Though it seems that I don’t write in my blog anymore (my last post was exactly a month ago), I’m still going to keep up with my monthly mixes.
This one may seem like a throw away, since all of the songs were on the 2010 Christmas Mix. However, the thirteen songs featured on this mix are the remixes of songs from the Christmas mix. Still, you might find that as a throw away, but why not give it a shot?
Growing up, I loved remixes. My first remix was Duran Duran’s eight minute version of “The Wild Boys.” From there, I plundered their 12″ singles, finding remixes of “Girls On Film,” “The Reflex,” “Notorious” and many, many more. I soon discovered that tons of bands had remixes.
Some of the remixes were just kind of extended versions of the songs, which was a bummer to me. Others, however, were complete reworkings and that just tickled me to no end. Still does.
The songs on this mix mostly fall into the latter category. I like remixes that you can tell are remixes.
We start with “And She Was (Extended Mix),” which is very obviously a remix. Sometimes when the song is labeled as “extended,” it’s just longer, but in this case, there’s a lot of new stuff going on. The same goes for REM’s “Finest Worksong (Lengthy Club Mix),” which was probably a very unnecessary remix, but still a lot of fun.
Possibly one of the best remixes I’ve ever heard is INXS’s “Guns In The Sky (Kick Ass Mix).” It’s got everything you want in a remix. Compared to the original version, it’s musically a different song, yet the original song is there – though it’s sampled and mixed around. And speaking of samples, if you’re an INXS fan, you’ll be pretty delighted by all the samples of other INXS songs contained therein.
Similar to the INXS remix is “Good Thing (Extended Version).” It was remixed by Prince Paul and definitely deserves a better label than “extended version.” Samples, reworkings and fun await all who listen!
Probably even more pointless than the REM remix is “We Care A Lot (Make Love Not War Mix).” There’s no reason at all to remix a Faith No More song. Still, this is pretty amazing. When you think of remixes, often you’ll think of songs redone for clubs or something (like the Information Society remix). That’s not exactly true here. I’m not sure who the audience was for this one, but I am hooked. You’ll be too.
Hopefully, you’ll like most of the songs. And why not? Check it out.
Just click on the button and it’ll take you to another site. Click on the link to download and save the zip file to your desktop. Then open the zip file with WinZip (or whatever program you use to open zip files). Add to your MP3 library or burn it to a CD-R. Easy as pie!
Vinyl LPs, 7″s and 12″s from my personal collection.
Turntable: Audio Technica PL-120A
Cartridge: Shure M97XE
TCC TC-750LC Phono Preamp
Soundcard: Roland Edirol UA-1EX USB external soundcard
Audacity 1.3.9 on Linux Mint 8 & 9
-Digital recording from soundcard
-Editing and splitting of tracks
Gnome Wave Cleaner 0.21-10
-Manual and automatic click/pop removal
-Converted WAV to 320kbps MP3