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on November 9, 2005
Ian Brown is never one for understatement. The Greatest is a collection of the best of all of his solo albums, some of them very unavailable or rare in America. Koch has just recently released them here in new versions, after the minor success of Solarized. His solo work in the past eight years is not as great as some of the Stone Roses is very distinguished and accomplished. He has definitely developed his sound and brought in some exotic sounds. Some of his early stuff like "My Star" has those sitar sounds. Much of his music was in collaboration with Aziz Ibrahim. "Can't See Me" is a very Stone Roses type of track. It was written with Mani. There are a few UNKLE songs in collaboration with DJ Shadow like "Be There" and "Reign" which are excellent. One of my favorites is "Love Like A Fountain." Brown explains his theory of evolution on "Dolphins Were Monkeys." Another fan favorite is "F.E.A.R." The song "Forever And A Day" is one of the better hard rocking songs with Dave McCracken. It almost could be an Oasis song. No sooner said, than we have also the Noel Gallagher song "Keep What You Got." Check the video. "Longsight M13" is one of the trippy late songs that is pretty cool. "Lovebug" is a little silly. Ian Brown will be remembered for his impact on British music. If it was up to him, he would take credit for Oasis and any bands that look like him. The Stone Roses and Ian Brown managed to fuse dance music, drug culture and rock music. Ian Brown looks like a freaky guy now. But the music is overall very high quality.