Various Artists - Late Night Tales: Air - Vinyl LP Record - Bondi Records

Various Artists - Late Night Tales: Air - Vinyl LP Record

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"Air have taken the 'Late Night' part of the title very seriously, making for an incredibly functional, utilitarian mix. Only a very few tracks here have anything approaching a conventional drum kit, and a good portion of the set consists of moody film-score work and orchestral pieces: These songs are matched up on their slow movement and their spare, deliberate sound. The result is uniformly pensive and weighty, painted in deep, dark colors-- a mix for the deadest hours of night. And since Air have always been pop songwriters more than any kind of 'electronic' act, they manage to offer a terrific picture of the music that informs their own recordings... Which means this disc is surprising, satisfying, and most of all very, very functional. The trouble with most home-listening mixes, here in the Age of the Playlist, is that you could quite easily throw together a bunch of songs you liked on your own. Air are smart enough to specialize-- to do a mix for an exact mood, an exact time of night, the kind of deep and deliberate music that sounds right when everything else seems too loud, too much. You could try to piece something similar together from your mp3 collection, but I'm guessing it wouldn't be half as good-- and besides, you'd have already heard it all." - Pitchfork

Track list:

Side A
1. The Cure - All Cats Are Grey
2. Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan
3. Nino Rota - O' Venezia Venaga Venusia
4. The Band - I Shall Be Released

Side B
1. Georges Delerue - Camille
2. Japan - Ghosts
3. Scott Walker - The Old Man's Back Again
4. Jeff Alexander - Come Wander With Me
5. Cat Power - Metal Heart

Side C
1. Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You
2. Tan Dun - For The World
3. Sebastien Tellier - Le Long De La Riviere Tendre
4. Lee Hazlewood - My Autumn's Done Come

Side D
1. Robert Wyatt - P.L.A.
2. Elliott Smith - Let's Get Lost
3. The Troggs - Cousin Jane
4. AIR / Alessandro Baricco - Musica
5. The Cleveland Orchestra - Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte