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on 3 August 2017
If remember this group then a worthy buy to take a trip down memory lane with their music. Recommend
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on 15 November 2017
Great tunes.
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on 2 March 2011
The track running order looked a little odd, and when you hear it this is proven to be the case. It probably would have been better if "Skank" era had been left well alone, as these two indie 7" EPs sit perfectly on "Early", and not on an album including Green's polished pop moments from "Cupid". The liner notes are not by Green, although they are well conceived, and the 'booklet' is a little thin (one double-page just includes a close up of the cover shot, there being no pics of Green through the ages in sight - bit odd for a 'best of').
I am also disappointed they did not include "Boom Boom Bap" from his 2006 comeback, as that is a real corker, or the classic "Faithless", but resorted to too many tracks from "BonHomie" for my taste.

Finally "Perfect Way" seems very loud compared to its surroundings, as if the compiler hadn't listened to the full album.

That all seems very negative, but I guess you can reprogram the tracks chronologically if you want (with or without "Skank"), and none of this really detracts from the brilliance of the man when on form! Hence 4 stars.

I really hope Green does some more albums, whether more poppy (like the two newer 'demo' tracks with David from 2007) or acoustic like his last album, as he still knows how to write and sing a good toon.
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on 9 March 2011
It's not a 'Greatest Hits' nor a 'Best Of' ...it's 'A Collection Of The Words & Music Of Scritti Politti.'

What's good is getting the 7" versions of the 'Cupid & Psyche '85' hits and it makes sense to start the album with these. What is not so good is the way it unfolds from then on. Not including 'First Boy...' from 'Provision' is ridiculous. Not including the stand alone 1991 single 'Take Me In Your Arms' is a mistake. Bothering with the diabolical 'Skank Bloc Bologna' does nothing more than show how important it is for artists to be given the chance to develop. The inclusion of 'Umm' & 'Die Alone' from the 'A & B' album and 'Jacques Derrida' from 'Songs To Remember' is a waste of CD space that could have been better utilized by some 'White Bread, Black Beer.' As for the two 'new' (2007) tracks, 'A Day Late And A Dollar Short' is a worthy addition while 'A Place We Both Belong' is pleasant but unremarkable.

Obviously this is a Virgin Records-only release and no deal was struck with Rough Trade to include songs from White Bread, Black Beer (my assumption) even though Songs To Remember was originally a Rough Trade release (now through Virgin) and such a deal could have resulted in added sales for Rough Trade.

Why not a thicker booklet with a photo montage really taking us down memory lane?

Why no liner notes from Green?

Why not an accompanying DVD of the videos?

The answer/s? Virgin Records "don't work that hard, not for love..." and so we Scritti fans are left "drowning in (our) teardrops."
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on 26 July 2017
Arrived in plenty of time and as described
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on 7 March 2011
Presumably Green had some input into the compilation, but as the earlier 4 reviews have hinted, this is not quite the compilation it could have been.

I expect that if it had purely been singles then it would have exceeded 80 minutes of one disc, and if compiling a 'best of' Scritti, then 160 minutes of music would have been a stretch (there are only 6 full length albums to select from).

Frustratingly, as it is biased towards the hit singles, the one most obvious omission is 'Absolute' - the version on this disc is the remastered ALBUM track not the single version (the single is 3.53 long - I tried a vinyl to digital transfer a long time ago). Presumably the single version has been lost in Virgin's archives. Also, the various non-album singles could have been here (presumably those tapes are lost too?) except the ghastly cover version 'She's A Woman' which has dated very badly.

Enough of the negativity - this is still a wonderful collection of many of the highlights of Green's writing, from the punky-reggae collision to the smooth pop and cerebral 1980's, to the logical progession of rap for the Anomie album, and two new tracks finding Green's higher register maturing into a soothing near-crooner voice. Sadly no contributions from White Bread Black Beer though.
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on 28 February 2011
As a lifelong Scritti Politti fan I've been waiting for this collection to be released and here it is. Almost a full career retrospective - a few highlights missing - but all of the commercial highlights are here.
Starting with the singles from Cupid & Psyche 85, the nice thing is that they are presented as the single versions which is great as I know all Scritti fans know the album versions backwards!
Provision's singles are up next although First Boy In This Town is not here for some reason which is a bit of a shame as it's one of my personal favourites.
Then we are served up several tracks from 1999's Anomie and Bonhomie, two of which were never singles (Die Alone and Brushed With Oil) but still sound great.
Next up are the early singles from Songs to Remember followed by the duet with Shabba Ranks (She's A Woman) and finally the two new tracks. Day Late & A Dollar Short is very current but also at the same time very reminiscent of a Cupid & Psyche era Scritti track. A Place We Both Belong is more mellow but still a welcome addition.
Overall the album demonstrates the versatility of Green Gartside and remind us of what an under appreciated genius he is/was.

My one criticism is a few gems were omitted: First Boy In This Town, Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me and I Don't Know Why I Love You.

Buy the album and search for the other tracks!
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on 10 April 2016
This is an excellent compilation of material from four Scritti Politti albums together with a selection of stand alone singles. The sublime synth-soul of 'Cupid and Psyche '85' and 'Provision' still sounds timeless while the transitional post-punk pop of 'Songs to Remember' is also impressive. I was never a big fan of the hip-hop influenced 'Anhomie and Bonhomie', however, which I found to be a bit uninspired. Also included here is the Shabba Ranks collaboration 'She's a Woman' which is pleasant enough and two songs from 2011 which show Green utilizing contemporary production techniques to stunning effect.
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on 6 September 2016
The Perfect Way


Rob Jones

Scritti Politti-Absolute (Album)

Absolute unites the core highlights of the career of Welsh wizard, Green Gartside. In the late 1970’s Green forged a pensive post punk origin and as a new decade arrived he morphed in to a successful and soulful pop star. The fame game is seemingly not for Green and he has stepped away from the limelight making ephemeral but always emphatic returns to action. An epic night at The Hay Festival in 2006 was a triumph-as is Absolute! Songs to Remember that are pure genius
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on 14 April 2011
Scritti Politti made some great songs. Having finally getting a greatest hits it's a shame they didnt decide to place a DVD with their videos with the CD. Would have let true fans see videos that are maybe hard to find.
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