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The Best Of

7 Feb 2005 | Format: MP3

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4:45
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  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Universal Music TV, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:16:46
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  • ASIN: B001KGTG08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,779 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ArrGee on 9 Dec 2005
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Twenty years in the making, The Boomtown Rats finally get the retrospective they deserve. The first Irish band to make number one, the biggest selling singles band in the UK from 1978-1979, and led by the charismatic Bob Geldof.
Most familiar to all will be Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays, the two number one singles that were sandwiched between the Grease phenomenon and the advent of the Police. For a short period, The Boomtown Rats, and in particular, Geldof and Paula Yates, were foremost in the nation's consciousness.
Before this came some great songs such as Joey's on the Street Again, Looking After Number One, Mary of the Fourth Form, She's So Modern and Like Clockwork, which gave the Rats their early chart success, developing their craft to become chart toppers. Neon Heart, I Never Loved Eva Braun, and I Can Make It If You Can also come from that prolific period.
Post I Don't like Mondays, it could be said that the band started to lose affection from the public due in part to Geldof's celebrity. Diamond Smiles was released to indifference (possibly the weakest track on this collection), but there was the marvellous Someone's Looking at You and Banana Republic (Geldof's description of Ireland), before the Rats chart success went on the wane.
Nevertheless, the Rats continued to plug away and make some great music, including the fantastic House on Fire, possibly their greatest moment, which for some unknown reason is omitted from this collection.
In their last days, the Rats showed an impressive return to form with a great triumvirate of singles including Dave, a masterpiece that deserved a bigger audience.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By amboline VINE VOICE on 15 Mar 2005
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Given that Sir Bob Geldof is far better known these days as the instigator of Band Aid and the most outspoken member of Tony Blair's Commission for Africa, it's easy to forget that in the course of becoming one of the most important social commentators of today, he was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of yesterday. This compilation is an overdue but extremely welcome tribute to a songwriter and a band who helped fashion the musical landscape of the last 25 years.
Early Rats songs such as "Mary of the 4th Form" and "Looking After No. 1" clearly belong to the same punk-influenced soundscape as Irish contemporaries The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers. What makes them different is Geldof's gift as a lyricist and more particularly as a raconteur, much in the style of classic David Bowie. "Rat Trap", credited by the Guinness book of hit singles as Britain's first New Wave no. 1, is every bit as much a slice of 1970s social commentary as Bowie's "Life on Mars", and even surpasses it with its frenzied piano, sax and guitar riffs and its defiance of the conventional rules of melody. Geldof's pinnacle as a storyteller came with the mega-selling "I Don't Like Mondays", the chilling true story of a schoolgirl who took a gun to her classmates and teachers years before the spectre of Columbine; but equally gripping is the less well-known follow-up "Diamond Smiles", the bitterly ironic tale of a suicide in high society. Underpinning all these tales are compulsive, addictive melodies and brilliantly controlled instrumentation from the other Rats.
What is perhaps most striking about all these songs is how they became clear predecessors of the "credible" rock and indie music of the next 25 years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Micky Mushroom on 13 Feb 2012
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I cant really fault the track listing ,however if you listen to this cd on any sort of decent equipment ,you will quickly realize just how flat and lifeless the recording is.It seems to be devoid of high and low frequencies ,and is just flat and compressed.It seems to be another casualty of the "loudness wars"
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.Listening to this cd on anything other than a cheap car cd player is quite frankly painful.Your better off getting your old vinyl out ,or buying earlier cds with lower volume but more dynamic range.
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All my Rats music has been hidden away in my vinyl collection for years and since I'll be seeing them headlining at Rewind Scotland this summer I HAD to get familiar again. This is great. A blast from them past, but what a blast. Love them whole album.
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I like this cd and have played a few times.
it came well packed and on time it not a bad cd
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By The Cunjurer on 19 Jan 2014
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Well according to my mum who I bought it for she said it's great I've listened to it and it is good.
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By Amazon Customer on 18 Dec 2013
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Most of my Boomtown Rats music is on good old vinyl so I bought this CD to get all their hits in one place for my iPod and I am very pleased with it as it has most of their early hits that I was after.
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I forgot how many good pop songs the rats sang . I heard a radio interview with Sir Bob and thought got get back on track with the rats
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