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on 13 September 2005
The Rolling Stone Record Guide (c.1979) described Spooky Tooth as follows: "If ever there was a heavy band, Spooky Tooth were it . . featuring two vocalists prone to blues-wrenching extremes, and an instrumental attack composed of awesomely loud keyboards and guitars, the band came over like an overwhelming vat of premedicated goo". This best of CD provides a useful snapshot of the band's faltering career, beset by bust-ups and line-up changes. The vocalists were Mike Harrison and Gary Wright, whose grinding Hammond organ textures were combined with the trademark 'heavy' rhythm section on tracks such as 'Better by You, Better Than Me', whilst the epic 'Evil Woman' wears you down with its volcanic guitar solo from Luther Grosvenor. Perhaps the all-time 'heaviest' Spooky Tooth number was their interpretation of The Beatles''I Am The Walrus', a lumbering sinister version featuring Harrison's hoarse bluesy voice (imagine Paul Rogers after gargling with razor blades).

The later tracks on this broadly chronological album showcase the band's more reflective style, from the 1973-74 line-up that featured guitarist Mick Jones before he went on to form Foreigner. It's an interesting progression from heavy blues-rock to mid-70s style soft-rock.

It's a shame the album wasn't fleshed out for CD reissue, as it's only standard LP length, and there's much much more in the Spooky Tooth canon that's worth bestof-isation, including Cotton Trading Man, Ocean of Power, Feelin' Bad, Sunshine Help Me (need I go on?).

2012 Update: Anyone wanting footage of the band is recommended the 'Lost Broadcasts' DVD. Also the 2CD compilation from 2009, 'Lost in My Dream', gives a much more rounded overview of the band, right up to that monster of a track 'The Mirror.'

2015: Ah, what the heck, go the whole hog and buy the Island Years boxed set - it's got the lot!
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on 21 February 2012
I bought this because I once played in a band which played a few Spooky Tooth songs (they were contemporaneous if you get my drift). The record is a great reminder of how innovative they were at the time and what good players and singers they had (yes, they did get through a fair number of both). Though some of the songs are on the lengthy side, they don't get really tediously long like what a few other bands did back then! A great collection from a now little-remembered band - and at a bargain price!
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on 30 November 2013
This is one of my favourite bands, first heard them on the 1970's Island samplers albums.
Like them then and I still like them.
The last puff is a briillant album and this collection is just as good!
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on 22 June 2013
IT IS EASY TOM FORGET HOW GOOD SPOOKY TOOTH WERE.
2 CONTRASTING VOICES & TWIN KEYBOARDS A FANTASTIC IDEA .
BAGS OF FEELING.
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on 8 February 2013
Yes dated by today's standards. Two keyboards was their gimmick. Strong vocals and some great riffs eg " better by you" ... But self indulgent solos and awful lyrics was normal for the 70s! Enjoyable for us over50s but I won't be playing it as often as the bands of that era who haven't dated as much eg family doors etc.
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on 30 January 2015
How can they call this the best of Spooky Tooth when "Sunshine Help Me" is not included. This was my favourite band of the 60s and the selections are mainly good apart from the glaring omission
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on 14 June 2013
Some of these old tracks bring back memories , loved to listen to these again well worth the money a high recommendation from me.
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on 18 May 2015
A brilliant album thougholy enjoyed it big deep purple influence in the music style
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on 18 December 2014
I only bought this for one track, but thoroughly enjoyed the whole album.
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on 13 May 2001
The recording itself can't be faulted. And we should be so grateful that so many minor notes from the music of the time have been preserved.
But , if you weren't a Spooky Tooth fan then , you will just puzzle. 'Evil Woman' can't be faulted , but was just about their only mainstream production ; and is untypical of most of their recording.They could be as tough on stage as any ; but really only wrote evocative songs for their time for the studio ; and that's what we have here.
A good source of new slants for working musicians ; indeed session always springs to mind.
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