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This Is Music: The Singles 92-98

November 2, 2004 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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4:06
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4:49
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5:28
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5:04
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3:36
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3:39
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4:25
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5:05
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8:21
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5:58
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4:58
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 1, 2004
  • Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2004 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:07:22
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  • ASIN: B000TENMXE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,050 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Fear on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Many stateside listeners know The Verve only from the song "Bittersweet Symphony," or perhaps the album Urban Hymns. For these listeners, there is a wealth of great music to be found on this greatest hits album. Songs such as "This is Music" and "History" are easily on par with the better known tracks from Urban Hymns, such as the gems "The Drugs Don't Work" and "Lucky Man." Fans will surely have favorite songs that didn't meet the "singles" requirement for inclusion on this album. For me, "So Sister" would have completed this 5 Star effort. However, it's pretty safe to say that this is the best of The Verve, and therefore some of the best music around. If you already own all of these tracks then you might be dissapointed with this package--there are two new tracks, but no live or rare material (thus, the label "Singles"). Still worth the price of admission for Verve fans.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Todd Jr. on January 13, 2005
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The title of my review is not meant as a put down of, say, Radiohead, Blur, Suede, Oasis, etc.(all worthy bands); but, IMHO this single disc overview of the Verve's output is terrific for both the general enthusiast of great Britpop, as well as those who have the other Verve c.d.'s. (The 2 unreleased tracks are also very good.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on March 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the few bands that I feel I've been actually lucky to have gotten to know. Once you just sit and listen to them, and the music grabs you, it's a beautiful thing. This is a great singles collection, and includes most of the essential tunes from "Urban Hymns", the excellent "History" and "On Your Own" from the "A Northern Soul" album, "Blue", and some amazing extras. Had this been a "best of", I would have also wanted "Already There" and "One Day", but it can't have it all. Also, the booklet doesn't really say anything about the songs, or which album they came from, it's mostly just pictures. Overall, the most I can really say, is that he who listens to The Verve, is a "Lucky Man".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Magpie on December 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This collection is a good way to be introduced to The Verve but the tracks taken from the album "A Storm In Heaven," "Slide Away" and "Blue" are not so much remastered as remixed, bringing Richard Ashcroft's vocals to the forefront instead of letting them swirl through Nick McCabe's amazing guitar work as on the original album. I was incredibly disappointed by this decision as "A Storm In Heaven" is a powerful album as it was originally mixed and was I was looking forward to hearing the two tracks remastered on this collection. I sincerely hope this isn't a sign of what's to come if all three Verve albums are remastered. "A Storm In Heaven" is an amazing album and if it is to be remastered, the sound should be expanded, not re-done. Whether this is Richard Ashcroft's ego interfering and trying to re-write history (no pun intended) or just a poor choice by the album producer I'm not sure. For excellent examples of remastering work, see the remasters of the entire Slowdive catalog and The Jesus and Mary Chain. For an example of a poor remastering job where tracks were re-done, see Tori Amos' collection "Tales Of A Librarian."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Alexander on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
how aamzing i feel hen i hear this collection of their best work the singles. i own all three of their albums and the eps but this has a few extras that i couldnt live without. included is the extended version of gravity grave, which alone is worth the money. the extended jam on gravity grave is impeccable. then there's the amazing new songs that are included as well called monte carlo and this could be my moment. monteo carlo has a bass heavy sound and for once nick mccabes guitar isnt so in your face, which is not bad now and then. this could..is a great tune with a lot of catchiness to it and a good pop ready hit. i can see why they left it off urban hymns though, it sounded a but silly compared to those anthemic tunes. if you're a verve fan, this is one album you cannot live without. although i dont suggest you buy 1the companion dvd for this album considering their early videos were undeservingly bad. the songs were so amazing but their videos...pfft. anyway, get this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Murray on November 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The epilogue to the The Verve's six-year-long meteoric rise to Britrock fame, This Is Music is a compilation of all of Verve's singles plus two tracks from their Urban Hymns period. First, I must say that overall this is a marvellous CD: all of the songs on This Is Music are brilliantly placed so that they flow together seamlessly. Instead of being a tired rehash of Urban Hymns plus a few other singles, This Is Music exhibits the whole spectrum of Verve's sublime sound, from their trippy early style to their glorious, more mainstream late period. I found every song on this CD to be a delight, except one: "This Could Be My Moment" is a simple pop song that is totally incongruous with the rest of the CD and would be more appropriate on Richard Ashcroft's debut album Alone With Everybody, or possibly Escapology by Robbie Williams. However, the rest of the CD more than makes up for what "This Could Be My Moment" lacks. In some way, every song shows something else Richard Ashcroft can do vocally: during the CD, he not only sings, but also moans, warbles, whispers, and screams, to name but a few. Ashcroft's vocals are complemented yet never overpowered by Nick McCabe's stellar guitar playing. "Gravity Grave" in particular displays the subtleties of McCabe's style and the band's overall astounding musicality.

In closing, This Is Music is a fabulous CD that I would recommend to fellow Verve fans as well as to anyone just curious about the band, because music of this quality simply does not and cannot disappoint :)
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