Let's not waste time on rubbish. I do not accept, artistically or philosophically, the legitimacy of "sampling" other people's work, nor that or "remixing". If as Tony Banks of Genesis once said (see how uncool I am, I used to read interviews with members of Genesis), "sampling is theft", remixing is vandalism.
This French album is spun off from a series launched in 2000 to reissue classic French film scores. According to the liner notes, after re-recording (rather than reissuing) Michel Magne's score for Fantômas the instigators realised the "theme is obviously going to tempt remixers… what if we anticipated their move by introducing a remix from the outset, as a bonus when we release the album?" Adding, "…that gave us the desire to go further in exploring this terrain: why not broaden the experience and do a whole album?"
Well how about because electronic remixes are an anti-musical abomination? An insult to the original works and one more example of the degeneration of popular culture?
Anyway, here you have it, and you're welcome to it. The worst album by a very long way to cross my desk at Musicweb. Not only is the idea that the music needs modernising to appeal to contemporary listeners offensive, but the whole is executed with no taste or coherence, tracks from a wide range of films simply being electronically scribbled upon by various "DJs" and "remixers". Much of the result is a pounding cacophony of digital beats and hideous electronic sounds which I found virtually impossible to listen to, while the more relaxed tracks are just pointless and irritating.
A truly appalling release, which is all the worse for coming from people who claim to love film music. With friends like these…
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