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  • Audio CD (31 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000HN313I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen19. The Old Oak Tree 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Wedding Ring 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen25. Sad And Lonely And Blue 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Women (Make You Feel Alright) 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Come And See Her 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. I'll Make You Happy 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  9. Can't You Leave Her 1:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. River Deep, Mountain High 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Do You Have A Soul 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Happy Is The Man 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. The Music Goes Round My Head [Fast Version] 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Lay Me Down And Die [Instrumental] 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Fancy Seeing You Here 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Bring A Little Lovin' [Demo] 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen21. Can't Find Love 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Peculiar Hole In The Sky 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. I Love Marie 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Who Are My Friends 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Such A Lovely Day 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Little Queenie 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Just as the 1960's ushered in a new era for British music, the incredible Easybeats, with vibrant originality, gave Australian music an identity and confidence, setting it on the road to global acceptance. Refreshingly original and charismatic The Easybeats radiated an aura of raw rebellious excitement which proved irresistible. The musical results were devastating. The group stormed to No.1 in the charts with the howling She's So Fine, one of eight consecutive Australian top ten hits in 18 months. The ultimate working class anthem, Friday On My Mind, topped worldwide charts and was named at the 2001 APRA Awards as the most influential Australian song of the past 75 years. This double CD features 56 classic hits.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2010
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The first thing that struck me about The Easybeats when I first heard their music was how inappropriate their name was, even though it dates their origins. They were no Mersey pop band, but a wild r&b outfit, initially in the style of early Kinks or Pretty Things. They retained that wildness when they moved into their most productive middle phase, developing their own vision. When, by the end of the 1960s, they sacrificed their edge for a blander pop style, they were almost a spent force.

This compilation of 56 tracks doesn't follow a logical order. Whoever put it together probably placed their favourites at the front of the first disc, starting of course with the band's flagship hit, 'Friday On My Mind'. The older, cruder stuff follows it, while the second disc seems almost to be a random mix, although all the later material can be found there. I used to own two volumes of hits on LP and must say that the recordings sounded better, denser, in that medium than they do on CD. Even so, this is a largely superb collection by a band who often reached dizzy heights of inspiration yet were also erratic.

By no means are all the tracks on here 'must haves'. Lyrically they were sometimes awful. Nevertheless, their music wields more influence among those who followed them than might be expected. They may only have had a couple of hits in the UK, and one of those was the ballad 'Hello How Are You', but they were quite popular in the US. Deborah Harry has cited them as an influence, while David Bowie paid homage to their biggest hit on his 'Pin Ups' album.

Aside of that song, highlights include the much-covered party ode 'Good Times', the mesmeric 'Land of Make Believe', and the ambitious, schizophrenic 'Heaven and Hell', while high adrenaline tracks like 'Sorry' are a staple.
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By Mr A M Souster on 20 Jan 2013
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Top quality material almost throughout, the exceptions being the pointless, but obligatory for the time, cover versions of River Deep... and Hound Dog. Otherwise superb beat, freakbeat, psych and just good old fashioned pop. Top band. A must have!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The saga of a pop band. 4 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Easybeats hit the big time with "Friday On My Mind" in 1967 and followed up with an eccellent pop song called "Heaven and Hell".Unfortunately,US stations wouldn't play any song that had terms like heaven or hell in them and the BBC banned the song because of the line "hell is finding someone else in your bed".The Easybeats quickly replaced that line with "hell is finding that your love has gone dead",but it was too late and this great pop tune flopped everywhere but Australia.I always wondered why the Easybeats didn't re-record some of their Aussie hits,such as the eccellent "sorry" or "I'll make you happy" for American release and the former Easybeats drummer Snowy Fleet said that the reason was "that the music scene had changed"(??)I always felt that this was a big mistake as those songs were perfect for the US market.This album has some great tracks from the band,such as the above,and also "land of make believe,women,she's so fine,hello how are you" and others from a band that should have been much bigger had the right decisions been made.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A decent intro, but one would do better getting the early individual albums 14 Oct 2006
By Robert Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How many albums that carry the adjective "Ultimate" or "Definitive" aren't? Most? All? This is certainly not the one that proves to be ultimate. The best Easybeats anthology ever was one that appeared on vinyl entitled THE ABSOLUTE ANTHOLOGY. My copy was contained on three beautiful all-white records and why I got rid of it along with all my other LPs is still a mystery I haven't been able to solve. It was a glorious collection and one reason was that unlike THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY it presented the music chronologically rather than according to some weird logic of the producer. I rarely played the final disc of THE ABSOLUTE ANTHOLOGY, simply because the Easybeats were at their best early on and got less and less interesting after their huge internationally megahit "Friday on My Mind."

This disc will serve as an adequate introduction to the Easybeats, but one would do much better purchasing three discs separately. I would strongly recommend getting copies of their 1965 album EASY, their 1966 effort IT'S 2 EASY, and the 1967 FRIDAY ON MY MIND, which contains the hit by the same name. The problem with anthologies like this one or GONNA HAVE A GOOD TIME is that you get some great songs, but they are surrounded by many songs from their later, post-"Friday on My Mind" period. In fact, most anthologies for some bizarre reason emphasize the later, much weaker albums.

The Easybeats were a very odd band. Somewhat inappropriately they are known as Australia's first great rock and roll band, even though only one member of the band was raised in Australia. Two members were from the Netherlands, another from England, and another Scotland. Even the one Aussie in the band, the superb lead singer Stevie Wright, was born in England, though he immigrated to Australia as a child. But they adopted Australia as their own and Australia certainly adopted in turn. Visually, they were somewhat unusual. Wright was small enough to have been a member of the Small Faces, while blonde guitarist Harry Vanda (one of the band's Dutch members and with lead guitarist George Young the main songwriter) towered over other members of the band. They were distinguished by their excellent musicianship, with two wonderfully bluesy guitarists and Wright providing great vocals, as well as a great visual presence as front man.

Basically, the closer the Easybeats were to either the early Rolling Stones or Mitch Ryder, the better they were. They did great R&B and blues rockers. But as their career progressed, they more and more moved to a sound closer to the Beatles and the Kinks and as a result the became increasingly less interesting. They could do easy rocking numbers like "It's So Easy" with great skill, but they were never better than when doing such bluesy numbers as "Rock and Roll Boogie," "Good Times," and "Wedding Ring." They could do some fine pop tunes as well, as seen in numbers like "Friday on My Mind" and the excellent "You Me We Love." The difference is that most of the stuff they did in rock mode is at least pretty decent, while a great deal of their pop stuff is just boring.

What I would recommend to anyone who decides to get this album is to either make a single-CD out of the two by doing a compilation that excises the later songs or putting it on their iPod or equivalent and deleting the songs they don't like. At their best the Easybeats were one of the truly great sixties Invasion bands, but this anthology like the others truly does not present them at their best.

I'll end with the one piece of Easybeats trivia that ranks as mandatory. The wonderful guitarist for the band was George Young, who really was one of the nicer players of the era in a Keith Richards's mode. After the band broke up he and co-guitarist Harry Vanda became producers, their most successful project being a band formed with George's younger brothers Angus and Malcolm, AC/DC.
Review Definitive Anthology of the Easybeats 2 July 2009
By Julie Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is definitely worth the wait; ordered at the end of May and didn't receive it till the end of June. This is for the Easybeats collector, it's a double CD with almost all their songs, a really nice booklet with info on the band and the songs. Harry Vanda, the lead guitar player, is quoted at length in the booklet and he has liner notes for each of the songs. Really special information for the collector! I'm glad I ordered it.
Aussie Beat 24 Feb 2013
By Y2bjs Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
This band had a quick rise to fame,and also a quick exit.There is alot of songs that still get radio play.Such as Friday On My Mind,which has got to be their best known song.I have other favorites like Sorry,Women,She's So Fine,Wedding Ring and some others.
The Easybeats came from an era of music i love,with those great guitar riffs.
Apparently there was not alot of money made from the band,and they got themselves into debt.I think in those days there was alot of poor management,even The Beatles were ripped off badly.
They broke up in 1970,there is alot of bands that broke up around that time for one reason or other.It seemed to be an era of drugs,and so many bands were known to take them.Personally i've avoided anything to do with them.
Stevie Wright did go onto a successful but short lived solo career,with the hit single Evie from the album Hard Road.
Very good! 9 Nov 2014
By D. Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was pleasantly surprised to hear "new" Easybeats music! What a shame we Americans were too uptight to give this band a fair listen. Very good!
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