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  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B001ECE6D0
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Product Description

Compilation album from the award winning Welsh band. Tracks from all six of their previous albums are featured, including hits such as: 'The Bartender and the Thief', 'Just Looking' and 'Have a Nice Day', as well as two new tracks.

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Six studio album's in the best of stereophonics decade in the sun single disc and deluxe edition may seem premature but theres enough quality spread out with their best moments on disc 1 with tracks like "Have a nice day", "Local Boy in the photograph", "Pick a part thats new" sounding fresh and uplifting as ever which is evenly balanced by the last track "Handbags and Gladrags" a lovely song made even sweeter by Kelly Jones gritty impassioned vocals.

Disc 2 on this deluxe edition of decade in the sun is a much needed added boost to disc one as it contains enough rarities, live tracks and b-sides that makes listening to the box set worth while especially the tom Jones collaberation of "Mama told me not to come",and with Jools holland "im alright (you gotto go there to come back) first time i ever saw your face", and the two tracks from the thousand tree's and from more life in a tramps vest ep's "i stopped to fill my car up carrot cake and wine" and "Bill Davey's Daughter Raymond's shop"

I felt myself that i just had enough education in not perfoming but to go out and pay that little bit extra for this deluxe box set as this has a lot more to it than the single disc best of.

Like Manic Street Preachers before them they don't make bands like these anymore.
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By Team B VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2008
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This is a fantastic double CD set. All the hits and an excellent disc 2 of other songs. And the box set is rather snazzy.

The track listing shown here on Amazon and virtually everywhere else is inaccurate. The first CD of this set has exactly the same listing as the single CD of Decade In The Sun so no one is getting shortchanged. It has 20 tracks kicking off with Dakota and ending with Handbags and Gladrags - exactly the same as the single CD album.

The second disc contains a host of other great tracks.

If you're a Stereophonics and thinking about getting this double CD set, buy it.
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Stereophonics are one of those bands where the listener doesn't quite realize just how many songs they know well enough to actually sing along to. One of those rare bands whose songs are so infectiously catchy that even if you're a non-fan or casual listener you'll still find yourself humming along to a track you previously thought you'd never heard before when you read the title on the tracklisting.

First of all there is a difference between a Greatest Hits and a Best Of album. This was an oversight by the record company, as this album is a Greatest Hits collection. Any long-term Phonics fan will confirm that many of the band's best material were not released as singles and therefore don't make the cut here. However it's an oversight which can be forgotten about quite quickly because the band did indeed choose their singles very wisely, there is not really a bad song on the entire LP and it makes for a 'Greatest Hits' which is steadier than that of rock bands with far more reputation and ego.

Most casual fans would probably say off the top of their head they know 3 or 4 Stereophonics songs, maybe one or two of those well enough to sing along with if they had to. However, when listening to the LP you'll indeed be shocked. Starting with the band's biggest overall hit, summer 2005 anthem "Dakota", the band then leap into 1999's "The Bartender And The Thief" before the amazing "Just Looking". Then we get 2001's misunderstood feelgood hit "Have A Nice Day", which is an incredibly cynical song about American life dressed up in a summer acoustic bounce to fool the listener into thinking it's a happy tune.

"Local Boy In The Photograph" is a long-time classic now and it's immediately followed up by 2003's epic "Maybe Tomorrow" which sees Jones' voice in excellent form.
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I love the band, I love the albums. Not a massive fan of this release. It's got the songs which you will hear on the radio, but to the fans who love the albums as albums, its not a great investment. Starting with the most popular songs and going down pretty much. Not how I would have ordered it, if anything, start with the oldest and then show the audio progression in the sound. The new songs are good, however, as anyone who has the You're My Star single, they will tell you that the b-side is their preferred track! Forever should be on there, and it isn't!

A good christmas present for a casual fan who likes hearing their stuff on the radio, massive fans, make your own playlists!
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Despite being one of the UK's biggest rock bands over the past 15 years, Stereophonics have never been the darlings of the music press. "Meat and potatoes rock" has been a common complaint to which the band responded in the early noughties with the acerbic Mr. Writer. In recent years, being known as Wayne /Rooney's favourite band has further dampened their critical reputation though maybe it's time to cast aside such prejudices...

Yes it's definitely worth just listening to the music as most of the tracks on A Decade In The Sun are excellent. A non-chronological compilation, the highlights range from the early, crunchy guitars of Local Boy In the Photograph and The Bartender And The Thief to the fuller much-derided sounds of Step On My Old Size Nines and Maybe Tomorrow from LPs three and four. Reacting to this more layered template, the `Phonics returned to the electric guitar and an artier rock direction for their next LP Language, Sex, Violence, Other? This spawned their first number one single Dakota with the other two tracks featured fitting in much better on ADITS than on LSVO which was a bit overbearing in one listen.

So, this is a compilation which definitely benefits from being non-chronological. It also benefits from featuring one of the best singers in rock. Kelly Jones' gravelly voice can transform some of the band's s more mundane material into the worth recording category. Not that there's much mundane on A Decade in the Sun as you would expect for a compilation. ADITS is a superb overview of the first 10 years' recording of one of the best and most unfairly derided indie rock bands of the 90s and noughties. Definitely time to cast those critical prejudices aside...
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