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Verve Remixed

Various Artists

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The Key Is "REmixed"

Okay, if you’re a jazz purist who has happened to stumble upon this album thinking, “I’m going to hear some classic jazz with maybe a few new beats tossed in,” that's not exactly the case here... More or less, the classic jazz tunes merely serve as a reference point for the DJs who are featured here. Example: “Strange Fruit” is a reinterpretation of the classic Billie Holiday song. However, Tricky has made something totally singular that sounds nothing like Billie Holiday’s classic version, but is no less “strange” or chilling in its interpretation. Think of it this way: It’s kind of like when US3 released the song “Cantaloop” years ago. It used Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” as its foundation; but, it was a different song entirely. In fact, in the same vein, I think they should’ve given each song here a new name—something related to the original, but different enough to signal “this is something new.” Anyway, there are some standouts here that are pure bliss. “Spanish Grease” is sublimely funky, reinvented with a thumping house beat. “Who Needs Forever” feels like sipping mojitos under a palm tree—a wonderful remix with a sweet samba beat by Thievery Corporation (check out their other works and remixes for other artists if you’re unfamiliar with this duo from DC). “Is You Is…” is also absolutely funky, with a great rhythm track and fantastic use of the Dinah Washington sample. “Feelin Good” is a wonderful downtempo reinterpretation of this immortal song. “Wait Till You See Him” is also very funky and smooth with a dubby feel. (If contemporary radio played this, the late Miss Ella would have a hit to her credit in the new millennium.) And, the centerpiece (literally) of the disc, the 10-minute reworking of “See Line Woman.” In actuality, out of all the tracks here, this one most resembles its predecessor; it just enhances the already jam-tastic beat and adds in a funky synth solo in the middle. The whole disc is worth buying. (Can't say the same for Vol 2 that followed. Some real missteps on that one.) But, for the most part, this is a well done remix project.

great stuff

this is a fairly good album, for a remix album. i've bought verve remixed 3, and this one, and i would highly recomend verve remixed 3 over this one. i do believe that after 3 albums, the verve remixers would know what they're doing a little more than they did on the first one, buy the 3rd one people!

A true classic

This is what a Verve remix album should be about. There are 6 hot songs (2,6,9,10,8,and4). I dont know many albums that can say that. This highest compliment you can pay an iTunes ablum, is that you would purhcase the entire album. I would and have. Keep it up Verve.

Verve Remixed
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: Apr 30, 2002

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