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Selecter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Dec 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musicrama
  • ASIN: B000003PNW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

1. Three Minute Hero
2. Too Much Pressure
3. Celebrate the Bullet
4. Bomb Scare
5. Deep Water
6. Time Hard
7. They Make Me Mad
8. Bristol and Miami
9. Missing Words
10. James Bond
11. On My Radio
12. Whisper
13. Carry Go Bring Home
14. Murder
15. Washed up and Left for Dead
16. Last Tango in Dub

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5.0 out of 5 stars On My Stereo 1 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Like all cut price compilations they are most telling for their omissions rather than what they include. This one has only one glaring omission debut side `The Selecter' the instrumental on the b-side of The Specials 45 `Gangsters' which created the initial excitement to start the band in the first place. Also absent is the classic version of the cover of `Train to Skaville' which with its 12" dub version was definitely a high point of the bands career.

However gripes aside it manages to include the non album singles `On My Radio' and my personal favourite `The Whisper' along with the best eight cuts from the debut LP `Too Much Pressure'. The remaining six songs are drawn from the bands disappointing second LP `Celebrate the Bullet' which is perhaps too many. Still at least it doesn't contain anything from the bands reformation.

The best Selecter compilation available and at a price so low it would be rude not to buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Selecter in a Nutshell 12 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
"Greatest hits" Compilations in any music genre are often disappointing to the listener because the album omits track(s) from the selection that you think should be there. In this case you won't be disapponted as all the hits are indeed here, "On my Radio", "Three Minute Hero" & "Missing Words" to name but three excellent 2Tone Tracks. As well as the 2Tone Triumphs that charted 79-81 it includes tracks from first two albums released by the band. I'm always glad to see Walt Jabsco on Album artwork when presenting albums from the 2Tone scene and his apperance on front is welcome. It's a shame that the artwork doesn't extend to an image of the band themselves. This is a greatest Hits album of High standard and for anyone wishing to get a feel of 2Tone music via The Selecter's unique slant on this music with heavy Jamaican Ska influences and indeed two excellent cover versions of Ska originals included within, "Carry go bring Come", "Time Hard" aka "Everyday". Each band from 2Tone era had their own vibe and characteristics. For me The Selecter had the hardest heaviest Riddim going on. An inexpensive album, very good value and well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Select this! 1 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
They only really produced the one proper album, and this album is really just the best tracks from that album plus some singles - but what an album. Look at all these great tracks - 'Three Minute Hero', 'Missing Words', 'On My Radio' - all on the radio during the ska revival of the late 70's/early 80's, and along with the Specials, the band that really made it happen.
The multi-racial nature of the band and the diverse influences made it flow smoothly from punk to ska without the punks even caring where it went, or the rude boys (and girls) caring where it came from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ska music 14 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
love the band,these were one of the pioneers of the fundemental movements of the 80,s music scene.well worth a listen,would recommend it to anyone who loves the early eighties.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rock steady selection from the Selecter 11 July 2012
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The two tracks that I know best - '3 minute hero' and 'on my radio' stand out. 'Celebrate the bullet' was a new track to me and its a corker - not what I expected from this band. 'James Bond' skanks along in a predictable but fun style and 'too much pressure' bounces along quite reasonably. But in terms of impact, I am hard pressed to bring the specifics of any other tracks to mind. It's not that they're poor but to get 4 or even 5 stars they just need to be better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain at this low price 17 April 2009
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Not a perfect collection of the bands music, But a good start and gives you enough to be getting on with.
If you like other Ska/2tone bands you should own this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Minute Heroes 8 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
This multi-racial group from Coventry have endured, in a somewhat confusing variety of incarnations, for over 30 years. However it is widely agreed that their best work came in the late 1970's and early 1980's when - with their charismatic lead singer Pauline Black - they were as Chris White observes in his bland sleeve note, "briefly one of the most important purveyors of reggae/ska music". This cheap 16 track collection - that comes clothed in a two-tone sleeve featuring the Walt Jabsco icon - sensibly focusses on that period. It boasts their handful of relatively successful singles of that time: 'On My Radio'; 'Three Minute Hero'; 'Missing Words', and 'The Whisper'. These stand-out tunes marry brittle new-wave melodies, brisk skanking beats and edgily-delivered vocals to some pretty solid song-writing. They are backed here by some competent cuts from their well-liked debut Too Much Pressure (1980), such as the title track and 'Murder'. Greatest Hits also has The Selecter doffing their fedoras to their influences with versions of ska classics by Justin Hinds' 'Carry Go Bring Home' and The Pioneers' 'Time Hard', and their knowingly daft 'James Bond' instrumental.

But the rest of what is featured here - culled mainly from the band's disappointing second LP Celebrate the Bullet (1981) - shows why The Selecter didn't have had the lasting impact that their more successful contemporaries The Specials and Madness had: many of their own songs, such as 'Bristol and Miami' and 'Bomb Scare', haven't aged well. This somewhat inaptIy-titled Greatest Hits could maybe have been improved by the inclusion of their debut side 'The Selecter' - the instrumental on the B-side of The Specials' 45 'Gangsters' - which created the initial excitement in the band. However in their disorganised back catalogue this 1996 compilation remains the best available account of these three minute heroes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. M. E. K. Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars yeeeha
Ska on my radio.Brings back all the tunes from the early 80's. GREAT,A real must buy for any ska fan.
Published 7 months ago by heike henshall
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
love ska music good mix of songs grate to listen to the classics again. never get to old to listen to.
Published 7 months ago by gmac
5.0 out of 5 stars classic tracks
classic tracks from a classic band, still gigging and touring 2014 tba, pualine black is still one the best front guys ive ever seen
Published 8 months ago by alfred marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Ska was my first real love
I was looking for a compilation that captured all the magic of that time & the memories & fun of that time came rushing back.
Published 8 months ago by dorothy taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars selecter
Didnt enjoy as much as i thought i would bit disappointed to be honest couple more listens and i might enjoy it more
Published 10 months ago by mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars SKA
Takes me back to the days of teenagers and the school discos - wearing your ties the wrong way round - thin part at the front
Published 12 months ago by Paul Townley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Selecter, greatest hits
The tracks were as good as I remember them when they were first released. Good listening, made for a good drive to the airport.
Published 13 months ago by lisa Coombs
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
purchased for my husband, but enjoyed by us both. lots of great tunes on to listen to taking you back in time.
Published 18 months ago by Hev
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