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The Best Of Men At Work: Contraband

April 2, 1996 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 2, 1996
  • Release Date: April 2, 1996
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:03:56
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  • ASIN: B00138F2T2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,108 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lincicome on June 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Few bands epitomize the 1980s like Men At Work did. Out of nowhere (well okay, Austraila), the Men burst open the scene with funny videos and songs with irresistible hooks. I was a fan from the first time I heard Greg Ham's sax intro into "Who Can It Be Now?" But buried under the amusing visuals and catchy hooks were underlying themes of fear and isolation -- prevalent attitudes during a decade in which we lived under the threat of nuclear war (expressed well in "It's a Mistake"). All of the best are here, including "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive," "Overkill" and "Down Under." However, one of the strongest tracks is the overlooked "Hard Luck Story," a song about a man who's experienced the ways of the world -- and doesn't like what he's seen. It's a reminder that we create our own misery by persecuting and rejecting others. Other favorites include the beautiful ballad "Maria," the goofy "I Like To," and the wistful "Still Life." An all-around good collection of one of the best bands to emerge from the outbacks of Austraila -- or anywhere. Would love to see a reunion.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. Harris on November 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This american Hits compilation is adequate and the sound of the disc is quite good. A few minor quibbles with song selection. This disc includes five selections from the Men's third, somewhat obscure third album. But the one american hit from that album, "Everything I Need", is missing, as is another called "Sail to You." Also not included are the songs(not on any of the three albums) "The Longest Night" and "Shintaro." These songs are included on their import best of called "The Works." Having said that, this disc sounds much better. I'm also glad to see they included "Down by the Sea", the best Men song of all. Good starter disc or overview, but the true fan needs to have this and the "Works." Enjoy!
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on January 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
During 1982-83, Austrailia's most succesful bar band Men at Work were about the biggest musical phenomenon on the planet. They combined good songwriting, a sense of humor and decent charisma into a commerically powerful brew that carried a half dozen or so of their singles onto the U.S. charts. Their first two albums, "Business as Usual" and "Cargo" were massive sellers and I will admit to having played them on vinyl until they were worn out. Unfortunately, their success went to their heads and after a dreadful attempt to be taken seriously with their 1985 third album "Two Hearts," they faded into obscurity.
Their greatest hits album features enough of their best moments from those first two albums to make it worthwhile for anyone interested in the nostalgia. Unfortunately, it also contains a number of songs from their disasterous third album that weaken the overall package. Nevertheless, if you loved pop gems such as "Who Can it Be Now?" "Down Under," "Be Good Johnny" and "Overkill," this album is for you. It also gets a bonus star for including the lengthy "Down by the Sea," which is the excellent non-hit closing track from the first album.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By El Grande on November 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'll have to concur with the reviewer "El Marco", who inexplicably is the only reviewer to have noted the poor sound on this CD.

While the collection of songs by a band I like is fine, the mastering of this disc is nothing short of a crime. After hearing "Be Good Johnny" on my iPod for the first time, the horrible distortion of the cymbal crashes mad me figure I'd ripped the CD at the wrong bitrate. Checking my iTunes settings, I saw that it was no different from any other CD I'd ripped, so I pulled the CD back out to see what was what. Listening to the disc directly, the same flaws I noticed on my iPod are there in the original recording (which I'd not listened to critically before I put it on my player). Every track (not just "Be Good Johnny") that I care about sounds bad, either because of distorted cymbal crashes, muddy overall sound, poor bass, or a maddening shifting of the stereo image left and right across the soundstage.

Listening to this CD through headphones, you will be driven to tears by the realization that someone mucked up the transfer BIG TIME. Basically, the CD sounds as though it was produced from a bunch of 96bps MP3 tracks stolen off of Kazaa and then burned to disc. I wish I were exaggerating, but truly, this is easily one of the ten worst-sounding commercially produced CD's in my 1000+ disc collection.

Four stars for the selection of music, minus-3 stars for the sound quality. The quality of this CD is inexcusable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the early years of MTV Men at Work was a phenomenon. They had creative videos and unique, catchy music. The group launched a string of hits in 1982 and 1983, with their success finally winding down with the release of the 1985 album "Two Hearts," which yielded no bona fide hits. The group's success and popularity well exceeded their three album release, and those of us who were there when MTV launched remember them fondly.

The group actually released only three albums, "Business as Usual," in 1981, "Cargo," in 1983, and "Two Hearts," in 1985. In 1998, two of the original members of Men at Work released "Brazil," a live album that contains some different music from their original three albums.

The music on this CD is a "best of" rather than a "greatest hits." The name is appropriate given that the group hardly had enough hits to scrape together a greatest hits collection. However, the music on this CD is typically very good, with only a few lesser works. The best music is generally the music released as singles and a few others. "Who Can it Be Now," "Down Under," "It's a Mistake," "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive," and "Overkill." Several other songs are of a quality similar to these, "Underground," "Upstairs in My House," "Be Good Johnny," and "Down by the Sea." The remaining seven songs are of varying quality, depending on your personal taste.

Others have recommended "The Essential Men at Work" over this collection. However, that CD is missing "Down by the Sea" and "Upstairs in My House." Conversely, that album has "Blue for You," "I Can See It in Your Eyes," and "Everything I Need.
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