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Forever. The Singles

6 Nov 2006 | Format: MP3

10.49 (VAT included if applicable)
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4:33
2
3:57
3
3:42
4
3:09
5
4:46
6
4:28
7
4:02
8
3:04
9
4:52
10
7:22
11
4:32
12
3:33
13
4:26
14
4:33
15
3:44
16
3:41
17
4:22
18
3:57
Disc 2
1
3:25
2
3:41
3
2:49
4
4:00
5
4:58
6
4:27
7
3:09
8
5:25
9
4:37
10
3:26
11
3:46
12
3:00
13
3:47

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.
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  • Total Length: 2:07:13
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  • ASIN: B003W5ZEPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,923 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 29 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the other reviewer re. this single cd edition being less than ideally comprehensive - maybe because their earlier albums were on another label (Beggars Banquet) and partly represented by the earlier 'Melting Pot' compilation? - but for the songs that ARE on here, five stars! The Charlies are hugely undervalued but everyone one of these is a classic pop/rock/indie/who cares! tune'n'spirit packed glory.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's nigh on impossible to condense a near 17 year career into the 80 minutes that can fit onto one CD, but whilst this may not give the whole story it offers up proof that when they were good, The Charlatans were very special indeed.

Another chronologically ordered singles compilation, this takes us from their debut single Indian Rope (surprisingly they don't start with The Only One I Know) to 2006 single Blackened Blue Eyes. If neither track is essential, a lot of what lies in between is.

The Only One I Know is the baggy Manchester sound at it's best whilst Weirdo brings a kind of gothic northern sould to the party. The soul of this particular party though has to be the cuts from the Charlatan's best album Telling Stories. Four songs are taken from it (One To Another, North Country Boy, How High and Tellin' Stories) and even they only hint at the majesty of the album as a whole.

Even though it didn't seem to appeal to fans of that album, I always found Wonderland a great album too. It only produced two top 40 singles and both make it onto this collection, the sublime Love Is The Key and A Man Needs To Be Told.

Sadly from there, the collection does noticeably dip in quality. The last two studio albums (2004's Up At The Lake and the afformentioned Simpicato) were disappointing and even cherry-picking the "best" from those two doesn't leave much excitement. The new track is also a lesson in pointlessness. You're So Pretty We're So Pretty was a good song to start with, and was scheduled to be a single once upon a time, but the disco tinged remix does nothing for the song, or for the the collection as a whole.

Whilst this is undoubtedly a compilation that tails off to the end, it serves as a great reminder of how good the Charlatans were at their peak. Who knows, it may even serve as a reminder to the group themselves after the last two disappointments.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Fathers on 16 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
Why oh why are they so light on the early period - OK 'Then' is no classic but no 'Over Rising', 'Jesus Hairdo' or 'Just Lookin''???? What's that about??? And yet - we get all the singles from 97 in order, even 2 songs from the very poor album (by their standards) 'Up At The Lake'?

Go out and buy 'Between 10th and 11th' instead - an underrated CLASSIC.
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By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
I share the same opinion as others who have said that The Charlatans are an underrated band, but to date, they have notched up eleven studio albums, three of which have been at number one, and a handful of top ten singles, so they have been very successful.

'Forever - The Singles' was released in 2006, and spans their entire career from 1990-2006. However, if you are looking for their best known tunes from their '90s heyday only, although you'll find plenty of them here, I would personally go for their first compilation, 1998's 'Melting Pot'.

This collection draws heavily from the band's four albums that were released after 'Melting Point', and so includes big hits like 'Forever' and 'Love Is The Key', and their most recent singles at the time, 'Blackened Blue Eyes' and 'You're So Pretty - We're So Pretty'. This means that several popular tracks from the '90s have had to be omitted. Nevertheless, their signature tunes from this era, which was arguably their creative peak: 'The Only One I Know', 'One To Another', 'How High' and 'North Country Boy' can all be found.

Although the newer stuff isn't as memorable to me as the older songs (hence the four stars), there is still some excellent material to have come from the years after 'Melting Pot' that is well worth hearing. 'Forever - The Singles' is a good starting point for anyone who plans on building a collection of The Charlatans studio albums around it.

The tracks are helpfully presented in chronological order, and songs 1-9 will help to remind you just how indie music was supposed to sound!
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I enjoyed this album, some familiar tracks and some less so - probably I've just forgotten the less popular ones.
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