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  • Audio CD (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B005A0NZEI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Garoux Des Larmes
  2. Finished
  3. A Feeling
  4. Marriage Tree
  5. Fish
  6. Hate My Way
  7. No Way in Hell
  8. Colder
  9. Tar Kissers
  10. Mr. Bones
  11. Limbo
  12. Summer St.
  13. Furious
  14. Bright Yellow Gun
  15. Pretty Or Not
  16. Flying
  17. You Cage
  18. Two Step
  19. Vicky's Box
  20. Mania
  21. Cry Baby Cry

Disc: 2

  1. Hillbilly
  2. Same Sun
  3. Amazing Grace
  4. Cottonmouth
  5. Cry Baby Cry
  6. Manic Depression
  7. Snailhead
  8. City of the Dead
  9. Jak
  10. Ride Into the Sun
  11. Handsome Woman
  12. Like a Dog
  13. Crayon Sun
  14. Red Eyes
  15. Tar Moochers
  16. Serene Swing
  17. Limbobo
  18. If
  19. Heel Toe
  20. Take
  21. Finished
  22. Back Road (Matter of Degrees)

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Disc One:

1. Garoux Des Larmes
2. Finished
3. A Feeling
4. Marriage Tree
5. Fish
6. Hate My Way
7. No Way In Hell
8. Colder
9. Tar Kissers
10. Mr. Bones
11. Limbo
12. Summer St.
13. Furious
14. Bright Yellow Gun
15. Pretty or Not
16. Flying
17. You Cage
18. Two Step
19. Vicky's Box
20. Mania
21. Cry Baby Cry

Disc Two:

1. Hillbilly
2. Same Sun
3. Amazing Grace
4. Cottonmouth
5. Cry Baby Cry
6. Manic Depression
7. Snailhead
8. City of the Dead
9. Jak
10. Ride Into The Storm
11. Handsome Woman
12. Like A Dog
13. Crayon Sun
14. Red Eyes
15. Tar Moochers
16. Serene Swing
17. Limbobo
18. If
19. Heel Toe
20. Take (live)
21. Finished (live)
22. Back Road (Matter of Degrees)

Founded by step sisters Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly and featuring the unconventional drumming of David Narcizo, Throwing Muses have consistently created challenging music. Compiled by the band, the first American act to sign to 4AD, the twenty-one track selection eschews most of the singles in favour of personal favourites, and enjoys a non-chronological sequence which makes for interesting juxtapositions and encourages a reassessment of the music. The initial limited release comes in a hardback book with a bonus twenty-two track CD of B-sides and rarities.

'Hillbilly' is a previously unreleased track and 'If' and 'Heel Toe' were only released in the USA. Additionally 'Back Road (Matter Of Degrees)' is an early version used in the movie and featuring Tanya while 'Amazing Grace', 'Manic Depression', 'Ride Into The Sun', 'Crayon Sun', one version of 'Cry Baby Cry', 'Jak' and 'If' are all covers. This is also probably the only release which features two different songs with the same name ('Cry Baby Cry').

BBC Review

In her memoir, Paradoxical Undressing, Throwing Muses lead singer and songwriter Kristin Hersh describes bands that are like candy, "fun and bad for you in a way that makes you feel good". Hers, by contrast, is "spinach, I guess. We're ragged and bitter. But I swear to god, we're good for you."

Formed in Providence, Rhode Island in the early 1980s, Throwing Muses were first US band signed by 4AD. They were one of the most inventive bands of the late-80s boom in 'college' or 'alternative' rock - but those pigeonholes fail to convey anything of their concise, mercurial, hook-laden psychodramas.

Given the band's attitude towards conventional music business manoeuvres - somewhere between distrust and disgust - it's no surprise that Anthology isn't a traditional greatest hits album. Nearly all the band's best known songs - Dizzy, Counting Backwards, Not Too Soon, Firepile - are absent, the tracklist representing personal favourites. Just one song features from their breakthrough album, 1991's The Real Ramona.

Dizzy's absence is no surprise. The unrepresentatively goofy song, from the band's least impressive album, 1990's Hunkpapa, is their Shiny Happy People. As Anthology shows, this is a band at its best when marrying the associative tangle of Hersh's often striking lyrics ("I sing about dead rabbits and blow jobs," in her self-deprecating analysis) to shifting time patterns, jangling dissonance, and sudden rays of melody. Hersh's stepsister Tanya Donnelly, who left the band in 1991 to join the Breeders and later form Belly, wrote some great Throwing Muses songs, but their conventionality always sat awkwardly beside Hersh's work.

Throwing Muses are an island band. Water imagery recurs, and experiencing their best work is much like being turned by a wave; a big roller that leaves you, battered and elated, a good distance from where you started. The number of these moments on their first few albums and EPs, from 1986's self-titled debut through to The Fat Skier EP and 1988's House Tornado, is astonishing. This period dominates half of Anthology, and represents the high point of a nearly constantly impressive body of work.

There are occasional flashes of familiarity, usually from Throwing Muses' contemporaries: the first section of Marriage Tree replicates the knotty intricacy of Guided By Voices; traces of Jane's Addiction at their most incantatory attach to A Feeling; and Two Step's lugubrious surf guitar nods towards Pixies, who played support slots at Throwing Muses shows on the Boston club scene. These atypical moments only emphasise the unique shapes of this music. Most of the time, from the banshee screeches that claw through the aching ballad Hate My Way to the nervy energy of Fish, Throwing Muses are their own and only context. Hersh once told a friend, "I'd rather be good in private than bad in public". Here is a powerful public reminder of just how good her band's somewhat neglected legacy is.

--Chris Power

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"Here I am, what a loser, waiting for years to go by" from Call Me, off their debut, pretty well sums up Throwing Muses career. Always on the sidelines, overshadowed by their more radio friendly peers. Embraced by a fanatical fanbase, who have funded the bands recording time for a new album in 2012, and credited as an inspiration by the likes of Radiohead, Throwing Muses are an enigma.

This compilation picks over the 25 years since the original s/t debut, not in any chronological order, but simply by skittering across the years, plucking songs from all their records, avoiding the obvious singles (which were often released to placate their US label, blind to their true worth, trying to sell them as a cute girl band) This is a stroke of genius by the band, as it showcases the sheer consistency and brilliance of the songs over a sustained period. Tracks from their last studio album in 2003, sit alongside those from the 1986 debut and the mid nineties college classic, University, and if you can tell which are which, you already know this band.

Like their former labelmates, Pixies, the unique songwriting, relentless energy and pure unadulterated quality shine through. These remastered versions lift the originals to a new height revealing how well written and performed the songs are.

Honestly, nobody on earth sound like Throwing Muses, especially on their first three or four releases. They stand up against anything the alternative scene can offer, and in most cases shine an embarassingly bright light on the lacklustre efforts of todays "indie" scenesters.

Long overdue the recognitition they deserve, grab this while you can, because if one thing is certain, it won't be available in any quantity for long.
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"Here I am, what a loser, waiting for years to go by" from Call Me, off their debut, pretty well sums up Throwing Muses career. Always on the sidelines, overshadowed by their more radio friendly peers. Embraced by a fanatical fanbase, who have funded the bands recording time for a new album in 2012, and credited as an inspiration by the likes of Radiohead, Throwing Muses are an enigma.

This compilation picks over the 25 years since the original s/t debut, not in any chronological order, but simply by skittering across the years, plucking songs from all their records, avoiding the obvious singles (which were often released to placate their US label, blind to their true worth, trying to sell them as a cute girl band) This is a stroke of genius by the band, as it showcases the sheer consistency and brilliance of the songs over a sustained period. Tracks from their last studio album in 2003, sit alongside those from the 1986 debut and the mid nineties college classic, University, and if you can tell which are which, you already know this band.

Like their former labelmates, Pixies, the unique songwriting, relentless energy and pure unadulterated quality shine through. These remastered versions lift the originals to a new height revealing how well written and performed the songs are.

Honestly, nobody on earth sound like Throwing Muses, especially on their first three or four releases. They stand up against anything the alternative scene can offer, and in most cases shine an embarassingly bright light on the lacklustre efforts of todays "indie" scenesters.

Long overdue the recognitition they deserve, grab this while you can, because if one thing is certain, it won't be available in any quantity for long.
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YOU'VE probably never heard of Throwing Muses and are wondering if you should take a chance on this - trust me, it's money well spent. Started at age 14 by Kristin Hersh (who you *might* know), the Muses were one of the seminal bands of the 80s/90s, and recently reformed.

However, this whole package is amazing, from the first disc containing tracks the band chose themselves, to the second disc full of rare b-sides, the essays, artwork, book and case. It's just a brilliant piece of work.

Fans will already have this (and if not, buy it now) but others should also give it a go because Throwing Muses deserve to be heard by a wider audience.
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HASH(0x9b7890c0) out of 5 stars Indispensable 28 Sept. 2011
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Longtime Throwing Muses fans are having a good year: the band is back in the studio recording a new album for the first time in eight years, and now we have a thoughtfully compiled "greatest hits" collection to catch everybody up before the new songs arrive.

Despite having most of the tracks on this collection already, I found hearing them in a new context to be revelatory: here is a band that emerged on the scene fully-formed, at the peak of its powers, apparently out of nowhere. The sequence of tracks is not chronological, but done more as a set list would be; in fact, the box design refers frequently to set lists. What struck me most what just how incredibly good this band was, right from the beginning - there's not a dud in the lot. Second was what a great cover band Throwing Muses was; cuts like Cry Baby Cry and Jak are actually better than the originals!

For newer fans, this will be indispensable, as most of the second CD is taken up with B-sides from EPs that are long since out of print, and almost impossible to find. There are also a few bonus live tracks, soundtracks, etc.

The only disappointment, and it's a minor one, is the lack of commentary from the original band members; we have bandleader Kristin Hersh's comments about them, and these are certainly witty and insightful to read, but present only one viewpoint. In particular, I'd love to know what Tanya Donnelly thinks of the band's history, having been a key part of it from the beginning.

In short, strongly recommended for anyone who loves thoughtful, distinctive alternative rock.
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