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The Best Of Hefner 1996 - 2002

Hefner Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fortune and Glory
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Better Friend (Original Single Version)
2. Christian Girls (Original Single Version)
3. Pull Yourself Together (Didgeridoo Version)
4. The Sweetness Lies Within
5. The Sad Witch
6. Hello Kitten
7. Lee Remick
8. The Hymn For The Cigarettes
9. The Hymn For The Alcohol
10. I Took Her Love For Granted
11. Don't Flake Out On Me
12. I Love Only You
13. Good Fruit
14. The Greedy Ugly People
15. Painting And Kissing
16. The Greater London Radio
17. The Day That Thatcher Dies
18. Alan Bean
19. When The Angels Play Their Drum Machines
20. Home

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the 4.5 star button? 19 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
Why did I wait so long before buying a Hefner CD? I had heard and already loved "The Hymn for the Cigarettes", "The Hymn for the Alcohol", "Pull Yourself Together" and "Painting and Kissing". Indeed they are four of the strongest songs on here, but in a collection of 20 tracks I wasn't expecting such a large number of gems. "The Day that Thatcher Dies" always makes me laugh (although I know I shouldn't!) and so many of the others are good. Very few weaker songs. The mix of humour and pathos in the lyrics is perfect. I generally don't listen closely to lyrics, but Hefher (like Billy Bragg, among others) makes me listen to and enjoy the lyrics as well as the music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first of a few compilations 12 April 2006
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Ah, Hefner, the worlds biggest smallest band, stupidly overlooked by far too many, and when maybe they did have a chance of getting big they called it a day. After numerous albums and singles and eps and relentles touring, they ended. And the world was a better place for it. Hefner managed to blend indie-pop with vintage electronics, slide guitar and some of the best (albeit sick in places) lyrics this side of pulp. They were who the Kaiser Chiefs wish they were. So, here we are with the first of three upcomming new Hefner releases, with this one being the always semi-dodgy best of cash in.

The 18 tracks here represent the many different forms and styles of hefner, from their slightly rougher and louder earlier days to their glitchy analog final breaths. And in all fairness there is a decent selection here for both newbies and hardened fans. The first two tracks in particular are a nice little touch. A Better Friend and Christian Girls are both taken from their first single. So its nice to hear these two songs in their original form rather than lifted right off the albums. Other highlights and fan favourites are here too, Hello Kitten shows the band's brutally honest and sick comedy side, and Alan Bean brings the drum machines to the front and the comedy slightly behind. Other highlights are obvious, Painting and Kissing, The Day That Thatcher Dies and The Hymn For The Cigarettes and all here in their full sing-along and dance forms. Songs that should be in the charts, but never were. Which is a shame. A real shame.

The selection of songs here is..well.. about right. With such a sizeable back catalouge there are bound to be tracks here which people dont like and tracks missing which is unforgivable, yet this can be said for all and any best of albums.
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