Moby - Play

Limited Edition Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl

$44.90
Sold Out


Calculate Shipping

Play is the fifth studio album by American electronica musician Moby, originally released in May 1999 via Mute Records in the UK and V2 Records in the US.

Following the commercial and critical failure of his 1996 album Animal Rights, Moby commenced work on what he thought would be his last album in his home recording studio in New York. Animal Rights had seen him explore a different genre of music to his prior techno and electronica releases, which had featured a guitar-based album built around the themes of metal and punk music.

The new album Play returned him to his electronica and techno foundations, however he also incorporated disparate musical influences such as early blues, folk, gospel, hip hop and disco to create a unique soundscape within his ambient melodic stylings. The album was notable for its extensive use of samples from field recordings collected by Alan Lomax on the 1993 Sounds of the South: A Musical Journey from the Georgia Sea Islands to the Mississippi Delta. Most of the samples were short and constantly repeated throughout the songs. For example, "Honey" used a sample from Bessie Jones that consisted of a conjunction of four verses that was repeated over twenty times.

The album received critical acclaim upon release, however was initially a commercial failure (seemingly following the low sales of its predecessor Animal Rights). Moby and his management tried a different approach to get the music from the album played to the general public by licensing short snippets of songs to films, TV shows and commercials.

As a consequence in April 2000, almost a year after the albums initial release in May 1999, it reached #1 on the UK Albums charts and remained on the charts for the rest of that year, becoming the fifth biggest selling album for the year in the UK. The album also reached #38 on the US Billboard 200 and #1 on the Australian Albums charts.

Nine singles were released from the album, of which seven became Top 40 hits in the UK.

The album has since become the biggest selling electronica album of all time and has sold more than 12 million copies to date. Rolling Stone magazine rated the album at #341 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time listing.

As a result of the overwhelming critical and commercial success of Play, Moby has continued to make music, and thankfully did not change direction to a pursue a career in architecture.

Barry Walters in a four star review for Rolling Stone writes; “…Play embraces both hip-hop syncopations and Alan Lomax's field recordings of early-twentieth-century African-American folk music to create time-traveling beatbox hymns. "Honey" features Bessie Jones' bluesy vamp over plunking piano and shuffling funk. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" showcases anguished gospel cries on a stage of glowing synths, while "Bodyrock" simultaneously suggests Fatboy Slim and Joy Division. Moby sing-speaks, plays innumerable instruments and crafts complex soulful harmonies out of simple, alienated elements. The ebb and flow of eighteen concise, contrasting cuts writes a story about Moby's beautifully conflicted interior world while giving the outside planet beats and tunes on which to groove. Read it with your heart and hips.”

Check out the following tracks:  “Honey”; “Run On”; “Bodyrock”; “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?”; “Natural Blues”; “Porcelain”; “South SideandFind My Baby”.

This double album 2LP record set is a 2017 reissue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with printed inner sleeves, pressed in Europe via Mute.

(5016025311729)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Honey

3:27

A2

Find My Baby

3:58

A3

Porcelain

4:01

A4

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

4:23

B1

South Side

3:48

B2

Rushing

2:58

B3

Bodyrock

3:34

B4

Natural Blues

4:12

C1

Machete

3:36

C2

7

1:00

C3

Run On

3:43

C4

Down Slow

1:34

C5

If Things Were Perfect

4:17

C6

Everloving

3:24

D1

Inside

4:47

D2

Guitar Flute & String

2:07

D3

The Sky Is Broken

4:17

D4

My Weakness

3:37

SKU 5016025311729
Record Label Mute Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number STUMM172
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 03 March 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 17 May 1999
Barcode # 5016025311729
Shipping Weight 0.5550kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeves, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Downtempo
Genre Trip Hop
Genre Leftfield
Format VINYL LP

Be The First To Review This Product!

Help other Captain Stomp Records users shop smarter by writing reviews for products you have purchased.

Write a product review


You May Also Like



Others Also Bought



More From This Category