Best Of The Batch: Stocking Stuffers
The Best Of The 'Best Ofs'
Artist: Robbie Williams
Title: Greatest Hits
Having already spent three weeks at #1, this album looks set to become one of the biggest sellers this festive season. Robbie Williams has sold over 1 million units in Australia alone and after eight years at the top of the UK charts, has decided to release his first Greatest Hits collection. Most of the tracks here have been lifted from four of his studio albums, namely Life Thru a Lens, I’ve Been Expecting You, Sing When You’re Winning and Escapology. All the classics are here: “Angels,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rock DJ,” “Kids,” “Better Man,” “Feel,” “Something Beautiful” - the list goes on! Also featured are the new tracks “Radio” and “Misunderstood” from the new Bridget Jones movie. “The Edge of Reason.” Should appeal to the mums and daughters alike.
Artist: Kylie Minogue
Title: Ultimate Kylie
Kylie Minogue has probably released more Greatest Hits compilations than any other artist over the past decade. So fans may be entitled to ask why they should invest in this one? Well for a start, this compilation covers her entire career from 1987 to the present day, not just certain phases as previous compilations have. Also, as the title suggests, it features her “ultimate” hits meaning that you’d be hard pressed to find any fillers on here despite it being a 2 CD set with 33 tracks! But Kylie has had a hell of a lot of hits in her time. All of her #1s are on here (everything from “The Loco-motion” to “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”) and most of the other tracks have had Top 10 success. If you need more enticing, there are also two new tracks – “Giving You Up” as well as the super-saucy pulsating single “I Believe In You.” Should be highly popular over the festive season.
Artist: The Living End
Title: From Here On In: The Singles 1997-2004
Download: “From Here On In”
Melbourne three piece The Living End are another band who have a retrospective out just in time for Christmas. The 14 track album features 12 previous singles as well as two new tracks – “I Can’t Give You What I Haven’t Got” and “Bringin’ It All Back Home.” The other classics on here include “From Here on In,” “Prisoner of Society,” “Second Solution,” “Save the Day,” “All Torn Down,” “West End Riot,” “Pictures in the Mirror,” “Roll On,” “Dirty Man,” “One Said to the Other,” “Who’s Gonna Save Us”, and “Tabloid Magazine.” If you’re lucky enough to pick up the limited edition version, you’ll get an additional bonus disc titled Under the Covers. Featured on here are some of the covers that the band has recorded such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Prisoner On The Inside.”
Title: Fingerprints: The Best Of 1994-2000
Genre: Alternative Rock
Download: “Waiting for the Sun
One of the most successful Aussie acts of the past decade, Powderfinger has just released their first retrospective, although one gets the feeling that there will be plenty more to come from the band. As the title suggests, this only covers the years 1994-2000, but the band sure had a few hits in that period. Most of the tracks on here are from their three big albums in this era - Double Allergic, Internationalist, and Odyssey No. 5. Some of the hits include “Pick You Up,” “The Day You Come,” “Passenger,” “My Happiness,” and “Waiting for the Sun.” As a bonus, there are also two new tracks - “Bless My Soul” and “Process This.” Surprisingly however, there are no tracks from first album Parables for Wooden Ears. Early favorite “Tail” would have been a great inclusion but nevertheless, all the ones you know and love are here.
Artist: Marilyn Manson
Title: Lest We Forget: Best of Marilyn Manson
Download: “The Beautiful People”
While Marilyn Manson never really had any big #1 hit singles, they did manage to scare the hell out of little kiddies for many years. This compilation features the band at their shocking best. Some of the tracks include: “The Love Song,” “mOBSCENE,” “The Fight Song,” “Tainted Love,” “The Dope Show,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Lunchbox,” “Get Your Gunn,” “Long Hard Road Out Of Hell,” and the standout track of their career “The Beautiful People.” If you’re a casual fan and have never invested in any of Manson’s previous albums, then this one’s for you. The inclusion of new track “Personal Jesus” (yep, a cover of the Depeche Mode classic) should make it worthwhile for the hardcore fans as well.
Title: Awake: The Best of Live
Label: Radioactive Records
Download: “Run Away with Shelby Lynn”
This best of compilation represents a comprehensive collection of the band Live’s best work to date. It also represents great value for money by including a bonus DVD with all of the accompanying videos and commentary from frontman Ed Kowalczyk. Featured here are tracks from all of the band’s six studio albums. Highlights include “Operation Spirit (The Tyranny Of Tradition),” “Selling The Drama,” “Lightning Crashes,” “Lakini’s Juice,” “The Dolphin’s Cry,” “Simple Creed” and “Run To The Water.” Also features a duet with Shelby Lynne on “Run Away,” a cover of the Johnny Cash tune “I Walk the Line,” and the previously unreleased “We Deal in Dreams.”
Title: Blown Away 94-04
Genre: Hardcore Techno
Label: Earache Records
After 10 years at the forefront of the UK Industrial-Cyber scene, Ultraviolence have decided to release a retrospective. Incorporating hardcore-techno, classical elements, and concepts of life, sex and death, the band create a style that is truly their own, which is evident on this 2 CD release. Disc 1 captures all of the greatest moments from the bands five albums including tracks such as “Hardcore Motherf**ker.” “Psycho Drama.” “North Korea Goes Bang,“ Paranoid,” “Sex,” and “Team UVR.” Disc 2 contains a bunch of Ultraviolence remixes done for artists such as Laibach and Misery Loves Co, as well as remixed Ultraviolence tracks from other artists. On top of that, there are two exclusive new tracks: a reworked version of “Electric Chair” and the “Theme From Guts.” The unconventional nature of the band has meant that their music has always appealed to a varied lot. So whether you’re into gabba, punk, metal or noise music, you should find something appealing in here.
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