Monday, September 22, 2008

The Grey Album

Brian Joseph Burton (AKA Danger Mouse), has been creating electronic beats for bands since 2005. Just recently he helped create most of Modern Guilt, with Beck, and one great example of his work would be Demon Days, by the Gorillaz. However, when he first started out as a musician in 2003, he was creating solo work. His sophomore album was released in 2004, in which he took The White Album, by The Beatles, and The Black Album, by rapper Jay-Z, and succesfully combined them to make The Grey Album. With Jay-Z's rapping, Beatles backing voices and instrumentals, and Danger Mouse's custom beats, it's an experience you won't want to miss. Even if you don't care for rap, like me, it is nonetheless a definitive point in the history of remixing. However, this was all done illegally. 

The Beatles songs for the album were all unauthorized and created huge controversy. At first, the Grey Album was sold to only a few small outlets, but after EMI, the copyright holder of all Beatles material, attempted to half its distribution, it was reduced to an exclusive 3,000 copies. Nonetheless, fascination with the album let it thrive in internet downloads. Today, The Grey Album stands as not only a message to encourage creativity through remixes and mash-ups, but to plain-out do what you love, and be creative about it. 

You can download an Mp3 of The Grey Album for free here, and watch the promotional music video for The Grey Album here.


Lily Hydrangea said...

somehow I think John Lennon must be smiling. Whether he did or didn't like the music, he was to much of a rebel not too go for the humor in it all.

Arnold Layne said...

I completely agree with you Lily