a 'best of' in the making??

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Offline pano

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a 'best of' in the making??
« on: June 07, 2006, 04:47:33 AM »
heya!

just spotted this entry in the .org's knowledge base:

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06/05/2006 - Epic Records, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, proudly announces the release of the first-ever Ben Folds hits collection, "The Greatest."

Spanning all of Folds' impressive post-Ben Folds Five catalogue, the special edition package will contain the acerbic pianoman's biggest anthems, including "Landed," "Rockin' the Suburbs," and "Rockin' the Suburbs," as well as some rare and classic material. The retrospective disc also features two previously unreleased track, "Hold On, Hold On"--a bluesy ballad dedicated to the memory of Folds' father-in-law--and "Steve the Intellectual Hick," a witty, jangly, and hilarious track reminiscient of Folds' most witty and charming work with Ben Folds Five.

"The Greatest" will be available from August 29, 2006.

Tracklist, Ben Folds' "The Greatest":

Rockin' the Suburbs
Steve the Intellectual Hick (Previously Unreleased)
Still Fighting It
Landed
Get Your Hands Off Of My Woman
There's Always Someone Cooler Than You
Rock This Bitch (Live)
Rent-A-Cop
Bizarre Christmas Incident
Ideal Woman (with William Shatner)
The Luckiest
Time (feat. "Weird" Al Yankovic)
Hold On, Hold On (Previously Unreleased)
Rock Star
Rockin' the Suburbs (Remix)

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hmm, there's nothing on the epic site about this. weird tracklist, i think. but two unreleased...

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Offline elements_of_rock

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2006, 04:53:08 AM »
Hey pano, thanks for sharing the news.  I agree with you the tracklist does seem a bit strange...

Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2006, 05:47:18 AM »
I predicted a best of a year ago....

http://www.thesuburbs.org.uk/Board/index.php?topic=2410.msg23328#msg23328

....although i thought it would span his recording career to date, not just post five. Interesting to see if it materialises. And yes, strange track listing.




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Offline GromReaper

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2006, 06:09:45 AM »
Weird they're releasing a Greatest CD after only 2 "real" studio albums...
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Offline ~M

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2006, 09:32:41 AM »
don't get your hopes up. Someone made this up on the .org I think, and then decided to abuse what the knowledge base was originally intended for.

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DrAlexHaleIII

Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006, 10:10:34 AM »
I'm pretty sure this is bullshit; I mean, what a weird tracklist. You'd expect RTS, Landed, SFI, TASCTY and The Luckiest, but only at a push would the other songs merit release on a best-of (maybe one or two would make it on out of that bunch, they're not bad songs, but I doubt you could call 'em "Best-of" material - "Get your hands off of my woman", for example, isn't even a Folds song, it's a cover, and I'm sure you'll agree Ben has a other covers that would be far more suitable - "Bitches ain't shit"? "Inbetween Days"?).

A better tracklist might include songs that Ben plays live a lot (I assume he plays them live a lot because he thinks they're his best songs, maybe? Otherwise he'd play the above list a lot...) rather than such random tracks. I'd presume something like (I'm taking 6 from each album here, 4 from the EPs, a Shatner track and 2 B-sides):

Rockin' the Suburbs
Still Fighting It
Zak and Sara (how can that NOT be on a best-of?)
Not the same
The Luckiest
Fred Jones, part 2
Landed
Jesusland
Bastard
Trusted
Late
Time
In Between Days
There's always someone cooler than you
All u can eat
Kalamazoo
That's me trying (Shatner)
Bitches ain't shit
Hiro's song

Bundle in a few unreleased trinkets and you got yerself a best-of.

Also, that cover art on the .org (cough)FAKE(cough).

If this turns out to be genuine, I'll eat my words, but won't be happy - Ben could do a much better best-of than this...

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Offline SinginJen

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2006, 02:16:42 PM »
don't know how I feel about this yet.  could be true or not...the remastered extras were sort of random, too, though I suppose they make more sense.  I don't know, I'd probably buy it just because I only own about half of these songs.  but...hrm, yeah most of these are not his greatest.

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Offline wil555

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2006, 02:29:18 PM »
What an awful idea. Why make a "Greatest" compilation after two albums and some EP's? Anyone concerned with buying the "greatest" Ben Folds songs would do just as well to buy all of his solo stuff.

If it's true, I'm a little disappointed. I'm hoping it's not.
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Offline ~M

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2006, 02:37:08 PM »
Its not true! The guy on the .org said it came from a guys site, yet other people said it wasn't there. Ben still has many many more good songs to produce. Its silly doing a best of when you can still make music.

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Offline SinginJen

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2006, 02:43:18 PM »
...Ben still has many many more good songs to produce. Its silly doing a best of when you can still make music.

well put, my friend.
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Offline ~M

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2006, 03:13:46 PM »
and thank you for putting 'friend' on the end of that.

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Offline ~M

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2006, 03:19:06 AM »
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.

Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2006, 03:23:57 AM »
He SO doesn't need a greatest hits. Although we'd probably all go buy it if he did ::)
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Offline GromReaper

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Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2006, 04:45:27 AM »
Is the original .org page dead?
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DrAlexHaleIII

Re: a 'best of' in the making??
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2006, 04:46:43 AM »
Yeah, 'twas deleted for being fake.