- Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
- Original Release Date: April 1, 2003
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Legacy
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- ASIN: B00008PX8R
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Essential Stabbing Westward Original recording remastered
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Therefore, it is with some curiosity that I looked over this "essential" Stabbing Westward collection. First let me state that Stabbing Westward simply doesn't have any bad songs, so no danger of that here. That being said, this collection is not ideal for a casual or new fan of this band. Sony Music, in their infinite stupidity, decided to drop Stabbing Westward from their label after "Darkest Days" (their third, and best, album), which makes Stabbing Westward's final album off limits for this collection! If Sony really wanted to reward fans, and give this band the respect they deserve, they should have negotiated with Koch Music to use the fourth album for this collection. Instead, what you get is a great, but not perfect, collection of songs from their first three albums, along with "Dawn" and the remix of "Torn Apart", which weren't on any of the four albums.
Ideally, the essential Stabbing Westward collection would have been as follows (in my opinion):
3. Violent Mood Swings
5. What Do I Have To Do?
6. Crushing Me
7. Save Yourself
8. Torn Apart (NOT the remix!!)
9. Sometimes it Hurts
10.The Thing I Hate
11.Waking Up Beside You
12.So Far Away
If you're just getting into this band, you really can't go wrong with this collection, as long as you realize that this is just a sample of the profound musical offerings that Stabbing Westward has to offer.
P.S. If you're disappointed SW broke up you'll be happy to know that lead singer Chris Hall has started another band called The Dreaming. Check out [...]
While this is not a bad compilation, it surely could have been better. And while you while never get exactly what you want on a 'Best of' CD, some of the omissions are glaring.
From UNGOD, they included:
'Nothing' is probably the worst song un UNGOD. How many times do you need to hear Chris Hall sing "I don't want it, I don't need it" And how could they leave off 'Throw'? Lost and COntrol belong and Lies is good, but not at the expanse of Ungod or Throw.
From Wither, Blister, Burn and Peel they included:
5. What Do I Have to Do?
7. I Don't Believe
9. Crushing Me
Hello? What about 'Falls Apart' and 'So Wrong'. The only "Essential ' song on this list is Shame, although 'Crushing Me' isn't bad.
And finally off of Darkest Days:
10. Save Yourself
11. Sometimes It Hurts
12. Haunting Me
14. Torn Apart
No way.... What about How Can I Hold On, You Complete Me, When I'm Dead, On Your Way Down, and Waking Up Beside You? I will take any of these songs over anything on the list except for 'Save Yourself' which really does belong.
So out of 14 songs, they got 4 or 5 right. This is definately NOT the definitive SW collection.
So if you are new to SW, DON'T BUY THIS.. Buy one of the first three albums instead (I would recommend Ungod or Darkest Days), then take out a piece of masking tape, write 'Essential' on it and stick it to the CD cover. You will make yourself a lot happier then buying this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sure that I'm not the only one that feels like STABBING WESTWARD deserve more respect than they get. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CRAZOTOLOGY
This album is excellent, but be aware that they have a lot of other great music that doesn't appear on this album. So get this, but don't ignore their other albums.Published on February 20, 2010 by TS
Let's review the word "Essential"- 1. of or constituting the intrinsic nature of something. 2. absolute, complete, perfect. 3. absolutely necessary; indispensable; requisite. Read morePublished on March 27, 2008 by Stephen Gravina-Wohlleb
Ilike this band , to bad they split , anyways , the only real problem I have with this CD is thier is to many songs that suck and not enough good ones. Read morePublished on December 13, 2007 by Jeffrey B. Sprague
I am a big Stabbing Westward fan, and the two middle albums (Wither Blister Burn + Peel and Darkest Days) are among the best I own. Read morePublished on June 23, 2006 by orderinchaos
i love stabbing westward and this is a nice collection and all...but it looks like this was an attempt to sucker fans out of money with the words "remastered" (coal chamber... Read morePublished on April 1, 2005 by Drain
This is the first Stabbing Westward CD I bought, I known of them for a while and always liked them. Then I picked up the "Escape From L.A. Read morePublished on July 10, 2004 by H. E. Pierce
This CD has one song from the self titled cd, Dawn, that song apears on the Jap. Import. Also, If you knew much about SW, you would know that Chris didnt want to become a south... Read morePublished on June 3, 2004 by Amazon Customer
I think anybody could have done better, even if only using two albums to make this compilation. Do yourself a favor and buy the individual albums separately. Read morePublished on June 1, 2004 by Bloodshy