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  • Audio CD (May 30, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002R0C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Suspect Device
2. Wasted Life
3. Alternative Ulster
4. 78 RPM
5. Gotta Gettaway
6. Bloody Sunday
7. Straw Dogs
8. You Can't Say Crap On The Radio
9. At The Edge
10. Running Bear (Live)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Just Fade Away
2. Go For It
3. Doesn't Make It All Right (Live)
4. Silver Lining
5. Safe As Houses
6. Sad-Eyed People
7. Two Guitars Clash
8. Listen
9. That's When Your Blood Bumps
10. Good For nothing
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Stiff Little Fingers ~ All The Best

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This best-of, the first disc especially, is a must-have for anyone who loves punk.
Jeff Vorndam
If the first disc is your favourite then you MUST buy "HANX" - live album, which to me is one of the best albums ever!
Bruce Alexander
The songs on All The Best sound better than any current so-called punk rock band working today.
Thomas C. Hankins

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "skak1" on March 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Stiff Little Fingers are quite simply the best. They started out as a Belfast-based heavy metal band, with the naf name Highway Star, but the discovery of the Clash immediately changed their political direction. Having discovered punk, they then stole a new name from a song by the Vibrators. Marc Bolan and Elvis Costello were the group's other big inspirations. SLF's mixture of punk, white reggae and heavy rock has influenced a wide range of other artists. Believe it or not but it was the album 'Inflammable Material' that persuaded Manu Chao to get into music. Sinead O'Connor named her son after lead singer Jake Burns and invited bassist Ali McMordie to participate on her first (and only good) album. U2 were big fans as were Oasis. Green Day, Ash, Offspring and the Dropkick Murphys all drew inspiration here. Moby is now managed by Ali McMordie. It was after hearing the SLF version of 'Common People' that Paul Young decided to cover that song. The song 'Listen' recently became a huge hit for Argentinian boys' band Takke 77. The group always had more credibility than commercial success. Only one of their singles, At the Edge, made the UK top 20, although three of their albums did ('Inflammable Material', 'Nobody's heroes' and 'Hanx'). This was political rock at its best- the protest songs are much more powerful than anything Bob Dylan ever did. Whilst most artists producing political material are distanced from the subject of their songs, this group actually lived in a war zone. They ignored the death threats and wrote songs denouncing Northern Ireland's paramilitary terrorist groupings describing them as 'blind fascists brought up to hate and given lives to waste'. Other left-wing anthems followed denouncing racism, calling for better treatment of women and more equality.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By punkviper on November 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
SLF were always burdened with that "Irish Clash" moniker, which I suppose hurt more than helped, but there was a reason for it: they knew how to write a tune & knew that there were injustices around them worth addressing. This 2-disc affair is a worthy overview of their best years, that shows how they started out a brash and rowdy punk band, gradually injected more melody and diversity into their sound, and eventually mellowed out into a straight power-pop band. So no matter which facet of SLF you like, it's all here.
It's got the single version of Suspect Device (less angry, but better,) the superb rebel anthem 78 RPM (unavailable on any album,) the best tracks from Nobody's Heroes (their second and best record, equivalent to the Clash's London Calling,) some fun live stuff, a helping of other rarities and non-album tracks (including Listen, a great latter-day track,) and even a handful of tracks from the long-out-of-print (though very recently back in print) 4th album Now Then.
If you've ever had any inclination at all towards old-school British punk, you simply cannot be without this rock-solid, spectacular compilation. And don't be surprised if you become a huge Stiff Little Fingers fan because of it (Jake Burns and Co. are still making music today.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
To put it simply, Stiff Little Fingers is perhaps the most underated rock n roll band ever. Jake Burns and Co. took a political stand much like the Clash did, but never got the mass acclaim for it.
Personally as I listen to the Fingers more and more, their messages of rebellion come off a bit more heartfelt then the Clash's, which were burdened heavily by the fact that they worked for a major label record company.
Stiff Little Fingers traveled into much of the same sonic landscape as the Clash, but were a little bit better at restraint (alas no Sandinista album here).
As for the messages on the album, the politics haven't really aged too badly. After Sep. 11, Suspect Device has a new ring to it as does Tin Soldiers.
The latter-day SLF stuff on this disk is breathtaking. Listen, Stands to Reason and Talkback are perhaps some of the best rock songs ever recorded.
Now that I think about, SLF is the band U2 wishes it was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes this is the band U2 can only dream about being partly because these guys lived in Belfast at the height ofthe "Troubles" -- so there's no second-hand, sanctimonious, simple-minded preaching as you get from U2 or anyone else south of the border. The sound is raw, it's real -- no fluff here. Yet the band never seemed to have reached the height of the Clash at least in the US -- can it be because of the prejudiced view that rock bands from Ireland were considered cheap imitations of the Brit bands? This collection is a good "summary" of the band's history. no they're not the "English Clash" -- they're sui generis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Can't agree with my fellow reviewer who compares their sound to Oi! A close listen to their lyrics--written by a journalist, and therefore rather preachy and sloganeering, sure, but certainly a cut above the Oi! ilk--shows an intelligent pop-punk-reggae-lite synthesis which grew in theme and style even as the music gets, well, less catchy. I admit to have been underwhelmed by SLF's current efforts post-reunion, but their past hits and misses here stand up pretty well. Less dated than the Clash, that's for sure--a comparison that bedevilled them in their career, it seems. Hindsight makes clearer the fluid playing and spirited delivery of a thinking-person's punk-pop band, with lyrics you can actually think about. How rare is that, then or now? I enjoy them, 20 years ago, and also today
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