Saturday, September 08, 2007

The Dukes Of Stratosphear - [1987] - Chips From The Chocolate Fireball

The Dukes Of Stratosphear - [1987] - Chips From The Chocolate Fireball

Maybe one of my top favourite 5 albums of all time. Made a full quality 320 rip, with full size art work.
Enjoy, if you don't like it, shame on you, he he

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XTC created the Dukes of Stratosphear almost on a lark, as an excuse to play the kind of music they grew up listening to and playing.

The invention of the pseudonym gave them the opportunity to wear on their sleeves the influences they had only hinted at as XTC.

The Dukes released two records between 1985 and 1987 and they are both compiled in their entirety on Chips from the Chocolate Fireball.

Listening to Chips is like sifting through a '60s psychedelia bin at a good used record store. The only thing missing are the pops and crackles as you drop the needle onto the neglected vinyl.

The best of the era is recreated here with reverence and an amazing attention to detail:

Syd Barrett's childlike lyrics, the Blue Cheer fuzz-guitar frenzy, dissonant Sgt. Pepper strings and horns, and good old Brian Wilson-style indulgences. The record opens with "25 O'Clock," which instantly recalls the Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night." From there the references become more obscure: the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction" is invoked by the bombastic guitar sludge of Sir John Johns (Andy Partridge) and Lord Cornelius Plum (Dave Gregory) on "My Love Explodes," while "Bike Ride to the Moon" is demented enough to have appeared on Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Other high points include the Hollies-inspired "Vanishing Girl" and the Beatles-style piano stomp "You're a Good Man Albert Brown." The record closes with the priceless "Pale and Precious." With its dead-on Wilson brothers harmonies and faux theremin, the song plays like an undiscovered gem from the Beach Boys' Smile sessions. --Paul Ducey

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The Dukes of Stratosphear - Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
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Artist...............: The Dukes of Stratosphear
Album................: Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
Genre................: Rock
Source...............: CD
Year.................: 1990/1987
Ripper...............: Cd-ex 1.70 beta 2 & Plextor DVD-R PX-716AL
Codec................: LAME 3.97
Version..............: MPEG 1 Layer III
Quality..............: Insane, (avg. bitrate: 320kbps)
Channels.............: Joint Stereo / 44100 hz
Tags.................: ID3 v1.1, ID3 v2.3
Information..........: Chalkhills.org

Ripped by............: «®× on 08-09-2007
Posted by............: «®× on 08-09-2007

Included.............: NFO, SFV
Covers...............: Front, back,cd,sleeve, (high quality)

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Tracklisting
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01. (00:05:03) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - 25 O'Clock
02. (00:02:23) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Bike Ride To The Moon
03. (00:03:49) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - My Love Explodes
04. (00:05:01) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - What In The World??...
05. (00:04:42) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Your Gold Dress
06. (00:05:49) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - The Mole From The Ministry
07. (00:03:00) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Vanishing Girl
08. (00:03:21) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Have You Seen Jackie?
09. (00:04:31) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Little Lighthouse
10. (00:03:39) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - You're A Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
11. (00:03:22) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Collideascope
12. (00:03:19) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - You're My Drug
13. (00:03:17) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Shiny Cage
14. (00:03:59) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Brainiac's Daughter
15. (00:02:31) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - The Affiliated
16. (00:04:56) - The Dukes of Stratosphear - Pale And Precious


Playing Time.........: 01:02:42
Total Size...........: 144,08 MB

NFO generated on.....: 08-09-2007 00:19:34



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daan said...

excellent double album compilation... one of my favorite recent finds. some of the best psychedelic rock from the 80's without a doubt.

Anonymous said...

I had this as a cassette tape but never replaced it when it broke. Thanx

Anonymous said...

Extractions from the Chocolate Fireball (left/center/right extractions)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y5EP088H

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