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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Big Enough..., 12 Jun 2002
This review is from: Big Squeeze: the Very Best of Squeeze (Audio CD)
As greatest hits compilations go, it's superb. But as a lot of the tracks didn't in fact chart, why not bung ALL the singles on it i.e. Bang Bang, 853-5937, Waiting Game, Heartbreaking World etc etc and the B-sides from those tracks (BTW, why no Pretty Thing, Night Nurse - the A-sides ARE there!) Anyway, enough from this anorak wearing Squeeze fan - it's a must buy if you like real music and a reminder of how great they were.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a quick comment, 23 July 2008
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John Malcolm (Swindon, Wilts, England) - See all my reviews
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Just a quick word to add that this is not a DualDisc, but two CDs. A DualDisc is a single disc that has CD content on one side and DVD stuff on the other, where as this most definitely is two discs - one with the A sides and one with the B sides.

As to the album itself, it's Squeeze from 1978 to 1998 and is good stuff. There are small paragraphs about each track (this includes the B sides as well, which is much appreciated) in the booklet that comes with the discs.

Inventive, original, under-rated, good music. That sums up Squeeze.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection from UK's premier new wave/pop band!, 19 Jun 2002
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Emilios Koromias (Strovolos, Nicosia Cyprus) - See all my reviews
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Even if you've got Singles 45(covers the late 70s and early 80s)or the Greatest Hits(covers up to the late 80s), you still need this as it covers their 90s material up to the very last album 'Domino' which was released on their own Quixotic label.You will not find a better collection of more diverse collection of quality of songs,make that new wave/intelligent pop/rock/power pop/country etc.Squeeze are one of the classic pop bands to grace this planet.Glenn Tillbrook is a master of melody and Chris Difford is a master for words. Together they create wonders and on this double cd are some of their finest examples. The second cd is the B side's story including some of their rare songs(but not all) from the 7' vinyl era and some more recent ones such as the beautiful Discipline-an extra track on the cd single of Some Fantastic Place. Listen and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What about the DVD?, 10 Nov 2011
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Noel Jealous (Cardiff UK) - See all my reviews
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The Product Description and the 11 reviews have all failed to mention the DVD.
You get 3 discs -
Disc 1 is a collection of A-sides of singles,
Disc 2 is a collection of B-sides,
Disc 3 is a DVD collection of promotional videos for singles.

On the DVD is Hourglass, which won awards and deserved them. If you haven't seen the video for this song then you're in for a treat. MTV loved it, and it's partly responsible for the success of Babylon And On.
The title for the album should have been The Big Squeeze - A-sides and B-sides.
It is not the best of Squeeze. If you want a Best Of then The Squeeze Story fits that description better.
Would I recommend this 3 disc album? Yes.
I gave up buying singles many years ago, and I imagine others did too. If so, then the B-sides will be new to you.
Discs 2 & 3 are more interesting than disc 1, which has a lot of good but familiar tracks, most of which you probably have already if you like Squeeze.
Great value for the price.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 10 Jun 2002
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From their early days of "Slap and Tickle" to the more recent "This Summer" and more, Squeeze have been a group that has always been there in one shape or form.
If you have already "45's and Under" , "Greatest Hits" or "Excessive Moderation", you will have most of the tracks in this two cd set.
Still, a fine and worthy compilation for anyones collection. Difford and Tillbrook have been compared to Lennon and McCartney, with many songs on "Kitchen sink dramas", love, angst, relationships etc.
Buy this now!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squeezed out some great tunes!, 12 Aug 2004
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I first heard Squeeze when they released 'Cool for Cats', and I remember being struck by how original it was. I was 15, and they sang about all the things I thought being an adult was about. Pop acts at the time would paint everything with a rosy gloss, and the new wave acts would just be pessimistic about everything. Squeeze just looked at it realistically.
Also they wrote fantastic songs.
Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook wrote some of the catchiest tunes to hit the UK charts, and managed to do it for years. It helped that they had some great musicians in the band too, with Jools Holland tinkling the ivories for a few years. They also managed to cover a bewildering number of styles, from the Eurythmic's like 'Take me I'm Yours' to the cod Country and Western of 'Labelled with Love'.
This collection covers their whole lifespan, and as a bonus throws in a CD of b-sides. Now that isn't normally too appealing, but this is Squeeze, so you get some damn fines songs, even though they were only b-sides.
Bargain!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best cd ever made ? the big squeeze., 2 Sep 2003
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a true squeeze fan will have this album. and boy what a cd if you are thinking of buying this cd please do so as it is one of the best cd,s i have brought in a long time. if you have the 45,s singles greatest hits cd you will have most of the old stuff like the first 10 tracks on disk one, but the best thing about this cd is the more later stuff this band had out, ones you forgot about until this album reminds you of the fact, also with this is a b sides cd some good some not so good but who cares disk one is worth the price alone. buy it 10/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On fire, 25 Dec 2012
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Gavin J. Chart (Worthing, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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For four years, from 1978-82, Squeeze was on fire. This was a period of serial hits and the names Difford & Tilbrook were starting to be mentioned (to their boredom) in the same sentences as Lennon & McCartney. Of course, Squeeze had hits subsequent to those years, but the original line-up was the essence of a fun band who played and sang as if they were actually enjoying themselves. They knew that then was "their time"...

They wrote catchy songs, often full of South London idioms, that told stories.

But what makes a great song? Like great writing, it cannot be demonstrated. You just know a great song when you hear it because it puts a silly grin on your face (or brings a tear to the eye) when you hear it. The record producer Bob Clearmountain said in a recent doco that a Squeeze song always made him smile when it came on the radio. As a songwriter, you can't wish for more. (OK, you can also wish that people will buy it...)

So, buy this album if you want a good ("best of"++) collection of songs. It's a good value 2 CD set. On a personal note, I would like to have seen "Elephant Girl" here, a song so catchy that it stays with you forever. (I still can't believe it was thrown away as a "B-side"...)

But also buy the first four albums as well... At least as a start! Chris Difford is a classic storyteller who has chosen the 3min song as his medium. And Glenn Tilbrook is a consummate tunesmith whose tunes give strength to the notion that Melody Will Never Die.

These were the sort of songs that left an "artistic impression" on you long after the band had left the stage and the final chords had melted to silence.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite collection of Squeeze's A and B sides, 25 Mar 2006
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Various compilations(Singles 45's and Under,Greatest Hits,Essential Squeeze) already exist of Squeeze material. This one is, however, in my opinion by far the most complete set. The first disk includes typical A side material, i.e., all the greatest hits plus some of their lesser known single releases that are admittedly below their earlier standards.

The second disk was to me a pleasant surprise. Although I knew many of the tracks and a vivid fan during Squeeze's height, I had no idea how many treasures were to be found among their B sides. Maidstone, Who's That and Spanish Guitar are only a few of many worth mentioning. The production of these songs is also often sparser then their A side material, which brings better out the warmth and splendor of the Difford/Tilbrook melodies and text.

The liner notes include fun comments written by Difford and Tilbrook regarding their recollections of each song on the CD. The sound quality is also superb, rectifying a flaw of some of their previous CD releases. I highly recommend this set for casual and die-hard Squeeze fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More hooks here than on a fisherman's boat, 7 Mar 2014
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R. Williams (Dorchester) - See all my reviews
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Of all the writers of catchy three minute pop tunes, Glenn Tillbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze, must be the most underrated. Despite having written countless beautiful songs, only a few of them translated into hits.
This album contains 20 of their best songs within Squeeze. It is an album bursting with creativity: smart, witty lyrics and melodies worthy of McCartney at his best. Included here is the brilliantly catchy and radio friendly 'Up the junction', and 'Pulling muscles from a shell'. The soulful 'Tempted' and 'Black Coffee in bed', and the joyous and uplifting 'This Summer'.
Throughout the proceeding is Glenn Tilbrooks wonderful voice.
This is probably the pick of Squeeze's 'best of' complilations. It is better than Squeeze's Greatest Hits as it covers their entire career, whereas the Greatest Hits only covers up to the early 90s. It is also better than Essential Squeeze which does not include 'Electric Trains' or 'Domino', both featured here. This album also comes up with a selection of their b sides (Essential Squeeze does not), including the lovely ballad 'Who's That?' and the tuneful 'What the Butler Saw'.

But the meat of the album comes in disk one, which matches anyone from the last 50 years who specialise in the classic three minute pop song.

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