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The Essential 3.0 Weird Al Yankovic


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Few would have guessed that “Weird Al” Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now in his fourth career decade, he has won 3 Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades ... Read more in Amazon's Weird Al Yankovic Store

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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B003XSWL3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Another One Rides The Bus
2. Polkas On 45
3. Eat It
4. I Lost On Jeopardy
5. Yoda
6. One More Minute
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Since You've Been Gone
2. Amish Paradise (Parody of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio)
3. Gump (Parody of "Lump" by The Presidents Of The United States)
4. Everything You Know Is Wrong
5. The Night Santa Went Crazy
6. Your Horoscope For Today
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Ricky
2. Midnight Star
3. Living With A Hernia
4. Good Old Days
5. Wanna B Ur Lovr
6. Genius In France

Editorial Reviews

Each Essential Limited Edition 3.0 expanded 3-CD set features the biggest hits and best-loved songs from superstar artists, including material not previously available in an Essential package
Definitive, career-spanning and comprehensive, The Essential 3.0 series features all of the must-have selections from the biggest names in music history--now with a 3rd disc!
Now available for the first time in eco-friendly cardboard packaging. The Essential Series has sold more than 18 million units worldwide across 60+ titles!

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Weird Al rocks!
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Some fans may even see buying this album for the CD insert booklet alone as making this a must purchase addition to their collection.
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My son has gotten many hours of enjoyment from this album.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By JulieM on October 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I picked this up yesterday, not realizing it was the day the album was released. I just saw Al on CD, and that caught my attention. I'd always been a fan, but the only other album I own is Alapalooza on cassette. So it seemed like a perfect excuse to expand my collection.

Looking at the track list, it seemed like a truly complete and well-rounded Al compilation--all his greatest hits over his career. The songs really are that good, and the track listing represents itself. In fact, the only song I personally miss is "Living in the Fridge" (parody of Aerosmith's "Living on the Edge").

So besides the songs, what else is there? Well... there's a great essay by Steven Thomas of The Onion/AV Club, and there is a wealth of photos from over Al's 30 year career. All of that adds to the overall value of the package for me. It's also a really good way to introduce new and casual fans to more of Al's work.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dani Byrne on August 31, 2010
Format: Audio CD
OK, I do have all these on various tapes, cd's, and actual LP records, but It's great to have (most of) my favorites gathered up in one heap. This makes it easier to share them with others who have hitherto been deprived of the "Al-sperience". The quality is very good, and the lineup is well thought out(although I realize everyone has their own 'best lineup').Buy it. Buy more for your friends. Buy some for your enemies!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mskrisclark on March 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Al's since I heard "Another One Rides the Bus"

A good, cheaper greatest hits set.
The boxed Permanent Record is better even though his newer songs will not be on it.

My favorites "Yoda", "The Saga Begins" & "Jurassic Park" are here. Yes, an over 30 year "Star Wars" fan & collector here.

This set is missing some songs I would have liked to see on it. "Addicted to Spuds", "Money For Nothing" a personal favorite, my favorite part of his 1989 film "UHF" "Gandhi II".

It is a good CD set with newer songs as said above, but get "Permanent Record" the four disc set. It is better with more older material.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brad K. Beahm on October 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Weird Al Yankovic has had a very successful career poking fun at some of best-known songs in the music industry. Who could forget his parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad" or "Beat It". Personally, I really love the parody of The President's of the United States of America. "Gump" definitely has to be up there with some of the finest and well crafted songs he has ever performed.

However, there are a few key tracks from this compilation that have gone MIA. How could this collection not include "Headline News". As any Yankovic knows, this was a parody from the Crash Test Dummies "Mmm,Mmm,Mmm,Mmm" hit. In all honesty, I like Weird Al's rendition of this song better than the original. Besides the song, the music video for "Headline News" is hysterical. To exclude this song from this collection is a travesty, and thus I have to knock a star off this review for this unbelievable omission. The omissions of "Achy Breaky Song" and "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" also are unacceptable. I am not sure if Weird Al had a say-so in the song selection, but keeping these tracks, as well as some others really hurts the album's "essential" label.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pearlman on November 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The disappointment in realizing that WAY decided not to include "Ricky", his first Hot 100 hit and a double parody of "Mickey" and "I Love Lucy", is more than offset by the 38 funny tunes that are here. I've played "Your Horoscope For Today" about ten times and laughed out loud every time. I'm also glad to have "White and Nerdy" since I am very old and allergic to (legal or illegal) downloading. Overall the funniest CD since "Britney Spears: The Singles Collection" and you need to buy it, especially at the lovely current Amazon price of (deleted in case it changes someday).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Purple Menace on November 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I wish i could say I was an old school weird Al fan, but I'm nowhere near old enough. I can say that I was a fan before the huge White and Nerdy wave swept over my school. There is a great selection of songs on here. Of course it covers all the major singles like Eat it,Like a Surgeon,Amish Paradise,White and Nerdy,and the very old, Another One Rides the Bus. This song, going by his behind the music, was originally recorded in a bathroom in his college.

I saw another reviewer bring up the exclusion of Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies. This does suck because otherwise you'd have to get it on the UHF album. This album had very few highlights and is only really good if you a big fan of the UHF movie. Which you should be because that movie was awesome and would have been a big hit if Indy Jones hadn't also come out. But that's just my opinion. This is a great album for new fans of Mr. Yankovic, especially at a price of 14 bucks for 38 songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on February 24, 2014
Format: Audio CD
this is an awesome cd it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are

disc one

1. Another One Rides The Bus
3. Eat It
4. I Lost On Jeopardy
5. Yoda
7. Like A Surgeon
8. Dare To Be Stupid
10. Lasagna
12. Fat
13. UHF(Single Version)
15. Trigger Happy
16. Smells Like Nirvana
18. Bedrock Anthem
20. Jurassic Park

disc 2

2. Amish Paradise
3. Gump
7. It's All About The Pentiums
8. The Saga Begins
10. Ebay
13. Ill Sue Ya
17. White & Nerdy

Disc 3

1. Ricky
3. Living with a Hernia
6. Genius In France

all of weird al's songs are good but these are the best. if you have not listend to this cd then i reommend you do
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