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It's been six years since Soul Asylum has issued a new album. But as evidenced by the arrival of 'Delayed Reaction' (the group's first release for 429 Records), the wait was most certainly worth it. Fans will be happy to discover the group's trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much in tact, and that they've turned back the clock to the good old days ... Read more in Amazon's Soul Asylum Store

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004YC1M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Just Like Anyone
2. Cartoon
3. Closer To The Stars (Live)
4. Somebody To Shove
5. Close
6. String Of Pearls
7. Tied To The Tracks
8. Runaway Train
9. Sometime To Return
10. Misery
11. We 3
12. Without A Trace
13. I Will Still Be Laughing
14. Black Golds
15. Summer Of Drugs
16. Candy From A Stranger
17. Stranger (Live)
18. Can't Even Tell
19. Lonely For You

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Includes top 40 hits runaway train and misery A live recording of 'closer to the stars,' an acoustic reading of 'stranger,' and a previously unreleased track called 'lonely for you' beef up this collection

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Soul Asylum were, in many ways, two distinct bands. Prior to signing with Columbia, Soul Asylum scored minor hits with "Cartoon" and "Sometime to Return." Their hard-won reputation, however, was not as a singles band. Instead, the group built its fan base via incessant touring and a string of hard-charging, heart-on-sleeve albums, including the wonderful Made to be Broken and While You Were Out. Soul Asylum's later years brought the hits ("Runaway Train," "Misery"), the MTV exposure, and the change in the band's style from gritty rock to hook-driven pop. Fans of the band's latter, more commercial period should find this disc interesting, since the set is dominated by this material. There are some treats for rarity hunters, however. A live recording of "Closer to the Stars," an acoustic reading of "Stranger," and a previously unreleased track called "Lonely for You" beef up this collection. While Black Gold certainly could have been more complete, for fans of latter-period Soul Asylum, this is a good starting point, albeit one missing most of the group's most important and interesting early work. --S. Duda

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on October 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Im not familiar with much old Soul Asylum, so I cant say whats missing other than "Easy Street". But I do know that what is on here is great stuff. All the bigger 90's hits you would expect, plus good songs I didn't know and a few live/unreleased tracks. It's a great thing to have for the person who needs only one Soul Asylum disc, especially at 19 tracks and 70+ minutes. Don't be in Misery, get this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer on December 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a good starting place to check out the band. It has some of the great older songs like "Closer to the Stars", "We 3" and "Cartoon", hits like "Misery" and "Runaway Train", and some rarities on it. I was never able to track down "Lonely For You" on the import single, so I'm very happy to own it now on this. It's a beautiful song. I would have liked to have seen "Promises Broken" included instead of "Summer Of Drugs", mainly because "Summer Of Drugs" is a cover. It's still a very good collection of Soul Asylum material and next to a live show, gives a good feel for what they are about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "plannine@webtv.net" on May 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While not being a complete history, Black Gold does help the casual fan by including all of the hits and help the more interested person sift though their sub-par later material while including a couple of hard to finds. This is by no means a best of, however, because there is a lot of great early material missing. Almost nothing from Clam Dips and two tracks from Hangtime are included making this a good starting point but by no means an ending point for the more interested fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Boulay Jr. on September 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Nice little comp for a band that is largely under-rated. Well, except for 1992-93 when they were everyone's darlings. But how quickly even darlings can be forgotten. Truth is, their early stuff isn't that great (okay, it's great!), and their later stuff isn't bad at all (seriously). Frankly, I really dig LET YOUR DIM LIGHT SHINE and CANDY FROM STRANGERS is flat-out awesome. Love the acoustic and live bonus tracks on this baby. Hell, if you don't own anything by The Asylum then this is worth it for RUNAWAY TRAIN alone, possibly the best pop song of the 90's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wildwielder on October 28, 2013
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I only ever know three songs by these guys: the hits "Runaway Train" and "Misery" and "Without a Trace". All are here, plus a pretty wide selection of songs from there whole career, even the more obscure indy years. And by-and-large, I like the whole disc. I somehow knew these guys had more than two hits, and this confirms it. Good disc!
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Siul asylum was one of my favorite bands. i loved the image of the band and i liked the songs they were interesting and smart some times. i owned their 1992 album ''grave dancers union'' and the followup 1995's ''let your dim light shine''
i use to listen to them all the time, so much i would wear out my tape player.
the songs are good if you are a big fan, they showcase like what most greatest cds do, early stuff with newer songs, and some B sides and rare live songs too.
if your new to the band it would be good to catch up with this cd since it gives you songs from 1988 and the 1990 album as well.
''cartoon'' was a song i had not heard before i got this CD. and i liked it a lot, i found it to be what it is grunge, pop music which is what soul asylum mostly is or tried to be.
i felt that the lead singer for the band Dave, tried to be like kurt cobain a lot, in the way he acted and dressed and the way he would play on stage too. but besides trying to be like kurt cobain which most bands that time and still do act like their nirvana. even though soul asylum came out before nirvana hit it huge.
the cd is Good, i learned a lot about a band that i loved to listen to as a teenager.
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This is a decent collection of song from Soul Asylum From 1993 (grave dancer's union) on. They could have drawn more heavy on the Grave Dancer's album which was by far their best seller, but chose to go with a mix from their last next two albums Let your dim Light shine and Candy from a stranger instead, and unfortunate. Although the songs are good, Many fans feel ripped off because their favorite are off of grave dancer are not included. Also, Although A&M re-released some of the Twintone/restless back catalog, about 4 or 5 albums total before grave dancer, they did not include any of that material. This year though they did release their best of Soul Asylum, the twintone years ,which has the earlier recordings from Soul Asylum previous released first by twintone and next in 1991 by Restless, then a few by A&M. But, despite this album missing pieces, a good one for the collection, and not that expensive on Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Meneguzzi on December 5, 2013
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The main hits are all there, and it's a very listenable album, which is as expected for a best hits asylum.
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