cdmute 164 I Thought
Produced by Flood (track 2,3 by Nitzer Ebb)
Released on April 1995
no chart information
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cdmute 164 cover
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T his is review no. 1 in deference to the VERY ANNOYING ENGLISH TREND of releasing multiple versions of the same single on CD. (Now do you see what mixing hath wrought?) I thought this song would be Nitzer ebbing with a whimper (were such a thing possible), but it’s actually a good song. It’s more musical than their earlier work, suggesting U2 lately, but if it sounds like a commercial death rattle I’d kindly point you to Gang of Four and OMD for the original sell-outs. Two nonalbum (nondisc?) tracks make no. 1 what it is: “Friend (brittle mix)” and “Beats Me.” They reveal a slight musical shift since Ebbhead toward atmosphere over a single, driving riff. “Beats Me” in particular is pretty good, delivered in a cool whisper rather than the flat delivery of Ebbhead tracks like “Family Man.” In fact, few of the “usual” Nitzer Ebb sounds can be found here. If this is their swan song (as it appears), it’s no turkey, but Nitzer Ebb seems to have spent their career flying under the radar.

TRACK LISTING

    cd one track listing
  1. I THOUGHT (SINGLE MIX)    (Douglas McCarthy/Bon Harris)    3:46
  2. FRIEND (BRITTLE MIX)    (Douglas McCarthy/Bon Harris)    4:14
  3. BEATS ME    (Douglas McCarthy/Bon Harris)    4:35

    cd two track listing
  4. I THOUGHT (LP VERSION)
  5. CHERRY BLOSSOM (ORIGINAL VERSION)
  6. I THOUGHT (FINAL SIN)

    12-inch single track listing
  7. I THOUGHT (SINGLE MIX)
  8. I THOUGHT (SUCKED IN SUCKED OUT)
  9. CHERRY BLOSSOM (ORIGINAL VERSION)
  10. I THOUGHT (LP VERSION)

CREDITS

Mark Saunders -- remixing (1)
Randy Wilson -- mixing
Flood -- engineer
Efren Herrera -- engineer
Nitzer Ebb -- engineer, concept
David Gooday -- original painting
Simon Granger -- design and layout, concept

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1995 Mute CDS cdmute 164 see cd one
UK April 1995 Mute CDS lcdmute 164 see cd two
UK April 1995 Mute 12 12MUTE164  

 

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