Play: The B Sides

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Play: The B Sides
MobyPlayTheBSides.jpg
Compilation album (B-sides) by Moby
Released October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
Length 60:34
Label
Producer Moby
Moby chronology
MobySongs 1993–1998
(2000)
Play: The B Sides
(2000)
18
(2002)

Play: The B Sides is a compilation album by American electronica musician Moby. The album's songs are outtakes from his 1999 album Play which were subsequently released as B-sides across various singles from the album.

Moby explains: "The B Sides is a collection of songs that weren't quite appropriate for Play, but that I still love enough to release as B-sides. Some of these songs might not be instantly accessible, but I (immodestly) think they are all quite special."[1] In the liner notes, Moby admits that the songs would not have been given a wide release if not for the overwhelming success of Play.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]

AllMusic's John Bush wrote that the B-sides are "distinctly inferior to what was heard on Play — which proves nothing much more than the fact that Moby is a good editor as well as a great producer."[2] Neva Chonin from Rolling Stone said it was "more of a meditative tone poem" than the "millennial time signature" that was Play.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Moby.

No.TitleLength
1."Flower"3:25
2."Sunday"5:03
3."Memory Gospel"6:42
4."Whispering Wind"6:02
5."Summer"5:58
6."Spirit"4:08
7."Flying Foxes"6:16
8."Sunspot"6:49
9."Flying Over the Dateline"4:47
10."Running"7:05
11."The Sun Never Stops Setting"4:19
Total length:60:34


Personnel[edit]

Credits for Play: The B Sides adapted from album liner notes.[4]

Artwork and design
  • Moby – illustration
  • Corinne Day – photography
  • Elizabeth Young – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 24
US Billboard 200[6] 165
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[7] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moby. "Play: The B Sides". Moby.com. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Play: The B Sides – Moby". AllMusic. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Chonin, Neva (January 18, 2001). "Play: The B-Sides". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Play: The B Sides (liner notes). Moby. Mute Records. 2000. LCD STUMM 172. 
  5. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Moby Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "Moby Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2012.

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