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Electrospective might have been released for the sake of capitalizing on the widespread popularity of electronic dance music (or EDM). It amounts to a non-definitive, sampler-style trawl through the EMI catalog. Sequenced chronologically, it begins with the pioneering BBC Radiophonic Workshop's 1958 "Doctor Who Theme," and then leaps to 1974 for Brian Eno's "Here Comes the Warm Jets." It covers the '80s, '90s, and 2000s with smatterings of synth pop (Duran Duran), trip-hop (Massive Attack), and dancefloor electronica (Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers), and then grazes from the 2010s (David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia). It goes without saying that EMI labels such as Capitol and Virgin couldn't possibly summarize the history of electronic music, but this set should help younger listeners understand the roots of the 2011/2012 classes of EDM and provoke deeper listening. It's remarkable how so many of these songs were slagged by rockists for being flavors of the month with near-instant expiration dates. Martyn Ware (the Human League, B.E.F., Heaven 17) provides brief liner notes. Seek the two-disc version, which adds choice picks from the likes of Tangerine Dream, the Normal, Inner City, Depeche Mode, and Deadmau5.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099997938521
catalogNumber: 79385

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Caron Wheeler   Composer
Andy Taylor   Composer
Philip Oakey   Composer
Ron Grainer   Composer
Damon Albarn   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Paul Hooper   Composer
Simon LeBon   Composer
Chris Lowe   Composer
Nick Rhodes   Composer
John Taylor   Composer
Neil Tennant   Composer
Martyn Ware   Sleeve Notes
Adrian Wright   Composer
Mark Ayres   Remixing
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer
Tom Rowlands   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
Ed Simons   Composer
Thomas Bangalter   Composer
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo   Composer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Composer
Nicolas Godin   Composer
Ludovic Navarre   Composer
Thom Yorke   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Beresford Romeo   Composer
Axwell   Composer
Joachim Garraud   Composer
David Guetta   Composer
Steve Angello   Composer
Sebastian Ingrosso   Composer
Jamie Hewlett   Composer
Darren Evans   Artwork
Chris Willis   Composer
Frédéric Riesterer   Composer
Roger Taylor   Composer
Simon Law   Composer
Robert del Naja   Composer
Andrew Vowles   Composer

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