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By A Customer
This review is from: The Complete Stone Roses (Audio CD)
This album would receive 5 stars but for a few misgivings: firstly, it transparently isn't the Complete Stone Roses ... Secondly, it contains an inferior version of 'Elephant Stone' and a version of 'I Wanna Be Adored' with the intro cut short - half the reason that that song was so great in the first place. Having said that, such cynicism aside, you should buy this album because bar the early singles 'So Young' and 'Tell Me' it is virtually faultless musically - an incredible feat for an album made up largely of b-sides, only matched recently by Oasis' even better 'The Masterplan'. the Stone Roses' debut album is also an essential purchase, but does not contain classics like 'Mersey Paradise', 'Sally Cinnamon' or 'Fools Gold' - all featured here and certainly reasons enough for purchase of this nevertheless slightly cheap cash-in (The artwork is the same as that for 'One Love', the sleevenotes carefully ignore one main reason for the band's break-up - the hideous contract they signed for Silvertone, it all feels slightly compressed as if they were desperate to fit it onto one CD)... there's no real excuse for not buying a classic compilation from one of the best bands ever.