Legacy - The Best Of Mansun [CD + Bonus DVD] PAL
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"Mansun are one of the bands that made us get into a band in the first place...they had guts." - Simon Jones (Hope Of The States), interview with The Fly magazine, June 2006 "Mansun blew me away and changed the way I listened to and approach music" - Jon Barnett (The Upper Room) From their formation in 1995 to their split in 2003, Mansun released three critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums including the No.1 album 'Attack Of The Grey Lantern'. The band also released fourteen EPs, nine of which entered the UK Top 20 singles chart and four of which were Top 10 hits. A posthumous 3xCD collection 'Kleptomania' featured the lost fourth album sessions, B-sides and rarities and was released in September 2004. Mansun still have an extremely loyal fanbase both in UK and Japan. 'Legacy' is their first ever 'Best Of' collection and has been compiled by frontman Paul Draper, who also wrote the liner notes for the release. 'Legacy' features the lead tracks from all the bands EPs including 'Stripper Vicar', 'Taxloss', 'Being A Girl' and the classic 'Wide Open Space'. Also included in the tracklisting is their last 7" only single 'Slipping Away', plus fan favourites 'Getting Your Way' and the epic 'The Chad Who Loved Me'. The album is also available as a Special Edition CD/DVD featuring all the bands videos plus a new documentary about the band Nobody Cares When You're Gone featuring a new interview with Paul Draper and Dom Chad plus loads of rare unseen behind-the-scenes footage. This release is long anticipated by the Mansun fanbase, who were asked to send in their photos earlier in the year to contribute to the albums artwork.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a two disc set, the second a DVD-themed collection that includes the great `Nobody Cares When You're Gone' - but I'll focus on the 17 track best of. We open not far from the end with the catchy `I Can Only Disappoint U' which sounds pretty darn fine now and has made me return to `Little Kix' with my tail between my legs - like Scritti Politti's `Anomie & Bonhomie' it's an album I dismissed at the time on a listen or two. What was I thinking? Why was I thinking that? Their best known song and one that everyone seems to like is next - the super `Wide Open Space' which samples the late ODB and is the kind of record folk probably wish that Radiohead would make.
There was much more to Mansun than that, as suggested by the string-laden `The Chad Who Loved Me' from debut `Attack of the Grey Lantern' (I'd have probably included `Mansun's Only Love Song' too).Read more ›
buy it and hear the brilliance of mansun.
On the plus side, it rounds up all the single a-sides on one album and includes another disc containing all the videos (I had only seen the Taxlo$$ video) plus some video extras. This album is also available as a best of music only disc too at a cheaper price.
Five stars for the music, but I find that the title is misleading as some of their best tracks were album tracks. Still, a cracking album which I recommend highly for people who want to hear something different and may have not heard Mansun and wouldn't want to delve through their back catalogue.
On the negative side, fans will dispute the compilation on at least two levels. Firstly, the inclusion of 'Fool' (even in the liner notes, the band state it's their least favourite song) over, say, 'Mansun's Only Love Song' may cause disappointment. What's more, despite their short shelf life, Mansun were insanely ambitious, their albums complex conceptual works with musical twists and turns and segues. As such, virtually every song is a new edit (which is sort of a good thing, making it worth listening to all the way through) but is also taken out of context, place and order. It can also mean, like in the case of 'Being A Girl,' that songs are presented in a hacked up form, in that song's case being the single mix, a full seven minutes short of its actual length.
However, to a new fan - or indeed, someone not bothered by such trifling - this is a brilliant place to start or end your collection. Almost all of Mansun's essential songs are here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mansun were an amazing band live and the fresh and inventive approach to their songwriting is shown on this albumPublished 19 months ago by Andy
Classic..Classic... Classic. Great album - all tracks. Original, plenty of guitar and great singer. Would encourage to buy other albums available.Published on 7 May 2014 by Aunt Sally
Some great tracks on this album as well as some that I hadn't heard before. A great band with that little something extra.Published on 11 Oct. 2010 by WindsorMummy
Lost in the mists of time approximately 15 years ago there was a band called Mansun, their first album (Attack of the Grey Lantern) was a masterpiece, lacking only the awards that... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2008 by Fletch-a-sketch
Lost in the mists of time approximately 15 years ago there was a band called Mansun, their fist album (Attack of the Grey Lantern) was a masterpiece, lacking only the awards that... Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2008 by Fletch-a-sketch