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Not what it could or should have been.....
on 1 December 2004
OK, granted this compilation does feature some of the band's greatest tracks. Aside from the pure lyrical intelligence on display, I replay many of these tracks over and over for the fantastic guitar work of James Dean Bradfield. If ever there was an underrated guitist of his generation,then it would be JDB. Tracks such as You Love Us, La Tristesse Durera,Motorcycle Emptiness have some absolutely dazzling guitar work. However, this in turn leads me to the first of two major criticisms:
Firstly, many guitar highlights of these songs are not even on this record for seveal tracks have been edited (butchered) so other less deserving tracks could fit. The ending of You Love Us is completely absent ( apersonal air-guitar favourite of mine), Little Baby Nothing loses its melodious intro and Motorcycle Emptiness is the crappy single version with the truncated outro....and yes, it DOES matter!
Secondly, I agree with the above reviews that the lack of Holy Bible material is painfull, perhaps a second cd would have been appropriate....its certainly deserved. Two other noticeable absentees include Slash N Burn and Natwest, Barclays, Midlands, Lloyds, both from Generation Terrorists.
In summation, if you first heard of the Manic Street Preachers when A Design For Life was playing ad infinitum on Virgin Radio this is a good album for you. If however you prefer the harder, rockier 'edge' of the likes of Generation Terrorists, I'd save your cash.