Moby

Play/Play: The B Sides

(CD - V2 #27085)

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A two-disc box combining the regular version of Moby's 1999 breakout Play with an extra disc of not-quite-ready-for-regular-release material, Play/Play: The B Sides ends up quite close to what regular listeners would expect from a collection like this. There are a few blues-sampling songs similar to "Play" (though none are as good), some slightly groovy but still atmospheric tracks of trance-techno, a few interesting electronics experiments, and a bit of beatbox funk, all of it distinctly inferior to what was heard on Play -- which proves nothing much more than the fact that Moby is a good editor as well as a great producer. As he admits in the liner notes, these tracks probably wouldn't be getting a wide release if not for the incredible success of Play, and the truth is that few other than true believers will really relish this collection.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:28
2 3:59
3 4:01
4 4:24
5 3:49
6 3:00
7 3:36
8 4:13
9 3:37
10
1:02
11 3:45
12 1:34
13 4:18
14 3:25
15 4:48
16 2:09
17 4:18
18 3:37

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:25
2 5:03
3 6:42
4 6:02
5 5:58
6 4:08
7 6:16
8 6:49
9 4:47
10 7:05
11 4:19
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