Essential Mercury Rev, The: Weird Years 1991 - 2006 [Ltd.] Limited Edition
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MERCURY REV The Essential Mercury Rev: Stillness Breathes 1991 - 2006 (2006 UK limited edition 32-track 2-CD album set from one of the most influential bands of the last two decades comprising a veritable collection of their hits & finest moments including Holes Goddess On A Hiway In A Funny Way Car Wash Hair Chasing A Bee Opus 40 and Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp [Chemical Brothers Remix] plus an assortment of rarities remixes and genius moments with guest appearances from
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The whole of their career is documented through this compilation and for the most part they have done a good job with the track-listing. The Yerself Is Steam/Boces era, back when Dave Baker was the main vocalist are well presented here with 'Chasing a Bee', 'Frittering', 'Something For Joey' and the fantastic 'Car Wash Hair'. However perhaps the most surprising inclusion is the brilliant opening track of the Rev's first album to feature Jonathan Donahue as frontman, the underrated yet brilliant See You On the Other Side. 'Empire State' is a sprawling Pink Floyd-esque 7 minute epic and features more musical styles in one song than most bands can conjure up in an entire career and beautiful use of flute! 'Everlasting Arm' from the same album is an intriguing single which sounds like it could have been plucked out of the 1940's, and is an excellent example of the daring, no compromise nature of the Rev's music.
Of their most critically acclaimed era which featured the breakthrough album Deserters Songs and All Is Dream we have some of their more well known chart singles in Opus 40, Goddess on A Hiway and the anthemic The Dark Is Rising, the latter their biggest UK hit to date. Its a real shame though that the songs I mentioned in the opening of this review were omitted, so any newcomers to the band who buy this compilation as their first Rev album, go and buy those two albums for good measure!Read more ›
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Do not buy this thinking Mercury Rev are anything like Pink Floyd. Second rate Flaming lips is more like it. A few moderately good songs. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2009 by Bob the Nob