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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh the irony!!!
I don't think this compilation is that bad, OK it could have had some more tracks on and has been usurped by the recent 'Taste of TG' compilation, but the 11-tracks contained are a good idea of the band that were Throbbing Gristle. Personally I bought it for the great ironic band photo and the fact it's Throbbing Gristle. As a primer into the band, it's not bad - though...
Published on 3 Sept. 2006 by Jason Parkes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits???
In my opinion, this album presents a good mix of transmissions from TG's history, which would be a good introduction for someone who has never heard, or not heard very much, of Throbbing Gristle's work. On the other hand, any long term fan will be rather dissapointed by the bland choice of songs on the compilation. If you have just a couple of albums, you may find that...
Published on 7 Oct. 2003 by ian radford


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits???, 7 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
In my opinion, this album presents a good mix of transmissions from TG's history, which would be a good introduction for someone who has never heard, or not heard very much, of Throbbing Gristle's work. On the other hand, any long term fan will be rather dissapointed by the bland choice of songs on the compilation. If you have just a couple of albums, you may find that you already have half the songs, which is rather a let down to say the least.
Although I would not recommend this album to a TG fanatic, for any new comers to the faith, this is as good a place to start as any.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh the irony!!!, 3 Sept. 2006
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Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I don't think this compilation is that bad, OK it could have had some more tracks on and has been usurped by the recent 'Taste of TG' compilation, but the 11-tracks contained are a good idea of the band that were Throbbing Gristle. Personally I bought it for the great ironic band photo and the fact it's Throbbing Gristle. As a primer into the band, it's not bad - though veers away from their live-side...then again, songs like proto-rave track 'Adrenalin', the vile 'Subhuman' and the commercial Abba-influenced 'AB/7A' weren't on 'The Taste of TG', when they probably should have been. OK, the compilation is a bit short and there are other songs that could have been added, e.g. 'Slug Bait', 'Weeping', ambient pioneering track 'Beachy Head', 'Convincing People', 'Distant Dreams Part Two', or something from 'Heathen Earth'. The sleevenotes gave me a headache, incidentally...almost as bad as that French guy on the Joy Division box-set...

'Hot on the Heels of Love' is another great proto-dance moment that New Order obviously listened to, while 'United' is another proto-rave moment that was apparently TG's equivalent of 'We are the Champions'! 'What a Day' sounds like the Aphex Twin, though the recent live version from the reformed TG is even better, if only for Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's John Lydon-impersonation and the fact he drops in a bit of 'Lazy Sunday'! The title track from '...20 Jazz Funk Greats' deserves to be here, though it also turned up on the great post-punk compilation 'In the Beginning There was Rhythm' - great drones and noises and Gen's "nice!" was clearly ripped off for TV's The Fast Show!!!

Contrary to the other review, the darker side of TG is present - the brief dirge 'Blood on the Floor' from 'DOA: The Third & Final Report', '...20 Jazz Funk Great's closing track 'Six Six Sixties' (another Manson reference alongside 'After Cease to Exist' and PTV's 'Always is Always' and 'Roman P'), the grim 'Subhuman' (recorded during Gen P's Nazi-phase and apparently in relation to their disagreement with local gypsies reported in Simon Reynolds' 'Rip It Up & Start Again' - "You're like a virus in my garden!!!!") is another moment contrary to the nice side of TG suggested in the other review. & this compilation opens on the non-compromising 'Hamburger Lady', a sinister dirge that nods to a severe burns victim and whose sound can be found on TG's new material ('Splitting Sky' particularly) and Scott Walker's 'the Drift' ('Buzzers' and part of 'Clara'). In all this is a pretty decent TG compilation and a fine primer, though the more recent 'Taste of TG' has probably usurped it with the inclusion of 'Walkabout', 'Subhuman'-relative'Zyklon Z Zombie', 'Distant Dreams Part Two', 'Something Came Over Me', and live track 'Cabaret Voltaire.' Then again, my policy is, if it's Throbbing Gristle - buy it!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start, 25 Dec. 2003
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Despite what the 2 other reviewers say, i think that this is a very good place to start if you have never heard TG before. Tracks from each of their albums and some singles too, this collection gives a good indication of each of TG's styles -exotica: 'Hot On The Heels Of Love', pre-dance music: 'Adrenalin', bizarre: 'Hamburger Lady', all-out noise: 'Subhuman' and pop music: 'United'. Maybe there are better tracks that could have been used, but for the beginner this collection is a must. If you're a fan already, you should go for 'Heathen Earth' or the live box sets - now there's quality! Apparently, Mute records are to release another 'best of' in 2004...so keep your eyes peeled.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Origins of synth and techno., 6 Mar. 2015
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L J Curran (Brentwood, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you are interested in where the British synth and techno scene started this is the place to look. Very raw and almost punk in it's own way. What I would describe as challenging.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A misleading but almost impossible compilation, 6 Feb. 2003
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Peter Adams "PRAEst76" (Turku, Finland) - See all my reviews
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Throbbing Gristle are arguably one of the most influential bands of all time. The group who coined the phrase "Entertainment Thru Pain" and heralded the 'Industrial' movement and subsequent genre following their and other associated artists on their Industrial Records label. Over a short but productive tenure they created a small collection of studio albums, a few perverse singles and a mass of semi-official bootleg recordings of their critically acclaimed and intentionally difficult live performances. This album originally released by Rough Trade in the early-mid 80s was intended as an introduction to the band for the uninitiated. Sadly it fails to highlight the band's power and structure in any great way that would give a new listener an impression of anything more than some avant garde weirdos having a laugh. Wether the album was intentionally created to mimic the standard limp-wristed Greatest Hits albums put out by more commercially and radio friendly artists or a serious attempt to follow suit and pull in more punters is unclear to this reviewer (who would like ot think it as marketing satire but remains unconvinced), but this appears at best to be a compilation of their most approachable and 'poppy' 'tunes'. Throbbing Gristles' real power always lay in their live and often improvised performances, their long droning uncomfortable sonic essays on the decline of Britain or perversion or murder, or eerie soundscapes laid out in such a fashion as to mould the image of the depressingly dead factory towns or polluted seasides of the decadent and despairing 70s Britain. This compilation of TG's more quirky and jukebox sized outings show the listener little of that.
For an introduction to TG this reviewer would recommend one of the four live compilations released as a set or individually on Mute Records Grey Area in the early 90s which are still available and give a much more powerful and realistic image of this controversial yet undoubtably seminal of bands.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to TG? Get the originals, 2 Nov. 2003
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Throbbing Gristle aren't really a band that easily lend themselves to 'Greatest Hits' style packages, and although there's just as much tongue in cheek buffoonery going on with the packaging of this album, the result is a sprawling mess. The majority of tracks here are culled from the first three albums, 'Second Annual Report', 'DOA' and '20 Jazz Funk Greats', and to be honest, the songs work far better on these albums (not to mention the fact that these albums also contain amazing TG songs like 'Persuasion', '5 Knuckle Shuffle', 'Walls of Sound' and 'Zyklon B Zombie', which this collection neglects). I don't think this is the best introduction to TG at all, and could only recommend it if it was on for sale for a couple of pounds at the most.
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4.0 out of 5 stars name on the tin says it all, 15 Mar. 2015
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Good collection of TG tracks.
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