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Jellyfish Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000EXDP7S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Joining A Fan Club 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The King Is Half-Undressed 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. New Mistake 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Now She Knows She's Wrong 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. He's My Best Friend 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. All I Want Is Everything 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Let 'Em In/That Is Why (Medley) (Live) 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. No Matter What (Live at Roxy in Hollywood) 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Family Tree (Demo) 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Ghost At #1 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Wanna Stay Home 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Glutton Of Sympathy 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Man I Used To Be 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Calling Sarah (Live) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Ignorance Is Bliss 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Think About Your Troubles 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 


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4.0 out of 5 stars Re-Joining A Fan Club 13 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a long term Jellyfish fan, I'm grateful to Virgin for at least making the effort to put together a "Best Of" collection for the criminally-ignored genius that was Jellyfish.

This compilation pulls together the best bits of their two classic albums "Bellybutton" and Spilt Milk" along with some rarities and live-tracks. It must have been difficult trying to choose the best album tracks to include here as there's not a single duff track on either of their albums!

As an introduction to Jellyfish, this CD is a great little sampler - and for a very reasonable price (worth every penny).

I would have given this CD five stars but I have a couple of gripes that bother me. Why include the live versions of "The Man I Used To Be" and "Calling Sarah" when the album studio versions are so much more superior? And why include "Ignorance is Bliss" which is no more than a curio and is certainly not Jellfish at it's "best". The inclusion of "Sebrina Paste & Plato" or "Watchin' The Rain" would have made this compilation nigh-on perfect. (But at least they included the lost gem that is "Family Tree" - so "thankyou").

Anyway, whinge-ing aside, this is a great little compilation, it sounds wonderful (it's been digitally remastered) and I'd thoroughly recommend it. Go for it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY JELLYFISH ! 10 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
In the early 90's harmony driven pop/rock was largely ignored. Any group with a love of ELO, Badfinger, Cheaptrick and Wings era Macca were largely relegated to specialist radio stations and the local record shop 'bargin bin'.
Today of course everyone from The Feeling, Fountains of Wayne, Razorlight and even the reactivated Squeeze are reaping the rewards of peddling smart, well crafted powerpop.
Jellyfish were an American outfit who released just two long players in their brief time together - Bellybutton and Spilt Milk. They received critical aduration from the music press, Q Magazine gave Bellybutton a 5 star review, and general apathy from the record buying public.
'Best' collects together the key tracks from both these albums and adds some rarities and live tracks. The quality of these songs is excellent - 'The King Is Half Undressed', 'The Ghost At Number One' and 'Now She Knows She's Wrong' sparkle with wit and invention. 'Baby's Coming Back' was subsequently covered by McFly and turned into a UK number 1 single (with a virtually identical arrangement to the Jellyfish original) and 'He's My Best Friend' is surely the best Squeeze song Difford & Tilbrook didn't write.
Jet propelled harmonies, big pop chorus's and fully realised arrangements gave Jellyfish the edge over much of the chart fodder from the period and time has aged these songs beautifully.
If they had been around today then Jellyfish could well have been massive.
Highly reccommended

cw
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jellyfish - Perfect pop 9 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is the ideal opportunity to get an idea of the power pop bliss that was Jellyfish. Although they only graced us for a few short years they managed to release two superb albums (Bellybutton & Spilt Milk). Their music was full of melody, intricate arrangements and harmonies, clever and witty lyrics.

Bursting with both power and subtlety their influences include The Beatles, Badfinger, The Beach Boys, Big Star, Cheap Trick, The Raspberries, Squeeze and even Supertramp and Queen but their output was never deriative or unoriginal.

Lauded by critics and a hardcore fanbase they unfortunatley never achieved a deserved commerical success and they broke up.

From the ashes they have all went on to produce some wonderful solo ventures including The Grays, Imperial Drag, Umajets and the weird Moog Cook Book. There's also the production and session activity with the likes of The Black Crowes, Brendan Benson, Aimee Mann, Beck and Paul McCartney.

So if you would like some tasty sonic candy treats that won't rot your teeth or ears, take a dip into the wonderful world of Jellyfish, you won't be dissapointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best pop bands ever 28 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
life is cruel sometimes

how on earth were this band not hugely successful? - they are certainly THE great lost band of all time - most people i talk to have never heard of them! yet they should have been massive!!

fantastic pop songs from a band who were probably out of their time in the early 90s - suffocated by the dross that was around at the time - but please try to take a listen to them - if u enjoyed good pop music in the 60s and/or 70s then u cant fail to love them!
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By J Mark
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Sometimes things just are not meant to be but in the three or so years Jellyfish were together they produced 2 very good albums and some other tracks, including live versions.

I heard of this band when they first came out but out of the many albums on my list at the time i missed out here. I'm glad I revisited many years later because this is so full of clever hooks and lively tunes.

I got the LEO album and from this I saw Andy Sturmer as one of the contributors. Alpacas Orgling is also a terrific album and Mr Sturmer co wrote two of the best tracks there. He is in league with Roger Manning here on almost all the tracks, its just a shame they fell out, unlikely to ever collaborate again.

Here though are some of the finest examples of power pop era tunes. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
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