Please note that there is also a deluxe edition of this album Best of [Deluxe CD+DVD], which includes a DVD that features 17 of the band's music videos and the Ewan McGregor narrated documentary 'Teenage Wildlife', which charts the band's 1977 tour.
Ash are one of my favourite bands that emerged from the Britpop era, and their earliest songs, filled with youthful energy still sound timeless. Like bands such as Supergrass, their music maintained that same quality in the noughties, and in 2001 they were released 'Free All Angels', which is in my eyes, their greatest album.
'The Best of Ash' really does live up to it's name, and contains hits and highlights from over six albums spanning 1996 to 2009, making it an extensive overview for those who don't own them.
Tracks 1-5 are taken from their first official album '1977' from 1996, and these are some of Ash's biggest hits, the top ten 'Oh Yeah' is a summer tune that should stay with you for life, and 'Girl From Mars' is an instantly infectious pop-punk song. Track 6 is the hit title track of the 1997 Danny Boyle film 'A Life Less Ordinary', starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. Track 7, 'Wildsurf' is the only song from the 'Nu-Clear Sounds' album of 1998 to be featured here. It peaked in the charts at a lowly no.33. Tracks 8-11 are from the brilliant 'Free All Angels' album, all three songs are solid, but 'Shining Light' is the standout. Disappointing, 'There's A Star' hasn't been included, it's my favourite Ash song, and as it charted within the top 15, deserves it's place here, but you can't fit everything onto a single album. Tracks 12-14 are taken from the album 'Meltdown', which was a top 5 hit in 2004. Tracks 15-16 are from 'Twilight of the Innocent's, released in 2007. Tracks 17-18 are from the 'A-Z Series', where the band creatively released a new single on digital download each week from 2009-2010. Track 19 is a re-recording of 'Jack Names The Planet', a track that first appeared on the EP 'Trailer', released in 1994.
Well done Ash!, they provided many of the top indie hits of the '90s, and enjoyed considerable success in the next decade, a time when musical styles were changing and it wasn't all that easy for Britpop bands to have a hit. If you want most of the band's most important songs in one place, you can own them here on this amazing collection.
I bought the MP3 version as it was cheaper than adding some individual tracks to my Ash playlist. For that reason I can't comment on the remastering as that's only really appreciated with CD. Most of the classics are here from 1977 and Free All Angels and there's also some stuff from the later and less popular Meltdown and Twilight of the Innocents. As an aside any future compilation must include the majority of the brilliant new Kablammo! Overall it's OK as collection filler, but anyone looking for the 'best' Best Of should try Intergalactic Sonic first.