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Looking at the track list, it seemed like a truly complete and well-rounded Al compilation--all his greatest hits over his career. The songs really are that good, and the track listing represents itself. In fact, the only song I personally miss is "Living in the Fridge" (parody of Aerosmith's "Living on the Edge").
So besides the songs, what else is there? Well... there's a great essay by Steven Thomas of The Onion/AV Club, and there is a wealth of photos from over Al's 30 year career. All of that adds to the overall value of the package for me. It's also a really good way to introduce new and casual fans to more of Al's work.
A good, cheaper greatest hits set.
The boxed Permanent Record is better even though his newer songs will not be on it.
My favorites "Yoda", "The Saga Begins" & "Jurassic Park" are here. Yes, an over 30 year "Star Wars" fan & collector here.
This set is missing some songs I would have liked to see on it. "Addicted to Spuds", "Money For Nothing" a personal favorite, my favorite part of his 1989 film "UHF" "Gandhi II".
It is a good CD set with newer songs as said above, but get "Permanent Record" the four disc set. It is better with more older material.
However, there are a few key tracks from this compilation that have gone MIA. How could this collection not include "Headline News". As any Yankovic knows, this was a parody from the Crash Test Dummies "Mmm,Mmm,Mmm,Mmm" hit. In all honesty, I like Weird Al's rendition of this song better than the original. Besides the song, the music video for "Headline News" is hysterical. To exclude this song from this collection is a travesty, and thus I have to knock a star off this review for this unbelievable omission. The omissions of "Achy Breaky Song" and "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" also are unacceptable. I am not sure if Weird Al had a say-so in the song selection, but keeping these tracks, as well as some others really hurts the album's "essential" label.
Those unfamiliar with his earliest recordings may be surprised by their low technical quality. Al started out playing a solo accordion in low tech recording environment. Many found out about him from the syndicated "Dr. Demento" radio show in the 1970s. After acquiring a full band his music was much more technically proficient. Purchasers can see the evolution of a one-man accordion parody song writer to a full band with solid playing ability doing song parodies.
I don't know if you could call me a big fan of Al but I have been to see him in concert. After many concerts I have seen I still rank Weird Al as one of the best performers ever. He puts the type of energy you would expect into the show and then some.
Two or three years later, a random thought of him made me decide to listen to some samples on iTunes. I sampled "Smells Like Nirvana", previously mentioned, and was EXPLODING with laughter, partly to the fact that it pokes fun at Kurt Cobain's "unintelligible" lyrics to almost EVERY song he wrote. I knew I was hooked instantly (mostly to the fact I like comedy, such as Jeff Dunham's), and went ahead and bought this. I was more than just laughing.
I was EXPLODING WITH IT!
One thing I like about this compilation is that he can parody almost any song, and still have room for originals. Also, most of the lyrics to his songs actually MATCH the title. And getting the original guys from "Ridin'" to sing on "White & Nerdy", and rapping so fast, you almost need lyrics... or is that actually HIM singing in the chorus?
You can listen to this album 100+ times and STILL enjoy it. Yeah, sure, laughing may wear off in time, but it is STILL pretty darn funny even if it gets old.
The opening track, "Another One Rides the Bus", his very first song, got me laughing pretty good, especially when he says "There's a suitcase poking me in the rib/There's an elbow in my ear". This is definitely a favorite of mine. (In case I need to explain, it pokes fun at Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".Read more ›
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Essential compilation of his work! Completists, don't miss the extended "Night Santa Went Crazy!"Published 2 months ago by William Patrick Maynard
weird als the man I love every thing he does but my fav is the song then spend one more night with you I believe its called been a while since I originally heard it though newPublished 4 months ago by destry prysiazny