a 'best of' in the making??

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Offline jrkeyboard

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2006, 12:26:33 PM »
Yeah, the whole thing was a fake.. trying to get a rise out of people
"Somebody get that bitch offstage, he showed me up!"
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Offline SinginJen

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2006, 12:54:07 PM »
Hey, this got me quoted on the .org. I think they took my sarcasm a little too seriously. I'll learn how to use it one day.

wait, why?

i'm confused.
i need a nap.
too school for c...too cool for school
(too cool for school, y'all)

Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2006, 05:01:44 PM »
Where is Ideal Woman from?

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Offline general_apathy (Chloe)

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2006, 05:10:54 PM »
Shatner's album Has Been
My new philosophy is that a crappy tape deck somewhere plays a greatest hits collection of strange and tender moments, lost, stranded, and forgotten. I'll meet you there.

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2006, 11:39:30 PM »
I think a "Best-of" would be a good idea. I know if I wanna check out a band, I buy their best-of/singles collection first (if they have one) so I can tell if they're shit or not, because if a band's "best-of" is subpar, chances are the rest of their stuff will suck too. It could certainly attract some new fans, if nothing else, and hopefully it'd have new, unreleased tracks for we elite. When I make CDs for my friends I style them like "Best-ofs", usually filling them with the band's singles, because the CD is likely then to have something for them. A Ben best-of, however, would need to include the work of the Five, too, and I'd see it featuring all of the singles, plus a few others;

Underground
Jackson Cannery
Where's Summer B.?
Sports and wine
Uncle Walter
Philosophy
OAD
Brick
Kate
BOWCCL
SFTD
Army
DCYP
RTS
SFI
Air
Landed
Jesusland

That's 18 songs there already. You could probably cut out a few of the singles based on their overall popularity. You could also add a Shatner track (though it'd probably be best if it was "In love") and some from the EPs, etc.

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Offline Allison

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2006, 01:34:46 PM »
Haha. I took one of my sisters to a Ben show last October, so to prepare her for it I made an "Essential Ben" CD which has now become a three disc set. "Essential Ben 1" is a mix of what you're likely to hear at a gig. And this is when I'd only been to one show, so it's not really all that accurate anymore. It's got some BF5 tracks in it as well. Then "Essential Ben 2" is just solo Ben songs that are great that weren't on the first CD. Then the third CD is "Ben Folds Five Hits (Or what should have been)" which is 19 (79 minutes total) Ben Folds Five songs that weren't on the first CD either (meaning things like Brick and Best Imitation are on the first CD). It's hard. And it's hard to say goodbye to tracks that won't fit.

A "Best of" I see unlikely coming from Ben, at least in any time soon. He's too underground I think to get a "Best Of" CD, at this point. And definately a Best Of would need Five tracks, it couldn't not.
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2006, 02:22:03 PM »
Yeah, I agree that a Ben Folds "Best Of" would have to feature Five stuff too. You can't have a solo material only release - which is partly why that track listing was so strange. I still think that ten years and five albums in, plus the EPs and all the other stuff he's done, it's time to expect a Best Of release  in comparison to the trend of how these things normally work with artists. I may be showing my age here but I remember Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits referring to their first "best of" album as their "contractual obligation album".