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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 has two remix albums:
    • Reanimation, a remix of Hybrid Theory plus three bonus remixes from prior albums.
    • Recharged, a remix of almost all the tracks from Living Things, plus a collaboration single with the renowned DJ Steve Aoki and a remix of said song.
  • 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.
    • Things Falling Apart, a remix of The Fragile (1999).
    • Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D (Year Zero Remixed), a remix of Year Zero.
  • 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.
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood has Reload! Frankie: The Whole 12 Inches and The Club Mixes 2000, a mixture of new and old mixes and a compilation of (mostly) new remixes commissioned just for the album, respectively. There's also Bang! and Twelve Inches, though both include a couple of non-remix tracks.
  • Michael Jackson:
    • The Original Soul of Michael Jackson, consisting of 80s remixes of Jackson's late 60s-early 70s solo material.
    • The Stripped Mixes, consisting of stripped-down remixes of his Jackson 5 songs and very early solo career.
    • The Remix Suite was a series of EPs (later compiled as an album) with electronic remixes of Jackson's early career material.
  • 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 
  • Aphex Twin's 26 Mixes for Cash is mostly remixes done for other artists, with two tracks being alternative mixes of his own music and a couple more being his original contributions to the aforementioned Further Down the Spiral.
  • 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.

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