funker vogt Aviator: Collector's Edition (digipak double CD + DVD, £14.95)
Funker Vogt is back with another collector’s edition. This time "Aviator“, originally released in 2007, comes with several rare bonus tracks. This beautiful Collector's Edition contains the following releases: - Aviator, Club Pilot, White Trash plus diverse bonus material, rare and unreleased tracks. - DVD containing very special 5.1 Dolby surround sound versions of selected album tracks (Hostile Waters, Child Soldier, Frozen in Time, City of Darkness and Babylon), photo gallery and 2 making-of clips. Completed by a detailed booklet with all original artworks and for the first time including all lyrics. Altogether 28 tracks plus 4 videos can be found on this 3 disc Collector's Edition, presenting everything a fan would ask for. On top there are several Ringtones included, which have been produced in 2007 for the promotion of the original release. Especially for new and younger fans of Funker Vogt this is a good chance to complete their collection. Here they will find the classic club-hits like "City of Darkness“, "Child Soldier“ and "Paralyzed“ which are still present in the current playlists of the DJs and which are still played live at the Funker Vogt concerts. Aviator (Original Release Info 2007): Little over a year since Funker Vogt released Navigator, they are back in the cockpit with their follow-up, Aviator. Navigator indicated Funker Vogt’s new direction and Aviator continues that by presenting to the fans what they have been longing for: 12 brand new tracks for the dance-floor. Just as with the previous album, Aviator follows an overall concept: eventually, through time, memories of history and war fade away. Starting with the title track and flowing through each one after, the theme extends throughout the cover artwork, booklet, and band photos as well. The cover shows an old airplane and many more are found throughout the booklet, but not as a whole. Individual pieces are shown to illustrate the ideas of time, history, decay, aging and abstract ideas through the details of cracks, peeling paint, and crumbling rivets of these planes that are rusting away into obscurity and will soon be gone forever. With their passing, memories will fade into obscurity (much like the soldiers whose memories are vanishing) and only pictures will remain without a direct link to the physical manifestation. All of which symbolically illustrates the subject matter. The lyrics deal at least in part or collectively with the theme. Highlights include: “Blind Rage” (discusses past wars), “Thanatophobia” (deals with the fear to die and finally be forgotten), “Child Soldier” (kids fighting in wars), “City of Darkness” and “Babylon” (the dark and gloomy outcome of the end of the world) and “Paralyzed” together with “Darwin’s Nightmare” (talk about current situations facing humanity). Finally, along with “My Fortune” and “Frozen in Time” which are more personal in nature, “Hostile Waters” can be seen as the missing link between “Navigator” and “Aviator” by alluding to reformation, the obstacles along the way and the long awaited landing on a new shore. A big undertaking went underway to diversify the sound structures within Aviator. Over all, the album is fast and beat driven, with more emphasis placed on the sounds and samples to make it a much more pronounced album. This can be seen with Aviator’s club tracks like "City of Darkness" (136 bpm) or "Paralyzed" (130 bpm) which are seemingly mid-tempo songs when compared to "Thanatophobia" (144 bpm), "One" (140 bpm), and "My Fortune" (139 bpm). All in all Aviator comes across as fresher, more aggressive and diversified than Navigator but still encompasses Funker Vogt’s signature elements. Which is how Funker Vogt should sound in 2007!
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