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  • Audio CD (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B005R2DVFW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Girl From Mars
  2. Kung Fu
  3. Angel Interceptor
  4. Goldfinger
  5. Oh Yeah
  6. A Life Less Ordinary
  7. Wild Surf
  8. Shining Light
  9. Burn Baby Burn
  10. Walking Barefoot
  11. Sometimes
  12. Clones
  13. Orpheus
  14. Star - Crossed
  15. You Can't Have It All
  16. Twilight Of The Innocents
  17. Return Of White Rabbit
  18. Arcadia
  19. Jack Names The Planets (2011 Rerecording)

Product Description

CD Description

From the seminal "Goldfinger" all the way to "Clones" Ash are a band who have unwittingly soundtracked the naughties for many a twenty-something. Releasing their debut EP at the age of 16 the band have spawned countless top 20 singles and ridden high at the top of the charts with both their 1977 and Free All Angels albums. Still active and touring today, The Best Of Ash is a snapshot in time. A journey from their humble beginnings to global stardom. An adventure that begins in 1995 with ‘Girl From Mar’s and brings us rip-roaring upto 2011 with a brilliant re-recording of fan favourite "Jack Names the Planets". The deluxed edition includes a DVD of videos from all the Ash classics.

BBC Review

It's fair to say things haven't gone as Ash might have hoped when they emerged back in 1992 from the backwaters of Downpatrick, so young their parents had to sign their record contract and so fresh they practically invented pop-punk.

Fast forward and these days they spend much of their time denying an imminent split and, as if bored with the second tier, keeping themselves interested (and interesting) with such innovative ideas as an A-Z Tour (which, yes, was a tour which started in Aldershot and finished in Zennor, in Cornwall, taking in towns in alphabetical order along the way). Oblivious to the way the singles market is going, the band also released one every fortnight from October 2009 to September 2010.

Their problem is what happened in-between. For all the joy of their Ramones-like singles, they were overly dependent on Tim Wheeler as (almost) sole songwriter. Moreover, they never quite managed to build on that first flush of fresh-faced excitement, they never quite managed to make an unambiguously fantastic album, and they never quite managed to export their revolution. Tellingly they decided to stop making proper albums after 2007's knowingly titled Twilight of the Innocents failed to break the UK top 30, and this new set is actually their second best of. For the record, 11 of this collection's chronologically sequenced 19 tracks, plus a pointlessly re-recorded version of Jack Names the Planets, appeared on 2002's Intergalactic Sonic 7"s, which also included a disc of B sides and rarities.

This new release's carrot to Ash completists is Teenage Wildlife, an Ewan McGregor-narrated documentary of their hedonistic early years - it's featured on a DVD alongside all their music videos. But from an exclusively musical perspective, these tracks offer reminders of just how close they came to cracking it, especially early on. Girl From Mars, Goldfinger, Oh Yeah and Shining Light are pure pop pebbles of the highest order, with walloping scarf-waving choruses, taut verses, all infused with the sheer thrill of music making that has never quite departed.

Even so, an understandably and not entirely artistically destructive weariness seeps into the later material, notably the self-explanatory You Can't Have It All and the string-laden Twilight of the Innocents, but their more rueful side suits middle-aged Ash well. This may be a study of what might have been, but what Ash actually were (and are) wasn't bad either.

--John Aizlewood

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I've never seen home videos from ash before. In the documentary you'll find videos about how the band begun their musical career and the first tours and concerts in UK, USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, etc summarize. There are many funny situations. I hoped to see ALL the music videos by Ash BUT the videos for 'There's a Star', 'Renegade Cavalcade', 'Envy', 'Jesus Says', 'Warmer Than Fire' and 'Candy' are missing!, how could this happened?? well, anymay, the work on remasterization is excellent, all the tracks are well played and they sound great. The item case is very well too, it has inside 2 sides (one for the CD, and the other for the DVD) It looks like a single disc case.

This edition (CD+DVD) is a 'must to have' for the fans that knew ash from the middle of their career and you'll find the hits in a very well made compilation.

I hope, in the furute, Rhino or Warner launch a Blu-ray disc with ALL the videos. It'd be a 5 star review.
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HASH(0x8cd0dbac) out of 5 stars Great for new Ash fans 20 Dec. 2013
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Ash, the great Northern Irish band in this punching compiled stack. The DVD edition includes a video of their manic first tour while still high school stars, plus a whole bunch of song videos. In 2002 Ash released a collection of their 18+1 singles, Intergalactic Sonic 7". The songs on this album which weren't on that one are:
12. Clones
13. Orpheus
14. Starcrossed
15. You Can't Have It All
16. Twilight of the Innocents (from `Twilight of the Innocents')
17. Return of White Rabbit (from A-Z)
18. Arcadia (from A-Z)
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