14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The crows remind us why we love them
I have long been a fan of Adam Duritz and his merry band of ever so slightly eccentric Americans. I'm sure that there are many of you how can still remember the first time the got home and slid 'august and everything after' in their cd player and the beautiful build that is 'round here' slide effortlessly into Omaha, before lifting our spirits of the next year with 'Mr...
Published on 18 Nov 2003 by George
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scratched
Some of the songs do not play, so i am not happy that this was sent in bad condition to a paying customer
Published 4 months ago by Liz Ryder
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The crows remind us why we love them,
Some casual fans may be upset by the omission of certain tracks such as the hit single 'colour blind' which became a hit after the film cruel intentions. However this hardly detracts from the package, which if like me you have been a fan for a while, becomes a journey through a part of our youth.
If you are merely a fledgling crow then this is just about the best place you could start and will give you a wide view of their work through the years.
The two new tracks complete the reason as to why every one should own this. they continue on in a similar vein as the last album - 'hard candy' - Adam once again showing his talent for being both uplifting as well as thoughtful. As we see from this collection, the Counting Crows have grown up, but they haven’t lost any of their spark that we first loved.
All i can say is that I hope this isn't a goodbye!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Counting the memories,
Adam Duritz has one of those voices that can quite easily cope with the full range of emotions, which is just as well because through their 4 studio albums they have probably captured them all. The one that they manage the best though, and the one that has captivated their many fans thus far, is the angst-ridden sound of a man who is trying to come to terms with his deep seated emotions. Yes, it's haunting, but the lyrics and that voice strike a chord with almost everyone that comes across them.
That said, I wouldn't like to be the one chosen to compile this 'best of' album, it's just so hard to choose from the range of fantastic songs on offer. Luckily, it looks like whoever did create the track list knew what they were doing, as all the bases are pretty much covered here, along with some new studio tracks (although 'Einstein' is actually an early track not previously released) and a live track for us lucky UK fans.
If you've never sampled Counting Crows before (where have you been?!) this is as good a place to start as any, though I'd recommend adding 'August' to your basket as well, you won't be disappointed.
So what of the fan who has their back catalogue already? Well, even though I have the 4 studio albums and the fantastic 'Across a Wire' live double album, I will be buying this new CD, both for the new tracks and for the fact that I will be safe in the knowledge that I can carry one CD around with some of the best tracks ever written. The bonus of having a DVD with 8 captivating videos as well means that this is money well spent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Class!!,
I was super impressed to see 'Mrs. Potters Lullaby' and 'Mr. Jones' on this, they are both fantastic catchy tracks which in other bands' cases have made them too out there to appear on their greatest hits. Good to see one of their newer tracks on it 'American Girls' although I would have said 'Hard Candy' equally deserved a place on this. One ommission which I found quite disappointing was 'Colorblind' - this is such a change for the Crows and it would have been good to see it recognised as a good diversion from their usual stuff.
'Hanginaround' - another classic track as were al the others, this band will go far - well even farther! A new recording was also included which I must say is fab. If you have never heard of the Counting Crows or their music then buy this. Buy this and then add to your collection by buying their earlier stuff. This CD is the Crows, it is their best songs on one value CD. Not only that but you get the DVD as well which treats you to some of those classic videos. If you only have enough money to but one CD this year then buy this one, you will certainly not be disappointed! Enjoy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would give 6 stars if i could!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
This album has it all being a fan for the last 6-7 years it was just a case of how long for a best of, and here it is with all the classics from Mr Jones, Round Here, Long December well i could list the whold album, but this really is one of the best of albums i have brought, even people who may like the odd song it would be a great buy cause then you might find songs that you like but never known about, it is still hard to belive there highest chart song has been the latter known Big Yellow Taxi but really there should have been a lot more.
This would be a classic addition to any CD collection and for die hards fans and fans alike the bonus DVD is fantastic with again there classics songs Mr Jones, Long Decemeber, and for me the moving Video to Round Here which is worth buying the added dvd alone, also Hanginaround and American Girls, but a fantastic extra to a totally awesome album.
If there are any complaints about this CD it would be, Why is this not a 2 cd album?, and it easily could with for me classics missing like Colourblind, Black and Blue and Perfect Blue Buildings and Miami, but i guess they had to draw a line somwhere!!!
But instead of wasting your time reading this gooble click the buy button and treat yourself to the most uplifting generally feel good and feel sad pick me album of the past 20 years!!!!.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that is quite simpy touching,
In a nutshell, this album gives the Counting Crows all the credit they deserve. From the excellent and uplifting 'Angels of the silences' (Did it make it any easier to leave me where I stand?) to the haunting Round Here (I walk in the air, between the rain through myself and back again..) and my fav A Long December (I cant remember all the times Ive tried to tell myself to hold on, to these moments as they pass...)
They really is something on this CD for everyone, not just avid fans. It is true that the music may very well be a matter of taste, but there is no denying that this band can manipulate the way you feel, being either uplifting or simply comforting. To some of the songs you could cry away your sorrows, whilst others simply beam a smile across your face.
Quite simply, this CD, as all the bands albums, will quickly become a solid piece of your life.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Really Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star?,
Those who have been around to hear these Counting Crows will have heard some wonderful things, and possibly even endured in trying to figure it out yourselves. Although it is seemingly impossible to figure out Duritz's world, it's also seemingly impossible to make a perfect 'Best Of' for them. 'Films About Ghosts', for the experienced fan such as myself is bound to be missing something, my favourite songs won't be on here, but for new fans, or casual listeners this is possibly perfect. Either way, the fact is that no matter what they were going to put on 'Films About Ghosts', it was going to be special, and although they have played it safe, it's still as great having little sections of your little friends.
'Mr Jones' was always going to be on here, with its uplifting tone that hides the painful interior of Adam Duritz's dreams; the final line being 'Mr Jones and me...we're gonna be big stars', would change as the Crows career went on, first not accepting the success of their debut, and then slowly taking it and becoming a lot happier with it by 'Hard Candy'. 'Round Here' has no choice but to be on here; the first song that anyone ever heard by Counting Crows was what initially dragged us in upon hearing 'August And Everything After', and with its longing tone, and lost forever attitude, its a pure folk song classic, which is up there with any song of its stature of the 70's.
It's odd that they open with the Crows most rollickingly good song, 'Angels Of The Silences' which is another great piece of musicianship to hide Duritz's pain filled lyrics behind, while just showing enough light to let everyone in to see. It's odd because it adds an expectation to a new fan that the rest of the album won't fill. For those who don't know, traditionally, though they're good from both spectrums, the Crows are a much more low key band than one that can write a song with dirty, great riffs. 'Rain King' and 'A Long December' do shortly follow 'Angels...', but show none of its raucous nature, but instead portrays pure emotion and thought. 'Omaha', and 'Anna Begins' also follow later in similar vein, while 'Hanginaround' at the time of release was the Crows most satisfying upbeat song, with all hands clapping and everyone joining in it seemed. While we're on the up, 'American Girls', provides an interesting insite into the most mainstream of all Counting Crows moments; American as apple pie, 'American Girls', shows their stunning ability to write perfect pop songs as well as low key stunners and plain weird joyousness in 4 minutes. Their cover of 'Big Yellow Taxi' is of course here, which is probably their biggest hit, and with it's feeling or pure freedom, soaring strings, it was meant for the Crows. It's a pretty good representation of what the Crows were best at, and as a whole, it shows nearly every side to them, although in 16 tracks, you can never get every side to Counting Crows long and winding story.
The new songs are very good and can be proud to be on here, such as one of their original demo's 'Einstein On The Beach', which is a lovely piece of melodic pop/rock which at the time was almost like a taster of what was to come. Although it was simple, you could tell they'd go far. 'Friend Of The Devil' is a The Band cover, which suits Duritz's voice down to the ground adding a little more of a country vibe to 'Films About Ghosts', while new recording 'She Don't Want Nobody Near', is unsurprisingly, like nothing the Crows have ever written before, and just as good.
There are some surprising ommisions though, especially the beautiful piano-led ballad, 'Colourblind', which was just as stunning as anything on here, if not more so. Most recent single 'If I Could Give All My Love', not being here also is somewhat of a disappointment, but you just can't go wrong with whatever they decided to put onto here.
'Films About Ghosts' is a nice look inside Counting Crows talents as timeless song-writers, musicians and people as well as what goes inside Adam Duritz's sleepless head. Despite there not being some of my all time favourites on here, such as 'Black And Blue', 'Colourblind', 'Hardy Candy', and 'Sullivan Street', this is still a terrific compilation, and a must have for any self respecting Americana or rock fan. Personally I don't see how everyone can't like at least two Counting Crows songs, because they have something for everyone and then they double it. He may stir his drink slowly in front of me, but you can tell Adam Duritz is thinking something you'd never expect. He might even be writing his lyrics down in his head, but you just know that it'll be something very special when it comes out on the other end. 'Films About Ghosts' is a great compilation for anyone who thinks that they can enjoy it in their own opinion. And as for my title, well...after hearing what Duritz himself thinks about the life he leads, you might just think twice, just as him and Mr Jones probably did. He did change those lyrics from 'When everybody you, that's just about as funky as you can be', to 'When everybody loves you, that's just about as f*cked up as you can be', showing the anxiety around a talent that's seemingly too much for more than just this world, and even his own. He might not have slept properly for ten years, but if it makes him feel any better him and his band of brothers have been making people smile, cheering people up, giving them the highs and lows they need and keeping a lot of people happy because of it. I get the feeling it'd make him smile.
Tell him if you see him.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely outstanding,
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And what an amazing decision it was to dig deep and fork out for it. Too many albums are labelled 'Album Of The Year' and I'm not saying this about the Counting Crows, but what I will say is that it will be one of the best CDs I buy all year, no doubt.
The CD oozes with wicked tracks, like A Long December, Mr. Jones, American Girls and Big Yellow Taxi and there are no songs that you wish they had excluded (in fact after hearing some of their earlier stuff from previous albums you will wish they had more room on the CD). The bonus DVD is a big feature as well, packed with 8 smashing videos.
So all in all, it is an outstanding 'Best Of' album and deserves to be bought by everyone who believes they know what good music is.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Counting Crows Fils About Ghosts ( The Best Of ) CD + DVD,
Highly recommended to any one with ears ( Amazing )!!
5.0 out of 5 stars best of,
of songs on cd some new some well known but a good mix,i have been
wanting a live dvd of a concert but this is a good start..
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome,
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