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Thread: Album Club, December 2018: Placebo - 'Ball of Eyes'

  1. #1
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    Default Album Club, December 2018: Placebo - 'Ball of Eyes'

    The Album Club rota for this year comes to a close with Charlie's (Sophistry) choice of Placebo 'Ball of Eyes'. As always, please listen to the album in its entirety before you comment and/or vote.



    Placebo - Ball of Eyes




    Not to be confused with the Alt-Rock band from the 90s! This is one of the most incredible jazz-funk albums ever recorded. It has now been used by a huge number hip-hop producers for samples but, aside from the beautiful little snippets of sound which can be cut from it, each song is, in its complete form, a beautiful work of art. It was composed by Marc Moulin in 1971 and is the first of the albums recorded under the Placebo name. The other Placebo two albums, "1973" and "Placebo" are also incredible and definitely worth listening to! Stand out tracks include: Inner City Blues; Humpty Dumpty; and Aria.


    YouTube:

    https://youtu.be/INc7Y4qUhbs

    Spotify:

    https://open.spotify.com/album/74OvK12g3Vsc3cfksBoX7C
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    Love it - very groovy/funky and with an infectious '70s hippy vibe', just my kinda thing! Well recorded, too... Been listening to it on Tidal, and enjoyed it so much I'm going to seek out the vinyl version... Top tunes, man - great recco

    Shades of Curtis Mayfield:



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    I rather like this album, not heard anything by them before I will be listen to more of their work. I agree about a Curtis Mayfield feel ( Freddy's Dead is one of my all time favourites ), it has that tight, funky thing going on, how 70's is that. I'm off to listen to some more. 10/10 from me.
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    Spinning it now, I'm familiar with the band name as a guy I used to work with was a Jazz/Funk junky, but can't recall having heard them myself before.

    EDIT:
    Just finished playing it - not really my thing, but I'm not sure Spotify does it justice as it sounds a little 'flat', bet it sounds good on vinyl. Reminded me in places of Steve Winwood, which I liked. Not something I would buy though.
    6/10
    Last edited by Tim; 02-12-2018 at 11:21.
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    Excellent choice. New to me. Loved it. 8/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Love it - very groovy/funky and with an infectious '70s hippy vibe', just my kinda thing! Well recorded, too... Been listening to it on Tidal, and enjoyed it so much I'm going to seek out the vinyl version... Top tunes, man - great recco
    Glad you like it, Marco. Unfortunately, the original records are worth crazy amounts these days...

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    Not keen. I think I prefer the contemporary Placebo by a wide margin.

    It is almost cool but misses something, I think. 5/10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophistry View Post
    Glad you like it, Marco. Unfortunately, the original records are worth crazy amounts these days...
    Yeah, I can imagine, but I have a few contacts!

    Good stuff though - I think it would sound good played loud and proud on my bad-ass sound system, in my even badder-assed car

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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    Not keen. I think I prefer the contemporary Placebo by a wide margin.

    It is almost cool but misses something, I think. 5/10.
    Yer taste's in yer bum!

    Marco.
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