Zen: A Retrospective

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All Music Guide - John Bush
More a greatest-hits volume than Ninja Tune's previous multi-disc collection the rarities-heavy Xen Cuts, the double-disc Zen: A Retrospective barely includes any Top 40 hits the number 37 Coldcut's "More Beats & Pieces" is the highest peak, but if dance music had a Hit Parade, there'd be at least a dozen number ones here. The first disc buttonholes listeners by spinning through some of the downright hookiest tracks in dance history Amon Tobin's "Get Your Snack On," Coldcut's "Atomic Moog 2000," Mr. Scruff's "Get a Move On," DJ Food's "Dark Lady". The second disc hardly lets up, beginning with "More Beats & Pieces" -- a digital-turntablist symphony that qualifies as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
More a greatest-hits volume than Ninja Tune's previous multi-disc collection the rarities-heavy Xen Cuts, the double-disc Zen: A Retrospective barely includes any Top 40 hits the number 37 Coldcut's "More Beats & Pieces" is the highest peak, but if dance music had a Hit Parade, there'd be at least a dozen number ones here. The first disc buttonholes listeners by spinning through some of the downright hookiest tracks in dance history Amon Tobin's "Get Your Snack On," Coldcut's "Atomic Moog 2000," Mr. Scruff's "Get a Move On," DJ Food's "Dark Lady". The second disc hardly lets up, beginning with "More Beats & Pieces" -- a digital-turntablist symphony that qualifies as the label's highlight -- but also including career highlights or close to it from the Herbaliser "Mr. Chombee Has the Flaw", Kid Koala "Fender Bender", DJ Vadim "The Terrorist", and Cinematic Orchestra "All That You Give". It really does feature the best tracks that have ever been out on Ninja Tune -- who knows better than the label itself? -- and doesn't neglect the addition of a great rarity or two, like a non-LP "Get Your Head Down" by Luke Vibert and a non-CD version of "Check Fraud" by Fog. An accompanying remix CD and fully packed DVD make the Zen experience a fitting postcard to itself from the best breaks label in the business.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2004
  • Label: Ninja Tune Import
  • EAN: 5021392313122
  • Catalog Number: 9231312

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dark Lady - DJ Food (4:05)
  2. 2 Atomic Moog 2000 - Coldcut (3:45)
  3. 3 Get Your Snack On - Amon Tobin (4:21)
  4. 4 Pick Up - Bonobo (4:07)
  5. 5 Get a Move On - Mr. Scruff (3:25)
  6. 6 Sweetsmoke - Mr. Scruff (4:05)
  7. 7 Bend Over - Wagon Christ (4:45)
  8. 8 Skanky Panky - Kid Koala (3:24)
  9. 9 Get Your Head Down - Luke Vibert (7:42)
  10. 10 Sordid - Amon Tobin (7:10)
  11. 11 Spiral - DJ Food (5:54)
  12. 12 Auto - Alien Toy (4:41)
  13. 13 Timber - Hexstatic (4:32)
  14. 14 Easy Muffin - Amon Tobin (5:01)
  15. 15 Check Fraud - Fog (4:01)
  16. 16 All That You Give - The Cinematic Orchestra (4:22)
  17. 17 It's a Long Road - Funki Porcini (4:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 More Beats & Pieces - Coldcut (4:04)
  2. 2 The Terrorist - Motion Man (4:13)
  3. 3 Fender Bender - Kid Koala (3:54)
  4. 4 Your Revolution - Sarah Jones (3:35)
  5. 5 Mr. Chombee Has the Flaw - The Herbaliser (4:17)
  6. 6 Shrimp - Mr. Scruff (4:19)
  7. 7 The Blend - What What (3:41)
  8. 8 Black Jesus - 9 Lazy 9 (4:05)
  9. 9 Aqui No Ma - Up, Bustle and Out (4:48)
  10. 10 Channel 1 Suite - The Cinematic Orchestra (5:45)
  11. 11 Deo - Amon Tobin (6:42)
  12. 12 All Things to All Men - The Cinematic Orchestra (10:41)
  13. 13 Lithuania - Jaga Jazzist (8:38)
  14. 14 Purrfect - Funki Porcini (4:50)
  15. 15 Something Wicked - Seaming (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fontella Bass Vocals
Matt Coleman Trombone
Micky Moody Drums
Andrew Ross Flute, Saxophone
Phil France Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Rhodri Davies Harp
Danny Huckridge Bass
Ollie Parfitt Organ, Harpsichord, Wurlitzer
Ollie Teeba scratching
Jake Wherry Organ, Bass, Guitar
Luke Flowers Drums
Malachi 12-string Bass Guitar
Tom Chant Electric Piano
Jamie Coleman Trumpet
T. Daniel Howard Drums
Echo Strings
Ralph Lamb Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sneaky Bass
Gill Morley Violin
Andy Kingslow Percussion
Milo Fell Percussion
Seaming Vocals
Patrick Carpenter electronics
Technical Credits
Coldcut Producer
Louis Hardin Composer
Paul Peareym Composer
Funki Porcini Producer
J.J. Barry Composer
Amon Tobin Composer, Producer
DJ Vadim Producer, Cut
The Herbaliser Producer
Luke Vibert Composer, Producer
Mr. Scruff Producer
Kid Koala Producer
PC Producer
Rodney Smith Composer
James Braddell Composer
Chris Bowden String Arrangements
Jonathan More Composer
Matt Black Composer
Tom Middleton Composer, Producer
Paul Brook Composer
Phil France Composer, Producer
Keir Fraser Composer
Andy Carthy Composer
Jason Swinscoe Composer, Producer
Akira Tagushi Composer
Artemus Le-Sueur Composer
Easy Access Orchestra Horn Arrangements
Hexstatic Producer
Ollie Teeba Producer, drum programming
Jake Wherry Producer
Sarah Jones Composer
Andrew Broder Composer, Producer
Andy Kingslow Composer
Ollie Trattles Composer
Jeremy Yluisakar Producer
Stuart Warrenhill Composer, Producer
Senor Rudi Producer
Seaming Arranger
Patrick Carpenter Composer
John Henry Composer
Kevin Foakes Composer
Stuart Warren-Hill Composer
Simon Green Composer, Producer
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