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1. Notorious BIG
3. Duran Duran
...The best of Paul McCartney & Wings
If you're a fan, why bother with a greatest hits. If you're introducing yourself to an artist, the self compiled version will eventually win out when you get round to it...
REM - And I Feel Fine... The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987
The Fall - Rough Trade Singles Box
But as funkycow said above, much more fun tom make your own.
Either Substance or Singles
Massive Attack - Collected
The new one doesn't have Uncle Pat on it and is therefore disqualified.
Shits all over any other best of out there.
Achieved the impossible by making the old, familiar and loved sound new and fresh.
Make the trip to Vegas just for it. Possibly the most breathtaking thing I've ever seen.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Also, not sure if it counts as a greatest hits collection but it's definitely his best output, Rough trade's compilation "Calling out of context" by Arthur Russell. Magical stuff.
Not obviously a comprehensive career overview, but contains some fantastic tunes that will encourage others to investigate the Cure further.
Also a special mention for Rolled Gold, the Rolling Stones compilation that covers up until about 1970. All tracks are fantastic.
But especially the acoustic album that was bundled with it. Brilliant.
Ash - Intergalactic Sonic 7s
St Etienne - Too Young to Die
Dinosaur Jr - Ear Bleeding Country
Townes Van Zandt - Anthology
disc one: best of
disc two: rarities (generally high quality)
liner notes: pretty amusing, informative, entertaining
Also worth considering : The Sounds of Science - Beastie Boys
Stray Blues - Beck (b side collection)
Strictly Commercial - Frank Zappa
I also have a theory that anyone moving to the UK ought to be given a copy of a best of the Kinks upon arrival. Just a thought....
The Super Furry Animals one yet.
Substance (N.O. version)
Too Young To Die
The Immaculate Collection
each of them perfect in every single way
....to the Pixies
seriously this thing is a beast. not sure they ever had a GREAT album but their greatest hits is just non stop hits.
the original, twelve track, 1975 version.
i.e the 2 disc (3 if you got the ltd edition version) compilation released circa 2003/4.
The Michael Jackson, Jaco Pastorius and Leonard Cohen ones are particularly well-chosen too.
as is Slowdive's Catch the Breeze and Prisoners of Love by Yo La Tengo
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
All their other ones...not so much
Dunno if it counts quite tho
The download future also makes them a bit redundant.
I might get a slagging for this but...
INXS - 'Greatest Hits'
Great CD. Although Mich Hutchy was a bit of a nob.
Also 'The Story of the Clash, Volume 1' got me into The Clash, so kudos to it for that.
the one with the red cover art. (songs from the '70s, obv)
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Once Upon a Time the Singles