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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 2-OCT-2007


After 28 million records sold worldwide, 5 Grammy nominations, and more #1 hits and weeks at #1 than any other artist in history at Adult Top 40 and Modern AC, Melisma/Atlantic recording group matchbox twenty is overdue for a Greatest Hits package. In order to create something truly special for their fans, the band returned to the studio to record their first new material in five years. Grammy-winning producer Steve Lillywhite oversaw the sessions in L.A., marking the band s first work with the renowned producer - whose credits include the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and many others. Out of the session came six brand-new songs, turning the package into a new EP with a bonus of 11 matchbox twenty hits. The new tracks also mark their first recordings as a foursome.

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Upon the release of their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, in fall 1996, Matchbox Twenty was pigeonholed as one of the legions of post-grunge guitar bands that roamed the American pop scene in the middle of that decade. As their first single, "Push," climbed the charts, it was widely assumed (at least by cynical critics) that they were a one-hit wonder, but Yourself or ... Read more in Amazon's Matchbox Twenty Store

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The 6 new songs are fantastic each one a great listen.
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Of course, the greatest hits are wonderful songs, and it's great to have them all on one disc.
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The cd has all 17 songs on one disc in the mvi package.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael Yovkovich VINE VOICE on October 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Way back when in 1996, lead singer Rob Thomas, drummer Paul Doucette, and bass player Brian Yale, all former members of Orlando rock group Tabitha's Secret, hooked up with two local guitarists Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor to form Matchbox 20 (later replaced with "twenty" spelled out to help distinguish the band from the number frenzy taking place with band names). The resultant group would go on to take over the airwaves and sell millions of albums worldwide. After the release of their third album, "More Than You Think You Are," the members of matchbox twenty decided to take a break and focus on their own interests. Rob Thomas went on to have an extremely successful solo career with hit songs like "Lonely No More," "Ever the Same," and "Little Wonders." Kyle Cook went on to record an EP with his other project The New Left. Paul Doucette recorded tracks for a yet to be released solo album under the moniker of The Break and Repair Method. Adam Gaynor parted ways with the band and began writing music for various musical scores. Brian Yale worked on his golf game.

As 2007 opened, the reunion of matchbox twenty was anything but a certainty. With Rob Thomas selling over 2 million copies of his solo album "Something to Be...", doubt began to swirl as to whether or not a matchbox reunion would be something Thomas would even be willing to entertain financially. But true to his word, Thomas returned to the group and in the Spring of 2007, entered the studio with the other three remaining members in hopes of recording one final swan song to be included on a greatest hits package.

With the goal of creating something new and unique, matchbox hired producer Steve Lillywhite, someone they had never worked with in the past, to help them complete this final song.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By NORTHCOAST on October 4, 2007
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Wow, this band has such a great catalog of music and this CD package shows it off wonderfully. And for a great price! If you've never bought an MB20 CD before this is a great one to start with. The greatest hits CD has all their singles that were made into videos. That's how they narrowed it down. If you're a true fan you know that there are many other gems on each of their previous studio albums and I recommend them all. The second CD in this package has six new songs. For those who are complaining, it could have been ONE cover song added to a greatest hits package like so many bands do. Rob Thomas' solo CD did so much better than expected so he's been on tour for several years in support of that. And then he needed some rest! Now he's back with MB20 and we've gotten six new songs and true to form they are all over the place genre-wise from pop to rock to rockabilly to blues. The band wrote all of these song collaboratively for the first time. My favorites are "How Far We've Come" and "If I Fall". But I like them all after only a few listens (and give them time to grow on you!). I agree that the background vocals are a bit annoying on "All Your Reasons" and it's a shame since it's a great song. As always, Rob's vocals are excellent on the new songs. And it is interesting to see how his vocals have changed over the years as you listen to the greatest hits CD. Enjoy this music. It is made by true musicians who are actually very nice guys.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Jenkins VINE VOICE on October 7, 2007
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Indeed, at first i was thinking man...only 6 songs but. I thought about it this is a greatest hits collection by the guys and for it include 6 new songs thats crazy. Because you normally get maybe 2 or 3 new songs at the maximum on a greatest hits collection if your lucky. But Matchbox Twenty surpasses that and then some. With new songs soon to be favorites " How Far We've Come", "These Hard Times" and "Can't Let You Go". Them scaling down to a foursome hasnt affected them at all as the guys are only starting to hit their stride on this one and i'm looking forward to their next full release as a quartet.

The collection has some of their songs released from various cds like "Yourself or Someone Like You" - Long Day, Push, 3 AM, Real World and Back 2 Good.

"Mad Season" - Bent, If You're Gone and Mad Season

"More Than You Think You Are" - Disease, Unwell and Bright Lights

A pretty good disbursing of their singles from their 3 previous efforts. It is more than satisfying to know the guys from MB20 are still enjoying what they do and keep bringing something for all the fans out there that enjoy their music.

This is a collection for anyone that is interested or were wondering what they are all about. Exile On Mainstream is worthy of your attention and hopefully purchase as well.

Enjoy and welcome back guys.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Vigil Swiger VINE VOICE on October 3, 2007
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Matchbox Twenty's lyrics on Exile on Mainstream's six new tracks are universally felt. The music is upbeat for most of the tracks, and the lyrics are dark in true MB20 fashion. The themes of Exile all have to do with relationships and seem to be discontent, uncertainty, regret and the inability to make amends. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. Kind of like waking up one day and thinking, `What is my life all about?' And then trying to make peace with what you've created. "These Hard Times" has the classic MB20 sound and is sure to please. "How Far We've Come" and "I'll Believe You When" are played in part during Monday Night Football.

Front man Rob Thomas performs outstanding vocals, and drummer Paul Doucette moved to guitar and does a superb job. Another fabulous album from a legendary band. This devoted fan is super satisfied.

If you're one of the few that haven't experienced Matchbox Twenty, you must buy this album. It's a great place to start.

This version is worth the extra cash because it includes two videos of the band talking about the making of the album, which includes clips of music videos. It also has a great photo collection and interactive features such as making your own remix and creating ringtones from any song. Also, if you register you will receive updated features when you insert the disc into your computer. MVI is on one disc and all 17 tracks are on the other.
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Exile is a greatest hits CD w/ 11 mb20 standards and possibly up to six new songs. The new single is "How Far We've Come" and other songs that could make the cut are, "I'll Believe You When...", "Can't Let You Go" and "These Hard Times". After the Exile... Read More
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