Midnite Vultures

~ Release group by Beck


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Midnite Vultures CD 12 Geffen Records MVCF-24060 4988067041661
Midnite Vultures HDCD 11 Geffen Records 4905272 606949052720
Midnite Vultures HDCD 11 Geffen Records 0694905272 606949052720
Midnite Vultures HDCD 11 DGC Records 0694904852 606949048525
Midnite Vultures (bonus disc: Salt in the Wound) (unknown) 3
Midnite Vultures HDCD 11 Geffen Records 4904852 606949048525
Midnite Vultures 12" Vinyl 11 Bong Load Custom Records BL46 708474004615
Midnite Vultures CD 12 UICY-2441 4988005348951
Midnite Vultures Digital Media 14 Interscope Records
Midnite Vultures CD 12 Geffen Records UICY-6153 4988005429582
Midnite Vultures SHM-CD 12 Geffen Records UICY-25179 4988005700018


associated singles/EPs: Mixed Bizness
Nicotine & Gravy
Sexx Laws
part of: Justin Stranzl: Best of 1999 (number: 1)
Steve Lichtenstein: Best of 99 (number: 2)
Pitchfork: Top 10 Albums of 1999 (number: 5)
Brad Engler: Best of 99 (number: 6)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000670990 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45208 [info]
Wikidata: Q2744288 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Midnite Vultures [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Beck:Midnite_Vultures_(1999) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/beck/midnite_vultures/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/35350 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/wxw6 [info]

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By 1999 Beck Hansen had established himself as the king of cut 'n' paste hip-pop. His eclectic sampleology, mixed with a canny ear for a folk lope had made both Mellow Gold and Odelay into massive testaments to slacker culture and were the apotheosis of post-modernism in popular music. With a mild diversion into tropicalia and blues with Mutations he'd briefly wrong-footed his fans and proven that he was an extremely versatile little Scientologist. But with Midnite Vultures he was to turn into ...well, Prince.

All those years spent in the lo-fi bedroom were now discarded as Beck went out on the town and celebrated sexuality, albeit in his own collage-based way. Yes, Midnite Vultures is Beck's sex album. The lyrics remain as delightfully obtuse (has anyone ever worn a ''hepatitus contact lense''?), yet it also proved that the mutant funk evident on the best cuts of Odelay were no accident. Numbers like Nicotine And Gravy or Sexx Laws showed the boy to be as danceable as hell. While the final cut: the marathon lovefest, Debra showed him taking a stab at Al Green or James Brown territory.

It's a feisty and fun jaunt through the imagination of an imp just as perverse as the Purple One.