Wednesday, August 24, 2005

More thoughts about "greatest hits"

Not long ago I wrote how funny it was that artists who were too young to yet deserve a career retrospective, as well as those who never really had enough hits to warrant such a collection.

I was online today and discovered some other funny people who already have released such offerings. "The Best of Mandy Moore" is available, why? I likely couldn't name a single hit she has released, and even if I could, I'm sure it isn't worth the disc it's burned on.

Here are some "best of" collections you should seek out, in addition to my recommendations from earlier this month.
"The Best of...Lee Rocker - Burnin' Love"; this disc is great. If you think Rocker's career ended with the Stray Cats, you owe it to yourself to get this disc.

"Anything Anytime Anywhere," Bruce Cockburn's amazing 2001 collection of his best-known material. "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," "Pacing the Cage" and "The Coldest Night of the Year" are only a few of the great songs on this powerful set.

Neil Young's "Greatest Hits" is exactly that. After all, we're talking "Like a Hurricane," "Heart of Gold," "Old Man," "The Needle and the Damage Done" and the list goes on. If you haven't discovered his music yet, do.

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