Flaming Lips' Zaireeka - 33 1/3 (Paperback)
  • Flaming Lips' Zaireeka - 33 1/3 (Paperback)
zoom

Flaming Lips' Zaireeka - 33 1/3 (Paperback)

(editor)
£9.99
Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 24/02/2010
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Released in October 1997, the "Flaming Lips' Zaireeka" was met with some critical praise and more general puzzlement. The album comes as four separate CDs intended for playback at the same time. Which means, of course, that four CD players are required. And four amps. And eight speakers. And at least four sets of hands to make them all go. "Zaireeka" requires several people to get together for the express purpose of listening to music; there's nothing to dance to and nothing to look at. It's almost quaint, really. There was a time when people sat together to listen to records; and, "Zaireeka" celebrates this disappearing moment. It is, in other words, an album that does away with the very thing that caused recorded music become a phenomenon so quickly in the 1920s and helped it stay that way ever since: it is not convenient. Ten years later, convenience continues to drive the music business from the top-down and the listening experience from the bottom up. Digital music has become divorced from physical reality; with an MP3 file played on devices using flash ROM, the whole thing happens without a single moving part. Headphones, the sound delivery technology most in favor, blur the borders between device and listener, all in complete isolation. We're shoving the speakers into our ear canals; the music is literally inside of us even before it's left the wire. And so, the human experience of music in the developed world is proceeding along two parallel lines: we're either retreating into a private world of solitary consumption, or we hear music in the background, in coffee shops or on commercials, where it is ambience, part of an environment. Which is part of what makes "Zaireeka" even more fascinating now than it was at the time of release. In addition to being a fantastic album of imaginative psychedelic pop and arguably the Flaming Lips' masterpiece, it was first the final shot fired in the struggle for the rock album to maintain the centrality it had enjoyed since the late 1960s. It defies segmentation. The effort it takes to hear the record properly ensures that the music will be listened to carefully. It's music that even the interested will experience only a few times in their lives; it involves hard work. So listening to "Zaireeka" is a rare event, and it's also a social experience.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826429018
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 118 g
Dimensions: 165 x 121 x 8 mm

You may also be interested in...

Dolly Parton, Songteller
Added to basket
Hear Me Out
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Girl in a Band
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Sing Backwards and Weep
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Billie Eilish
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Chronicles Volume 1
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
M Train
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
Added to basket
Life
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Me
Added to basket
Me
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Just Kids
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Lives of Brian
Added to basket
Being John Lennon
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
My Rock 'n' Roll Friend
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.