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The Very Best Of

The Very Best Of

5 Aug 2002

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 31 May 2002
  • Release Date: 31 May 2002
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 1:11:03
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  • ASIN: B002742UPU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,897 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 25 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
A must for anyone who is capable of thought, this collection will stun you on its first hearing (this is normal, it will always happen), the lyrics/poems having a raw power that will make you wonder why you have never been able to write as he can. Scared of no-one, there can be no doubt JCC is fearless in what he does write, but that's not to be thought of as arrogance in any way at all, no, it's observation of the highest order - he has something to say for sure. As for others here commenting on the music accompanying the words, I can only say that the strident/near discordant style actually enhances the tracks for me, in that respect Beasley Street is a tour de force - it's not music plus lyrics, it's music times lyrics. A great collection from an unsung hero.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry Ryder on 10 Mar 2010
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If you were unlucky enough to be born too late and you missed this wonderful man the first time around, now's your chance to get up to speed.

If you've ever wondered what all the old 40-somethings are talking about when this guy's name crops up, buy this album and clue yourself in - you'll love yourself for doing it.

His poems and delivery are unique.

Fans will argue endlessly about what constitutes a Johhny Clarke 'best of' but this offering will bring joy and laughter to anyone who has a funny-bone in their body regardless.

Be nice to yourself...
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Bleasdale on 28 Mar 2004
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It is true that the music gets in the way sometimes - "Evidently Chicken Town" is a case in point - but his poetry is so much better than most lyrics that I am ready and willing to put up with the background noise. And some of the music works just fine.
It may all be a freak of chance - a Mancunian scally wag getting on stage at a time when anyone could, but he is great - he doesn't hold back, so don't moan about his Dylan '66 hair, just open your ears.
Mmmmmm 'Lyrics', 'Poetry' or 'Rap'? It doesn't matter he knocks you out with the bitter & twisted self-deprecating witty truth from the backstreets of a town near you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KRS166 on 9 July 2012
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Bought this CD after watching a documentry him on BBC4 and to combine the best of his works that I have currently on vinyl. I had almost forgotten how good he is and it's is great to shout/sing along to all these in the car. One of my best buys of the year love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peoples Bill on 14 Dec 2013
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There are so many JCC tracks that could go on a greatest hits compilation; the compilers have done an excellent job with this release putting on the tracks that they have. If there is anybody out there who is not familiar with JCC's work, buy this and you will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs ;o) on 8 Sep 2014
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Buyer beware, there are 2 mp3 versions of this album.

If you're looking at this version (link)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-Best-John-Cooper-Clarke/dp/B001GUE09K/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_1

Amazon offer a link to the CD format (including Autorip), at a lower price.

Looks like a better deal until you discover, the CD (+Autorip) are actually the other heavily censored version of the album which, in my opinion is less desireable.
I was disappointed...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D Evans on 13 Sep 2013
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Remind yourself that life existed in Manchester in the 80s...and that there are subjects worthy of focus beyond the Home Counties !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cornishman on 24 Jun 2013
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Great value recording. If you like poetry that does a seismic hit on your senses this CD of J C C is for you. Warning I listened to it whilst driving, not safe! f
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