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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as they've ever been. But you've heard it all before...
This is a re-release of a greatest hits, with only a couple of new tracks thrown in.
If you love the Chemical Brothers, then you'll love this double CD.
But if you love the Chemical Brothers, then why haven't you already got their back catalogue?...

Anyway, to fill in the missing tracks for Amazon:
CD2 Tracks:
01 Electronic Battle Weapon 01...
Published on 1 Sep 2008 by Mr. J. W. Potts

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Brother's Gonna Work It Out
Tom and Ed are The Chemical Brothers, a duo who have really shaped music, from the first track, their big beat formula shaped a lot of dance and electronic music. Some fine moments include the guitar overdrive of Leave Home, the trippy dreamy Star Guitar, the playful big beat anthem Block Rockin' Beats and the call and respond of Do It Again. Obviously I can't not...
Published on 7 Sep 2008 by DL Productions UK


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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as they've ever been. But you've heard it all before..., 1 Sep 2008
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Mr. J. W. Potts "john_potts" (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a re-release of a greatest hits, with only a couple of new tracks thrown in.
If you love the Chemical Brothers, then you'll love this double CD.
But if you love the Chemical Brothers, then why haven't you already got their back catalogue?...

Anyway, to fill in the missing tracks for Amazon:
CD2 Tracks:
01 Electronic Battle Weapon 01 [Version of 'It Doesn't Matter']
02 Electronic Battle Weapon 02 [Version of 'Don't Stop The Rock']
03 Electronic Battle Weapon 03 [Version of 'Under The Influence']
04 Electronic Battle Weapon 04 ['Freak of the Week']
05 Electronic Battle Weapon 05 [Version of 'It Began In Afrika']
06 Electronic Battle Weapon 06 [Remix of 'Hoops']
07 Electronic Battle Weapon 07 ['Acid Children']
08 Electronic Battle Weapon 08 [Version of 'Saturate']
09 Electronic Battle Weapon 09 [No Official Title]
10 Electronic Battle Weapon 10 [Version of 'Midnight Madness']
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Brother's Gonna Work It Out, 7 Sep 2008
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Tom and Ed are The Chemical Brothers, a duo who have really shaped music, from the first track, their big beat formula shaped a lot of dance and electronic music. Some fine moments include the guitar overdrive of Leave Home, the trippy dreamy Star Guitar, the playful big beat anthem Block Rockin' Beats and the call and respond of Do It Again. Obviously I can't not mention Galvanise with Q-Tip, which for me, reinvented my interest in the duo in 2004.

This is a good Greatest Hits set, but there's a few reasons why I give it 2 stars:

1) Singles 1993-2003 - this has the majority of what this has and more if you have the 2CD edition - OK so the last two albums hits are not here, but if you like the Chemical Brothers you would have most of their albums?

2) If you are a die hard fan you probably have all their stuff, including the Electronic Battle Weapons - which are on CD2 of this set.

So, great if you just want their best stuff in one place and don't have a Chemical CD in your collection, otherwise this is a cash-in I suggest you avoid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherhood: EBW CD Edition, 11 Feb 2014
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Simply a great compilation, maybe not particularly interesting if you own any of the previous ones, but this version - with all Electronic Battle Weapons gathered on second CD is really worth getting for that CD itself. Plus it's in a form of a god looking box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with item, 15 Nov 2013
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This is a great CD my son and I like it very much, especially playing it in the car when travelling
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5.0 out of 5 stars mitchell, 24 Oct 2013
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Very good album would recommend to anyone that enjoys this type of music good to sit down and relax with
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4.0 out of 5 stars would recommend this, 31 Aug 2013
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I enjoyed the music on the record sometimes music like is very hard to get hold off would like to recommend this who likes the Chemical brothers
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, eccentric! it's chemical bros', 17 Sep 2008
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Mrs. L. Piccirillo-kadri (London, UKGB) - See all my reviews
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The bought this album recently and can't stop playing it, if your new to the chems it's great to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty and technicality of pure music innovation and orinality!]

Chemical Brothers Rock the House
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13 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the limited edition for "Electronic Battle Weapon" or don't bother..., 11 Sep 2008
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Mr. M. A. Reed (Argleton, GB) - See all my reviews
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Greatest Hits albums are for the kind of people who don't really like music. For them, music is that thing that makes a noise out of their tinny mobile phone, or sits next to the nappies in MegaHyperGloboMart. These are the type of people who would buy a DVD called "The Best Of Star Wars" which contains only the battles, with all the dialogue taken out, in some kind of 2 hour orgiastic overdose of explosions.

"Brotherhood", the Chemical Brothers second 'best of' album in fifteen years, now ensures that shoddy Greatest Hits compilations now account for one third of their official albums. Now, the Chemical Brothers are perhaps what I can describe as an exercise in hyper-adrenalised, mindlessly hedonistic minimalism : a monotonous, vibrating beat that changes in some infinitesmal element every 16 beats - much like those hyper-extended 12" Dub Remixes that lasted a quarter hour on New Order B-sides in the mid Eighties. Live at least, The Chemical Brothers (who I managed to see one and a quarter times : the quarter being whilst walking through a field to get away from them at the 2000 Apocalyse Now : Glastonbury Festival), are the equivalent of watching someone getting very enthusiastic about a punishingly loud and garish gigantic statue of a house whilst standing on the spot at midnight in a thunderstorm. For some people, I'm in no doubt that it is great fun, but for me, it's boring. Not only that, but to an extent, the music is of a very specific genre : Music Made By And For People Who Used To Be Poor When They Were A Bit Better.

Thanks to the impact of their collaborators, The Chemical Brothers have produced some very passable electronic pop songs, but largely this is by accident than design. When left to their own devices, they can and do produce glacial and pounding epics of instrumental cacophony that also manages to avoid anything resemble a sustained melody line. The songs are all assemblages of beats and instrumental riffs created like a skyscraper - one floor at a time with no real perception of a narrative aside from just to keep going on. They sound great, but like an action film, what does it all mean?

Some of the instrumental stuff is brilliant : "Star Guitar" and "Leave Home" are entertaining diversions, but some of it is just plain and dull. Where the best of their work comes into effect, it's largely where the guest contributor - Noel Gallagher, The Flaming Lips, Bernard Sumner, Beth Orton - bring a fully assembled song that The Chemical Brothers just turn into a vocal remix of the original, with hooj drums and mahoosive throbbing bass. This means that whilst the Chemical Brothers have a distinctive sound, they are in effect a superior production team with slight songwriting ability. The idea of a Greatest Hits is a bit of an anthema. It would be akin to having a "Best of Shep Pettibone 1983-1988" double vinyl album. Great to listen to, but what's the point?

That said, "Hey Boy / Hey Girl" is always going to sound fantastic coming out of a PA at 2am. Maybe not so amazing coming out of a mobile phone on the 47 bus at 7.14am. Then again, very little is amazing about 7.14am on any morning.

I obviously missed the point of this Greatest Hits as I already have "93-03" which is a fine and more artistically credible release. "Brotherhood" whiffs faintly of contractual obligation, with a largely minimal lack of effort in the packaging or the utterly random and baffling sequencing. About the only part of the "Brotherhood" release worth considering is the limited edition which contains a second CD, this time featuring the rare (and previously only-on vinyl) Electronic Battle Weapon series. The series is made up of prototype versions of many songs from across all periods of the band released on largely anonymous 12" singles in one-off limited pressings. It's good to finally have them released in a wider fashion, and these 10 tracks will be the large attraction of the set to a seasoned Chem. Bros. Fan, even if most of them have been more widley heard in different forms and styles over the years.

Most casual fans of the band would not have ever heard of the EBW series. People who buy everything they do will be pleased with the second disc, and somewhat bored of the first, whilst more general fans may use it aimlessly plug a gap in their collection they can enjoy whilst cooking or doing the housework. "Brotherhood" is by no means bad, but a bit redundant : if you like the band, you've probably got the previous compilation, and the band have not released enough material over the past five years to justify a new Hits compilation. If you haven't got the previous one, this is a great place to start. If you have the previous one, buy the double CD set for the "Electronic Battle Weapons" stuff or don't bother at all.

It's your choice. You could always buy food or or a donkey for a third world country or something.
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