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Compile a 'Best of . . . ' for your favourite band

Discussion in 'Rock Lounge' started by Big Ears, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Hydrazoic Acid

    Hydrazoic Acid Cynic

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    The Best of Iron Maiden

    Running Free
    Phantom of the Opera
    Charlotte The Harlot
    Iron Maiden
    Acacia Avenue
    The Number of the Beast
    Run to the Hills
    Hallowed Be Thy Name
    Flight of Icarus
    The Trooper
    Aces High
    2 Minutes to Midnight
    Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    Caught Somewhere in Time
    Wasted Years
    Stranger In A Strange Land
    Alexander the Great
    The Evil That Men Do
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    The Clairvoyant
    Only the Good Die Young
    Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter
    Mother Russia
    Afraid to Shoot Strangers
    Fear Is the Key
    Wasting Love
    Chains of Misery
    Fear of the Dark
    Sign Of The Cross
    The Mercenary
    The Nomad
    Out of the Silent Planet
    No More Lies
    Dance of Death
    These Colours Don't Run
    For the Greater Good of God
  2. Mr. Bob Dobolina

    Mr. Bob Dobolina Senior Member

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    My favorite thirty by The Monkees:

    1. Papa Gene's Blues
    2. Hard To Believe
    3. Pleasant Valley Sunday
    4. Words
    5. Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day
    6. Carlisle Wheeling
    7. (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
    8. Randy Scouse Git
    9. I'll Spend My Life With You
    10. Prithee
    11. Love Is Only Sleeping
    12. Dream World
    13. For Pete's Sake
    14. She
    15. Shades Of Grey
    16. Goin' Down
    17. Mommy and Daddy
    18. I Won't Be The Same Without Her
    19. You and I
    20. The Crippled Lion
    21. Forget That Girl
    22. The Porpoise Song
    23. What Am I Doing Hanging Around
    24. So Goes Love
    25. Don't Wait For Me
    26. Daydream Believer
    27. Daily Nightly
    28. Sometime In The Morning
    29. Tapioca Tundra
    30. Star Collector
  3. darklands

    darklands everything's broken, and my Stacys are soaking wet

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    Some of these 'Best of's' are rather long (like some I've done!) - only Jonny Come Lately seems to have gone strictly with a single CD.
    Anyway - I'll go with the over-trend and - here's one I prepared earlier (there've been several incarnations of my Best of UFO):

    01. Couldn't Get It Right
    02. This Fire Burns Tonight
    03. Shoot Shoot
    04. Only You Can Rock Me
    05. Cherry
    06. Getting Ready
    07 Gone In The Night
    08. Let It Rain
    09. Electric Phase
    10. Love To Love
    11. Back Into My Life
    12. The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent
    13. Ain't No Baby
    14. Lookin' Out For No. 1
    15. Out In The Street
    16. Youngblood
    17. Just Another Suicide
    18. Lights Out
    19. One More For The Rodeo
    20. No Place To Run
    21. Take It Or Leave It
    22. Long Gone
    23. Lonely Heart
    24. Doing It All For You
    25. Born To Lose
    26. Profession Of Violence

    Youngblood - really like this, but the chorus is so wimpy, especially after the intro which I used to love - the first chorus is such a let down, it could've been so much better.
    No Doctor Doctor or Rock Bottom - both boring (tho' better on SITN). Oh, I like 'Melinda' too (a cover version on the first album) - except for the naff gun-fire at the end.
    Obsession and The Wild... (and Lights Out) are probably over-represented.... oh well.
    Don't know whether I've actually burned this compilation, so not totally sure if the ordering works. My last attempt ran to three CDs! A single 80-minute disc would be difficult; this version fits easily onto 2 CDs.
  4. darklands

    darklands everything's broken, and my Stacys are soaking wet

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    Bit of a delayed response (6 years...!) - don't agree with all your choices (esp. the Snowy White version of Pigs on the Wing), but applaud your attempt at a single disc. I guess you were strictly trying to compile a 'real' (commercial) Best of, rather than just chosing your favourite tracks. Think I'd have gone for a double disc - and then probably struggled! Just checked - my latest Best of has 38 tracks (around 235 mins - so, 3 CDs??). I haven't discluded The Final Cut (even though your argument is valid). I'll see if I can whittle it down (difficult with SOYCD 1 and Dogs in there....) and post the result.
  5. darklands

    darklands everything's broken, and my Stacys are soaking wet

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    Don't think anyone's done Rainbow (in this thread anyway).
    Here's a list I had (mainly disc 1 of a two CDs Best Of that I did). Ditched a couple of live (On Stage) tracks (Catch the Rainbow / Still I'm Sad), so just studio tracks.
    Black Sheep of the Family and Still I'm Sad discounted cos not Rainbow originals. Since You Been Gone, likewise I guess (think I'd leave it in - though it does take the compilation slightly over 80 mins).

    Best of (early to mid period) Rainbow (ends, rather arbitrarily [maybe?]) at Down to Earth:

    01. Man on the Silver Mountain
    02. Catch the Rainbow
    03. The Temple of the King
    04. Sixteen Century Greensleeves
    05. Tarot Woman
    06. Run With the Wolf
    07. Stargazer
    08. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
    09. L.A. Connection
    10. Gates of Babylon
    11. Kill the King
    12. All Night Long
    13. Eyes of the World
    [14. Since You Been Gone]
    15. Love's No Friend
    16. Lost in Hollywood

    Anyone, feel free to dispute this list - it's all arbitrary / personal / subjective....
    Running order, purely 'chronological', works OK I think; not sure that tracks from Down to Earth would mix well with those from 1st album. Obviously a live version of the above could be good. I think Rainbow is quite easy to do; most of the choices are quite obvious (though I know many would include Light in the Black [too keyboardey for me]).
  6. darklands

    darklands everything's broken, and my Stacys are soaking wet

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    Velvet Underground: a single CD Best of that I made a few years ago. Note: it's a Velvet Underground 'Lite', specifically avoiding the 'difficult' stuff. I realise that that's almost missing the point of the VU, but it was also intended for non-VU fans to listen to (and 'European Son', 'The Gift', 'Sister Ray' and even 'Heroin' would most likely put non-afficianados off for life - it has to be realised that the VU are [were] a gradually-aquired taste).
    I still hesitate to post this, as it's missing stuff like 'Venus in Furs' & 'Heroin' [the other aforementioned tracks, and all the other tracks missed from the first album!] and, arguably, overly heavy on the later albums [I'm Sticking With You!]; remember it's 'designed' to be an accessible intro (rather than a definitive Best of'):

    1. Sunday Morning
    2. I'm Waiting For The Man
    3. Run Run Run
    4. All Tomorrow's Parties
    5. There She Goes Again
    6. I'll Be Your Mirror
    7. White Light / White Heat
    8. I Heard Her Call My Name
    9. Candy Says
    10. What Goes On
    11. Pale Blue Eyes
    12. Beginning To See The Light
    13. I'm Set Free
    14. I Can't Stand It
    15. I'm Sticking With You
    16. Sweet Jane
    17. Rock & Roll
    18. New Age

    Feel free to disagree / suggest what should've been on here (I'll probably agree!)

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