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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • ASIN: B0008FPIPO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. Fahrenheit
2. Picket Fence Cartel
3. Chanbara
4. Lopsided
5. Napoleon Solo
6. Pickpocket
7. Doorman's Placebo (B-Side)
8. Metronome
9. 198D
10. One Armed Scissor
11. Enfilade
12. Non Zero Possibility
13. Incetardis (B-Side)
14. Autorelocator (Rare)
15. Rascuache (Vaya Remix)
16. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (Smiths cover)
17. Initiation (BBC Lamacq Session)
18. Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk (Pink Floyd cover)

Editorial Reviews

In their first collaboration since the break-up, the members of At The Drive-in, (now split into The Mars Volta and Sparta) have handpicked a collection of their greatest hits, BBC Session, B-sides, re-mixes, and covers of The Smiths and Pink Floyd tunes which spans their entire career (1995-2001). The package will also include a companion DVD/CD-rom with music videos, desktop wallpaper, buddy icons, and Operations Manual;their EPK. The booklet will contain 20 unrleased photographs from the ATDI Archives. Fearless. 2005.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By THime on July 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At The Drive-In was an utterly enthralling and influential 90's act from El Paso that caused a musical revolution in my life.

However, this collection, whose title is taken from a lyric in "One-Armed Scissor," is a little iffy.

For one thing, my favorite ATDI album, Acrobatic Tenement is completely unrepresented.

This collection feels like it was compiled predominantly by Paul, Jim and Tony (the "Invalid Litter Dept." video looks like it was put together post-ATDI, for instance) and since they could only use the songs all three co-wrote, Acrobatic material was out of the question (Cedric, Omar and Jim were the only members in the band from '96 to their breakup.)

However, I feel that Acrobatic Tenement was their most raw and exciting album, so without any of the material (besides a hamfisted version of "Initiation") it is missing a key era in At The Drive-In's history.

In/Casino/Out is definitely well-represented, which also goes with the compiled-by-Sparta theory.

Relationship of Command-era tracks are split between rare tracks and album tracks.

It feels like they maybe should have put some more RoC songs on This Station like "Pattern Against User" or "Cosmonaut," but they probably didn't want to over emphasize their most well-known CD.

Vaya is slightly represented, and that's cool.

The rare material is interesting and varied (except for the hideous Rascuache remix) but there isn't enough rare tracks/covers or live tracks (much to the chagrin of people who never witnessed them live) to give die-hard fans anything new.

The CD is varied, but in my opinion, it doesn't represent some of their best material (Proxima Centari, Arcarsenal, Star Slight, Porfirio Diaz, Heliotrope, etc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By morano75 on May 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First and foremost, I must extend massive kudos to Fearless Records for seizing control of the ATDI musical empire from the defunct Grand Royal company and continuing to enhance the band's legacy. Their catalog is too influential to be unceremoniously buried in a dusty vault somewhere.

Like most hardcore ATDI fans, the thirst for ANY uncovered or remastered material is undeniable, irrefutable, and insatiable, despite the fact the band has dissolved and forged ahead with Sparta and The Mars Volta. As the old adage explains, the sum of the parts is not greater than the whole, and I believe ATDI fits that statement like a full five-finger glove. This sonically pleasing compilation is evidence of that.

Just taking a quick gaze at the tracklist would make most ATDI fans salivate. You get tantalizing selections culled from *most* of their albums, rare compositions previously only available on vinyl (or in illicit mp3 form), and a bonus DVD featuring long forgotten videos and the treasured "Relationship of Command" documentary / press kit. These is no doubt this release will be pleasing, even temporarily soothing, to the ATDI fan that is perpetually yearning for more. But will it be enough?

A four star rating seems trifling, despite the fact this compilation will be taking up residency in my CD player for an extremely long period of time. There is something intrinsically unsettling about this release that leaves me still unsatisfied and unable to drive the final nail in the ATDI disbanded coffin once and for all. I believe this confounded sensation stems from the odd inclusions and, more critically, exclusions. The fact there lacks a single representation from "Acrobatic Tenement" ("Initiation" here is the Lamacq version) is disconcerting.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on May 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Now that Mars Volta and Sparta are gaining the widespread popular notice that At the Drive-In deserved but never received, the time is right for a career retrospective. Kudos to Fearless Records for consolidating the band's far-flung material, from who knows how many indie labels, split discs, B-sides, and limited editions. This compilation should probably be viewed more as an introduction to ATDI rather than as a summary for longtime fanatics, due to its focus on the band's variety. Wisely, ATDI's most semi-famous album, Relationship of Command, is not over-emphasized, though the absence of any tracks from Acrobatic Tenement is a real mystery. The rarities are true revelations for those without the patience for tracking them down in the indie wilderness, especially the late-period items "Incetardis" and "Autorelocator" which show the band making intriguing forays into loose grooves. However, this package's focus on variety does reveal a few of the band's missteps, as the avant-garde remix of "Rascuache" and the cover of Pink Floyd's "Take up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" are stylistic dead-ends. But in any case, ATDI's influence on vast segments of the indie rock community will continue to be felt for years to come, and this package is an excellent starting point for an exploration of their original material. [~doomsdayer520~]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Conlan (BreakingCustom.com) on June 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Review by Tyler Wagnon:

There can never be enough praise given to At the Drive-In. They were probably the most influential indie band since... I don't know maybe The Pixies or Pavement.

With that being said, this collection/greatest hits is completely inadequate. It is basically a few tracks from each release, a couple rare tracks, and a DVD with music videos. It's an insult to ATDI's legacy if you ask me. However, trying to sum up their career in 18 tracks would be basically impossible unless it were a complete discography.

At the Drive-In is an amazing band and deserve to be in every music fan's collection, but please buy the albums instead because each track is indispensable. Sorry Fearless, you can't just release some half-a$$ collection with ATDI's name on it and expect it to be worth anything.
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