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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2003
Fishbone is a band which had -- and still has -- 99% of the ingredients necessary to make it huge, but somehow managed to nail perfectly the conditions required to meet the 1% chance that no one would hear their music -- chaos within the band, willful flouting of the "rules" of making hit songs, pigeonholeing (some would say racism?) within the music industry, etc etc etc.
If your music taste includes ANY of the following: Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, the Specials, Ozomatli, etc, run - don't walk - to your local record store and pick up this new "Best of" Fishbone. What Fishbone has in common with those bands is an energy and vitality that is missing from too much "mainstream" music, and an ability to combine a good-time party sound with some serious messages. And Angelo Moore, who plays sax and sings (roughly 75% of their songs; everyone in the band sings at one point or another), is the most spectacular currently-active frontman in rock-and-roll, somehow managing to be a combination of Johnny Rotten, Mick Jagger, and Marvin Gaye. Really, I mean it. He sings with the voice of an angel while leaping into the mosh pit!
Fishbone is NOT for everyone, but don't believe it if you've heard that they are outside the mainstream. They play a variety of styles -- based in funk, with a heavy dose of ska, factoring in some heavy guitars and a LOT of horns -- usually merging those styles together into a unique stew (rather than keeping the styles separate on each song). A fair number of these tunes really SHOULD have been blockbuster #1 hits (Lemon Meringue, Unyielding Conditioning, Everyday Sunshine, more) ... you've really missed out an a lot of spectacular music if you've yet to delve into Fishbone!
If you already (really) know Fishbone, you don't need this review to tell you how great they are. But if you're curious, and like to be a little bit adventurous with your music, you absolutely will not regret spicing up your life with some of this Fishbone magic.
Try it ... you WILL catch on!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2003
I'd bet alot of people were waiting for this one. As good as Fishbone are, a few of their albums were just so-so. This collects roughly their 16 best tracks, remastered, and all on one CD. Everything great from "Party at ground zero", to the excellent "Sunless Saturday". The only thing missing for me is "Slow bus movin'[Howard's beach party]", which can be found on "Truth and Soul", and the "Tapeheads" soundtrack. So if you're looking for a disc to stick between your "Chili Pepper's" and "Bosstones" cd's, I would highly suggest "The Essential Fishbone".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
talk about a Underrated Band? Fishbone brings so many styles that they leave you dizzy with the man things they can step into&Pull off.but on Record the energy over the years has met with Mixed Results because Live you can't even begin to explain the overall Party they bring."Everyday Sunshine" with it's Sly&The Family Stone take Rocks.if you wondered where the Red Hot Chilli Peppers,No Doubt,&others got there Game from Peep this Out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2008
I had the extreme pleasure to tour a few times w/ fishbone!
I learnd so much from them! they are one of my fav. band in the whole
world! some of the best musicians in the biz! fun to listen and dance to!
GET IT! BECOME A FISHBONE SOLDIER!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2004
This is a solid 16 song collection from this reggae tinged, punk inspired, ska influenced, funky alternative rock & roll party band. Needless to say, I love these guys. Most of their albums are inconsistent, but this is the one to own.
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on June 30, 2013
There exists no inessential Fishbone but this is certainly a good start to your Fishbone education if you don't know where to begin. Gives you a taste of a lot if their more popular songs. A good place to start but please don't stop here! Lots of music to enjoy by these gentlemen!
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on September 9, 2013
4.5 stars...this compilation is great. I already had a few Fishbone tunes in my library and this disc exposed me to many more. Good bang for the buck and a good variety of styles from an under-appreciated band...
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2005
They are the most underated band and norwood fisher is the most underrated bassist ever. They are so good. They are a good mix of the red hot chili peppers(best band in the world) and no doubt. THEY ARE AWESOME TRY THeM OUT
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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2003
I'm a big fan of Fishbone, and I really like this album. However, I just realized that another favorite band, The CRAZY 8'S (now defunct) would be popular with Fishboners. If you like OINGO BOINGO and FISHBONE, you'll LOVE The Crazy 8's! (...especially "Big Live Nut Pack!")
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