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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
  • ASIN: B002JODV6U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

When Reuben went on an indefinite hiatus in June 2008 they caused some deep ripples in the heavy rock pond. Now, just over a year after breaking the hearts of so many of their fans, they provide this three-disc box set of every single song that isn’t on one of their three albums. Nice.

Many of these B sides and rarities collections are cynical cash generators, and it’s fair to say there is hardly an unheard moment in this collection. But it’s the painstaking collation of a bunch of radio sessions and early singles along with the wonderful video footage of their entire triumphant Main Stage set at Download Festival 2007 that marks this out as a fitting reminder as to why Reuben were a fantastic band.

Seasoned fans will notice the 47-strong tracklist is in chronological order. The cynical view would suggest that it’s simply the easiest way to lay the tracks down, but the kinder eye will see the love and care put into making sure that every live song sounds as mighty and meaty as its studio equivalent, and will know that this album serves more as a timeline; the best eulogy available.

It’s the versatility of the band that is showcased on We Should Have Gone to University. Bursting into the cathartic, acidic metal of their anthemic 2001 Pilot EP, you’re immediately reminded of the vitality of this Surrey three-piece. This vitriol and immediacy coupled with constant, love-struck harmonies is exactly what has been missed from the UK rock scene for the last year or so.

As they dynamically demonstrate their softer side with grungy ballads, you can appreciate how Jamie Lenman’s dulcet tones and searing wit set the songs apart. Flitting from rasping tongue-in-cheek disaffection to soothing lullabies in an instant, he’s one of the frontmen that made the first decade of this century so enjoyable.

While Reuben try to slice through the title of their flagship final release with trademark irony and self-deprecation, it can safely be assumed that thousands of their fans are rather pleased the trio eschewed further education to start a band. --Raziq Rauf

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Russell Smith VINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm generally behind the curve on things like music and tv shows - if I discover a programme that I really like for example, it'll turn out to be the last ever series, and people will tell me that it used to be much better.

I saw Reuben at the Glasgow Garage in 2008, after 'In Nothing We Trust' had come out, but I didn't know any of their songs. Obviously, I was blown away by their utter genius, and immediately went out and bought their three albums.

Well, they must have heard that I was a fan because within weeks of this, they decided to call it a day, and I was left craving more music.

This compilation of b-sides and rarities is totally comprehensive, and this is inevitably a blessing and a curse. Whilst fans will want to hear as many songs as possible, some of them don't really stand up to repeated listens, and multiple versions of the same song also grate a little. There are also a couple of 'single versions' which are virtually identical to the album tracks.

The songs are presented chronologically, and it's the early stuff that's the best. Many of the songs wouldn't sound out of place on the first album, 'Racecar is racecar backwards', and for a fan at least, the majority of the first disc is essential listening.

The DVD is also excellent, with all the promo videos, which are worth the asking price on their own. Overall, it's a lot to digest, but worth the effort if you're a loyal Reuben fan hankering for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By adr11iano on 25 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Reuben fan, you probably won't be reading this, as you will have already bought this without the need for reviews.

This album is simply amazing. This compilation contains two CDs totalling 47 tracks (a mixture of B-sides, Live recordings including a couple of covers and other rarities) as well as a DVD containing live footage (such as their Download 2007 set) and all their music videos, plus more!

The quality of their B-sides is breathtaking, every one of their songs is easily worthy of being on one of their albums, rarely have I come across a band who just seem to be able to nail every song their record to such high quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DrSanchez on 28 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I am not going to say much here....so just buy it some really good tracks on here! plus a decent DVD as well. BUY BUY BUY
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I didn't buy this when it came out as I thought it would be poor quality demos and re-runs of stuff I already had, WRONG! So now it's just cost me 35 quid (used) and even at that price it's worth every penny.

If you know Reuben then you don't need to tell me you who/what they are, all I would say to the new fans (since hearing Jamies Muscle Memory album) is that you will not be disappointed with this as it logs the history of one of the most iconic and under-rated bands of the last 2 decades

If they'd have gone to university, they might not have made this music, I for one am glad they stayed in Surrey, I just wish they'd have been recognised for the genius that they are, then perhaps they'd still be around. As long as Jamie keeps making music, I will be happy
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Whether you're new to Reuben or a veteran this massive album is a great listen. Aggressive, energetic, passionate and enjoyable- this is classic Reuben. Songs tend to blur together however and are often very similar, but when there are so many in one place that's almost unavoidable.
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