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Truly stupendous music.,
This review is from: Still On Top - The Greatest Hits [3 CD Box Set] (Audio CD)
Still on Top:Greatest Hits was originally released back in 2007 as a single disc 21 track set. For the more casual fan, it is still IMO the best option to get.
Now in 2008, Van Morrison has seen fit to re-release this set as an expanded 3 disc set with the same title. All of the 21 tracks from the single disc version are here but with the addition of 30 more tremendous tracks. While most die hard Van Morrison fans scoff at the idea of trying to distill his artistry to a compliation of sorts, this new 3 disc set represents the best option for people wanting to dig a lot deeper than the single disc version without having to buy individual albums.
The good part here is that all of the tracks are brilliantly remastered and each CD is almost maxed out close to 80 minutes. Disc One is just shy of 78 minutes, disc two is about 78 1/2 minutes and Disc Three is just shy of 79 minutes. One of my huge gripes when buying greatest hits CD's or anthologies is when they fail to max out the CD (or CD's) as much as they can to 80 minutes. Thankfully they didn't do that here and gave the buyer the absolute most music possible on 3 CD's.
The one thing I thought I would have a problem with is that the CD's aren't sequenced in chronological order. But upon listening to the set it's clear that Van Morrison sequenced each CD with a particular feel/mood in mind. This is most evident on Disc 3 which is very laid back and chilled out in a most relaxing and enjoyable way.
While there have been way too many compilation sets of Van Morrison's stuff over the years, I feel that this is the best one to get for people wanting a really thorough anthology of this legendary artist's long, long career.
For the more casual fan, the 2007 single disc set is still the best option for those seeking more of a lighter sampling of his work.
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Initial post: Jun 9, 2010 2:14:27 PM PDT
Darkest Star says:
Thanks for mentioning the remastering and that it is good.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 12:38:36 PM PST
Jonathan Schult says:
The collection may not follow anthology protocol (being chronological), but it is programmed like a good concert would be. That, and the genius of the music, is its saving grace.
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