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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Record/Fontana Records
  • ASIN: B000007Q8H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. Come Home
2. Sit Down
3. She's A Star
4. Laid
5. Waltzing Along
6. Say Something
7. Born Of Frustration
8. Tomorrow
9. Destiny Calling
10. Out To Get You
11. Runaground
12. Lose Control
13. Sometimes
14. How Was It For You?
15. Seven
16. Sound
17. Ring The Bells
18. Hymn From A Village

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Riding on the powerful wave of Manchester's early 1990's musical renaissance, James' intellectual and improvised approach complemented a dance heavy scene and catapulted the seven-piece in to the limelight. "Come Home" and "Sit Down"--James' most lucrative singles--commence this 18 song Best Of collection. Elsewhere, the equally commercial "She's A Star" from 1997 and 1998's satirical "Destiny Calling" prove that James have consistently carved out new territory for themselves and their listeners. Gradually drawing away from the brittle bones of their 1980s incarnation as a provocative but marginalised indie four-piece--as evinced on 1995's "Hymn From A Village"--1991 saw a strengthened James refining their musical designs to the point of subtle perfection on the epic "Sound". Writers of pop songs, devotees of producer Brian Eno's spirit of adventure--and occasionally unwitting victims of singer and lyricist's Tim Booth's sanctimonious and heavy-handed manner--James are a true enigma. Their Best Of is an island of musical intrigue and possibility. --James Littlewood

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
This collection has exactly the effect any Best Of should. You start off by skipping to the songs you know and love by one of the most underrated bands of the last 20 years. Underrated despite a long list of hits. Whether it's Destiny Calling, She's A Star, Laid or the monsterous crowd anthem and all-time-great Sit Down, there will be something you know the title of. But then you start listening to the rest of it, and you realise how good James are.
From start to finish there are brilliant tracks. For me, the stand-outs (as well as those above) are the magical tantra-like Walzting Along and the sudden move down-tempo to the sad Out To Get You. Throughout though, are excellent tracks that you will almost certainly enjoy.
James are a band that produced plenty of classics in their 20 or so years together, and plenty more that should have been classics. The only problem is that since this compilation was released they have released two more albums, so there are some great songs that were too late to make it on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Baldrick on 21 April 2004
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Wow what an album, there are many many hits here of which most of you willhave heard most of the songs. Thats a good sign for an album, how manyalbums have we heard that states "best of" only to be disappointed witheither the choice of songs or that laughably that they release the albumat all. Well this really is a best of. This album is a really goodchoice for a pre night out belter. There are some fine belters here likeSit Down, She's A Star and Born Of Frustration, but the best of all is theFlood Mix of Come Home. There are also a few mellow songs the best beingOut To Get You. If you are a massive James fan you will already havethese songs, however if you are a casual fan buy this then buy the rest oftheir back catalogue, well what are you waiting for, you too can besinging How Was It For You.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Carl Parkin on 20 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
Best of albums are normally thought of as a cop out by bands to fill in time, and make some money.

But every so often they are just a wonderful display of talent that is there to be enjoyed by everyone.

This album should be in everyones collection. Whenever you hear a james song on the radio you prick your ears up, and tap your feet.

Nobody thinks they know any James songs (Apart from Sit Down), but listen to this, and you will remember so many amazing hits from the 90's.

James sat quietly in the background while Stone Roses and Happy Mondays were the headline grabbers.

But just becaue they are not as "famous" don't let that put you off.

This is without doubt the very best, "best of" album ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct 2013
Format: Audio CD
Although James went onto have several other minor hits after the release of 'The Best of James' in 1998, this 18 track CD featured the very best of their output at the time, and two new songs. Therefore, if you need a singles CD which captures the band at their musical peek and popularity - this is it.

Their all time most popular hits came before 1998, so 'Sit Down' (which I really liked, it is a good song, but seems to have overshadowed the rest as far as radio stations are concerned), 'Come Home', 'She's A Star', 'Lose Control', and my favourite 'Born Of Frustration' are all here, making it an album that will satisfy the casual listener, of which I'm one.

The detailed liner notes in the booklet make for interesting reading and give the reader a good overview of their career, in which they had notched up an impressive list of hit singles and albums.

As for James themselves, they are brilliant. Although a Britpop band essentially, they are also responsible for some genuinely soulful, chilling tunes - which can all be found on here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJ on 23 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I confess, before buying this compilation I could probably name two tracks by James. as long as they were both connected to sitting down. I bought this because there was a niggle in the back of my brain that said "there's more to this band than you remember". So I bought it. Then I played it. Then I played it again. My brain was right, as tune after tune came out I thought "I remeber this one" or "I forgot threy did this one". I am not going to regale you with a track by track analysis. Buy it, play it and make up your own mind. You'll be glad you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Cleland on 3 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Amazing price for an album I'd heard most of but had never owned. So impressed, and glad I browse around every now and then to find a gem like this.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album has resided in my cd collection ever since it's release and takes the top position as my all-time favourite cd. Occasionally I am distracted by some other classy albums but this is one I always come back to and always will.
It seems ridiculous to assume that this won't be James' greatest album, but it's a sad fact that many bands just do not have the back-catalogue of high quality material to fill 70 mins of a 'best of...' cd.
I can honestly say that this is one of the few albums where I will listen all the way through without skipping a single track. In fact, lately I have come to realise that the most well-known and successful tracks on the album are not necessarily the best by any means.
For the first few years of owning this album I never really listened to it in it's entirety and always assumed 'Sit Down' and 'She's a Star' to be the best tracks.
Then within the last three or four years I slowly came to realise the quality of the less well-known tracks - 'Sometimes', 'Tomorrow' and 'Ring the Bells' to name but a few. My favourite track is 'Sometimes' - I have never heard such a powerful and moving ballad as this one.
I remember when it was played in my school's sixth-form common room and I sat with my mates, proud in the knowledge that they and most of the other guys in the room at the time had never heard the song before, and I was one of the few to immediately recognise and appreciate it.
This album sits higher in my estimation than Millionaires and Pleased to meet you (though I haven't yet listened to that one in it's entirety either!) It's a testiment to a band who have never been mainstream or very well-known but have not let this stop them creating some of the most original and melodic tunes of any group in the last 20 or 30 years.
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