Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011

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Offline Kidney05

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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #75 on: October 13, 2011, 02:07:42 PM »
Alternate "Time" is SO MUCH BETTER.  How did the real one happen?  The alternate is so awesome.

also, i really enjoy all the unreleased tracks... the rocky version sounds clearer than what we had, julianne is awesome, as is a. bright, rock star, tell me what i did, break up, all very cool things...
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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #76 on: October 13, 2011, 02:26:39 PM »
I'm willing to guess it's on Sony because it would have taken some epic legal wrangling to get all the tracks he recorded from Sony on a non-affiliated label's release. 
That's punny and I doubt you even tried.  Hahaha
Anywho. Yeah, there's only 2 Nonesuch tracks in the whole mess of it. So yeah you're probably right. I'm just having flashbacks to when the Dresden Dolls had to put out one more record on RR (No Virginia.... and out takes record if you're not in the know) and they were doing all this weird stuff to become free
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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #77 on: October 13, 2011, 05:31:10 PM »
I was looking forward to Amelia Bright most of all from this collection. It's great- I'll take a few flubbed lines over people talking in the background any day. But can't shake my disappointment that it doesn't have the "over the bars of the graveyard at night" line. I think that line defines the song and it feels like it's missing something without it.
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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #78 on: October 13, 2011, 09:49:18 PM »
Have you heard some of Ben's oldest recordings? Like the demo for Kalamazoo? Seriously. Thank God Ben met Darren and Robert and whoever else changed him along the way. Kalamazoo back then is funny to me, but if he had released it like that? Thank you for the EP version. :D

Yeah yeah Allison, I've heard the old demos but I figured the sound just progressed over the years. But that was a BFF record made mere months before the self-titled, and it's an entirely different energy, different sound, different band. It's shocking how it changed so drastically in such a short amount of time...

Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #79 on: October 13, 2011, 10:19:31 PM »
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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #80 on: October 14, 2011, 09:19:30 AM »
I think my favorite track off the entire album is the demo for Losing Lisa.  It sounds like it could be a Monkees single.  It didn't take a lot of effort for me to imagine Mickey Dolenz singing it.  Huge compliment from me. 

I think I've said this before, and I may be in the minority, but I like the International Orange version of Tell Me What I Did better.

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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #81 on: October 14, 2011, 11:07:41 PM »
... but I like the International Orange version of Tell Me What I Did better.

I dig both but slightly favor the IO version more as well
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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #82 on: October 15, 2011, 11:38:31 AM »
... but I like the International Orange version of Tell Me What I Did better.

I dig both but slightly favor the IO version more as well

This.

I do, however, wonder what it would be like if I hadn't had the IO version for six years prior.
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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #83 on: October 15, 2011, 12:29:45 PM »
GAH, my CDs are stuck in the mail somewhere. Was supposed to get them by now. Oh well.  :'(

Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #84 on: October 15, 2011, 08:28:47 PM »
GAH, my CDs are stuck in the mail somewhere. Was supposed to get them by now. Oh well.  :'(

I feel your pain.  Mine just came in today.  Hopefully you get lucky and yours comes in soon!

Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #85 on: October 16, 2011, 07:09:54 AM »
Still waiting myself. I preordered from Amazon when it first was listed.....so much for ordering early. Maybe one of these days...Mike

Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #86 on: October 16, 2011, 11:11:27 AM »
Also, is anyone else utterly blown away by how much BFF's sound changed b/t the unreleased 1st album and the ST? Good call on the shelving.
Have you heard some of Ben's oldest recordings? Like the demo for Kalamazoo? Seriously. Thank God Ben met Darren and Robert and whoever else changed him along the way. Kalamazoo back then is funny to me, but if he had released it like that? Thank you for the EP version. :D

I think Caleb Southern deserves a ton of credit for the BFF sound as we know it.

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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #87 on: October 17, 2011, 12:29:33 AM »
Also, is anyone else utterly blown away by how much BFF's sound changed b/t the unreleased 1st album and the ST? Good call on the shelving.
Have you heard some of Ben's oldest recordings? Like the demo for Kalamazoo? Seriously. Thank God Ben met Darren and Robert and whoever else changed him along the way. Kalamazoo back then is funny to me, but if he had released it like that? Thank you for the EP version. :D

I think Caleb Southern deserves a ton of credit for the BFF sound as we know it.


Oh yes. I feel like Caleb and also Darren and Robert shaped Ben immensely. Though sometimes I wish those guys were around to tell Ben that Branwascht and Bitch Went Nuts DID make for an angry sounding record in a totally different sense than OAD and SFTD on the same record did.
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Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #88 on: October 18, 2011, 03:51:56 AM »
Hooray, my ticket stub got used in the 3 disc booklet!  First page, top left.  Last ever BFF gig in England!

Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« Reply #89 on: October 18, 2011, 07:43:41 PM »
Alternate "Time" is SO MUCH BETTER.  How did the real one happen?  The alternate is so awesome.

also, i really enjoy all the unreleased tracks... the rocky version sounds clearer than what we had, julianne is awesome, as is a. bright, rock star, tell me what i did, break up, all very cool things...

I really like this version of Time too.  I think Ben made the right call though on which version to be on SfS.  In terms of sound expression this version would just blow every other song on the album out of the water, it's just all together on a completely different level sonically.  It wouldn't have sounded too out of place on RtS, and even WtN for that matter (I actually think it'd be a great closer to WtN album, better than Kylie, nothing against that song).

I agree with him thinking it was too "heavy-handed" for the rest of SfS as it currently stood.