David Byrne + Fatboy Slim + Imelda Marcos = 2010’s Weirdest Boxset

Below there’s a post which mentions March 16th’s release of White Stripes for the concert film Under the Great White Northern Lights. So, obviously, I was surprised to find yet another boxset slated for release in 2010, this time February.

It’s apparently for a long-in-the-works project between NYC-based avant-garde artist/musician David Byrne and British electronic artist/DJ Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) which is a tribute to ex-First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos. You can find out more about the infamous First Lady here.

The two-disc set is titled “Here Lies Love” and is garnished in garish, almost romance novel-esque cover art. It also includes a 100 page book and a DVD. Couldn’t find anything detailing the contents of the DVD, but there’s a pretty interesting press release which explains the purpose of this “concept album,” how it began and what it all means. That’s here (courtesy of the Manila Standard).

Aside from all that, there’s the guest vocals. Spanning a realm of musicians that I never thought I’d see listed on the same record (let alone an Imelda Marcos concept album), Byrne and Cook have built one hell of a tracklist:

CD 1:

1 Here Lies Love (Vocals by Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine)
2 Every Drop of Rain (Vocals by Candie Payne and St. Vincent)
3 You’ll Be Taken Care Of (Vocals by Tori Amos)
4 The Rose of Tacloban (Vocals by Martha Wainwright)
5 How Are you? (Vocals by Nellie McKay)
6 A Perfect Hand (Vocals by Steve Earle)
7 Eleven Days (Vocals by Cyndi Lauper)
8 When She Passed By (Vocals by Allison Moorer)
9 Walk Like A Woman Vocals by Charmaine Clamor)
10 Don’t You Agree? (Vocals by Róisín Murphy)
11 Pretty Face (Vocals by Camille)
12 Ladies in Blue (Vocals by Theresa Andersson)

CD 2:

1 Dancing Together (Vocals by Sharon Jones)
2 Men Will Do Anything (Vocals by Alice Russell)
3 The Whole Man (Vocals by Kate Pierson)
4 Never So Big (Vocals by Sia)
5 Please Don’t (Vocals by Santigold)
6 American Troglodyte (Vocals by David Byrne)
7 Solano Avenue (Vocals by Nicole Atkins)
8 Order 1081 (Vocals by Natalie Merchant)
9 Seven Years (Vocals by David Byrne and Shara Worden)
10 Why Don’t You Love Me? (Vocals by Cyndi Lauper and Tori Amos)

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Kraftwerk to Release (In)Complete “Catalogue”

It kind of pisses me off that Kraftwerk is — six years later — still calling their reissuing of albums numbered four through eleven

Autobahn (1974)
Radio-Activity – (German title: Radio-Aktivität) (1975)
Trans-Europe Express – (German title: Trans-Europa Express) (1977)
The Man-Machine – (German title: Die Mensch-Maschine) (1978)
Computer World – (German title: Computerwelt) (1981)
Electric Café (1986) – (here given its original name of Techno Pop)
The Mix (1991)
Tour de France Soundtracks (2003) – (now titled Tour de France)

“12345678: The Catalogue.”

While I love these records, I don’t think it qualifies as a catalogue unless you are including all the releases you have. Not to mention the ones included in this set are not technically albums one through eight! I’m assuming the first three albums are simply not included because of rights issues, but then the last three have rights issues so that the only way you can get them in their remastered version in the U.S. is through this boxset!

After some research on the Wikipedia article about this boxset, it has also been stated by the founding members of the band that they are considering the possibility of another remastered boxset consisting of the first three releases “Kraftwerk,” “Kraftwerk 2,” and “Ralf und Florian.” It’s important to note that the Ralf und Florian have spent the last six years or so (I guess) remastering these albums all so we can get this amazing compilation. So maybe I shouldn’t complain so much…

According to Wikipedia,

As with previous Kraftwerk releases, the collection will be distributed in two versions: English vocal tracks for international distribution and another (Der Katalog) with German vocal tracks.

The CD Box Set contains 8 x CDs in ‘mini-vinyl’ card wallet packaging, plus individual large format booklets.

The collection will also be available as individual albums in both vinyl and CD format, as well as digital download tracks.

On another note, (and I’ve always wanted to write about this), if you’ve never checked out the Kraftwerk official website, you should spend some time there. It’s pretty basic in its purpose (Flash renderings of some of their more notable melodies), but just sitting back and letting the browser window take over your screen, with the lights low and the Bose 5.1 speakers turned up, you can’t help but crack a smile. German modern art is alive and well – Eat your heart out EN!

Visit the Kraftwerk site here.