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The Best of James

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Record/Fontana Records
  • ASIN: B000007Q8H
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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JAMES James: The Best Of (1998 UK 18-track compilation CD picture sleeve)

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Riding on the powerful wave of Manchester's early 1990's musical renaissance, James' intellectual and improvised approach complemented a dance heavy scene and catapulted the seven-piece in to the limelight. "Come Home" and "Sit Down"--James' most lucrative singles--commence this 18 song Best Of collection. Elsewhere, the equally commercial "She's A Star" from 1997 and 1998's satirical "Destiny Calling" prove that James have consistently carved out new territory for themselves and their listeners. Gradually drawing away from the brittle bones of their 1980s incarnation as a provocative but marginalised indie four-piece--as evinced on 1995's "Hymn From A Village"--1991 saw a strengthened James refining their musical designs to the point of subtle perfection on the epic "Sound". Writers of pop songs, devotees of producer Brian Eno's spirit of adventure--and occasionally unwitting victims of singer and lyricist's Tim Booth's sanctimonious and heavy-handed manner--James are a true enigma. Their Best Of is an island of musical intrigue and possibility. --James Littlewood

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Didn't expect this album t be as good as it is. It gets played regularly
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Best album ever. Not a weak track on it.
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This could not have a better title, it is what it say THE BEST OF JAMES.
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Very good album just great music exactly what it says on the album cover
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Classic 🙂🙂🙂
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Fantastic
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Although legendary Manchester formed James went onto have several other minor hits after the release of 'The Best of James' in 1998, this 18 track CD featured the very best of the band's output at the time, as well as two new songs. Therefore, if you need a singles CD which captures the band at their musical peak and popularity - this is it.

Their all time most popular hits came before 1998, so 'Sit Down' (which I really liked, it is a good song, but seems to have overshadowed the rest as far as radio stations are concerned), 'Come Home', 'She's A Star', 'Lose Control', and my favourite 'Born Of Frustration' are all here, making it an album that will satisfy the casual listener, of which I'm one.

The detailed liner notes in the booklet make for interesting reading and give the reader a good overview of their career, in which they had notched up an impressive list of hit singles and albums.

As for James themselves, they are brilliant. Although a Britpop band essentially, they are also responsible for some genuinely soulful, chilling tunes - which can all be found on here.
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