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Essential Stabbing Westward [Original recording remastered]

Stabbing WestwardAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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listen  1. LostStabbing Westward 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. ControlStabbing Westward 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. NothingStabbing Westward 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. LiesStabbing Westward 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. What Do I Have to Do?Stabbing Westward 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. ShameStabbing Westward 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Don't BelieveStabbing Westward 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. SleepStabbing Westward 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Crushing MeStabbing Westward 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Save Yourself [Explicit]Stabbing Westward 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sometimes It Hurts [Explicit]Stabbing Westward 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Haunting Me [Explicit]Stabbing Westward 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. DawnStabbing Westward 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Torn ApartStabbing Westward with Wink 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008PX8R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Band Deserves Better May 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Stabbing Westward is one of my favourite bands of all time. I own all four of their albums and listen to them often. Their dark, industrial rock sound has always been incredible. Lead singer Christopher Hall has one of the most original and awesome voices in the music industry, which is complemented perfectly with his awesome, and frequently beautiful, lyrics; bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit should take notes.
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):
1. Nothing
2. Lies
3. Violent Mood Swings
4. Shame
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing A Lot Of The Greats January 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I already own all of Stabbing Westward's albums, but I was still interested in a "Greatest Hits" CD. After reading through the songs included I just couldn't justify purchasing this CD. Too many of my favorites are missing! What's missing is "ACF", "Why", "The Thing I Hate", and "Waking Up Beside You". None of the songs from their 4th album could be included in Essentials because it is on the Koch label, not Sony. Therefore, you would be better off making your own CD and adding "So Far Away", "Wasted", "High", and "Television" from the self-titled release.
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 [...]
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Essential? I don't think so.. August 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The idea of a greatest hits cd, besides making money, is to expose a band to a broader audience by 'introducing' them to the band's best music. It also gives someone who can't afford to buy all of a band's cds the chance to buy 1 cd and get a lot of good music. This compilation falls short on all accounts.

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:
1. Lost
2. Control
3. Nothing
4. Lies

'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?
6. Shame
7. I Don't Believe
8. Sleep
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.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Columbia/Sony, you've done it again April 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've seen this before. Remember that band called Alice in Chains? That great ill-fated band ended up seeing repackaged greatest hits release after release thanks to their record label; Columbia/Sony. When the one time great industrial band Stabbing Westward committed the cardinal sin of going gold and not platinum with they're "Darkest Days" album, they were subsequently dropped from their label and found a home on Koch Records. Eventually the band broke up after the release of their fourth and final album, and now here is Columbia/Sony looking to milk whatever they can from this once great band. This "essential" collection collects tracks from the band's three albums for the label; "Ungod", "Wither, Blister, Burn, & Peel", and "Darkest Days", and mostly just contains a few fan favorite songs and the ones that radio ate up. Do yourself a favor, if your looking to get into the band check out those three albums and leave this disc as skeet shoot fodder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars some good songs
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
1.0 out of 5 stars *gag reflex*
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 more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Stephen C. Wohlleb
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff's review
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 more
Published on December 13, 2007 by Jeffrey B. Sprague
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor best of for an excellent band
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 more
Published on June 23, 2006 by orderinchaos
3.0 out of 5 stars it's alright
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 more
Published on April 1, 2005 by Drain
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Essential CD I own, and One of My Favorites as well
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 more
Published on July 10, 2004 by H. E. Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually...
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 more
Published on June 3, 2004 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, seriously.
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 more
Published on June 1, 2004 by Bloodshy
5.0 out of 5 stars SW has a new don't fret
CD rocks... and more new stuff @ The Official website of "the dreaming" The LA based rock band formed by Stabbing
Westward singer Christopher Hall and Econoline... Read more
Published on March 9, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I COULD HAVE DONE BETTER
stabbing westward is one of my favorite bands so dont get me wrong, they really dont have any bad songs. Read more
Published on January 9, 2004 by dick
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