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Best of ARS Import

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The Best Of Atlanta Rhythm Section
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Editorial Reviews

"The Boys From Doraville" produced a fair number of Top 40 hits in their chart run, including "Imaginary Lover", "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight", a cover of "Spooky" (some members actually came from The Classics IV) and of course, the cover band standard "So Into You". This 17 track anthology brings together the best from all their albums from the 1970's.

1. Doraville
2. Angel (What In The World's Comes Over Us)
3. Crazy
4. Dog Days
5. All Night Rain
6. Free Spirit
7. Jukin (Also Includes San Antonio Rose)
8. Neon Nites
9. So Into You
10. Georgia Rhythm
11. Imaginary Lover
12. Champagne Jam
13. I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight
14. Do It Or Die
15. Spooky
16. Indigo Passion
17. Silver Eagle

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B000001G1L
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Dockrell ( on May 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Disregard the negative review below, which is actually about a completely different CD. This ARS anthology covers their years on the Polydor label, years that produced 8 albums with a dazzling collection of songs in many different styles, all stamped with the unique ARS recorded sound. All of the essentials are here ... the radio hits of 1977-1979, plus important album tracks that really defined ARS. "Angel," from 1974, features Barry Bailey's passionate guitar solo against a dramatic string arrangement; "Dog Days," the title song of their 1975 album, is a gorgeous ballad, led by Ronnie Hammond's vocal and another fine string arrangement; "Neon Nites" and "Georgia Rhythm", from 1977's "A Rock and Roll Alternative," display ARS' versatility in very different styles. ARS was recorded very differently than other Southern bands of their time. Buddy Buie's production emphasized a smoothly layered sound, and every ARS recording emphasized the song before the performance. Thus, Bailey's fire and brimstone guitar on "Angel" is replaced on "Neon Nites" with some tasty jazz riffing; "So Into You," with its languid rhythms, demands no pyrotechnics, so instead it gets a smoothly integrated piano/guitar sound which gives Hammond the solid groove on which to lay a great vocal track. With ARS, everything served the song ... and what a fabulous collection of songs! 1979's "Do It or Die" anticipated the Unplugged phenomenon by several years; "Silver Eagle," with its road-weary lyric and sweet steel guitar fits in very nicely with the New Country sound; and "Indigo Passion" is a simply magnificent ballad.Read more ›
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
They have many best-of CDs, so be careful. This one is excellent.
With that said, this is the THE cd to own if you are going to only own one ARS CD. Unfortunately, only about 1/2 of their catalogue has ever been released on CD and much of it is hard to find (their classic "Are You Ready?" live album has never been released on CD). These are the original versions of these classics and the sound has not been re-produced as has been the case with subsequent ARS greatest hits compilations. I could argue with a few tunes that were included and few that were left off (two of their later hits "Alien" and "Homesick" were recorded for a later record company and are not included in this package), but overall this is great music from an underappreciated band.
A slight tweeking of the track list and this CD would have been 5 stars. What a great band, voice and sound.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Benito Vasquez on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD offers a mere smattering of what the Atlanta Rythmn Section was all about. It does give you what the casual listener might have heard on the radio at the bands peak of popularity, which to be fair was short lived. But radio play popularity doesn't matter when it comes to bands like this. ARS, like many 70s bands, and particularly southern rock types, weren't popular because of their radio hits. Their appeal to those who first heard their crossover hits on the radio was the cherry on the sundae. What made them great were solid, beginning to end CDs like their first 2 breakthroughs- "A Rock and Roll Alternative," and "Champagne Jam," both of which are inadequately represented here, albeit not unfairly represented. After all, this is a "Greatest Hits" collection. But if you want to get a truer, more representive measure of what made this band great and got them radio play in the first place, I say skip this CD and buy the 2 aforementioned CDs, which would have necessities like, "Hitchhikers Hero, Outside Women Blues, Everybody Gotta Go Sometime, Don't Miss the Message, Evil Eve," and "Large Time," just to name a mere few. To get to this CD, it does take the most popular tracks from those CDs, but the songs selected from those and subsequent CDs to follow are disproportionate. Add to that there are a few songs on this CD that don't even belong there, but are there merely because of an apparent need to put something on the CD from the entire span of the bands existence, even though their latter CDs were a shadow of their best two. If memory serves, the band in its latter stages was also a mere shadow of their best, early period as well. But to be fair, of all the ARS "hits" collections this one is probably more complete than the others, which isn't saying much.Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Oyler on March 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is unbelievable how incredibly moronic some people can be in their reviews. It is very clear in the details that this was released in 1991, and yet you have all of these intelligence challenged word slingers giving this poor marks because it has re-recorded versions from 1995. Hello?!? This was released in 1991, and has nothing to do with the knock-off release of 1995.
That being said, this is an excellent CD, showcasing the very distinctive sound that always marked ARS. Southern rock, jazz style; as sweet as it comes. Please don't be misled by the bad reviews, this CD is the real deal.
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