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The Greatest

Ian Brown Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000A0BC0C
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Star
2. Corpses In Their Mouths
3. Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Remix)
4. Be There - UNKLE
5. Love Like A Fountain (Single Version)
6. Dolphins Were Monkeys (Single Version)
7. Golden Gaze (Single Version)
8. F.E.A.R.
9. Whispers
10. Forever And A Day (New Version)
11. Keep What Ya Got
12. Time Is My Everything
13. Longsight M13
14. Reign - UNKLE
15. Lovebug (New Version)
16. All Ablaze
17. Return Of The Fisherman

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Product Description

The Greatest features the very best tunes, picked from Ian Brown’s four solo albums since leaving the Stone Roses. Highlights include "My Star", "Love Like a Fountain", "F.E.A.R." and the new single, "All Ablaze".

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UK pressing features two bonus tracks, Whispers and Return of the Fisherman. The album features 17 of ex-Stone Roses leader Ian Browns greatest hits including Love Like A Fountain, Time Is My Everything, Corpses In Their Mouth, Cant See Me, All Ablaze, Dolphins Were Monkeys and more! Universal. 2005.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Hail king Monkey! 26 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Its hard to believe that Ian Brown is already on his obligatory greatest hits album, can it really be that long ago since the demise of the legendery Stone Roses? Its really a credit to the man that he pulled himself together so magnificently working at twice the rate his old band did. Enough of the needless history lesson though, theres no TIME for such nostalgia when reviewing a very current artist.
Granted, Ian Browns solo albums have all been rather patchy hit followed by miss affairs, but this collection smashingly rectifies that, creaming off the best of the harvested crop, mining carefully for the diamonds. And boy has there been some diamonds, "My Star" and "Corpses" make for an astonsihing opening barrage guitarist, co-writer and fast friend Aziz Ibrahim magnificently poignant on both. "Dolphins were Monkeys", "Be there" and the anthemnic "FEAR" are other high points reminding the listener just how good IB solo work can be. Unfortunately the forgettable plodfest of a collabaration with Noel Gallagher, "Keep what ya Got" snuck in through the back door but hey, at least the CD format spares us the embaressing video!
New single "All Ablaze" is a magical return to form reperesnting Brown at the height of his powers and closing number "Return of the Fisherman" is a slice of the cryptic and mysterious gnostic stuff that fans so adored the Roses for.
He'll never top the Roses, but for my opinion nobody will so just enjoy this collection for what it is! And what it is is the Greatest!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Puzzle 10 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
Totally agree that 'Dolphins..' is a significant track, but the other six reviewers need to listen to 'Whispers' to savour the true Brown attitude and gritty lyrical content. Coupled with some fantastic guitar work this track stands out from everything else on the album for me. I'm dissapointed that the UNKLE mix of F.E.A.R. wasn't included, but the original version does allow some respite to appreciate the clever, weaving structure...this lad should've been a poet when he first swung out of his tree! Buy this album if you've missed having the warm 'baggy' feeling of Fools Gold, since the Stone Roses imploded. Also, play this CD to people that are blinkered towards the blandness of The Seahorses, to remind them what they're missing out on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one 6 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was not sure if I would be able to listen to a whole Ian Brown album - I do like individual tracks but thought a collection might stifle the senses. I was wrong and this is a good album with a great deal of contrast. Stand out track for me, amongst many, is 'Dolphins Were Monkeys'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We know know which one had the talent then! 25 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
Just a quick review of Ian's new greatest hits compilation.
Over the course of his 4 solo albums Browny has undoubtedly grown as an artist in his own right. This album brings together some of his finest moments (and manages to miss one or two!)
He is at his peak when he steers clear of the slightly jazzy mumbo-jumbo of his last album and instead focuses on the melody and drive of tunes such as FEAR, Be There, Dolphins Were Monkeys and My Star.
That is not to say that his last offering did not deliver some killer tunes, represented here by the excellent Longsight, but with tunes as good as All Ablaze being produced the future those indeed look bright!
Can't wait to see him live again later in the year and already looking forward to the new album next year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Brown is The Greatest 21 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ian Brown is in my opinion the best songwriter in the World. His wordsworth way with lyrics, his ability to incorporate different subjects into his writing I find wonderful. Ian Brown is also responsible for F.E.A.R. which is quite possibly the most intelligent piece of song writing ever composed. This album provides a batch of fantastic Ian Brown records such as Golden Gaze, Whispers, Longsight M13 and When Dolphins Were Monkeys. Ian Brown will probably never get the recognition he truly deserves which I find frustrating. He has not appeared to have forgotten where he comes from and the fact that he remains true to himself is a testament to the man. His ability is in my opinion undeniable. Ian Brown is The Greatest and this album will tell you why. Get it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Momentous is a word that I use sparingly. But this collection simply is just that.....Momentous! Since buying this CD it has slowly made its way to the small, but priveliged, end section of my CD collection that consists of, in my opinion, the real classics (ironically he joins The Stone Roses among a few other legends).

For anyone that is totally aware of Brown's work to someone who has never heard any of it. This is the real deal and a must for any CD collection.

All his classic tracks are on board beginning with the wonderful and hypnotic 'My Star' following on with the beautiful 'Corpses in their mouths'. It then takes you on a journey right through to the dark and funky 'Return of the Fisherman'.

But it's the middle section that leans towards momentous for me.

The legendary "Dolphins were Monkeys", and the dark, brooding "Golden Gaze" are followed by the simply mind blowing "F.E.A.R." and the poetic beauty of "Whispers". Then the album sets new levels with argueably Brown's masterpiece "Keep what ya got" (the best Oasis track they never wrote).

The album is also stitched together well with top tracks like "All Ablaze", "LongsightMI3" and "Love like a Fountain".

I cannot speak highly enough of Brown and this collection. It is a must buy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool!
Love vinyl and this is an excellent addition to my collection will keep looking for more new records as you are quite cheap
Published 1 month ago by russ how
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Draw
Great album. Played it loads since it arrived. Builds on Stone Roses but goes it's own way .... Original and just a toe tapping, swinging album.
Published 1 month ago by PG Stirling
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian
Not keen on ian browns solo work but this albums proves me wrong. I'd your expecting him to be like roses music you'll be dissappointed
Published 1 month ago by Brad Eckersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant album
every track on this ailbum is excellent , excellent edition to my CD collection
just buy it , you wont be disappointed
Published 7 months ago by Charlie Mclauchlan
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Hits
Not all the Hits from the Monkey man but got the Vinyl and the Mp3 also so a bargain we worth the purchase.
Published 7 months ago by Stef
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Brown CD
I ordered this CD on Friday the 21st December, didnt think for 1 minute I would get it in time for Christmas, but to my surprise I received it on Christmas Eve, over the moon,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by STAR
4.0 out of 5 stars cds
second time ive bought from this company no complaints arrived on time play perfectly and cheap as well would recommend
Published 13 months ago by scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Brown... a very talented guy
Ian Brown's lyrics are beautiful, so clever. He's an extremely talented guy. I can't help but crank up the volume and it brings back nostalgic memories of the Stone Roses, but at... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stonesofgold
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
If You Are A Ian Brown/ Stone Roses Fan Then This Is A Must Have All Songs Are Class, A Must Have for Your Collection :)
Published 16 months ago by Matty
5.0 out of 5 stars The mans a legend
If you want a album with all the overall best tunes - this is the one for you rather than golden greats. Dolphins were monkeys , alongside FEAR genius.
Published 19 months ago by Travis
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