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Black Gold: The Best of Soul Asylum [Original recording remastered]

Soul AsylumAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • 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: #57,847 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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars punk+pop+grunge=good October 6, 2002
By H3@+h
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Place December 1, 2000
By Jenifer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, if only for later albums 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Only Soul Asylum Album Many Will Need 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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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good listen, as expected for a compilation album. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have! September 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a great cd for any soul asylum fan, or if you are only familiar with thier biggerst hit "Runaway Train" this collection would be a great way to introduce you to more of thier music. The unreleased tracks are awesome, and are songs the band has played live for sometime now, it is great to finally have these on a CD.
As great as the collection is,it is lacking in that it doesn't include anything from 'And The Horse They Rode In On', Which is one of my personal favorite Soul Asylum Albums and is now out of print.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... songs I dont even remember but its got the good ones so thats all...
Some of these songs I dont even remember but its got the good ones so thats all that matters.
Published 2 months ago by John Albert
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUL ASYLUM
This is a collection of some of the best music from the 90's and to see them live, they play the music as good now as ever. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gary Schmitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
It is the music I fell in love with as a child. I am happy to have it on my Ipod now!
Published 14 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent compilation
The best of Soul asylum is a good cd which mainly features songs from albums from 1993 onwards.this album features hits like Runaway train,somebody to shove and candy from a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rohit R
4.0 out of 5 stars rockin' overview
Okay, I understand that some of the longtime fans of Soul Asylum are not satisfied with this collection. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul asylum, Greats Hits collection
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. Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by wellwaters84
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
I heard Soul Asylum live at the RibFest in Fargo, ND and their stage show was very good (except for the corny jokes). I bought two of their CDs shortly after and am still wowed.
Published on June 24, 2008 by Michael Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Showcase Their Best stuff
Let's be honest. Soul Asylum isn't the greatest band in the world. But there was a time when they were respected. Read more
Published on May 2, 2004 by robert chukwumah
1.0 out of 5 stars A sad excuse
With this out of the way maybe a best of album of the Soul Asylum that actually changed people's lives can be made so those who think this second rate placebo is good can finally... Read more
Published on February 7, 2004 by Greg Kessler
2.0 out of 5 stars Best of from 1993 and Beyond
The sad truth is that Soul Asylum is not the band on this album. They may have become the band on this album but for almost 15 years they were a much better and more complete... Read more
Published on December 24, 2003 by Bill Drake
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