Your Retrospective Highlights

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Your Retrospective Highlights
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:29:38 AM »
Finished listening to the retrospective CD, so many gems on there!  I am a very happy camper :)

Some highlights for me would be Amelia Bright (been waiting a long time for a studio version), SLOMD alternate mix, Underground 92' demo & Best Imitation 92' demo.  So many more though!  Just wondering what everyones highlights are for those who have listened to it? 

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2011, 06:36:49 PM »
This Underground demo is simply exceptional. Never heard it before  \m/

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Offline caliban10

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2011, 10:54:32 PM »
Anyone worked out a list of all 117 tracks in chronological order? Or split up into sections by general 'era'?

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 02:38:34 AM »
The Folds Five stuff is a highlight for sure, and that 'Stadium Version' of Jesusland from the gig I was at.

I am confused by the choice of Narcolepsy live - it's really not a great performance. I know he's said how tricky it was to do live, but there's a lot of flubbed notes in there. I'm sure there are better cuts.

Oh! And though I've heard it before, I like the idea that some people are going to hear the "Song for the Dumped" demo for the first time with the original SUPER-SWEAR in place of the first And don't forget". :o :-X ;D

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 10:36:25 AM »
Mine just arrived while at lunch.  Put the Live disc in first and I'm glad to have some CD quality versions of a lot of the stuff we've heard over the years on boots.

Though truth be told, greyseal's recording of the Bowery show sounds better than the Selfless recording on disc 2.

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 10:38:09 AM »
I also like the booklet with Ben's liner notes on all the songs.  More straightforward on most than he has previously been.

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011, 10:46:54 AM »
Also just realized that my wife, daughter, son and I were at the show where Long Tall Texan was recorded.  I must have missed that detail while previously perusing the track listings.

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2011, 03:00:30 PM »
I love the alternate version of Time and the long lost Break Up At the Food Court.

I haven't really listened to everything just yet, though.  However, the mix of Such Great Heights sounds terrible, imho, to the one on the MySpace DVD itself.


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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 04:48:50 PM »
Off the top of my head (and not including previously released stuff), I absolutely love:

CD1
Still Fighting It (While this never has been one of my favorites of his, the instrumental at the start and the end are beautiful)
House (How could you not like brand new BFF material?)

I haven't listened much to CD 2, but Long Tall Texan is fun, as well as Girl and Careless Whisper

CD 3
The demos from his first solo album and the unreleased BFF album (but that was already on wokeup)
Tell Me What I Did (possibly one of my favorites of this whole retrospective; it may not be his finest work, but it's fun and catchy)
Rock Star Demo
Losing Lisa Demo
Hiro's Song Demo (this is one of my all-time favorite Ben tracks and it's great to hear this alternate take)
Secret Life of Morgan Davis Demo (although it doesn't sound too different from the final version)
Time (Wow, this version is amazing!)

The Vault
Any other demos
That version of Underground (The intro starts off a little too slow and I don't care for the goofy voices, but the rest of it is great, and is that an organ?)
Brick with the Bens (Acoustic guitar, 'nuff said)
Adelaide (I wish he played this more often)
Jesusland Stadium Version
Wild Mountain Thyme (I like this version without the synths more than the album version)
Honey Don't
Hiro's Song Shaker Version (He sounds a bit off at a couple points, but I love this song so much that I don't care)
House Demo (I like the strings, but this does sound much more BFF)

Sorry for the long post, but in summary, Ben did an amazing job picking the tracks that not only highlight the important points of his career and psyche, but also picked tracks that can appeal to any fan (new and old).

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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2011, 10:28:06 PM »
So the version of Landed on Disc 1 is new right? Strings but no intro, outro cut down by about 20 seconds...6 years later and I think they've finally got the mix that could've been a hit.

Also on the topic of Disc 1, I don't know about ya'll but it felt REALLY weird hearing OAD and Kate without the "I like that one" and "cool" parts after having listened to WAEA about 1.5 million times. I almost heard it anyway like a phantom limb or something.

After reading what Ben wrote about "The Luckiest" and his dedicating it to Fleur, I was anticipating Disc 1 using the mix of the song without Frally's "oohs", but nope she was there. Has anyone else heard that mix or know where it came from?

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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2011, 02:18:18 AM »
I'm really excited about some Vault tracks so far:

Bitch Went Nutz
Never really got this one, I have to admit, but this groovy performance is just great

Free Coffee
I guess I just didn't get ALL the fake tracks yet, but this is an amazing performance, recorded just a five-min-walk away from my current place. I love how he explains the mechanics behind the sound in the beginning

Mess with NH
Finally a clean recording of this gem. The next Nashville flood should bring up their Race For The Prize cover, that would make me very happy

Say Yes
He just nailed it here, already loved the video, the organ sound does it godd justice

Side of the Road (Alternate Cello Version)
Just great. This cover has always been some guilty pleasure for me (after finding out about it's country background). This one's even better, a clean cello line

Working my way through the Retro proper as I type. What's the string business on the London 1999 recordings about? It's fantastic, but I wasn't aware that they took some strings to stage...

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Re: Your Retrospective Highlights
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2011, 03:10:11 AM »
What's the string business on the London 1999 recordings about? It's fantastic, but I wasn't aware that they took some strings to stage...

Horns too. This was "Messner" tour in the Royal Albert Hall. It was a BIG deal! Sadly, I didn't get time to dig my ticket out of storage to scan for the Retrospective liner.

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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2011, 07:30:21 AM »
Hey ya'll. It's Tim Smith here, compilation producer of the "TBIOM" retrospective. I just wanted to post here and say that I am truly honored and humbled by all the amazing responses to this collection that was honestly made "from the heart". As you can imagine, working on this huge project and seeing the final result and response has been an experience I will honestly never forget.

Being presented the opportunity to conceive, research, develop, coordinate and produce content for an unprecedented 117 track career-spanning retrospective of an Artist whose musical body of work has resonated deeply with me since the mid-90's has been, without a doubt, a high-water mark within my own professional experience.

So, of course, without Mr. Folds, his amazing organization and their incredible participation in this project, this would not be even close to the fan-friendly, thoughtful collection we had envisioned at the start. Ben Folds is truly is The Man.

Finally, I would like thank all of YOU "suburbians" for all of your kind words, comments, objections, opinions, dedication and enthusiasm. You are the people I predominantly had in mind while in the process of framing, building and proposing this sonic monument as a fan myself.

Here's hoping you all continue to enjoy the tunes and I'll continue to enjoy reading your words.

Cheers!
TJS



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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2011, 08:34:41 AM »
No problem. Our pleasure.

Now, while you're here... any chance of liner notes and artwork for the 56 vault tracks? No rush, we know you're all busy, whenever you can get to it, maybe a few at a time? Cheers.

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Re: Your Retrospective Highlights
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2011, 09:27:29 AM »
Are you willing to answer some questions about the whole process?