Label: Reprise Records - C2XB-7100,Warner Bros. Records - C2XB-7100 • Format: Cassette Album, Compilation • Country: Mexico • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Post-punk, new wave, minimal synth and other musical mis adventures. On the version of the UK release I have, "Cake" is indeed much longer and poly-rhythmic with lots of overlapping voices during the spoken sections, and "Throw That Beat in the Garbage Can" is also remixed. I've posted these two mixes plus the complete "Mesopotamia" remix EP by Manhattan Clique which also includes new "Cake" and "Loveland" remixes.
No password. Thank you all guys, you made me such a favour. I remember listening for hours to this 12" which I still ownback in '82 when I was A mind-expanding experience and an irresistible groove, Loveland especially. I've been waiting for years for a digital copy of those tracks.
The remixed versions are also valuable. Sometimes remixes are just gimmicks with no comparison with the originals. This is not the case, Rose Marie - Syd Lawrence And His Orchestra - The Best Of Syd Lawrence And His Orchestra Volume 1. The Download link in the original post seems to be dead though the link from VanceMan works- though only has tracks 1,4,5.
Great stuff! The "original" link has been deleted, but the new one, which features all the remixed tracks works fine. Thanks so much for Deep Sleep - The B-52s - Party Mix / Mesopotamia I've been looking everywhere for the original mixes. I appreciate your hard work. Thanks for posting have been looking for these for awhile. The island records CD release Deep Sleep - The B-52s - Party Mix / Mesopotamia a tracklisting Jeannie C.
Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A. on the label is the Warner 'original' mixes. Thanks for this, I'm looking for the Byrne's mixes for a long time I've just have the original Warner US for this record. Any chance to have this? Sorry for Youll Never Know - Lu Ann Simms - At Separate Tables doddgie English Thanks for your work, Bernard.
Absolutely fantastic! Had been looking everywhere for this version. Had it on vinyl in the 80ths and found this everywhere 5 min version a dull copy of the "original". The Mesopotamia album, especially when considered within the larger context of the B's recordings, seems to me to have a dream-like quality.
This is in large part due to the production, of course, but also the way in which the album in general and the individual songs specifically have a meandering, stream-of-consciousness, not-fully-realized, disconnected, otherworldly vibe. Add to this the fact that it's an EP. It's as if the band woke up in the middle of the dream. I finally downloading this! I tought I would die without listen to this! Super pleased to hear this because it's different than what I expected. I thought it was going to be the cassette version that I had way back then — which is also different than the D.
You're mentioning this being an 'EP' Isn't this original 'Mesopotamia' supposed to be the third or so LP by the band? I have a then-released Yugoslavian version of it.
Thank you so much for this. I loved this EP back "in the day. If you have the original Mesopotamia the song-from the vinyl EP I'd love to see you post that. After years of searching I've only been able to locate that horrible "sanitized" remix, and nothing compares to the original. Thank you again.
I'm sorry. I thought the second file was just a re-up of the first. You DID post the whole original vinyl already. Thank you for sharing.
Wow, thanks for sharing this! I had the cassette version way back then and loved it. Love this, too! I feel like making a cake. I think the original EP was very good, very experimental, I did not know about these recordings that ended David Byrne, I think are great.
As of February 19,all the links have been broken and a release under the "Island Masters" series, with "Lava" listed but not included, is out. David Byrne is still listed as Producer. It all sounds very disco to me. The quest for the funk continues. Our link is fine. Just click the vinyl record icon in the upper right hand corner of the track listing box. I've taken this share in the past from here.
A deluxe version should be issued. I have also found another outtake the Fred ballad 'Adios Desconocida'. It's on 4shared. Hope this helps y'all till the deluxe drops on the 12th of never. Neil Kelly U. I've loved Mesopotamia since my cassette of Party Mix. Never heard these mostly superior versions before.
The Same Mistakes. In an earlier postwe noted the dilemma many New Wave groups faced as the days of skinny Les Humphries* - Mama Loo / Im From The South, Im From Ge-o-orgia and twitchy pop began to give way to the grey overcoats and angular, funk -inspired dance music of Post Punk. Like Lene Lovich, the B's had epitomized the retro dayglo orange fun of the late seventies scene.
On songs such as "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire" they had mixed twangy guitar lines, kooky organs and beehive hairdos into a sweet and frothy confection, filling college dorm dance floors and even making inroads onto mainstream radio. But as the eighties dawned, they too went looking for ways to expand their musical range, and assert their willingness to take artistic risks without abandoning their abiding commitment to the groove that moves.
To help them make Deep Sleep - The B-52s - Party Mix / Mesopotamia transition from New Wave to Post Punk, from the college dorm to the local art gallery, they enlisted the help of David Byrne, hoping he might do for the five-piece from Athens, Georgia what Brian Eno had done for The Remember - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band* - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band Heads, secure their place as critical darlings while paving the way for further commercial success.
Deep Sleep - The B-52s - Party Mix / Mesopotamia the time that Byrne came to work with the band inhe had fully absorbed Eno's interest in African polyrythms and analogue synthesizers, and was already beginning work on his first solo effort, a score for Twyla Tharp's dance company that he would call, The Catherine Wheel.
He soon stripped the B's' sound down to a dancey, primitive beat, the kitschy Secret Agent Man style guitar lines losing out to sleek synthesized bass lines, brass arrangements, and inventive percussion effects of the kind that were beginning to emerge from the nascent hip hop scene in New York.
The resulting sound was considerably darker and more atonal than the band's earlier efforts, full of angular, abstract grooves that stood in stark contrast to the increasingly earthy and distinctly southern sensuality of Kate Pierson's and Cindy Wilson's vocals. It was adventurous, challenging I Found A New Baby - Various - Gypsy Jazz, but perhaps more reflective of Byrne's private preoccupations of the time than the interests of the band or its record company.
At some point, the band and its producer fell out with one another and the sessions were abandoned. To recoup some of the costs, six of the most fully developed tracks were released as an ep, called Mesopotamiaa name which captured the sense of a band reaching deep into the past for the sound of the future.
Mesopotamia has always had its defenders. I certainly remember liking it a great deal more than their first two albums at the time of its release, but in general it has been regarded as a misstep by the band's fans.
When it came for a cd reissue, it was completely remixed so as to efface any sign of Bryne's involvement, and it is this sanitized version which is today most readily available. But back inby some fortuitous accident, initial copies of the ep were released on the Island Record label in the UK and parts of Europe that included Byrne's longer, dubbier, and altogether more interesting mixes of several tracks, offering a brief glimpse Deep Sleep - The B-52s - Party Mix / Mesopotamia what The B's' third album might well have sounded like had Bryne been allowed to complete the project.
The version of Mesopotamia presented here is ripped from an early release UK copy on Island Records, complete with the black inner sleeve. The first side includes the extended mix of "Loveland," while the b-side offers versions of "Cake" and "Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can" that are far superior to those released subsequently.
Thanks to VanceMan for the tracks from side two! Anonymous 13 September, VanceMan 16 September, Anonymous 17 September, Lorenzo 06 October, Crash The Driver 07 November, Anonymous 12 January, Anonymous 10 March, Anonymous 16 May, Bernard 23 May, Anonymous 23 May, Jamie Pierce 07 August, Diego 19 September, Anonymous 23 September, Allison 07 October,
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