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  • Audio CD (June 10 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B0000062W1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Planet Claire
2. 52 Girls
3. Rock Lobster
4. Party Out Of Bounds
5. Strobelight
6. Private Idaho
7. Quiche Lorraine
8. Mesopotamia
9. Song For A Future Generation
10. Summer Of Love (Original Unreleased Mix)
11. Channel Z
12. Deadbeat Club
13. Love Shack
14. Roam
15. Good Stuff
16. Is That You Mo-Dean?
17. Debbie
18. Hallucinating Pluto

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Taken in one concentrated best-of dose, it becomes evident what a coup the B-52's pulled off when they turned their own concentrated craziness into genuine hits. This is some of the weirdest stuff ever to make the charts, much less be loved by the masses. It's all here though--the mad surf guitar of Ricky Wilson (and later Keith Strickland), the banshee wails of Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, and, of course, the, um, well, let's say vocalizing of freaky Fred Schneider. "Party out of Bounds" with a "Rock Lobster" on "Planet Claire," or "Roam" over to the "Love Shack" in "Private Idaho." Whatever you do in the B-52's universe will at least be good, clean, perverse fun. Contains two new songs. --Michael Ruby

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Format: Audio CD
When you think of the B-52's, you probably think of a group that was very quirky, very silly, but yet, very enjoyable and fun. That's what TIME CAPSULE: SONGS FOR A FUTURE GENERATION precisely shows them as from start to finish- the times may have changed during their career, and they did have the occasional pitfall (band member Ricky Wilson's death), but yet, they were still able to craft some infectious songs from "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire" to "Love Shack" and "Good Stuff." Amongst those songs are many of their other best tunes, like "Private Idaho"; "Quiche Lorraine"; "Deadbeat Club"; and "Roam." The two new songs- "Debbie" and "Hallucinating Pluto"- may not rank among all of the other songs here, but they are still pretty nice tunes. But if there is any complaint, it's that the early part of the B-52's career is not represented well enough- only three tracks are taken from their classic debut album, and "Dance This Mess Around" and "Lava" could have been added from that as well, as well as maybe "Give Me Back My Man" from WILD PLANET. For most casual fans- especially those who didn't find the band until at least COSMIC THING- will not find that as much of a loss, but yet, the early years were the band's peak years in terms of creativity.
But TIME CAPSULE still captures the essence of the B-52's very well, and it does define quite nicely who they were. For many casual fans, it will serve as a nice introduction, but for those people who want a collection that focuses on their early years should look at the 1990 import copy BEST OF THE B-52s: DANCE THIS MESS AROUND, which puts a majority of its focus on the group's first two albums.
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Format: Audio CD
The majority of the songs on this compilation are here for a good reason: The b-52s have put out some enduring music over the years, both early (planet claire, rock lobster) and recent hits (roam, channel z). Therein, however, lies the problem. The old and new are good on their own, but having them together on the same cd lets you realize just how far this band has slid over the years. Additionally, there are several tracks that just shouldn't be here - was there really anything salvageable off of "Good Stuff"? As if that weren't bad enough, this cd contains two new tracks, one of my pet peeves in terms of greatest hits compilations. Thankfully, one of these tracks (Debbie) is pretty good, actually sounding more like the "true" b-52s than anything they've put out in the past 10 years or so. I hesitantly give it three stars.
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I sometimes wonder all the way about party bands, and the organic vibes they've conjured up. It all just seems to be exactly the same thing to me. Particualrly today, it all just seems to be so overmanufactured and overproduced, you can't seem to tell what is actually real and what isn't real. Still, there is no party band in my mind that seems to show it more than the B-52's. Although they've seen some highs and lows in their lives, they honestly can make the right kind of tunes to get up and dance to. Fred, Kate and company definitely are the party animals here.
Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Genertion, consists of 18 great songs from the B-52's lineup. The songs fit very well here, but at often times can party you down a little bit. Still, the formula of great dance songs fits well here for newcomers to their music, like myself, and die hard fanatics of the B-52's. There are just so many great dance classics here, including the #1 signature song, Love Shack, as well as Roam, Private Idaho, and the funky Rock Lobster. Arguably, the songs are great, and still beats what is hot on the dance floor today. Still, it is just a shame that people don't respect these songs, and think of them as a guilty pleasure. They're alright to me, but could've offered lyrics to all 18 of these crafted tunes.
Many people don't seem to play the B-52's anymore, and how wild and wacky those songs simply are. Still, it does beat manufactured artists Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez anyday. Get your jukebox money, and buy this album all the way down to the love shack baby!!!
This review is dedicated in loving memory of my relationship with my sister Anna
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Format: Audio CD
The B-52's are arguably the greatest party rock band to emerge from the eighties. It's too bad the entire genre of New Wave pretty much disappeared overnight with the arrival of the nineties (don't worry, the band has since reformed.) In recent years, the band released this hits compilation. How does it measure up? Read on and find out.
-More than likely, the only reason you want a B-52's hits compilation is so that you can get Love Shack, Rock Lobster, and/or Roam on CD. And, needless to say, you'll find them all here.
-This compilation doesn't just rely on the hits. You get a number of underrated masterpieces, including Planet Claire off the band's debut album.
-Three unreleased tracks are available here, and only here. Two are entirely new songs, one is an alternate mix of an old favorite.
-THE SONGS ARE IN ORDER OF RELEASE! Failure to do this has ruined many a hits compilation.
-This is the band's best hits compilation, period .(It's a better value than the two-disc anthology, and it covers the band's entire career unlike the Planet Claire compilation, also available here on Amazon.)
-I have only one complaint with this compilation, and it's one I make for just about every hits compilation - The unreleased tracks are just part of a ploy for the band or the record company to pull in extra cash.
If you only get one hits compilation by this band, make extra sure it's this one. These are some of the greatest songs ever released by ANY band, and you're only hurting yourself by not buying this.
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