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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. This is a difficult review to do. First, it isn't so much about FLA as it is the remixers on the album. Secondly, as is usually the case with FLA, the original songs are so well crafted that I'm sure it's a daunting task trying to improve upon near-perfection.
Echogenetic, the album from which Echoes is based, contains a superb collection of tracks from Leeb and Co. The highlights of this release, and what makes it worth the purchase, are clearly the two new FLA tracks, Contagion and Next War. The former begins subtly melodic before being saturated with a flood of chaotic rhythms which work to keep it unpredictable and interesting throughout.
Next War drives hard from the onset, with a danceable beat and memorable chorus that leaves an appealing, lasting aftertaste.
This song would have fit perfectly on Echogenetic. Beyond that, there isn't too much to talk about. I've gone back to some of the remixes on a few occasions, but really don't hear anything too terribly inspiring.
Similarly, the Techdiff remix of Heartquake is a stripped version of the original, but remains rather one dimensional. In fact, both these remixes fail to include the bridge segments of the originals, which I feel give them so much more personality. It's interesting to note that there are three versions of Ghosts, but none of them really live up to the potential that I believe this song has to transform into a completely intense theatrical masterpiece.
And, of course, it's nice to see Rhys Fulber on this collection -- he gives an admirable effort with Killing Grounds, but I'd much rather hear him on Hard Wired :- I also had high hopes for the Haujobb remix of Blood, but it fell completely flat.
I wish I had more good things to say about the remixes. Perhaps I just can't see below the high bar set by the members of FLA. The artists do provide some interesting sounds and danceable beats, but nothing here will make me want to seek out their output.
Black Ark In Dub. Black Ark Players. Staff Listens. Purity Of Essence. Hoodoo Gurus. The Prats. Believe In Nothing. Paradise Lost. Shake Off Your Troubles. The Little Kicks. Radio Bemba Sound System Live. Songs From The Crystal Cave. Steven Seagal.
Mort Aux Vaches. Flying Saucer Attack. Patterns Of Consciousness. Caterina Barbieri. Black Jazz Radio. Gilles Peterson. Jussara Silveira. All Good Wishes. Course Of The Satellite. Point Me At The Sky. Acid Casualties This California band somehow considered Roger Waters to be a kindred spirit; they opened their album "Panic Station" with this excellent cover of "Point me at the Sky. No obvious Syd connection but a fine cover nonetheless.
Astronomy Domine. At this point it was a punk dive on the skids. This is the last known instance of "Astronomy Domine" being played there. What A Dream. See Emily Play. Apples And Oranges. Song For Syd Barrett. Arnold Layne. Effervescing Elephant.
Jugband Blues. Lucifer Sam. No Good Trying. Incarceration Of A Flower Child.Echogenetic Resonance Leveled Killing Grounds Blood Deadened Ghosts Echogenetic Exhale Exo Prototype Heartquake.