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The Best Of... (CD 1)
 
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The Best Of... (CD 1)

30 Jan. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 30 Jan. 2014
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 56:46
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  • ASIN: B001KO5QXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,014 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This collection is ideal for the casual listener or those who wish to investigate the work of Siouxsie And the Banshees based on what they have heard on the radio. As such, it is a more than satisfying collection that offers the greatest hits from 1978’s Hong Kong Garden up to 1991’s Kiss Them For Me and 1995’s Stargazer. It includes two cover versions: The Beatles’ Dear Prudence and Julie Driscoll’s hit This Wheel’s On Fire, both competent if not brilliant interpretations.
Of course the 1980s was their most fruitful period with UK hits like Happy House, Israel, Christine, Spellbound and Arabian Knights. Most of these are atmospheric numbers with just a hint of The Banshees’ proto-goth dark side shining through. Their debut album The Scream still remains one of the most psychotic statements in rock but is not a piece of music that lends itself to hits compilations. Well, perhaps Helter Skelter should have been considered …
My favourites include their first hit, Hong Kong Garden, a powerful punk number with absolutely blistering guitar work and an exotic touch, Kiss Them For Me, their lilting, swaying 1991 hit about a doomed actress, Peek-A-Boo from the 1988 Peep Show album and Stargazer from their last, under-appreciated album The Rapture. Great songs and an innovative edge lend a timeless quality to the music. Those who want more of this great band are advised to investigate the compilations Once Upon A Time (1981) and Twice Upon A Time (1992).
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I have been a Banshee fan more more than eight weeks now, and after hearing their amazing cover of Dear Prudence- originally sung by The Beatles (which also featured Robert Smith- The Cure), I fell in love with them and decided to start off with their greatest hits album which includes their debut single- Hong Kong Garden- The Batman soundtrack Face to Face, the melodic Spellbound and the poetic Israel and the inspiring malancholy- Kiss Them For Me.

The only track I wasn't keen on was Christine- but other than that and the tracks being so short, the album is brilliant.
Although it is a fifty minute album- it certainly flys by and finishes with Wheels On Fire (another cover, originally by Bob Dylan) and I found that I liked Siouxsie even more now after listening to this.

at first glance of Siouxsie, you would think she was a mirror image of The Cure, their music being similar and dark- being a Cure fan for almost two years now, it was nice to finally find a band to compliment them with decent, meaningful lyrics and awesome covers- I'd recommend them to anyone who's bored of the charted stuff the music industries give out these days.
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It is often overlooked how easily – and regularly- Siouxsie and the Banshees slipped their unsettling gothic rock into the pop mainstream. They managed a total of 18 Top 40 hit singles between 1978 and 1995, and this 2002 compilation shows how they did it, despite subject matter as distinctly un-Top of the Pops as schizophrenia (‘Christine’), buggery (‘Arabian Knights’) and the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 (‘Cities In Dust’). It is also a reminder that in their 1980s heyday they were unafraid to defy the somewhat parochial expectations of parts of their audience, most audibly on their inspired cover of The Beatles’ psychedelic ‘Dear Prudence’, and the brave hip-hop-rock hybrid ‘Peek A Boo’.

Covering roughly the same terrain as the well-liked pair Once Upon A Time and Twice Upon A Time/The Singles this career-spanning, non-chronological collection rightly gives the group’s later years short shrift, as both chart placings and sales declined. But, at just 15 tracks, this 57 minute CD is probably a little bit on the short side, and far from complete. (There is, for instance, no time for the deeply sinister 1979 Top 30 hit ‘Playground Twist’) One also wonders if this collection of singles would be better dubbed ‘Greatest Hits’ rather than `The Best Of...' After all, some of the group’s best material could be found elsewhere. As Mark Paytress reminds his readers in the distractingly-presented sleeve-notes, the “difficult” B-side of their 45s was a “bittersweet Banshees trademark”.
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OK, a Siouxsie and the Banshees best of - should be fantastic right? Well, sort of - this one doesn't really do justice to their output.
The first thing that you notice is that those early years that produced great concert favourites, when the original guitarist and drummer were still with the band, like 'Switch', 'The Staircase' is represented by a single song (albeit the best one) - 'Hong Kong Garden'. Also, there is a distinct lack of album tracks; it's true that they made great singles, but they also made great albums.
The period of greatest commercial success seems to be best represented here - 'Happy House', 'Spellbound', 'Arabian Nights', but don't get me wrong - they're great songs, it's just a pity that some of the other periods in their lengthy career is unrepresented.
If this album had been a double album, then it would no doubt have been a fantastic best of album, but it really does suffer from trying to put a couple of quarts into a pint glass.
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