Play/Play: The B Sides

by: Moby

A two-disc box combining the regular version of Moby's 1999 breakout Play with an extra disc of not-quite-ready-for-regular-release material, Play/Play: The B Sides ends up quite close to what regular listeners would expect from a collection like this. There are a few blues-sampling songs similar to "Play" (though none are as good), some slightly groovy but still atmospheric tracks of trance-techno, a few interesting electronics experiments, and a bit of beatbox funk, all of it distinctly inferior to what was heard on Play -- which proves nothing much more than the fact that Moby is a good editor as well as a great producer. As he admits in the liner notes, these tracks probably wouldn't be getting a wide release if not for the incredible success of Play, and the truth is that few other than true believers will really relish this collection. ~ John Bush

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