Meat Beat Manifesto ‎– Subliminal Sandwich

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The version of "Nuclear Bomb" which appears on this release is the same as the "Nuclear Bomb (Trouble It Mix)" from the commercially unreleased "Nuclear Bomb" single.

Vocal Sample "For emulation has a thousand songs..." on "Radio Mellotron" is taken from the U.S. TV series Johnny Staccato (1959), Season 1, Episode 11, "The Poet’s Touch", November 26, 1959.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
INTD2-90069 Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich(2xCD, Album) Nothing Records, Interscope Records INTD2-90069 US 1996 Sell This Version
INTD2-90069 Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich(2xCD, Album) Nothing Records, Interscope Records INTD2-90069 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
INTD2-90069 Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich(2xCD, Album, Club, RE) Nothing Records, Interscope Records INTD2-90069 US 1996 Sell This Version
BIAS 302 CDX, 450.0302.26 Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Play It Again Sam Records, Play It Again Sam Records BIAS 302 CDX, 450.0302.26 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
INTC2-90069 Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich(2xCass, Album) Nothing Records INTC2-90069 US 1996 Sell This Version
BIAS 302 LPX Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich(2xLP, Album, Ltd + 12") Play It Again Sam Records BIAS 302 LPX UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
BIAS 302 CD, 450.0302.20 Meat Beat Manifesto Subliminal Sandwich(CD, Album) Play It Again Sam Records, Play It Again Sam Records BIAS 302 CD, 450.0302.20 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version

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Escherichia

Escherichia

August 23, 2018
referencing Subliminal Sandwich, 2xCD, Album, INTD2-90069

This has grown on me greatly over time. As previous reviewers have said, it's rather inaccessible at first, but matures very well. I actually find the first disc to be the weaker of the two -- apart from the standouts previously mentioned, some of the vocal tracks haven't held up well over time. Disc two, though, is a groovy mindfuck for the ages, with ancient sci-fi sounds, dialogue samples, excellent programming and intricate beatwork to carry you through the trip. Definitely not for everyone, or every occasion, but in the right moment it's spellbinding. "Electric People" is the clear standout there for me.
Nostradamus7

Nostradamus7

January 30, 2014
referencing Subliminal Sandwich, 2xCD, Album, Ltd, Dig, BIAS 302 CDX, 450.0302.26

Too much of this sounds like demos. Jack really wanted to make a double LP without the concern for quality control on his other releases. Even the 'demos', more minimal repetitive tracks, have promise and could have been greatly improved with more time.
aoliph

aoliph

May 8, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Subliminal Sandwich, 2xCD, Album, INTD2-90069

And yes I would say Haujobb's "Solutions for a Small Planet" has about the same - or close to the same - status too.
aoliph

aoliph

May 8, 2012
referencing Subliminal Sandwich, 2xCD, Album, INTD2-90069

To my mind maybe our generation's (gen Y?) "The Wall" .... too bad it (like so many other great releases) got so little promotion and playtime here in Canada.
ultra171

ultra171

May 7, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Subliminal Sandwich, CD, Album, BIAS 302 CD, 450.0302.20

Meat Beat Manifestos' masterpiece and a timeless album. Most people probably heard MBM in the first Matrix movie, until then, they remained as cult heroes. The first disc is more pop oriented, while the second being more electro and experimental.

On the first disc, the obvious highlight is the flush from "What's Your Name" to "Asbestos Lead Asbestos", to which a music video was made and even got a few spins on MTV. The album, needles to say, creates that paranoid MBM-vibe, reminding you something between the movie "Dark City" and maybe some old spy movies with a very obscure psychedelic twist. My personal favorite from the album is the beautiful, jazzy and trip-hop'pish "Transmissions" at the end of the first disc, followed by "We Done".

The second disc, well, gets significantly less spins at my household. But just for the first disc, the current 4.44 rating does the album justice quite well. Well done.
thesub_jet

thesub_jet

March 9, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Subliminal Sandwich, 2xCD, Album, Ltd, Dig, BIAS 302 CDX, 450.0302.26

One of the albums I think everyone should listen to. The first listening can be not impressive (the right note "Important: play twice before listening.") but after injection this music starts to grow inside of you. And you wanna it more and more.

June 12, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Subliminal Sandwich, 2xLP, Album, Ltd + 12", BIAS 302 LPX
Stunning release, on the whole a dark hypnotic journey, whose misplaced samples and noises compliment the isolating feel of the album.

On some copies of the album the "bonus disc" has the labels on the wrong sides