The greatest Greatest Hits collection

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So what's the best single-artist "Greatest Hits" collection ever? To qualify, I think the record should not only be chock full of great songs that are sequenced properly, it should also serve as the only full-length by the artist you need. But feel free to disregard the last part if you like. Your favorites?

Mark Richardson, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

this is the only greatest hits compilations i own that i listen to more than never: the best of gene loves jezebel. its my fav because it contains songs from their first 2 albums which im pretty sure are out of print (theyre hard as hell to find). which, by the way, is fucking insane, because its obviously the best shit they ever recorded. then of course it has desire and jealous, and some other shit. but its my favorite, just for the first 8 songs or so.

matt, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Even though it risks me having this conversation for the eighth time with Ally, I'd pick Madonna's Immaculate Collection. Not only is almost every song a winner (excepting the last one), I think the sequencing is illuminating and not too jarring, too. Now the controversial bit - especially FTwise - is, is this the only Madge record you need? A very strong case could be made for "Like A Prayer" but otherwise I'd say yes. So there.

Oh! Oh! Half of it is duff but you don't need any other records by them now it's come out, so I'd say the Best Of Blur, too. An MP3 of Popscene is perhaps of historical interest.

Tom, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

But Tom, Blur totally ruin For Tomorrow with a horrid remix, and it has Music is my Radar on it. That alone should disqualify it from having the words "Best" associated with it.

As a rule I don't really care for "Best Of" albums.

Nicole, Thursday, 1 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

I avoided best-of comps like the plague, mostly, until Tom's pernicious influence. I still don't really buy them much, but now I actually ask myself if I should, when I am looking at an artist that's new to me. I think the Doors' best-of does a fine job, but then since I've never heard any of their albums I don't really know what I'm missing.

Josh, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Hot Rocks ranks as a classic in its own right, although neither is the sequence tremendous, nor is it the only Stones album that you'll ever need.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Probably Squeeze's GH. If we're going to assume popularity, The Eagles GH is probably right up there.

The problem with Hot Rocks is that you're missing "She's A Rainbow" and "Angie," and you miss the whole Goat's Head Soup/Exile on Main Street album period.

D-damn man, didn't you read the prompt?

Besides, as per Bruce McCulloch,

"Greatest Hits comps are for old women and little girls..."

JM, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Hmmm... not sure if these are *all* you need to own, but... 'Changes' 1&2 by David Bowie, 'Songs to Learn and Sing' by Echo and the Bunnymen and 'Discography' by the Pet Shop Boys.

Stevie Troussé, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Glen Campbell's 20 Golden Greats. More comprehensive that The Capitol Years, and less po-facedly aimed at muso's twenty years after. It also has an appalling cover, and a terrible coda of Amazing Grace at the end which suggests that this is all this artist will ever amount to. But the mid-sides highlights of "Where's The Playground Susie" and "Witchita Lineman" would prop up any flagging collection of twenty - count-em - golden greats.

It is also quite possibly the first album I ever heard - as my mother was an avid duster to "Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife" on her cassette version when I was three (the cassette version really spoiled the awful cover as the heart shaped vinyl motife was squeezed to look like a licourice allsort). I bought it for a quid.

Pete, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

But Josh,

Which 'the Doors best of' are you referring to? Last time I checked the Doors were well on the way to releasing more greatest hits, anthologies and live retrospectives than original albums. It seems as if they have elipsed this format by some nasty postmodern mediation. (increasing the case with the Beatles if anyone hasn't noticed!)

Michael, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

"Singles Going Steady" - Buzzcocks . Although you obviously need everything they ever did too. The Monkees greatest hits (on Rhino, not a cheapo issue)is pop heaven, and may be all most people need to own. Not me though.

Dr. C, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

And how could I forget 'Abba Gold'? 20 songs, 18 or so excellent, 4 or 5 among the best pop singles ever...and every single one of the actual albums is rubbish!* How did they do it?

*actually their last one is pretty good.

Tom, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

the chills greatest hits (not kalediscope world, the later one) is a pretty flawless summation of their small, perfectly formed ouevre.and it has proper top ten hits on it and everything .

cw, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

The problem with _Discography_ is that it isn't _Alternative_. Combining those two together in a 3-disc box set would be absolutely perfect for me.

Personally, I'm very happy with Duran Duran's _Decade_, even if it is missing "Come Undone". Also, _The Best Of Blondie_ is great.

(I don't have _The Best of Blur_, but "Music Is My Radar" could only make it better. I almost bought the damn thing solely for that song.)

Dan Perry, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Nicole - the "Primrose Hill" mix of For Tomorrow, aka the 'farty brass' mix, is way better than the album version - it was one of the key things that made me buy the Best Of, cause I remembered it so well from my old cassingle (sniff). The big brass lead-in really accentuates the spoken bit, which is the best thing about the track by a league.

Tom, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Tom, the problem with Immaculate Collection is two-fold. Firstly, they leave out too many good, bona-fide hits, and for what? A needlessly longer mix of Vogue and that awful Rescue Me? And I could've done with the original version of Like a Prayer. Secondly, the sequencing IS jarring; Live to Tell should never be stuck next to Into the Groove on any compilation. It just sounds sloppy.

Anyhow, I nearly exclusively deal in greatest hits, sometimes, because it's just a lot easier than buying a pile of crap albums to hear like 2 songs. ABBA Gold, obviously, you need; St. Etienne's Too Young To Die is fantastic; Bruce Springsteen's Greatest Hits is really the only album by him you NEED (though I'd recommend others), despite its willfull and unfortunate leaving out of Rosalita; New Order's best of is really the only New Order album I listen to; same goes for Blondie's The Platinum Collection. I'd also give marks to Blur's best of, even though half of it is crap, because it allows me to rid myself of the rest of their albums finally. Oh, and Lenny Kravitz's greatest hits is good because Lenny is definitely a singles artist, so if you just skip over American Woman and Fly Away you've got a good time on your hands. There are 10,000 Beatles' best ofs, so you should get one of those for historical sake really, and if you get the right one you really don't need more than that.

Ally, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

There's only one anwser and Tom already gave it, ABBA Gold, the pinnacle of Western Civilization. The Kate Bush Greatest Hits is also pretty good, though I prefer the albums.

Omar, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

mmm, if I remember well, Q Magazine published a list of this kind not a long time ago... Still, the best "best of" is "Singles" by The Smiths... "Strictly Commercial" by Frank Zappa is also a good pick although is far from being complete...

Vaudeville, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Don't believe in "Greatest Hits". Well, maybe you could take exception in the case of something/someone like, er, Abba which did a few good songs but everyone forgets they made a load of shite.

The Smiths' "Singles" wasn't bad, especially after Best Of 1 and 2, which was bloody awful. Not to mention replacing Morrissey's cover design outside of North America. Happily "Singles" had his design, a nice picture of Diana Dors and with "Louder Than Bombs" was a better "Best Of" than the offical one was.

Phil Paterson, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Michael, I wasn't aware there was more than one Doors best-of. I mean the one I own, naturally. :)

Josh, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Definitely Blur: The Best Of, even if music is my radar is on it. But then you also need a live version of popscene, as any of these easily beat the actual studio version. The Primrose Hill mix of For Tomorrow, incidentally, has always been the one played live, and wasn't it just the 12" version anyway? Whatever, it's better.

Madonna's Immacualte Collection, plus Frozen and Beautiful Stranger, two bona fide pop classics if you ask me.

...Finally, Abba Gold. Most of these are classics, but you need 'The Visitors' on there as well. The way it builds up into the chorus is just amazingly good.

I'd say a Beatles compilation, but basically, none of the many do them justice, it's just not possible to compile one that would please everyone. (And I genuinely believe that, whatever people may say, most people like the Beatles at least a little)

Just adding to the consensus here...

Bill

Bill, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

19 Years: A Collection which is the rhino comp for Alex Chilton, is better than any single Chilton album, and certainly the only way to explain what the hell his later career was all about. Includes Nighttime, Bangkok, No Sex, Lost My Job, Volare, and Like Flies on Sherbert -- between whicn Alex's vision emerges.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

19 Years: A Collection which is the rhino comp for Alex Chilton, is better than any single Chilton album, and certainly the only way to explain what the hell his later career was all about. Includes Nighttime, Bangkok, No Sex, Lost My Job, Volare, and Like Flies on Sherbert -- between which Alex's vision emerges.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 2 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Spandau Ballet's Golden Collection ;-)

simon, Sunday, 4 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

"Fossil Fuel" - XTC. All the singles from a great singles band. For the casual bystander all you need from Swindon's finest - although all the albums except Big Express (overproduction, few songs), Oranges and Lemons (too slick) and Nonsuch (very dull), are worth having.

Dr. C, Sunday, 4 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Abba Gold seems unbeatable, with the critera I've established here. Also worth a mention for me is The Beach Boys' _Endless Summer_ (yeah, yeah, you gotta have _Pet Sounds_ [which I do] but for most people this is all the BB you need, all the good shit right up through "Good Vibrations"). Also, Elvis Costello's early American _Best Of_, released some time in the mid-80s (when he left Columbia, I think) has recently been the only thing by him I ever want to put on.

Josh, if the Doors you speak of is the 2-CD thing, quit while you're ahead. That's all the Doors you need. Sad but true story: As a teenager, I loved the Doors like every good American. I had that 2-CD Best Of. I liked it so much I thought I'd love the whole Doors catalog. So I sold the Best-of and went about acquiring the 6 studio albums. I bought all those, got very sick of the Doors, and in my early 20s sold all six. Now I have no Doors at all. Hence the wisdom of quitting while you're ahead.

Mark Richardson, Sunday, 4 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

Abba Gold and Too Young To Die.

And if we *have* to go on to the Beatles, then go for the Red and Blue Albums, which between them contain all 27 tracks which ended up on that abomination known as "One", but which also contain a good few tracks that don't get so many daytime plays on Capital Gold :). (well, "I Am The Walrus", which is the one that really matters, though the Blue Album chooses appallingly from Abbey Road). The only Beatles repackagings worth even considering owning.

Robin Carmody, Monday, 5 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-three years ago) link

two years pass...
revive

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Tuesday, 10 June 2003 19:46 (twenty-one years ago) link

six months pass...
"Ramones Mania"
"The Best of Booker T. and the MGs"
"Al Green's Greatest Hits"

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Tuesday, 16 December 2003 21:30 (twenty years ago) link

two years pass...
Saw this and found it kinda hilarious:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00028HBK2.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

1. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) - Lou Bega
2. Macarena - Los Del Rios
3. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club
4. Frenesi - Linda Ronstadt
5. Theme from "Harry's Game" - Clannad
6. Over the Rainbow
7. Barcelona Nights - Ottmar Liebert
8. Valse d'Amelie - Yann Tiersen
9. Bomboleo - Gipsy Kings
10. Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba
11. Jump in the Line - Harry Belafonte
12. Swingin' the Mambo - Tito Puente
13. Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra
14. Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
15. Hot! Hot! Hot! - Arrow
16. Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela
17. Mais Que Nada - Sergio Mendes
18. Oye Como Va - Santana

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 15 May 2006 03:04 (eighteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
the cure - standing on a beach

of course definitely not the only one you need, but i need it as well as the others if only for 'charlotte sometimes'. it's a concise song collection, perfect to throw on for a party and obviously has no lemons.

i like my al green, nina simone, and billie holiday greatest hits collections too.

i also quite like the best of testament :) though you probably don't 'need' it per se.

the best of blur actually misses a couple of my fave singles from them ('chemical world' and 'stereotypes'), though the high ratio of parklife tracks is appropriate.

there is also the best of inxs, which i'd wholeheartedly recommend.

used songs by tom waits is a great collection, but fuck man you need them all.

Charlie Howard, Saturday, 14 April 2007 18:09 (seventeen years ago) link

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Tim Ellison, Saturday, 14 April 2007 18:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Pulp's Hits is marred slightly by a few omissions ("O.U." and "Mis-Shapes") and I've never been all that keen on "A Little Soul," but it's pretty awesome nonetheless. And it's the rare "Best of" where the new track ("Last Day of the Miners' Strike") is not only great, but also feels like a fitting close to their career. I don't know if someone would want to live without "She's a Lady," "I Spy," "Wickerman," et al. though.

David Bachyrycz, Saturday, 14 April 2007 19:30 (seventeen years ago) link

IMMACULATE COLLECTION
DISCOGRAPHY

lex pretend, Saturday, 14 April 2007 19:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Partly because of the spottiness of many of his studio albums and partly because of the brilliance of the 'hits,' Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits is pretty much all you need.

NYCNative, Saturday, 14 April 2007 19:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Birthday Party - Hits

Go-Betweens - 1978-1990 (I've got all the 2 CD reissues and yet this comp is what gets played)

Iggy Pop - Anthology (eliminates all the dross and is a welcome expansion over the single disc best of)

Mr. Odd, Saturday, 14 April 2007 20:00 (seventeen years ago) link

All This And Nothing: Psychedelic Furs

Doesn't have everything you need from their 2nd record, but is still one of the best greatest hits records ever. The song recorded for the comp, "All That Money Wants" is my favorite song by them ever.

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 14 April 2007 22:43 (seventeen years ago) link

All This And Nothing: Psychedelic Furs

This was my first Psych Furs album and I agree it's great all the way through, but _Should God Forget_ expands it to two discs and picks all the great tracks from their last two underrated albums.

Mr. Odd, Sunday, 15 April 2007 07:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Stoned Soul Picnic - Laura Nyro

2 CDs cover an amazing 30-year career, the "recent" stuff (late 90's) every bit as essential as the first songs...

henry s, Sunday, 15 April 2007 20:23 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...

Steely Dan's Greatest Hits may not delete the need to buy the actual albums but is probably the greatest collection of songs in existence.

Close second, Merle Haggard's "Songs I'll Always Sing".

mulla atari, Monday, 18 June 2007 03:28 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm listening to the cult's 'pure cult' thingie. pretty damn good. needs 'aphrodisiac jacket' and a few more, but i guess they weren't singles...

Charlie Howard, Monday, 18 June 2007 09:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Thread should have been closed after Dr C's choice of the Buzzcocks 'Singles Going Steady' way up there somewhere. As far as GH go, it doesn't get better than this.

Guilty_Boksen, Monday, 18 June 2007 12:31 (seventeen years ago) link

"Once Upon A Time", Siouxsie and the Banshees, is great.

koogs, Monday, 18 June 2007 12:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, Buzzcocks for me too. Chief competition would be Sly & the Family Stone and CCR. (Greatest non-existent GH = Bob Seger's)

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 18 June 2007 18:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Not The Beatles, simply because any "Greatest Hits" by The Beatles is automatically bound to be devoid of most of the great stuff they did.

Out of the ones not mentioned, Madness had a very strong run of singles.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 18 June 2007 23:17 (seventeen years ago) link

And then there's Bob Marley's "Legend" too. Has been voted best "best of" a lot of times although personally I really don't think it worked out until all those extra tracks were added for the rather recent special edition.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 18 June 2007 23:17 (seventeen years ago) link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d7/50000fall.jpg

maybe not the greatest ever but a pretty cool collection

gman, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 05:03 (seventeen years ago) link

http://umusicimages.ca/doublediscgold/parliament.jpg is awesome

abanana, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 05:11 (seventeen years ago) link

http://kpuk.net/big_img/608.jpg

Siegbran, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 07:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Is there really no AC/DC greatest hits/best of? AMG doesn't list one, nor does Amazon. How odd.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 11:37 (seventeen years ago) link

First one I was aware of was The Best of Roxy Music (2001) but I’m sure there were others earlier. The very idea of this bothered my linear-thinking brain no end when I first saw/heard it, but it does flow quite well.

Overly dramatic elevator music (Dan Peterson), Monday, 10 June 2024 13:43 (one month ago) link

There is Absolute Classic Masterpieces by Felt from 1992 but I figure there has to be an earlier example.

Kim Kimberly, Monday, 10 June 2024 13:56 (one month ago) link

kinda almost perfect.

scott seward, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:36 (one month ago) link

The first one of these that hooked me as a kid was the Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions with the blue cover… solid selection

brimstead, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:36 (one month ago) link

everything felt did was perfect

brimstead, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:36 (one month ago) link

One of those jukebox favorites for yeaaaaaaaars. xpost to scott

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2024 14:37 (one month ago) link

Gold Mine Trash was earlier

brimstead, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:37 (one month ago) link

xp to Kim

brimstead, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:37 (one month ago) link

they didn't need that long solo deebank track on ACM but its okay. its all good in the Felt hood.

scott seward, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:40 (one month ago) link

xp I was answering my own question above regarding reverse order compilations.

Kim Kimberly, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:47 (one month ago) link

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/hvYAAOSwyTpjtcxg/s-l1200.jpg

It might as well be a different band of course, but this is still my favourite Fleetwood Mac 'album'.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Monday, 10 June 2024 14:50 (one month ago) link

that rules, I also really like this German reprise FM one from around the same time:

https://www.discogs.com/master/147914-Fleetwood-Mac-The-Best-Of-Fleetwood-Mac

brimstead, Monday, 10 June 2024 14:52 (one month ago) link

I don't know that one - will have to seek it out.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Monday, 10 June 2024 15:04 (one month ago) link

What was the earliest reverse chronological greatest hits compilation?

There is Absolute Classic Masterpieces by Felt from 1992 but I figure there has to be an earlier example.

The same year there is Some Girls Wander By Mistake by Sisters of Mercy which starts in the middle then goes back to the beginning, probably a wise sequencing.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 10 June 2024 15:11 (one month ago) link

Literally in reverse chronological order, Pulp's 'Countdown 1992–1983'.

you gotta roll with the pączki to get to what's real (snoball), Monday, 10 June 2024 17:12 (one month ago) link

Bananarama Greatest Hits is not strictly reverse chronological, but the Stock-Aitken-Waterman years are up front and the earlier Swain-Jolley years at the end.

Hideous Lump, Monday, 10 June 2024 18:09 (one month ago) link

Underworld's 1992-2002 comp is insanely stacked, granted you probably couldn't make a bad UW comp if you tried, even still just insane how many bangers are on this thing

frogbs, Monday, 10 June 2024 18:29 (one month ago) link

Re: Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac, this CD (more or less culled from the Blue Horizon box set) was my introduction:

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51cK6R+ctXL._SX300_.jpg

The only glaring omission is "Love That Burns," but it's a big one IMHO. I would've ditched the "Albatross" remake to make room for it (especially since the disc opens with the original "Albatross") but it's possible that remake was more or less the economic reason for producing this CD.

birdistheword, Monday, 10 June 2024 19:41 (one month ago) link

Need Your Love So Bad was playing when I got married, yet I've never heard this longer version! Damn.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Monday, 10 June 2024 19:59 (one month ago) link

"albatross" is one of the great achievements of western civilization

budo jeru, Monday, 10 June 2024 20:08 (one month ago) link

Not really the thread for it, but this 2-hour version of Albatross by Keith Fullerton Whitman also one of the great achievements of western civilisation: https://soundcloud.com/kfw/fleetwood-mac-albatross-blend

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Monday, 10 June 2024 20:11 (one month ago) link

xp otm

brimstead, Monday, 10 June 2024 20:17 (one month ago) link

It's PSB's Discography for me, no contest, BUT

"Live Rust" -- still the best-nearest-thing to a good "Best of Neil Young" intro that isn't overlong
"Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael" -- a lovely 1990s object, double CD chunky plastic case, handsome George on the packaging, and lots of Wham when they were still (somewhat) undervalued. The selection on "25" is better -- "Precious Box" is on it, for a start -- but this one is more perfect (and has a much better cover)

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 13:58 (one month ago) link

Finally landed on the one single-disc greatest hits that rivals Earth Wind & Fire's

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/29/Respect-M.E..jpg

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 14:07 (one month ago) link

No. Bowie's best comp is 1993's out of print Ryko The Singles Collection: every single through 1993. Essential.

― the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 9 June 2024 00:51 bookmarkflaglink

the thing with that one is, it isn't every single, and some of the songs weren't even released as singles. different track listings on UK vs US as well so they both have different omissions

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 15:00 (one month ago) link

"Live Rust" -- still the best-nearest-thing to a good "Best of Neil Young" intro that isn't overlong

Live Rust has the weird reggae Cortez the Killer which drives me nuts

A So-Called Pulitzer price winner (President Keyes), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 15:09 (one month ago) link

I like Live Rust, and Decade misses a lot--impossible not to over a modest three albums--but I'd still take Decade. The new songs were really exciting at the time, topped by unearthing "Sugar Mountain."

clemenza, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 15:54 (one month ago) link

what's the best best-of/comp for a band/artist that never had an album? this one goes in my top ten:

https://i.discogs.com/8CWtgDpL4v8OLjsIc1evPLp-A3RrgMEWLUMQJicsoWQ/rs:fit/g:sm/q:90/h:539/w:540/czM6Ly9kaXNjb2dz/LWRhdGFiYXNlLWlt/YWdlcy9SLTE2MTQ1/NzgtMTM4OTUwMTYw/MC02OTU3LmpwZWc.jpeg

scott seward, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:03 (one month ago) link

The Essential Taj Mahal. I don’t know lots about him, but this contains all the “hits” I knew of, and with two discs I don’t have an urgent need to research his dozens of other albums.

― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, October 19, 2020

One of my all timers is his Best of vol 1 from ‘81,

Heez, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:17 (one month ago) link

xposts

Lol this was the only version of Cortez I knew for a long time - when I eventually heard it on Decade, I was like "where's the reggae bit?"

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:52 (one month ago) link

xps The Missy Elliott disc is awesome. Anyone know why it was never issued in the U.S.? (Not that it matters - imports for it are cheap. I got another copy last year to replace one a friend never gave back for $10.)

birdistheword, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 18:57 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

No actual hits, but The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History. I downloaded it years ago, but just bought it for real last week and have been listening to it in the car the last few days. The two songs Nirvana covered, "Molly's Lips" and "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam," are both brilliant (with great user-created videos available on YouTube). Many other excellent songs: "Son of a Gun," "Rory Rides Me Raw," "Bitch" (sung by Frances McKee, who looks like Mary Lynn Rajskub on her gatefold photo), "No Hope." Of the 19 songs, the only one I'd remove is the Divine cover ("You Think You're a Man")--just feels a little gimmicky and anomalous to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toQx3VavKqk

clemenza, Friday, 5 July 2024 03:13 (one week ago) link

> Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

i don't think he does

koogs, Friday, 5 July 2024 03:22 (one week ago) link

It's so weird--there's the title ("does"), the chorus ("doesn't"), and then Nirvana changed the title to match the chorus.

clemenza, Friday, 5 July 2024 03:34 (one week ago) link

odd, i've always known it as the latter

odder still, the lp i have doesn't even contain it:

https://www.discogs.com/master/318194-The-Vaselines-Dum-Dum

koogs, Friday, 5 July 2024 03:44 (one week ago) link

"wants me" was something we'd sing in school assemblies

koogs, Friday, 5 July 2024 03:45 (one week ago) link

https://www.discogs.com/master/85439-The-Vaselines-All-The-Stuff-And-More - 'doesn't'. but everywhere else is 'does'

koogs, Friday, 5 July 2024 03:48 (one week ago) link

On Returning (1977–1979) is by far the Wire album I've listened to the most.

visiting, Friday, 5 July 2024 04:23 (one week ago) link

The lp misses out a bunch of tracks to fit ("Mannequin" ???) but it's expensive now.

Mark G, Friday, 5 July 2024 07:59 (one week ago) link

The two songs Nirvana covered, "Molly's Lips" and "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam,"

Nirvana also covered Son Of A Gun

Colonel Poo, Friday, 5 July 2024 08:51 (one week ago) link

Mannequin isn't on the CD either. I like the live version of 12XU it opens with

Colonel Poo, Friday, 5 July 2024 08:52 (one week ago) link

Oh that’s right.

Mark G, Friday, 5 July 2024 09:06 (one week ago) link

It was “Dot Dash” I was thinking of.

Mark G, Friday, 5 July 2024 09:08 (one week ago) link

what's the best best-of/comp for a band/artist that never had an album?

Alan Braxe & Friends - The Upper Cuts

Siegbran, Friday, 5 July 2024 09:28 (one week ago) link

or maybe Basic Channel - BCD

Siegbran, Friday, 5 July 2024 09:30 (one week ago) link

Ah, the Vaselines, they used to provoke a mass exodus to the bar whenever they were the support act at gigs in Glasgow... which seemed to be often.

Blood On Santa's Claw (Tom D.), Friday, 5 July 2024 09:42 (one week ago) link

You know what is a solid greatest hits album that could really have been mentioned in this thread earlier?

Idol Songs: 11 Of The Best (1988).

Cognosc in Tyrol (emsworth), Friday, 5 July 2024 11:48 (one week ago) link


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