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Old 01-14-2011, 03:00 AM
 
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I think a greatest hits album is a good way to introduce someone to a band or to complete a collection. There have been some so/so collections and some decent ones.

What is your favorite and least favorite?
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Columbus OH
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My favorite best of collections would be:

Decade by Neil Young
Fairport Chronicles by The Fairport Convention
This is The Moody Blues (great 2 LP set)

My least favorite would be

1's by The Beatles (as I think this misses their best tunes and doesn't provide a very accurate portrait of the band)

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Old 01-14-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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Favorite is "Meaty, Beaty, Big, And Bouncy" from the Who

I also like CCR chronicle

But even the best of them miss a lot of great songs.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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My all-time favorite

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Old 01-14-2011, 03:28 PM
 
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I've only actually ever bought one greatest hits album. It was Bob Marley's Gold. A double disc set. It was great because I knew next to nothing about Bob Marley or reggae in general. It was a good introduction.

I think greatest hits albums are like "Intro To" books. Lay out some of the basics and you can dig deeper if you want to.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:37 PM
 
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I will second your Meaty Beaty,Big and Bouncy- I wore that out. Also Neil Young's Live Rust and The Bomb-Best of P-Funk were worn out and thrown away.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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For the super-groups (20 or more classics) a greatest hits or best of doesn't get them all. Many are missed and you have to pick up the individual albums to get them. That is unless it is a box-set or a Volume 1 & 2 or even a 3. For a band that didn't have that many or you just aren't that into them they are ok for starters. A favorite is The Rolling Stones The London Years. It's a 3 disc set that has around 20 or more songs on each CD. That's a pretty good start at a Rolling Stones collection. As mentioned CCR Chronicle 1 & 2 is another good start. You still miss a bunch though. The same for ZZ Top and Jimi Hendrix. I also like The Beatles (RED) 1962-66 and (Blue) 1967-70 as well. That's four discs in that set. It's not all of it though. For the casual listener greatest hits and best of are good. That is if you think ZZ Top, The Doors, Led Zeppelin etc etc only had about 10-15 good song? I buy ALL of it!
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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This one isn't bad though. It's more complete than the 80's dominated Greatest Hits! Someone was watching too much MTV! Amazon.com: Rancho Texicano: Very Best of Zz Top: Zz Top: Music
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:33 PM
 
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I like the two disk Kink Kronickes which covers their 1966-70 period. Bought it when it first came out. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately it's such a great era for the Kinks that it made me want to run out and get everything they released in those years as most of that stuff never made the airwaves.

So I have a nice edition of KK (slightly used) if anyone is interested. I encountered a similar problem with Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits volumes I and II.

For some groups, Greatest Hits works for me. The girl groups of the 60s comes to mind, also Bob Marley's Legend LP - and Dionne Warwick. I guess if you're not the biggest fan, but like what you've heard up until a point, then greatest hits can be a real pleasure.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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Sometimes it's cool when the write a new song for them. These are only on the Greatest Hits.

YouTube - Van Halen - Up for Breakfast + lyrics

YouTube - Poison Sexual Thing
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