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  • Vinyl (July 19, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • ASIN: B0052SNPAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19. Calling
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Editorial Reviews

Often cited as one of the Fat Wreck Chords flagship bands, Strung Out have cemented their prominence in the punk scene through their influential and constantly progressive sound. Over the course of their storied 20 years as a band they have spawned countless imitators, but none have been able to emulate Strung Out s scorching blend of aggressive metal riffs and captivating melodies. With 7 full-lengths, 2 eps, a live album, and a b-sides album to their credit, the band s catalog is formidable, to say the least. With this in mind, and conscious of the fact that they are consistently welcoming new fans into the fold, Strung Out decided it was high time to put together Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out. Not a whimsically compiled list of a few popular songs for the casual fan, the band made a concerted effort to make Top Contenders just as enticing to the droves of seasoned Strung Out fans out there as well. After tirelessly poring over their vast catalog of songs and bickering (song tears were shed, and even a little blood) over which would make the cut, the guys eventually concocted a track list truly worthy of a Strung Out best of. Not satisfied to stop there, the band headed into the studio to record 3 brand new songs for inclusion on the album. Even further, in an effort to deliver the optimal product for both new and established fans, they enlisted the talents of Ryan Greene the mastermind behind their breakout album Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues, as well as producer to many other Fat Wreck mainstays including NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Lagwagon, Propagandhi, No Use For A Name, Good Riddance, Snuff, and Hi-Standard) to remix every one of the 26 tracks on Top Contenders. Finally, to compete the fans first sentiment of the album, the layout boasts an homage to their diehard followers with a stunning collage including nearly 500 photos of fans adorned with Strung Out logo tattoos. All in all, the thoughtful construction that went into Top Contenders creates a collection that serves as both a perfect musical reference point for inexperienced listened and a thank you to Strung Out enthusiasts.

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Anyways, stop reading this review and just buy it already.
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"Top Contenders" is like a greatest hit of their most popular songs in career.
***Doum666***
They also recorded 3 brand new songs, which are excellent.
J. Sweet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shane on July 20, 2011
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So you already own all the songs and your wondering if it's worth it or not? Yes, absolutely! The remixes are awesome as well as the three new songs. Some of the remixes will leave you saying "now that's how the song should have been originally mixed" and a few sound like they have barely been changed at all but overall it is enough to justify spending the money. I left off one star because the greatest hits collection does not exactly correspond with my idea of Strung Out's greatest hits but I'm sure we all have a different idea of what should be on here right?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Sweet on January 7, 2012
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I have been following Strung Out for the past 10 years and this CD is a great compilation of some of their best work. Does this cd have everything? Not quite...but this cd would be over 50 tracks if they included everyones personal favorites (Although Vampires and No Voice of Mine would sound amazing remastered). So is this collection worth getting even if you already own the records? Totally! These remastered tracks sound amazing and you can hear whole new layers of sound that are not as crisp on the originals. I felt like I was hearing some of my favorite Strung Out songs for the first time all over again. They also recorded 3 brand new songs, which are excellent. Lagwagon just remastered all of their albums and I hope Strung Out eventually does the same. I would not hesitate to buy every album all over again with this type of amazing production.
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By Dan Clements on February 17, 2014
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All of my favorite songs are here, and all of the old versions have been replaced with fully-remastered additions. This is a must-have for any fan of the band.
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