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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B002QXIMYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Chocolate
2. Chasing Cars
3. Crack the Shutters
4. Set the Fire to the Third Bar
5. Crazy in Love
6. Just Say Yes
7. Batten Down the Hatch
8. You're All I Have
9. Hands Open
10. Cartwheels
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Disc: 2
1. Take Back the City
2. Shut Your Eyes
3. An Olive Grove Facing the Sea [2009 Version] [Version]
4. Run
5. Give Me Strength
6. Signal Fire
7. Spitting Games
8. Open Your Eyes
9. Dark Roman Wine
10. Fifteen Minutes Old
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Editorial Reviews

2009 two CD collection from the Scottish/Irish Pop rockers. Snow Patrol are one of the biggest and boldest bands of the past decade. Over 15 years and five studio albums, the part Irish, part Scottish five piece have sketched heart-bruised ballads and arm-around-your-best-mate festival anthems, radio hits and moments of painful introspection. All of these have been gathered together for Up To Now, a 30 track, double album of singles, cover versions, rarities, album tracks and a handful of new songs. From their formation in Scotland in 1994, the band's hard-earned rise has seen them become one of the world's biggest bands, culminating in them selling over 10 million copies of their last three albums!

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Thank you for some great memories Snow Patrol.
Jason P. Baxter
This is by far the best greatest hits album since U2 released their 1980 - 1990 collection - a must have for any Snow Patrol fan.
Deanna in Cali
It isn't just because the music contained on these two discs is great, but also because it serves its purpose very well.
Dora

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Snow Patrol's career compilation is a great introduction of their chiming melodic-but-melancholic Rock sound to new listeners as it contains their hits and then some, but is also a delight to fans as it contains live versions of a couple of recordings ("Run" - which some think Leona Lewis did first, and "Chasing cars"), but also some rarities like "Signal fire" from the Spider-man 3 soundtrack, B-sides like their interesting cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in love" (with a spoken delivery from Gary Lightbody: Kind of tough imagining him shaking his tush like B though) and "PPP" (Post punk progression), and 3 new recordings; "Just Say Yes" (a UK top 20 hit), "Give Me Strength" and "Dark Roman Wine".

Not a greatest hits as such (though quite a number of their hits make the cut; "Chocolate", "Run", "Set the fire to the third bar" with Martha Wainwright and the Grammy-nominated "Chasing cars"), and spread over 2 discs, the 30 songs cover all 5 Snow Patrol albums - singles and album tracks included, as well as a couple of songs by Lightbody's side project Reindeer Section ("Cartwheels" and "You are my joy"). Also included is a Lightbody solo version of "An Olive Grove Facing the Sea".

The only tiny complaint one may have is that the songs are not chronologically arranged, allowing us to see the musical growth of the group, but still, this is a career retrospective with a difference. Essential!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dora on November 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Snow Patrol in 2004 when "Spitting Games" became an alternative radio hit. That prompted me to buy its parent album, Final Straw, and I was enough of a fan to also buy the follow-up, Eyes Open, which contains my favourite Snow Patrol song to date, "Hands Open." I decided to purchase Up to Now for a few reasons. Firstly, the lead single and one of three new tracks, "Just Say Yes," is great. Secondly, it allowed me to hear some of the material from their albums prior to Final Straw. Thirdly, it collected some cool non-album tracks, including the soundtrack single "Signal Fire" and such b-sides as "Post Punk Progression" (listed as "PPP" here) and "Crazy in Love."

I say all of this to explain why Up to Now is a five-star compilation. It isn't just because the music contained on these two discs is great, but also because it serves its purpose very well. For the curious who may only have heard a few songs and not own any albums, this set acts as an excellent overview. For casual fans like me, who own some of their prior releases, this collection acts as a good supplement. For big fans, the three new tracks are of such a high caliber that they will not disappoint, standing up well against some of the other highlights of Snow Patrol's catalogue featured here. Therefore, whether this would be your first Snow Patrol album, one of a few, or one of many, I can safely say it is a worthwhile purchase.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doublemom on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a great compilation for any Snow Patrol fan. It's not necessarily a "greatest hits" collection, but a great mix of well-known as well as more obscure songs, along with a few songs from the Reindeer Section. I have the CD/DVD deluxe version of Up To N0w, which includes the two CDs as well as a DVD with video documentaries, the full-length The Lightning Strike video that was used in their Take Back The Cities concert tour, and live concert footage of various songs. Well worth every penny, and a must for anyone who loves Snow Patrol.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Seeing how Philadelphia received a record amount of snow this winter, it seems fitting that reviewing this 30 song compilation by Ireland's Snow Patrol should be posted. Not just for the historical amount of white stuff dumped on my neighborhood, but for the cool music this double disc set contains. There's some deep talent to be found here. And I, for one, did not realize that Snow Patrol was almost a 15 year old group.

Those in the USA who came to Snow Patrol via their worldwide breakthrough "Chasing Cars" will be surprised by the artier songs that date prior to 2000. The band very quickly evolved into a slick alternative outfit and by 2003, the UK hits started coming off of Final Straw. The first song on "Up To Now" is the melancholy "Chocolate," which found lead Patrolman Gary Lightbody going for the lush world of "Coldplay." He also started writing stronger ballads, as "Run" will attest.

After that, Lightbody started swinging for the bleachers. The sound got noticeably bigger on Eyes Open, with both "Shut Your Eyes" and "Chasing Cars" making Snow Patrol now sounding more like band than the sum of their influences. There's also much more atmosphere than before, allowing the epic guitars to chime. When 2008's A Hundred Million Suns appeared, the band began hitting the kind of heights U2 often does, like "Take Back This City," Snow Patrol's hardest rocking single to date.
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