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The Greatest

Cat Power Audio CD
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SUN is the new studio album from Cat Power. Six years after her last album of original material, Chan Marshall has moved on from her collaborative forays into Memphis soul and Delta blues. She wrote, played, recorded and produced the entirety of SUN by herself, a statement of complete control that is echoed in the songs’ themes.

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  • Audio CD (20 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B000DXSDM6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Greatest 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Living Proof 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lived In Bars 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Could We 2:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Empty Shell 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Willie 5:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Where Is My Love 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Moon 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Islands 1:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. After It All 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hate 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Love & Communication 4:330.79  Buy MP3 


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 15 Jun 2007
By Lozarithm TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Teaming Cat Power with the Hi team who recorded behind Ann Peebles and Al Green was an unexpected and brilliant idea. A special alchemy took place at Ardent Studios in Memphis which enhanced both Cat Power's gorgeous smoky voice and the soulful groove the band has laid down. I would say that that it was worth the price of the album just for the majestic opening song, The Greatest, were it not that it is also available as a single, but that would be to unfairly demean the rest of the record. Of course Cat Power does not need embellishment, as is demonstrated on the unadorned song Hate. Cat's most accomplished album to date.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As a huge fan of Chan's earlier, harsher lo-fi albums and a big fan of everything else she's produced, i was pretty shocked and... disappointed i guess... with "The Greatest", initially rejecting it ("This isn't Cat Power" i had said to a friend at the time) despite listening to it over and over.

I've now had 12months to get my head around it though and ye know what? It turns out it's pretty damn good.

At first i took it very much as "Cat Power goes to Memphis" (i've no idea how many times i've seen that written now but it's a fair description), unsure of an entire band backing little Miss Marshall, but having taken time to separate the album from her others i've come to really appreciate it.

Stand-out tracks for me are "The Greatest" (undeniably beautiful), "Living Proof" and the persistent "Love and Communication" (including a discordant guitar near the beginning harking back to those early days... - this is my favourite track on the album).

Great joy also comes from fully band-backed recordings of "The Moon", "Willie" and "Islands" after hearing early Chan-and-a-guitar versions on the "Speaking for Trees" DVD/CD.

The extra track on this edition is nice, but i'm generally not a fan of bonus tracks of any sort. An album is an album. If a track isn't on the original playlist then there's a reason for that and it shouldn't be shoved in. But hey.

It's taken a year for me to fully accept this album and i still don't like to give it 4 stars, just for the reason that i feel i'm betraying my love for her earlier work, but "The Greatest" really does deserve it.

Soulful, beautiful, at times fun, at times pretty dark.

(a solo album next time would be great though)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its title 4 Feb 2006
By Nick
Format:Audio CD
I've known her name without hearing Cat Power's music before but the title track single just hit me every time I heard it on the radio and I'm really glad I bought the album on the strength of it . What a great album, deeply atmospheric and intense but - as you might suspect with Al Green's backing band on board- hugely pleasurable on the ear, with a real emotional power. I suspect this album will be keeping me late night company for a long time yet.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chan in Memphis... 26 April 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
appears to be the subtext of every review of 'The Greatest'- recorded with musicians from Al Green's band, these soulful elements have got critics, fans and on-line types citing 'Dusty in Memphis' - sure you can see where they're coming from, but there are differences - Marshall writes, plays, arranges and sings - and there's the suggestion that this is the Cat Power Sells Out LP. When you can really here the same artist found on 'Moon Pix', 'The Covers Record' and 'You Are Free'- just more developed down the line...

The album blends the highlighted soul elements with the prior piano-lead joy of Cat Power, offering something between 'Dusty in Memphis' and Patti Smith. The sophoric/transcendental qualities Power offers recall Mazzy Star/Hope Sandoval too - it's been a good year or so for talented females incidentally: Neko Case, Fiona Apple, Vashti Bunyan, Joanna Newsom, Candi Staton, Marissa Nadler, Kate Bush, Bjork, Laura Cantrell, Isobel Campbell...which is not to same that being female they are all the same - but to point out that many great records are being made by females.It should be easy for people to get lost in the shuffle...

'The Greatest' is (predictably) the Greatest- not really a dud here and I kind of feel cheated that I waited a few weeks before getting it - we've lost hours together. 'The Moon' and 'Islands' are moments of poetic joy - you can see why someone mentioned 'Astral Weeks' in an earlier review - while the conclusion of 'Hate' and 'Love & Communication' offers up something close to a concept sequence, Cobain cited on the former ("I said I hate myself and I want to die")- while the latter is more surreal with the use of 'Cuz' suggesting Chan's a Slade-fan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 6 Nov 2006
By Richard
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'll be honest with you, I am completely out of my depth reviewing this. Yes, I'm aware that this isn't her first album, but it's the first one that's picked up on the radar in this country thanks to the title song 'The Greatest' and 'Could We', which both charmed me and really sold this artist's album to me. The sound on this, is a rich seductive tapestry of Blue Grass Country spliced with Atlantic Soul delivered in a sultry but lived in voice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest...she may just be right. 27 Mar 2006
By IWFIcon VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It takes a certain amount of nerve to call an album "The Greatest" but in terms of Chan Marshall's fantastic catalogue, she's just about got it right with the title.
Single "The Greatest" is every bit as good as you would expect but it's by no means the only highlight on this brilliant album. "Could We" sparkles and shimmies, whilst "Willie" starts off sounding like a Ben Folds song but transforms itself into something else entirely over the course of a listen. "Hate" is earthy and raw and whilst somewhat out of place in some senses on this album, does hark back to some of her previous work.
My personal pick of the bunch is "Love And Communication." Right at the end of the album (ignoring the bonus 'unadvertised' track) I was already enthralled by the album, but this track quickly was stuck on repeat play with its blaze of guitars and strings.
You don't look to a Cat Power album for a cheery, laugh a minute, session and whist on the surface the tunes, such as "After It All" may make this seem like some kind of departure, but before you get too carried away lyrics such as "I hate myself and I want to die" remind you just who you are listening to.
It's perhaps not the leap that Marshall may have made, but this is still a fantastic collection of songs, which certainly does live up their with her greatest work and certainly defies any easy catergorisation. It's a liitle bit country, it's a little bit soul, but it's a whole lot Cat Power. She's pulled it off again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just great
Great album, and with a lot of different tempo and rhythms, very enjoyable, one to listen to on an uninterrupted day.
Published 12 months ago by Brian E. Viercant
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as the previous ones, but still fantastic
This album is a bit of a change from Marshall's earlier ones. One thing is unchanged though: her amazing voice and her masterful use of it. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by Finn Ekberg Christiansen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her greatest
Cat Power 's vid for 1998's " Naked As The News " was an intense music experience , equally disturbing and powerful with , let's say P.J. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2009 by giovanni
3.0 out of 5 stars average
average fare from cat who is usually above average.
Too many extraneous noises that are meant to be musical.
Published on 14 July 2009 by Moonshine.
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
I heard this playing in a restaurant and asked the manager who it was. I then bought the cd. I just love her smoky voice and the slow lazy sound. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by K. James
4.0 out of 5 stars Fragile Yet Strong
The Greatest is Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall)'s seventh album. However, I had not heard this artist perform until early 2006 when I caught a radio review of this album and, in... Read more
Published on 1 July 2007 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars From a fan of Cat Power's entire career - particularly the lo-fi
As a huge fan of Chan's earlier, harsher lo-fi albums and a big fan of everything else she's produced, i was pretty shocked and... disappointed i guess... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2007 by Scott Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow as melted chocolate
This would not have been the kind of music I would listen to normally but when my brother urged me to buy it I was ecstatic. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2007 by Catherine Coulthard
3.0 out of 5 stars KISS
I think this is my least favorite cat power album (excluding dear sir which I don't own). Cat powers charm (I think) is in the simplicity of the songs, this album has too much... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2006 by Mr. T. Butler
3.0 out of 5 stars not the same standard as previous albums
I tried to enjoy this album but I found it very boring and more mainstream (some of it sounds like Dido). Not an improvement on her previous work. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2006 by Mr. T. Butler
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