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Retrospective 1995-2005

Natalie MerchantAudio CD
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It was after Natalie Merchant had completed her debut effort for Nonesuch Records—2010’s ambitious Leave Your Sleep, in which she set to original music other writers’ poetry, nursery rhymes, and lullabies—that she realized the words she really wanted to concentrate on were once again her own.

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B0009NR7YK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Following a phenomenal early run in the '80s and '90s with alt-rock sensations 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant went on to even greater success as a solo artist. Her 1995 solo debut Tigerlily delivered the Billboard Top 10 Smash 'Carnival', as well as 'Wonder' and 'Jealousy', #20 and #23, respectively. Through subsequent albums, Merchant's emotive vocals and literate songs have established her as one of the most distinctive and popular women in contemporary pop-rock. Compiled by Natalie herself, Rhino's new collection represents her first-ever solo "best of", beautifully highlighting her socially conscious and melodious signature style. Elektra. 2005.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Since Natalie Merchant went solo 10 years ago, she has released only 5 albums, and that includes the "Live in Concert" album, so really only 4 studio albums.

"Retrospective 1995-2005" (13 tracks, 60 min.) brings a nice chronological overview of Natalie's greatest hits, and the use of that term is loose at best, as there really have been only a few mainstream hits on the first 2 albums. It makes sense then that the bulk of his collection centers around those songs: 8 of the 13 tracks are from the "Tigerlily" and "Ophelia" albums, including the true hits "Wonder", "Carnival" and "Kind and Generous". The last third of the album gives us the best tracks from "Motherland" and the independently released "The House Carpenter's Daughter". While these songs are not hits, they are mesmerizing nevertheless. Check out "Motherland" and "Sally Ann". At 60 min., they could easily have added a couple more songs, such as "Just Can't Last" (from "Motherland") and "Space Oddity" (from "Live in Concert")

If you are a casual Natalie Merchant fan (if there is such a thing), this collection will do the trick. Or you may want to stick with just "Tigerlily" if you are looking for the 10,000 Maniacs sound. But for the fanatical Natalie Merchant fans, who have all the albums already, it makes no sense to buy this collection. Instead, head on over to the "Limited Edition" of this set, which includes a second CD with covers, duets, rarities, and unreleased tracks. I rate that collection close to 5 stars.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction To Natalie Merchant November 23, 2005
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This CD is a very good introduction to the solo works of Natalie Merchant. I am a bit more of a fan of 10,000 Maniacs and her earlier solo work, and while no CD retrospective meets everyone's desires, I think this set is good for the fan who is just starting to appreciate Natalie; fans who own all of her solo CDs would be advised to skip this CD entirely (as they already own all the material), or better yet pay a few dollars more for the limited edition of this set which contains a second CD of rarities and lesser known gems.

The CD is great in that it features the big hits (including my favorite, "Jealousy") as well as cuts which were largely ignored by the mainstream (though they shouldn't have been.)

In an age of popular music where the recording industry can't wait to get the newest augmented pop princess on the cover of "People" magazine, Natalie Merchant stands out: she is not flashy; rather she is graceful and humble. She also has one thing going for her which is so often sadly missing in the contemporary music world: genuine talent. If you are not familiar with Natalie Merchant, this is a great place to start. If you are familiar with her, then you probably own her CDs already.

I recommend this CD to any fan of thoughtful, original music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natlie Merchant is wonderful August 25, 2011
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This one of the best cd's I have ever had I will listen to it over and over. I love Natlie's voice and enjoy all of her music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Natalie Merchant November 28, 2007
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After leaving 10,000 Maniacs at the peak of their career (MTV Unplugged), Natalie Merchant struck artistic and commercial paydirt with Tigerlily. It was the closest thing to a Maniacs sound out of the four studio albums she has recorded in the years leading up to this retrospective. Each of the albums after found Merchant, never a wallflower when it came to activism, making her albums more socially adept and - once Motherland hit - edgier.

Natalie is at her best when she explores the middle ground between her folk music and singer/songwriter tendencies. Both "Wonder" and "Kind and Generous" could have been from the Joni Mitchell songbook. "Motherland" (love the accordion) picks at urban sprawl and blind consumerism. T-Bone Burnett drew out a deeper voice from Natalie, and it rates as one of her finest songs. (Joan Baez has since covered it on Dark Chords on a Big Guitar.) The journey that "Motherland" started went further on The House Carpenter's Daughter, where she and alt-folk The Horseflies tackled old school folk songs with a great deal of verve. Of course, it was so left-field that it became her first album to not hit the top 100.

This is a great casual introduction to one of the 80's and 90's finest vocalists. She kept her integrity as she grew into new forms of singing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album December 21, 2009
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I read somewhere that Natalie could sing an auto insurance commercial and you would listen to her. She is a great singer in her own right. This album proves it. It is a good collections of her best known song. It is a must for someone who needs a little taste of her work.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Her first 10 solo years. September 27, 2005
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Well I hope this isn't a retirement statement. However, it's a nice collection, even if it's a bit short. We get 4 tracks from her most popular album "Tigerlily", 4 from "Ophelia", 3 from "Motherland", and 2 from "The House Carpenters Daughter". I would have liked a new or unreleased track, or something from her live album like her "After The Gold Rush" cover. I almost wonder if her first album is overall better than this collection is, and I know I'm slightly still more of a 10,000 Maniacs fan. There's a deluxe edition of "Greatest Hits" also, that comes with a bonus disc of extras for the mega-fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie for ever
Love, love, love this cd. Love Natalie. great song selection.
Published 7 days ago by Curious Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A MUST HAVE for all Natalie Merchant fans!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Wonderful. Everything I expected from Natalie.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Retrospective
This CD saved me money as it has many of the best songs. I like this artist's strong alto voice. It is soothing.
Published 3 months ago by Elf
2.0 out of 5 stars This review is for the shipping - not the CD
I know its coming from the UK and considering that, the shipping was cheap. But I thought planes flew in and out of London for quite some time now. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bookreader
5.0 out of 5 stars natalie merchant
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Published 5 months ago by judy corlett
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite singer
I love Natalie Merchant. Her voice, style and grace make her a unique talent. This album captures all her best hits over the years...
Published 7 months ago by howard Toder
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I have two 10,000 Maniacs CDs that I love, so I thought I might live this too. Not so much. It is okay.
Published 9 months ago by EJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Natalie Merchant
Love Natalie Merchant - wanted the CD instead of electronic version. I am glad that a new product was available for so reasonable a price
Published 11 months ago by Salesman
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, melodic
I am listening to the album every day. I'm just amazed I never realized how good Natalie is before. My fave is Build Yourself a Levee.
Published 18 months ago by J. H. Page
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