LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem (Double CD Edition)
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem (2005, DFA Records)
Of course, the greatest LCD Soundsystem album is the second one ‘The Sound of Silver’ which is one of the eight perfect albums that I keep banging on about. That flawless slice of perfection means that we have no choice but to explore the second greatest LCD Soundsystem, which is as it happens, their eponymously titled debut and luckily for us, that too is a disco bashing, cowbell smashing, guitar mangling, dance punk masterpiece.
My copy of ‘LCD Soundsystem’ is spread over two sprawling CDs, the first CD is what may people will see as the proper album, that starts with James Murphy yelping “Ow, Ow”, like a greyhound who has trod on a pit of burning coals, before Murphy precedes over the greatest cowbell solo in the history of cowbell solos. It ends some 47 minutes later with the symphonic glimmer of ‘Great Release’, which shines with lush echoes, wave sounds and Murphy’s beautifully simple harmony at the end.
Great Release – LCD Soundsystem (2005, DFA Records)
In between all that you get seven tracks of sheer brilliance that switch influences at the drop of a hat. Track Two, ‘Too Much Love’ for instance see James Murphy doing a very good David Byrne impression, track five ‘Never as Tired as when I’m Waking Up’ sounds like the Beatles (in that it clearly rips off ‘Dear Produce’), and track four ‘Movement’ is the greatest song that The Fall never recorded, especially when it explodes into a full on punk workout for the last couple of minutes or so.
Movement – LCD Soundsystem (2005, DFA Records)
All that and I’ve not even mentioned ‘Tribulations’ yet. ‘Tribulations’ lasts just over four minutes, but in that four minutes James Murphy still finds time (in fact he finds well over a minute) to almost entirely remove the guitars from the song and to let it be driven by a bass and a robotic sounding drum loop.
Tribulations – LCD Soundsystem (2005, DFA Records)
Which brings us on to the second disc, which would be a nine out of ten album all on its own (it wasn’t released with the album originally but as a limited edition – which has become pretty much the normal release, in that the single album version is now slightly rarer than the double – such was the demand for the second disc). The second CD cobbles together all the releases that were made under the LCD banner for the 18 months or so that preceded the release of the album.
This of course means you get ‘Losing My Edge’ and ‘Beat Connection’ for starters, both incredible tracks that are guaranteed to get any party going, well the parties that I go to anyway (which are the best kind). ‘Beat Connection’ throbs and shimmies majestically, slowly building teasingly us with a kind of Italian house groove, before it unravels dementedly towards the end.
Beat Connection – LCD Soundsystem (2005, DFA Records)
But you shouldn’t be content with just that, you also get the Crass Mix of ‘Yeah’, a track that will I think soundtrack the rounding up and ritualistic slaughter of hipsters when that great moment arrives. To be honest anyone who doesn’t lose their shit when the 303’s go positively bananas around four minutes in probably doesn’t have any ears.
Yeah (Crass Mix) – LCD Soundsystem (2005, DFA Records)