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  • Vinyl (March 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00347ZYES
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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2010 is the year of the long-awaited PAVEMENT reunion tour, already including 4 sold-out shows in Central Park, headlining major festivals allover the world, and in general underlining the frenzy that awaits the first performances of one of the most important band of the 1990s in a decade. This remastered mid-priced, 23-track Greatest Hits collection, chosen by the band, ranges from their Top 10Modern Rock hit "Cut Your Hair" to nearly all their singles, some underrated album tracks, 3 choice pre-Matador cuts and one obscure compilation track singing the praises of REM (?!).

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Buisman on April 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I guess Pavement fans have always been different. Maybe not the most social and certainly not the most mainstream people. Lovers of good alternative music but not necessarily sharing a need to show this to the outside world. They were called slackers, and were not wearing the designer clothing but also not wearing the metal spikes. They could easily have worked in an office or library and were never a "threat to society".

Pavement played a big role in my teenage years. My first introduction to the band was in 1994 with the single `Cut Your Hair' and album "Crooked Rain Crooked Rain". CRCR to this day remains my favorite. It still has the lo-fi wackiness of "Slanted & Enchanted" but already showed glimpses of finely tuned songs on later albums. In my case it is the same as with many other fans, the first Pavement album you heard is your favorite and will carve out a part in your personal history.

I didn't know a lot of Pavement fans in high school, in fact I didn't really know anyone who shared my taste in music, apart from the friends who I introduced it to. But I didn't care, it was good to have something you love just for yourself sometimes.

Pavement didn't seem to care about how songs should be played or written. CRCR didn't really start like `Nevermind' or `Highway 61' did. You were lured into an album that seemed to have been there for some time already. The structure of the songs was strange, the chords were strange and the two drummers were just plain weird. And the lyrics? Well, you knew they were highly intelligent but you also had no clue what Malkmus was singing about. But it seemed to work. It was how I wanted to be. Don't do a lot of things but give the world pure brilliance when you decided it was time to give it to them.
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By Michael P. Kelty on September 2, 2013
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It could stand to be longer as it is missing some obvious gems, but that is bound to be a complaint for any Pavement fan. This band was a big deal to me back in the 90s. I'm happy to see them being remastered.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
With hindsight it was no great surprise that when Damon Albarn tired of the rat race that had become Britpop he turned his focus to Pavement possibly the greatest American band (along with Wilco) of the past 20 years. The subsequent album "Blur" did indeed caused significant tensions between one time friends Albarn and the creative genius behind Pavement, rocks answer to Einstein, Stephen Malkmus. No need to recount the feud here suffice it to say that I would give up every Blur album I own if it came down to a straight choice to retaining any one of the following three Pavement albums namely "Brighten the Corners", "Slanted & Enchanted" or "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" by Pavement.

Why is such an endearingly shambolic band so loved? After all some of their incoherent performances were legendary and generated such antagonism that they were often booed off stage. Indeed at one time they revelled in the self appointed label of "The Band That Ruined Lollapallooza" as a result of a particularly anarchic performance. It was because of this that they were often dubbed the American "Wire" or more precisely the American "Fall"/ These are comparisons that in this reviewers eyes can only be viewed as wonderful compliments to reputation of an already great band and you will do no wrong checking out Pavements cover of Mark E Smith's "The Classicist".

"Quarantine of the past" is a thorough if rather badly sequenced "best of" (what do you expect?) and contains enough delights to keep both old and new Pavement fans roundly satisfied.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Boyd on March 26, 2010
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Can't post my review from [...] because it refers readers to earlier reviews of Wowee Zowee, Brighten the Corners and Stephen Malkmus' Pig Lib, all GREAT albums. But this CD is noteworthy to Pavement fans because 1) the remastered tracks are well done and are yet another step to improving the sound quality of your digital library; 2) while tracks are, yes, out of order (big deal), there are some curious selections (apparantly made by Pavement themselves), which makes it more of a "Songs The Band Wants You To Remember" release; and finally, 3)I am just completely psyched that the band will tour this year. Last saw them in 19-dickety-doo (like, 1994ish in Asheville, NC) and they were a tight band.

Not much of a review, because there is nothing all that new here. Love the band, great new remastered versions of an eclectic selection of Pavement tunes. Fans should suck it up and buy it. Newcomers to the band should start from scratch in order to appreciate the band's evolution in sound and style.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maelje on January 31, 2011
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A great collection, made even better by the quality of the vinyl edition and the inclusion of the download. NICE!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a darn good set of quirky alterna-pop from the for-now-reunited 90's underground DIY darlings, Pavement. Of course, I have the proper releases (and expanded re-releases), but with my completists' mentality, I had to invest in this one, too.

Easy to sum this one up: If you aren't a Pavement freak, or are just curious about the band, this is a great place to start. If you're a Pavement freak and are anything of a completist, then you have to have this one as well.

The winners in all this? Pavement, of course. If novices & freaks alike are buying this one, then they stand to rake in a pretty penny, right?

Oh well . . . hard to bitch too much. If I wanted what these guys are enjoying, I should've practiced my guitar a little more.

Bottom line: Buy this one too. I know, I know . . . but the songs were hand-picked by the band, they've been remastered, and they sound great in the car. And best of all, the price is right. Especially if you're willing to go the amazon marketplace route. So quit stalling and just do it, OK?
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