Re: The Best / Greatest Hits: Who's in / who defies the compilation treatment?
posted at 11/14/2012 11:28 PM EST
In response to yogafriend's comment:
In response to devildavid's comment:
When I am a big fan of an artist everything appeals to me. I grab best ofs and box sets just to get alternate takes and live versions and unreleased songs. Even if most of the collection repeats what I already have on individual albums.
It's hard for me to address the question this thread poses because I can't really be objective about music. I can see The Cars being a good one for a best of because I only really liked their first two albums. They had some good songs after that but I lost interest in them for the most part. But maybe bigger fans would say you have to have all the albums. It's a tricky question for me. I differ from many who post here in that I really don't care if I have any Rolling Stone albums. Best ofs/box sets satisfies me for them. So there you go. It's waaaay too subjective.
If you check my OP, I asked for opinions. Therefore, subjectivity goes with the territory. :)
I have an example for you, since you and I both like Alison Krauss. For me, as much as I adore her, there's lots of filler on many her albums. I don't care for the Cox Family albums very much, nor do I like the songs that members of Union Station sing on the AK / Union Station albums. How about you? You like them, right?
Thanks to this thread, I just looked to see if Krauss had a "bests" album; far better, there's a live album, that I never knew existed, and it looks fantastic -- b/c, per the recommendations in this thread, it indeed reads like a "bests" sampler. And it's two discs. :) On my radar for a future purchase, and perfect for me. What do you think? Do you own that one, or does it interest you? Do you feel the same way about the filler on her albums, or do you like the depth in all of them?
I guess I have a hangup about opinions in general. My opinion about the Rolling Stones could be called uninformed, because I haven't listened to any of their albums. So my opinion has little value in saying whether or not it suffices to just have their best of/hits. As for Graham Parker, I'm glad that I have most everything he's recorded so it's hard for me not to think everyone should have it all too.
As for Alison Krauss, yes I do like most of the songs on most of her albums up to Now That I've Found You: A Collection. I did buy most of her albums after that, but I haven't liked her song selections as much. There is always a gem or two on each album such as "So Long, So Wrong", "Looking In The Eyes of Love", "Forget About It", "Let Me Touch You For Awhile", and "New Favorite". I just preferred the song choices on the earlier albums. And yes, I did like some of the songs with just a male vocalist or an instumental tune.
But truly, it was Alison's beautiful singing that first got me hooked, and it was when the album Every Time You Say Goodbye was out. I love her version of Shawn Colvin's "I Don't Know Why", and her version of Karla Bonoff's "Lose Again". I pretty much got to like every song on that album.
My interest has waned because of what I feel have been lackluster albums recently (but I'm still buying them!), so I didn't really give as much thought to the live album as I would have in the past. But I would say it is probably very good. I have seen her live a couple of times and both were wonderful. At my age, I really enjoy a concert where the volume is not cranked up to distorting levels and the musicianship is sterling.
I just went to AK's website and played a sampling and it sounds great. You ought to give a listen to "A Man of Constant Sorrow" from that live album. It's a great song that was featured in great movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? How can you not love that song? ;).
Well thanks to you my friend, I think I have another Christmas gift to ask for from my wife. She will be happy about that because she loves giving gifts and doesn't feel I have asked for enough yet. So I say go for it, get the live AK album and maybe, just maybe, you'll find you are getting turned on to some new songs.
I think you may a sparked an Alison Krauss renaissance for me!