- Audio CD (10 Nov. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
- Label: Mercury
- ASIN: B001GCWRI4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Decade In The Sun Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
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Decade In The Sun is the band's first best of a must-have collection that includes no less than 11 top five and 21 top 20 singles. The album spans all six of the bands studio LPs, an impressive sequence of hits that spawned five number ones and nine million album sales worldwide.
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First of all there is a difference between a Greatest Hits and a Best Of album. This was an oversight by the record company, as this album is a Greatest Hits collection. Any long-term Phonics fan will confirm that many of the band's best material were not released as singles and therefore don't make the cut here. However it's an oversight which can be forgotten about quite quickly because the band did indeed choose their singles very wisely, there is not really a bad song on the entire LP and it makes for a 'Greatest Hits' which is steadier than that of rock bands with far more reputation and ego.
Most casual fans would probably say off the top of their head they know 3 or 4 Stereophonics songs, maybe one or two of those well enough to sing along with if they had to. However, when listening to the LP you'll indeed be shocked. Starting with the band's biggest overall hit, summer 2005 anthem "Dakota", the band then leap into 1999's "The Bartender And The Thief" before the amazing "Just Looking". Then we get 2001's misunderstood feelgood hit "Have A Nice Day", which is an incredibly cynical song about American life dressed up in a summer acoustic bounce to fool the listener into thinking it's a happy tune.
"Local Boy In The Photograph" is a long-time classic now and it's immediately followed up by 2003's epic "Maybe Tomorrow" which sees Jones' voice in excellent form.Read more ›
Disc 2 on this deluxe edition of decade in the sun is a much needed added boost to disc one as it contains enough rarities, live tracks and b-sides that makes listening to the box set worth while especially the tom Jones collaberation of "Mama told me not to come",and with Jools holland "im alright (you gotto go there to come back) first time i ever saw your face", and the two tracks from the thousand tree's and from more life in a tramps vest ep's "i stopped to fill my car up carrot cake and wine" and "Bill Davey's Daughter Raymond's shop"
I felt myself that i just had enough education in not perfoming but to go out and pay that little bit extra for this deluxe box set as this has a lot more to it than the single disc best of.
Like Manic Street Preachers before them they don't make bands like these anymore.
The track listing shown here on Amazon and virtually everywhere else is inaccurate. The first CD of this set has exactly the same listing as the single CD of Decade In The Sun so no one is getting shortchanged. It has 20 tracks kicking off with Dakota and ending with Handbags and Gladrags - exactly the same as the single CD album.
The second disc contains a host of other great tracks.
If you're a Stereophonics and thinking about getting this double CD set, buy it.
Yes it's definitely worth just listening to the music as most of the tracks on A Decade In The Sun are excellent. A non-chronological compilation, the highlights range from the early, crunchy guitars of Local Boy In the Photograph and The Bartender And The Thief to the fuller much-derided sounds of Step On My Old Size Nines and Maybe Tomorrow from LPs three and four. Reacting to this more layered template, the `Phonics returned to the electric guitar and an artier rock direction for their next LP Language, Sex, Violence, Other? This spawned their first number one single Dakota with the other two tracks featured fitting in much better on ADITS than on LSVO which was a bit overbearing in one listen.
So, this is a compilation which definitely benefits from being non-chronological. It also benefits from featuring one of the best singers in rock. Kelly Jones' gravelly voice can transform some of the band's s more mundane material into the worth recording category. Not that there's much mundane on A Decade in the Sun as you would expect for a compilation. ADITS is a superb overview of the first 10 years' recording of one of the best and most unfairly derided indie rock bands of the 90s and noughties. Definitely time to cast those critical prejudices aside...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very hard not to sing along, as every track brings back memories - superb albumPublished 18 days ago by GRIFF
YOU FORGET,HOW MANY GREAT SONGS,THEY HAVE PR0DUCED,THINK IT,S GREAT......Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer