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The Very Best Of The Stone Roses
The Very Best Of The Stone Roses
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remastering is outstanding!, 7 May 2014
You don't have to be a stereophile to notice - it's a glaring difference. Listening to She Bangs The Drums off their self-titled debut CD versus the same song on The Very Best Of is night and day. Pretty much everything sounds better on The Very Best Of when compared with the debut album (or collections of singles/b-sides). However, the songs included from the Second Coming were already near-perfect recordings on the original CD so there are no noticeable differences in terms of improvements due to remastering, etc. Song selection was as good as can be expected given they wanted to keep it down to 80 minutes. Even cutting out the extremely long intro to Breaking Into Heaven is forgivable for this reason. Flaws: While I certainly find Sally Cinammon (from The Compete Stone Roses) to be a below average song of inferior recording quality, they worked such wonders on it here that I can somewhat enjoy it on this CD. However, I would still jettison this song in favor of Shoot You Down. It is the only song that really needs to be on this CD that is absent. There are also better songs they excluded from the Second Coming in favor of Begging You, but that is opinion whereas Sally Cinammon is a horrible pick in the opinion bordering fact catagory for a Very Best Of.

Overall feeling about this CD: I previously owned all their offerings and did not get a "deal" price-wise, but still thought I made a great purchase. This is the best sound quality and representation mainly of their 2 "real" albums The Stone Roses & The Second Coming with a few other tunes (singles/b-sides) thrown in.


The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

5.0 out of 5 stars If you like U2 / REM, you will love Something Happens, 14 Jan 2014
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Early demos (singles on vinyl) much like Bono singing with REM as a back-up band. They found their own sound (instrument-wise) with only hints of the former REM influence. Vocals much like Bono.

If you like U2, you will certainly love Something Happens for the very similar vocals and very upbeat music like U2 (their competition in Dublin in the '80's-'90's ).

If you like REM, chances are good you will also like this band. They all started out as REM fans.

If you like this "best of" compilation...
Their best album and first U.S. release: Stuck Together With God's Glue - 1990


Planet Fabulous
Planet Fabulous

4.0 out of 5 stars Good music, terrible mix on about half the songs., 6 Dec 2013
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The person who mixed this album was forgot his hearing aid while mixing 1/2 the songs. What else can explain it? The band remixed almost half the songs from this album for re-release on their next and final album (Alan, Elvis & God) and it's easy to hear why. Flag (buried vocals), Momentary Thing (what a mess) and others have a terrible mix while some were fine like Rosewood, Here Come the Soldiers, etc. It leaves one scratching their head. I'm not being picky here. This is "in your face" horrific mixing on half the songs. Otherwise, great band - good music.


On And On: The Anthology
On And On: The Anthology
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Longpigs (all you need), 20 Jun 2013
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"On And On: The Anthology" has everything a first time listener wants by the Longpigs. The same can be said of a true fan although there are a few good B-sides missing such as Ripeness and Flare Is Meteor. The Longpigs first release, "The Sun Is Often Out," is the best of only two full length CD releases. Anthology includes every song listed on this album. A couple songs are different, but better versions of the original album material. I never cared for "Happy Again" until I heard the version on "The Anthology", for example, and "Lost Myself" is a little more polished sounding and transitions better with the surrounding songs. Their second release "Mobile Home" was rather dull compared to "The Sun Is Often Out". I'm happy to say, "The Anthology" included more B-sides and live music as opposed to the Longpig's second release in its entirety. The songs that really matter from "Mobile Home" are included such as Free Toy, Blue Skies, Gangsters, etc. If you own nothing by the Longpigs, this is certainly the one to purchase. A true fan will not be disappointed as well.


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