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An album made entirely of remixes, either of another album or a compilation.

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Proposed By:
SpainSun on Jul 10th 2011 at 2:24:30 PM
Last Edited By:
MetaFour on May 27th 2018 at 4:03:31 AM
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A music album consisting entirely (or almost entirely) of remixes of previously released songs.

Typically they're remixes of a single artist's music: either a compilation of tunes from across their discography, or focusing on a single album. (If the latter, the remix may be packaged with the original as a Distinct Double Album.) Most commonly, they invite a whole bunch of guest musicians and remixers to reimagine the songs—but if the original musician has experience with producing and mixing music, they may handle the remixing themselves.

Another, less common, possibility is for a single remixer to compile their own remixes of other people's songs.

Compare and contrast with Cover Album. For our purposes, a cover version is a complete re-recording of the song, while a remix uses at least part of the original recording. See also The Not-Remix for remixes intended to improve the audio quality of the album without changing the substance of the original songs; usually these are called "remasters".


Examples:

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    Single Album Remixes 
  • Architecture in Helsinki: We Died, They Remixed is a remixed version of In Case We Die.
  • Beck: Guerolito, made up of remixes from Guero.
  • Björk has several:
    • The Best Mixes from the Album Debut for All the People Who Don't Buy White Labels, as the title says, is collection of remixes from Debut.
    • Telegram collects remixes from Post.
    • Army of Me: Remixes and Cover collects 17 different remixes of the song "Army of Me".
    • Bastards collects remixes from Biophilia.
  • Daft Punk: Daft Club contains remixes of songs from Discovery, and one song from Homework.
  • Fear Factory: Remanufacture — Cloning Technology, a remix of Demanufacture.
  • Franz Ferdinand's album Blood: Franz Ferdinand is all dub-inspired remixes of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
  • Gorillaz: Laika Come Home, a dub and reggae style remix by Spacemonkeyz of the Gorillaz self titled album.
  • Michael Jackson: Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix contains eight remixes of tracks from HIStory, plus five new songs.
  • Jamiroquai:
    • 1999 Remixes is a compilation with 13 remixes of just three songs from the Synkronized album: the songs "Canned Heat", "Planet Home" and "Supersonic".
    • Different Sounds: The Remixes is an unofficial remix album made by fans which is a compilation of remixes of all Jamiroquai albums until 2002 (before Dynamite) from single releases (all of them B-sides).
  • Joy Electric: Their Variables had guest artists remixing all the tracks from The Otherly Opus, plus two original songs.
  • Linkin Park: Reanimation, a remix of Hybrid Theory plus three bonus remixes from prior albums.
  • Massive Attack: No Protection is a dub remix of their album Protection by Mad Professor, who gets an equal co-credit on it.
  • My Brightest Diamond:
    • Tear It Down is remixes from Bring Me the Workhorse.
    • The four Shark Songs eps are all remixes from A Thousand Shark's Teeth.
  • New Order: Complete Music, a remixed and extended version of Music Complete. Some tracks are just longer versions of the originals, while others sound significantly different.
  • Nine Inch Nails:
    • Fixed EP consists of remixes from the Broken album.
    • Further Down the Spiral, a remix of The Downward Spiral featuring numerous guest contributors.
  • The Notorious Big: Duets: The Final Chapter. The tracks are made from previous and/or unreleased recordings combined with verses from other rappers to form duets.
  • Pink Guy: Pink Season: The Prophecy, an EP that consists of 4 remixes of tracks from the Pink Season mixtape plus one new song
  • Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567 is a compilation of remixes from The King of Limbs—with many them remixed by the same musicians who inspired the style of the original album.
  • Tupac Shakur:
    • Nu-Mixx Klazzics takes songs from All Eyez On Me and gives them new backing tracks and new guest vocals.
    • Nu-Mixx Klazzics 2 has a similar concept though it also includes songs from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
  • UB 40's Present Arms in Dub (1981) is a dub mix of Present Arms.
  • Wire: The Drill consists entirely of remixes of one song, "The Drill", done by Wire themselves. Some are so thoroughly rearranged, they sound almost nothing like the original.
  • Frank Zappa: When it came time to rerelease his back catalog on CD, he digitally remixed (and in some cases, partially rerecorded) several of the albums. Allegedly the new instrumental parts were in response to some of the original band members suing Zappa for unpaid royalties. For a while, these were the only versions available, but fan outcry eventually convinced Zappa records to rerelease the original mixes.
    • Cruising with Ruben & the Jets got new drums and bass tracks, in a very 80s New Wave style—which clashed with the Retraux Doo-wop style of the original. The original vinyl mix was eventually released on CD as Greasy Love Songs.
    • Hot Rats: The initial CD version used the same tapes as the vinyl version, but drastically changed the overall sound by bringing certain instruments to the forefront and burying others in the mix. And "The Gumbo Variations" somehow got four minutes longer.
    • Sleep Dirt, originally an instrumental album, had vocals by Thana Harris added for the CD version.

    Single Artist Remix Compilations 
  • Afro Celt Sound System: Pod is a combination of older remixes by other musicians, and remixes that the Afro Celts themselves created specifically for this album.
  • Mariah Carey: The Remixes, a Distinct Double Album with club mixes on disc 1 and hip hop mixes on disc 2.
  • Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash Remixed, a tribute album with several artists remixing his songs.
  • Miles Davis: Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974. Bill Laswell re-edited and remixed several songs from Miles' fusion-era albums (which themselves had been heavily edited in the studio before release).
  • The Enid: Arise and Shine.
  • L'arc-en-Ciel: Their special album P'UNK IS NOT DEAD is a compilation of punk remix versions of their own songs (where they pose as their alter ego "P'UNK EN CIEL").
  • Limp Bizkit: New Old Songs.
  • Madonna: You Can Dance remixes songs from her first three albums, plus one new song.
  • Harry Nilsson's 1971 Aerial Pandemonium Ballet is one of the earliest examples. After the success of his album The Point, the record label considered rereleasing Nilsson's out-of-print early albums Pandemonium Shadow Show and Aerial Ballet. Nilsson felt those albums sounded outdated, so he remixed them and combined them into a single album. "It is a matter of intense debate among Nilsson fans whether this was a good idea."
  • Pet Shop Boys:
    • Disco is a collection of extended dance mixes.
    • Disco 2 is another remix collection, this time arranged as a continuous megamix.
    • Disco 3 contains remixes and a handful of new songs.
  • Soda Stereo (Argentenian band from The '80s) had Zona de Promesas, a remixed Greatest Hits Album with the Title Track as the only new song.
  • Yes had Yes Remixes (2003) where Steve Howe's son Virgil (credited as "The Verge") did drum'n'bass-inspired mixes of the band's songs from 1970 to 1980.

    Single Remixer Interpreting Other Artists' Music 
  • Neil Cicierega's trilogy Mouth Sounds, Mouth Silence, and Mouth Moods all consist of hilarious and slightly disturbing remixes and mash-ups of popular songs from the late 80s to the early 00s.
  • Girl Talk has multiple albums of mash-up style remixes, combining the vocals of one song with the music from another, in unexpected ways.
  • Pet Shop Boys: Disco 4, containing their remixes of songs by David Bowie, Madonna, The Killers, Rammstein, and others.

    Multiple Remixers, Multiple Sources 
  • NOW That's What I Call Music! has NOW That's What I Call Remix, a compilation of popular remixes.
  • The Verve Remixed album series, where a variety of electronic musicians remix jazz and soul standards from the Verve Records back catalog.

Feedback: 22 replies

Jul 10th 2011 at 2:26:12 PM

I'm not sure if it counts, but, there's a CD titled the Rocky Horror Punk Show, which, as the name indicates is pretty much punk-rock covers of songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Jul 10th 2011 at 2:33:10 PM

Is this really even a trope?

Jul 10th 2011 at 4:07:09 PM

I'd say it's probably a subtrope of In The Style Of following the formula "X's Songs Remixed by and in the Style of Y".

Though, if there's a consensus that it's not I see no reason to push the issue.

Jul 10th 2011 at 4:45:58 PM

The Enid, Arise and Shine consists entirely of remixed and reworked material.

Jul 12th 2011 at 11:55:33 AM

Beck's Guerolito was made up of remixes from his Guero.

Jul 13th 2011 at 6:47:47 AM

Architecture in Helsinki's album In Case We Die was remixed and released as an album called We Died, They Remixed.

Jul 13th 2011 at 8:31:38 AM

Prefuse73 released an album called One Word Extinguisher. Later, he put out Extinguished: Outtakes which was, as the name would imply, "outtakes" from Extinguisher. The album functions essentially as a remix album, though it's a slight subversion since the songs originated prior to the first album.

Jul 13th 2011 at 4:16:13 PM

  • My Brightest Diamond. Her first album, Bring Me the Workhorse, was followed by a remix album, Tear It Down". Then her second album, A Thousand Shark's Teeth, was followed by four Shark Remixes'' ep's.

Apr 20th 2018 at 4:01:04 PM

Anyone interested in taken over this draft?

Apr 20th 2018 at 5:24:00 PM

OP has been gone for years. I think I can take this over.

Apr 20th 2018 at 7:02:59 PM

Alright, I've incorporated the old examples and added a few more of my own. Let's see if we can make this work.

Apr 20th 2018 at 7:07:31 PM

  • Linkin Park - Reanimation (remix of Hybird Theory song, including bonus tracks)

  • Madonna - You Can Dance (remix of songs from her first 3 albums plus 1 new song)

  • Michael Jackson - Blood on the Dance Floor: HI Story in the Mix (8 remixes of tracks from HI Story plus 5 new songs)

  • Nine Inch Nails -
    • Fixed (Remix EP which remixed a few of the songs on the 'Broken' album
    • Further Down the Spiral (Remix of The Downward Spiral and featured numerous guest contributors)

  • Gorillaz - Laika Come Home ( Spacemonkeyz remix of the Gorillaz self titled album in a dub and reggae style)

  • Mariah Carey - The Remixes (double album where disc one is club mixes and disc two is hip hop mixes)

Apr 21st 2018 at 12:30:27 PM

The Notorious Big : Duets: The Final Chapter - the tracks are made from previous and/or unreleased recordings combined with verses from other rappers to form duets.

Tupac - Nu-Mixx Klazzics: Gives songs from "All Eyez On Me" and gives them new backing tracks and new guest vocals. Nu-Mixx Klazzics 2 has a similar concept though it also includes songs from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Pink Guy: Pink Season: The Prophecy - An EP that consists of 4 remixes of tracks from the Pink Season mixtape plus one new song

Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash Remixed - Tribute album with several artists remixing some of Johnny Cash's songs

Daft Punk: Daft Club - Remixes of songs from Discovery and one song from Homework

Apr 24th 2018 at 9:13:38 AM

  • Jamiroquai:
    • 1999 Remixes is a compilation with remixed songs from Synkronized album: the songs Canned Heat, Planet Home and Supersonic.
    • Different Sounds: The Remixes is an unofficial remix album made by fans which is a compilation of remixes of all Jamiroquai albums until 2002 (before Dynamite) from single releases (all of them B-sides).
  • The Eighties Argentinian band Soda Stereo released Zona de Promesas, a remixed Greatest Hits Album with the new song "Zona de Promesas", which is the Title Track.

Apr 24th 2018 at 3:55:36 PM

Added examples. Thanks for the help.

Apr 24th 2018 at 5:26:18 PM

NOW That's What I Call Music! has NOW That's What I Call Remix, a compilation of popular remixes.

Apr 24th 2018 at 8:23:40 PM

  • L Arc En Ciel: Their special album "P'UNK IS NOT DEAD" is a compilation of punk remix versions of their own songs (where they pose as "P'UNK EN CIEL").

Apr 26th 2018 at 4:59:24 AM

^Should be noticed P'unk-en-Ciel is a Fake Band too, an alter-ego version of L'arc that only appeared as B-side songs in singles releases

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