45:33

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"45:33"
45-33 album cover.jpg
Single by LCD Soundsystem
ReleasedOctober 17, 2006 (2006-10-17)
RecordedJuly–September 2006
StudioDFA (Manhattan, NY)
Genre
Length45:58
LabelNike+ Sport Music
Songwriter(s)James Murphy
Producer(s)
LCD Soundsystem singles chronology
"Tribulations"
(2005)
"45:33"
(2006)
"North American Scum"
(2007)

"45:33" is a composition by American rock band LCD Soundsystem, commissioned by Nike and released digitally on October 17, 2006, as part of the Nike+ Original Run series. New York-based creative lifestyle marketing and public relations agency Cornerstone helped the musical efforts and coordinated the track.[1] The original work was initially available exclusively at Nike Music Store on iTunes.[2] A full-length album re-release with three bonus tracks was issued by DFA Records on CD and vinyl on November 12, 2007.[3] An eight track remix CD entitled 45:33 Remixes was released September 2009.

Background and composition[edit]

The composition was recorded between July and September 2006 at DFA Studios in New York City.[4] The publicity for "45:33" described it as being designed to accompany jogging workouts, "to reward and push at good intervals of a run." An early statement detailed that the composition had been refined after several runs on the treadmill.[2] James Murphy later admitted that this was entirely a lie on his part, and that he does not actually jog. He stated that he wanted to make a long-form record like E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching and used the opportunity provided by Nike to do so.[5] The artwork of "45:33" also resembles that of Göttsching's work.[6]

Parts of "45:33" were later used on the album Sound of Silver, in particular the track "Someone Great", which appears on "45:33" as an instrumental section later distinguished as track 3. The complete track was also released for registered Nike+ users in late March 2007 as a gift of appreciation when Nike+ logged its 10 millionth mile. The composition was available to be sold by Nike via iTunes for six months. The actual length of the composition is slightly longer than 45:33; the title is instead a reference to the two common vinyl speeds, 45 and 33 RPM.[2] The composition has been described musically as progressive electronic,[7] disco,[8] funk,[9] and synth-pop.[9]

For the last series of concerts at Terminal 5 and Madison Square Garden, LCD Soundsystem performed "45:33" in full during the second set, with "Sound of Silver" replacing Part 3. Part 3 was saved until their performance of "Someone Great".[10] On the digital release of the concert, the 45:33 tracks were titled: "45:33 Intro", "You Can't Hide / Shame On You", "Out In Space" and "Ships Talking".

Re-release[edit]

45:33
45-33 alternative cover.png
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 2007 (2007-11-12)
RecordedJuly–September 2006
StudioDFA (Manhattan, NY)
Genre
Length71:02
Label
Producer
LCD Soundsystem chronology
A Bunch of Stuff
(2007)
45:33
(2007)
Confuse the Marketplace
(2007)

DFA Records announced that "45:33" would be re-released on November 12, 2007.[3] It was made available on CD and vinyl through DFA and EMI.[11] The re-release featured three bonus tracks, "Freak Out/Starry Eyes", James Murphy and Eric Broucek's dub remix of "North American Scum", and "Hippie Priest Bum-out",[12] all of which were B-sides from European versions of Sound of Silver singles.[13] These three tracks would also be made available together separately on the Confuse the Marketplace EP, released on December 11, 2007.[13] "45:33" was re-released as a limited edition white-label vinyl on May 26, 2015.[14][15]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic86/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[17]
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[18]
The A.V. ClubA[19]
Entertainment WeeklyA[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[20]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[21]
NME7/10[22]
Pitchfork8.0/10[8]
Stylus MagazineA−[23]
Uncut4/5 stars[24]

"45:33" received critical acclaim. On the review aggregator website Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average out of 100 points, the album received an average critic score of 86, based on 25 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[16] Manuel Göttsching was, however, critical of the composition, despite it being inspired by his own work, stating: "Musically, there is nothing related to E2-E4 – it's just a 'megamix' of his work."[25]

Track listing[edit]

iTunes release[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."45:33"45:58

Re-release[edit]

Note: The first six tracks are listed simply as "45:33".

No.TitleLength
1."45:33" (part 1)2:51
2."45:33" (part 2)6:31
3."45:33" (part 3)8:30
4."45:33" (part 4)10:42
5."45:33" (part 5)9:18
6."45:33" (part 6)8:13
7."Freak Out/Starry Eyes"12:22
8."North American Scum" (Onanistic Dub by James Murphy and Eric Broucek)8:57
9."Hippie Priest Bum-out"4:28

Personnel[edit]

  • James Murphy – drums, percussion, drum programming, handclaps, bass guitar, guitar, vocals, glockenspiel, clavinet, organ, synthesizer, vocoder
Additional personnel
  • Alex Frankel – Wurlitzer piano
  • Eric Broucek – programming
  • Jason Disu – trumpet
  • Carter Yasutake – trumpet
  • Terra Deva – vocals

Charts[edit]

Charts (2006–07) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 68
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 128
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[28] 7
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[29]
45:33: Nike+ Original Run
20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music for Runners, Volume 2: Nike Releases Second Recording". The Wall Street Journal. October 23, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Phillips, Amy (2006-10-16). "LCD Soundsystem Makes 45-Minute Track for Nike". Pitchforkmedia.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  3. ^ a b Maher, Dave (2007-08-13). "Arcade Fire and LCD: Not Just a Tour, But a Split 7"!". Pitchforkmedia.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  4. ^ "45:33" (CD liner notes). LCD Soundsystem. Nike, Inc. 2006.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Linssen, Michel (2007-02-10). "Is this it?: James Murphy". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 8 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-13.
  6. ^ Fischer, Tobias (May 8, 2007). "Copycats: Ill-advised and uneducated: Two bad examples of ignoring Copyrights". tokafi.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  7. ^ Rossignol, Derrick (August 31, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem's Non-Album Track 'Pulse (v.1)' Is A Blippy, Wild 14-Minute Instrumental". Uproxx. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (October 20, 2006). "LCD Soundsystem: 45:33". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Howe, Sean (November 2, 2007). "45:33". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  10. ^ "LCD Soundsystem Concert Setlist at Madison Square Garden, New York on April 2, 2011". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  11. ^ "LCD Soundsystem - 45:33: Nike+ Original Run (master release)". Discogs. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "45:33 by LCD Soundsystem". Amazon. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "LCD Soundsystem - Confuse the Marketplace". Amazon. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "LCD Soundsystem - 45:33". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  15. ^ http://store.dfarecords.com/collections/albums/products/wl-dfa2163?variant=2954789377[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ a b "Reviews for 45:33 by LCD Soundsystem". Metacritic. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  17. ^ "45:33 – LCD Soundsystem". AllMusic. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  18. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: 45:33". Alternative Press (234): 136. January 2008.
  19. ^ Battaglia, Andy (November 20, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: 45:33". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  20. ^ Burgess, John (November 16, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem, 45:33". The Guardian. London. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  21. ^ Carroll, Jim (December 7, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: 45:33 (DFA/EMI)". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: 45:33". NME. December 11, 2007. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  23. ^ Southall, Nick (October 26, 2006). "LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on December 7, 2007. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  24. ^ Pattison, Louis (November 13, 2007). "FABRICLIVE36: James Murphy and Pat Mahoney / LCD Soundsystem – 45:33". Uncut. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  25. ^ Naylor, Tony (30 August 2013). "Manuel Göttsching: the Göttfather". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – LCD Soundsystem – 45:33" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  27. ^ "Chart Log UK: L". zobbel.de. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  28. ^ "LCD Soundsystem Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  29. ^ "LCD Soundsystem Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 28, 2016.

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