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Legacy: The Best Of Mansun Compilation


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  • Audio CD (18 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B000GG4T46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Can Only Disappoint U
2. Wide Open Space
3. Stripper Vicar
4. Being A Girl (Part One)
5. Negative
6. Take It Easy Chicken
7. Legacy
8. She Makes My Nose Bleed
9. Closed For Business
10. Six
11. Getting Your Way
12. Electric Man
13. The Chad Who Loved Me
14. Egg Shaped Fred
15. Slipping Away
16. Fool
17. Taxloss

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Product Description

Compiled by EMI Arabia, this single CD collection brings together 15 of the Arabic world’s all-time saddest songs, by some of today’s biggest artists including Nancy Ajram, Shereen, Yuri Mrakadi Tamer Hosni, Yara & many more. Most of these songs were and some are still huge hits, that topped the charts and are still requested even many years later.

BBC Review

Kicking off a 'Best Of' compilation with a song titled "I Can Only Disappoint U" is not a usual tactic but then Mansun never even thought about approaching usual in their seven year recording history.

Their debut album Attack of The Grey Lantern, six tracks of which appear on Legacy, included an ace song about bondage based around a Bryan Adams riff in "She Makes My Nose Bleed", the hilarious Buzzcocks-style ditty of "Stripper Vicar" and a warped Bond theme that never was: "The Chad Who Loved Me".

Attack... was a surprising listen in 1997 and a ballsy, sexually ambivalent record that didn't just wink back at the Britpop it followed, but spanked its naked buttocks.

Fans soon began idolising Mansun in ways not seen since the glitter-heavy early days of the Manic Street Preachers five years before. After Cast, Shed 7 and the rest banged through 60s pastiches, Mansun larged it with nail varnish and songs about twisted little towns where the sun didn't always sh-iii-iii-ne, as surely as the introspection of The Smiths followed punk.

The next year Chester's finest musical export put out Six, an astounding, baffling seventy-minute tour de force. It included a guest vocal from sometime Dr Who, Tom Baker, samples from Swan Lake, approximately one chorus, a jittery yarn about getting an AIDS test ("Negative", included here) and references to Taoism and the title track, also included here. It was despised and admired in equal measure, but any day you listened to it the world leapt from monochrome into mind-melting Technicolor.

Mansun couldn't top Six or Attack... and limped along for one more LP (the underwhelming Little Kix) before splitting up. So here's a collection of neutered radio edits of what started off as bizarre and interesting songs coupled with the odd non-descript filler track. They've even missed off "Everyone Must Win", a soaring race into the sky that summed up the odd vision of frontman Paul Draper and his bandmates better than this sorry cash-in. Seek out that and the first two albums instead. --Lou Thomas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 11 Nov 2006
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Appearing in the mid 1990s with debut single `Take It Easy Chicken', Mansun were a bit confusing. They said they couldn't play properly, though had a fine songwriter in the form of Paul Draper. They changed their image more often than Girls Aloud, dressing like Oasis one minute, Manic Street Preachers pre-EMG the next. They had a number one album one year and seemed forgotten the next - suggesting that `Six' is their `Wilder' and that they might have been the Teardrop Explodes of their age? A recent feature in Uncut magazine suggests a somewhat traumatic existence centring on illness, addictions, financial irregularities and related traumas. A canny publisher might contact Mr Draper as there sounds to me material worthy of `Diary of a Rock'N'Roll Star' and `Head On/Repossessed' there. Mansun were confusing, and this compilation probably details why.

This is a two disc set, the second a DVD-themed collection that includes the great `Nobody Cares When You're Gone' - but I'll focus on the 17 track best of. We open not far from the end with the catchy `I Can Only Disappoint U' which sounds pretty darn fine now and has made me return to `Little Kix' with my tail between my legs - like Scritti Politti's `Anomie & Bonhomie' it's an album I dismissed at the time on a listen or two. What was I thinking? Why was I thinking that? Their best known song and one that everyone seems to like is next - the super `Wide Open Space' which samples the late ODB and is the kind of record folk probably wish that Radiohead would make.

There was much more to Mansun than that, as suggested by the string-laden `The Chad Who Loved Me' from debut `Attack of the Grey Lantern' (I'd have probably included `Mansun's Only Love Song' too).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PalominBeaut on 3 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
A bit of a strange album to release as the advertising campaign for this was virtualy non existant and as the group has been disbanded for three years, I cannot see who this album is aimed at apart from the fanatical fans that linger on.

On the plus side, it rounds up all the single a-sides on one album and includes another disc containing all the videos (I had only seen the Taxlo$$ video) plus some video extras. This album is also available as a best of music only disc too at a cheaper price.

Five stars for the music, but I find that the title is misleading as some of their best tracks were album tracks. Still, a cracking album which I recommend highly for people who want to hear something different and may have not heard Mansun and wouldn't want to delve through their back catalogue.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. R. Hammond on 22 Sep 2006
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I remember the first time i heard Mansun, it was the single 'she makes my nose bleed' and i searched high and low (well local Our Price (RIP) and Woolworths) for the single, then suddenly stumbled across the album 'Attack of the Grey Lantern'. This album, its fair to say, changed my life. Mansun were criminally underrated, a band who if were to release AOTGL now, would probably get critical acclaim. Looking down the tracks, theres the stape classics (wide open space, she makes my nose bleed, i can only dissapoint u, taxloss) mixed in with the wonderful b-sides and album tracks that made Mansun who they were, inventive, brilliant and way beyond their time. Anyone who's interested in broadening thier indie taste should make this top priority to buy. Beautiful instrumentally, lyrically moving and completely immersive, this best of is well and truly deserved and justified by a band, similarly to hope of the states, who split up way too soon. they were massive in japan too!!!

buy it and hear the brilliance of mansun.
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By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
Lost in the mists of time approximately 15 years ago there was a band called Mansun, their fist album (Attack of the Grey Lantern) was a masterpiece, lacking only the awards that it deserved. This band however were more than just an album band they created some genuinely great singles/EP's as well.

This collection is a fair summation of those lead EP tracks and some choice album tracks. However I must recommend the version which comes with a DVD. There are some great Videos which accompany the singles, I doubt if Taxloss would be made now as the chaos caused would probably result in the Met police shooting someone as a terrorist, it also highlights greed quite well.

A must for any music fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE on 14 July 2008
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As with any musical movement, Britpop had its share of stars - Oasis, Blur, Pulp, the new incarnation of the Manic Street Preachers - and it also had a string of underrated B-listers. Unlike, say, Dodgy (who had two excellent hit singles and not much else) or Kula Shaker (who recorded as much rubbish as they did good stuff and made a woeful comeback last year), Mansun whilst not gaining much respect in Britain, were critically acclaimed in the US and their loyal fans ensured they remained a chart concern until their demise a few years back. As such, this best of collection is far better than you may expect.

On the negative side, fans will dispute the compilation on at least two levels. Firstly, the inclusion of 'Fool' (even in the liner notes, the band state it's their least favourite song) over, say, 'Mansun's Only Love Song' may cause disappointment. What's more, despite their short shelf life, Mansun were insanely ambitious, their albums complex conceptual works with musical twists and turns and segues. As such, virtually every song is a new edit (which is sort of a good thing, making it worth listening to all the way through) but is also taken out of context, place and order. It can also mean, like in the case of 'Being A Girl,' that songs are presented in a hacked up form, in that song's case being the single mix, a full seven minutes short of its actual length.

However, to a new fan - or indeed, someone not bothered by such trifling - this is a brilliant place to start or end your collection. Almost all of Mansun's essential songs are here.
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