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Meet The Eels : Essential Eels Vol. 1 1996-2006
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
There will be generally two types of people considering buying this: 1) died in the wool Eels fans (of which I am one); 2) people new to the Eels sound.

If you are in the first group, there is not a great deal on this that you will not already have. Most of the twenty four tracks are from the albums (Beautiful Freak, Electro-Shock Blues, Daisies Of The Galaxy, Souljacker, Shootenanny & Blinking Lights And Other Revalations) but with a couple of interesting little additions. There is a Jon Brion remix of 'Climbing To The Moon', rendering it more melodic. Midway through is a bizarre but excellent version of Missy Elliot's 'Get Ur Freak On'. Works surprisingly well! A live version of 'Dirty Girl' breaks up the studio sound nicely, followed by the Shrek 2 song 'I Need Some Sleep'. These do all come together nicely, giving a compact review of the band's work so far.

If you are in the second group, this is probably perfect to get you into the singular Eels sound. Some people may have been put off by the darker sounds of the first two albums, or the seeming mis-match of almost pop tunes with distinctly un-poppy lyrics towards the later albums. However this takes you on a tour de force of the repertoire displaying the brilliance of the band for all to see!

A word to the wise, though: The DVD of music videos is in the American NTSC format, which wasn't displayed on the page (at least when I ordered it). Should be ok on your PC, but unless you have a NTSC compatible TV, it will come out in black & white!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2011
Downloading music is all well and good, but nothing beats being able to flick through the blurb as you listen to a new CD. This is the first Eels album I have purchased, though I have always liked anything I heard by them on the radio or TV. It's a great compilation, with very few tracks I would actually skip over. Best track: Flyswatter, closely followed by Novacaine for the Soul. Fantastic value too!
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on 9 July 2011
Meet the Eels is by far one of the best greatest hits I've listened in a very long time.Packaged with some beautiful photo content and carrying a really interesting booklet including an introduction to the band,and comments by E on every song of the album.

The proper CD contains the main singles off the work that Eels has being doing from 1996 to 2006,that means music from Beautiful Freak, Electro-shock Blues,Daisies from the Galaxy,Souljacker,Shootenanny,Blinking Lights and other Revelations and a track from their live CD/DVD Eels with strings.A wonderful collection of songs that will hook you to the work of Mark Oliver Everett and his wonderful collaborators.It also includes a demanded cover of ''Get Ur Freak On''!

The package includes also a DVD with all the official videos from the album cited before,being a great addition.

As far as I'm concerned,the Eels music is one of a kind and makes me dream all day long.It's relaxing too and the lyrics may be the best of our time.Inspiring for all kinds of people!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2008
This Eels compilation collects all of the classic Eels songs together and adds a remix, a live track and a cover version. Wonderful. This should not be purchased without the accompanying DVD which has 12 great Eels videos. A totally awesome CD + DVD package for a bargain price, and well worthy of a 5 star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2010
not really listened to much of the Eels, but this was a good purchase! Apart from the 2 or 3 tracks that I knew from their infrequent forays into the charts, I was more than pleasently surprised by the rest of the songs on this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2010
I love this CD, really haven't stopped listening to it since I bought it around 4 months ago...And I have tried!!! But keep grabbing for it every time...Highly, highly recommend it!!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 February 2008
A great romp through the Eels' work over the past 10 years and this just goes to prove what a fine collection of songs E and the guys have assembled, along with a few interesting bits and bobs added for the die-hard completists (such as myself) who need an excuse to spend a tenner on music they mostly have. This just goes to prove two things - 1) E is a fantastic songwriter and 2) the Eels is perhaps the most under-rated band out there today.

My only gripe is the lack of 'Cancer for the Cure' - itself a great single - on the CD, which is somewhat baffling. However, it gives newcomers to the Eels' work a great excuse to buy 'Electro Shock Blues' and dive deeper into the fantastic back catalogue.

The rarities twin CD set that was released alongside this CD on the same day is also highly recommended. Here's to the next 10 Eels years.....
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on 6 December 2012
I had only heard the eels songs from the charts in the 90's but came across them again after hearing one of their songs in a film, i had a search for a suitable album, found they had a greatest hits and now own what i can only describe as a stunning collection of music on a disc. Highly recommended.
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on 9 July 2014
I am a self-confessed Eels fan, and have all their albums, but wanted something condensed for travelling in the car. This album has a lot of my favourite Ells tracks and would also be an easy way for a newcomer to get into the band.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2008
For some reason Eels had passed me by, but a week ago I bought Beautiful Freak and was hooked. Taking the advice of reviewers led me to buy this and it is simply excellent. As a newcomer it is a perfect distillation of all that is needed to appreciate this hugely talented and original band. Having become familiar with their backstory I can see clearly how these songs are at times moving, cathartic and downright addictive. As for the DVD that was a pleasant addition and just fits perfectly with the enigmatic image their music portrays. Big fish in a big pond.
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