Being on BCB for a long time, I got the idea the Greatest Hits of Best Of collections were somewhat derided by hardcore music fans and I could never figure out why, nor did I ask. Maybe I was just defensive, but I got the idea that they somehow didn't represent an artist or group like they wanted to be represented, but were put out by record companies to cash in on artists as their popularity waned in a last attempt to squeeze out some dough.
However, I love greatest hits and best of collections. Simply for the sake that they bring together an artist's or group's most popular songs. I get the feeling that if you let artists pick their favorite songs, they might not pick the ones that got them a house or a car.
Anyhoo, I'm going to start off with one of my favorites and we can go on from there.
You're so basic with your vapestick, let's go apeshit in the matrix.
Given that The Association did not make consistent LPs, I'd love to be able to say that this has everything I like by them. It doesn't, but I do like everything that's here, and it's sequenced uncommonly well. I always loved the cover, too.
Post by The Right Profile on Aug 3, 2020 9:06:26 GMT
Oh man, I love best ofs/ single artist compilations, and at times, it's the best way to consume music. I wonder whether Spotify has de-legitimized the best of insofar as anyone can make their own compilation or playlists, but there's something to be said for the craft of a good best-of. Sometimes, it's not just as easy as selecting the most popular songs, but also selecting what fits as an overview. And a good compilation should have the right pacing and variety as a properly sequenced LP. Anyway, there are far too many best-ofs to mention, so I'm just going to cheat and dump a list I created for myself the other day.
All of the below records have in some way changed the way I listened to music, or at least improved my life in some form by merely existing. Certainly, I've written too much about how important Chronicle was to me on the other board. Some of the selections below are cheats in that they're boxsets or rarities compilations. But they all fit and each is very well sequenced. To be honest, it took me ages to boil it down to this list! (Sorry about that! )
JAMES BROWN- Star Time! CCR- Chronicle NEIL YOUNG- Decade SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE- Greatest Hits! THE KINKS- The Kink Kontroversy THE BYRDS- Greatest Hits THE ROLLING STONES- The Singles Collection: The London Years BLONDIE- The Best of Blondie THE FALL- The Peel Sessions THE SMITHS- Hatful of Hollow ABBA- ABBA GOLD BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND- Two Steps From the Blues SAM COOKE- Birth of a Legend 1951-1964 MISSY ELLIOTT- Respect ME THE BEATLES- Past Masters Vols 1 & 2. BOB MARLEY- African Herbsman NEW ORDER- Substance PET SHOP BOYS- Discography: The Singles THE JAM- Snap! DESMOND DEKKER- Rockin' Steady GREGORY ISAACS- Mr Love DR ALIMANTADO- The Best Dressed Chicken In Town GANG STARR- Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr PERE UBU- Terminal Tower BEASTIE BOYS- The Sound of Science DELROY WILSON- The Original 18 THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE- Smash HIts BUZZCOCKS- Singles Going Steady THE CLEAN- Anthology MARVIN GAYE- Anthology THE WHO- Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy UNDERWORLD- 1992-2002 THE VELVET UNDERGROUND- VU RAY CHARLES- The Birth of Soul CHUCK BERRY- The Definitive Collection BUDDY HOLLY- From the Original Master Tapes LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY- I Am The Upsetter MY BLOODY VALENTINE- The EPs 1987-1991 PINK FLOYD- Relics STEREOLAB- Oscillations from the Anti-Sun
It is indeed, sorry I've used my opening post to kill this very good thread.
I was thinking about Sly & the Family Stone's Greatest Hits! and really that is the gold standard for a great compilation. Not just in its track selection (sensibly it picked the stand-alone singles) but also in terms of its pacing. I mean, you can't really go wrong with an opener like "I Want to Take You Higher", but the way it ebbs and flows, and finally concludes on the snappy (yet lyrically dark) "Thankyou..." really takes you to another place. It's pretty much a perfect album.
And that Chic compilation is another example of a compilation that captures the band just at their peak. They would release interesting and indeed even excellent tracks subsequently, but none as defining as the ones listed on that compilation. It distills Chic to their essence, I reckon.