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3.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm Shift, 9 Mar. 2011
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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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Initial post: 10 Mar 2011 19:19:15 GMT
i thought umm was a promo single. i may be wrong. my fave from the ab album.

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 23:42:31 GMT
B. Redwood says:
How strange, Jacques Derrida and Skank Bloc Bologna are what I'd consider solid tracks. I also liked the new A Place We Both Belong. I agree however that the lack of anything off of WB&BB as well as extra features doesn't make this worth a purchase. Just listen on Spotify or buy the individual tracks.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2014 23:28:01 GMT
Brian Connor says:
Enjoyed reading your response which has made me revisit the CD this morning. Jacques Derrida is, as you say, a solid track but I guess my intention was that it is not a 'crucial' song for this kind of collection and those tracks I mentioned could have made space for one or two superior tracks. I'm just thrilled people still care about Scritti Politti. Cheers, Brian.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 00:33:30 GMT
B. Redwood says:
Thanks for replying, Brian. I certainly understand where you're coming from. And yes, it's great to see support for Green Gartside & Scritti Politti here in 2014! Until recently I was only familiar with the first two albums, it was great to rediscover those albums, and check out the more recent stuff. WB&BB was fantastic, and it's a real shame there's nothing from it on this compilation.
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