.

Vaya is slightly represented, and that's cool.

The rare material is interesting and varied (except for the hideous Rascuache remix) but there isn't enough rare tracks/covers or live tracks (much to the chagrin of people who never witnessed them live) to give die-hard fans anything new.

The CD is varied, but in my opinion, it doesn't represent some of their best material (Proxima Centari, Arcarsenal, Star Slight, Porfirio Diaz, Heliotrope, etc.) so I don't know if it's the best choice for new fans, either.

Really, if you want to hear ATDI's most raw CD, get Acrobatic Tenement.

If you want to hear their most trippy/varied CD, get In/Casino/Out.

If you want to hear their more catchy/intense CD, get Relationship of Command.

The DVD is the only thing that makes it worth the money, but it only makes me salivate for a huge DVD set of live material.

I'm glad Fearless made an effort to promote At The Drive-In besides reissuing all their old CDs, but I just feel like this collection is uneven and put together in a rushed manner.

But hey, it remasters their rare tracks, highlights their strong points, and gives their music videos and the rare EPK in DVD form, which makes it worth shelling $15.

Get it if you already love these guys and want all the rare material of ATDI you can get your hands on.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c1b8540) out of 5 stars A diverse collection, but just misses the bullseye May 27 2005
By morano75 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First and foremost, I must extend massive kudos to Fearless Records for seizing control of the ATDI musical empire from the defunct Grand Royal company and continuing to enhance the band's legacy. Their catalog is too influential to be unceremoniously buried in a dusty vault somewhere.

Like most hardcore ATDI fans, the thirst for ANY uncovered or remastered material is undeniable, irrefutable, and insatiable, despite the fact the band has dissolved and forged ahead with Sparta and The Mars Volta. As the old adage explains, the sum of the parts is not greater than the whole, and I believe ATDI fits that statement like a full five-finger glove. This sonically pleasing compilation is evidence of that.

Just taking a quick gaze at the tracklist would make most ATDI fans salivate. You get tantalizing selections culled from *most* of their albums, rare compositions previously only available on vinyl (or in illicit mp3 form), and a bonus DVD featuring long forgotten videos and the treasured "Relationship of Command" documentary / press kit. These is no doubt this release will be pleasing, even temporarily soothing, to the ATDI fan that is perpetually yearning for more. But will it be enough?

A four star rating seems trifling, despite the fact this compilation will be taking up residency in my CD player for an extremely long period of time. There is something intrinsically unsettling about this release that leaves me still unsatisfied and unable to drive the final nail in the ATDI disbanded coffin once and for all. I believe this confounded sensation stems from the odd inclusions and, more critically, exclusions. The fact there lacks a single representation from "Acrobatic Tenement" ("Initiation" here is the Lamacq version) is disconcerting. The omission of "Invalid Litter Dept." is downright perplexing, especially if this CD was released purportedly as a career retrospective.

However, despite these minor grievances, I covet this CD for many reasons, most notably the previously unreleased "This Night Has Opened My Eyes." Who knew that ATDI could pull off this uncanny Smiths cover with such ease, grace, and (...gulp...) authenticity?! The other rarities are tasty treats, allowing me to replace the inferior mp3 versions I once had to download due to lack of turntable ownership. Finally, the mastering is impeccable, especially with the some of the older material. All the tracks are normalized to a consistent volume, making the disk a coherent, pleasurable listen from start to finish.

To truly capture the visceral essence of ATDI, I would have suggested a few ideas to Fearless during the planning phases. While the DVD is an exercise in nostalgia, I would rather see a 2-disk set with disk 1 encapsulating additional album material and disk 2 exclusively devoted to the rare gems. This way, disk 2 could include some of the tracks that simply could not make it due to space limitations, such as "Catacomb, "Catacombs", "Extracurricular", the remaining Lamacq tracks, as well as some other live material.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c16d2c4) out of 5 stars This Package is Fully Operational May 28 2005
By doomsdayer520 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Now that Mars Volta and Sparta are gaining the widespread popular notice that At the Drive-In deserved but never received, the time is right for a career retrospective. Kudos to Fearless Records for consolidating the band's far-flung material, from who knows how many indie labels, split discs, B-sides, and limited editions. This compilation should probably be viewed more as an introduction to ATDI rather than as a summary for longtime fanatics, due to its focus on the band's variety. Wisely, ATDI's most semi-famous album, Relationship of Command, is not over-emphasized, though the absence of any tracks from Acrobatic Tenement is a real mystery. The rarities are true revelations for those without the patience for tracking them down in the indie wilderness, especially the late-period items "Incetardis" and "Autorelocator" which show the band making intriguing forays into loose grooves. However, this package's focus on variety does reveal a few of the band's missteps, as the avant-garde remix of "Rascuache" and the cover of Pink Floyd's "Take up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" are stylistic dead-ends. But in any case, ATDI's influence on vast segments of the indie rock community will continue to be felt for years to come, and this package is an excellent starting point for an exploration of their original material. [~doomsdayer520~]
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c0870b4) out of 5 stars Marred Voltage March 21 2006
By The Wasp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
With the brain-melting lyrical overload, elongated musical style and impenetrable concepts of The Mars Volta getting more overwhelming with each album, it's getting harder and harder to conceive that Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez once fronted an inciting and insightful punk outfit that generally got to the point in three minutes bursts. Back in the late 1990s before At The Drive-In splintered into the divisive acts The Mars Volta and Sparta, the El Paso outfit acted as a saving musical grace amongst a sea of scripted popstars and nu-metal lunks. While short on proper `hits', This Station Is Non-Operational contains At The Drive-In's explosive peak in the form of One Armed Scissor, rarities such as the quiet moments of Doorman's Placebo and cover versions including Pink Floyd (the Syd Barrett tune Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk) and The Smiths (This Night Has Opened My Eyes). Unsure specifically want it wants to be, This Station Is Non-Operational teeters between rarities round-up and record company cash-in, although the sea shanty sounds of Napoleon Solo, the ghostly Relocator and the Suzanne Vega-tackles-reggae sounds of Rascuache show an interesting flipside to the normal At The Drive-In twists. The final ATDI studio album, Relationship Of Command, saw the flashpoint of insurrection serendipitously cause their musical formula to fall into place, with three of the album's tracks and some video clips from the record also making it to the DVD included here as a bonus. Varied and atmospheric, This Station Is Non-Operational is an ominous yet fascinating (final?) addition to the defunct Texans' back catalogue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c1b81b0) out of 5 stars One thing to keep in mind... Feb. 13 2006
By CBZ - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I think it's important that you sepperate the fact that yes, At The Drive-In has split into two different bands. If you have heard either Sparta or The Mars Volta's work, you should regard At The Drive-In as a complete and seperate band, because it is. While it's important to know that they started with ATD-I, it's hard to hear it as a new sound if you've already heard the new work.

I think "This Station is Non-Operational" is great for people just getting into ATD-I or that want to learn about a band that inspired another band or if you want to hear previous works from members of Sparta or The Mars Volta. Everybody says "Relaionship of Command" is their best work, but I disagree. It's just a continuation of their previous album, "in/CASINO/OUT".

All and all, this album is great and a good listen. It DOES leave out some of the best songs and tracks from other albums like "Acrobatic Tenement" (except for the BBC session of Iniatiation), but I think it's worth it - especially if you're a first time listener of the band.