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The Essential Weird Al Yankovic 3.0

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Each Essential Limited Edition 3.0 expanded 3-CD set features the biggest hits and best-loved songs from superstar artists, including material not previously available in an Essential package
Definitive, career-spanning and comprehensive, The Essential 3.0 series features all of the must-have selections from the biggest names in music history--now with a 3rd disc!
Now available for the first time in eco-friendly cardboard packaging. The Essential Series has sold more than 18 million units worldwide across 60+ titles!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Another One Rides the Bus
  2. Polkas On 45
  3. Eat It
  4. I Lost On Jeopardy
  5. Yoda
  6. One More Minute
  7. Like a Surgeon
  8. Dare to Be Stupid
  9. Dog Eat Dog
  10. Lasagna
  11. Melanie
  12. Fat
  13. UHF
  14. The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota
  15. Trigger Happy
  16. Smells Like Nirvana
  17. You Don't Love Me Anymore
  18. Bedrock Anthem
  19. Frank's 2000" TV
  20. Jurassic Park

Disc: 2

  1. Since You've Been Gone
  2. Amish Paradise (Parody of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio)
  3. Gump (Parody of "Lump" by The Presidents of the United States)
  4. Everything You Know Is Wrong
  5. The Night Santa Went Crazy
  6. Your Horoscope for Today
  7. It's All About the Pentiums (An adaptation of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy)
  8. The Saga Begins (Lyrical Adaption of "American Pie")
  9. Albuquerque
  10. Ebay (Parody of "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys)
  11. Bob
  12. Hardware Store
  13. I'll Sue Ya
  14. Canadian Idiot (Parody of "American Idiot" by Green Day)
  15. Pancreas
  16. Don't Download This Song
  17. White & Nerdy (Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone)
  18. Trapped In the Drive-Thru (Parody of "Trapped In The Closet" by R. Kelly)

Disc: 3

  1. Ricky
  2. Midnight Star
  3. Living With a Hernia
  4. Good Old Days
  5. Wanna B Ur Lovr
  6. Genius In France


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • ASIN: B003XSWL3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I picked this up yesterday, not realizing it was the day the album was released. I just saw Al on CD, and that caught my attention. I'd always been a fan, but the only other album I own is Alapalooza on cassette. So it seemed like a perfect excuse to expand my collection.

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.
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OK, I do have all these on various tapes, cd's, and actual LP records, but It's great to have (most of) my favorites gathered up in one heap. This makes it easier to share them with others who have hitherto been deprived of the "Al-sperience". The quality is very good, and the lineup is well thought out(although I realize everyone has their own 'best lineup').Buy it. Buy more for your friends. Buy some for your enemies!
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I've been a fan of Al's since I heard "Another One Rides the Bus"

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.
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The disappointment in realizing that WAY decided not to include "Ricky", his first Hot 100 hit and a double parody of "Mickey" and "I Love Lucy", is more than offset by the 38 funny tunes that are here. I've played "Your Horoscope For Today" about ten times and laughed out loud every time. I'm also glad to have "White and Nerdy" since I am very old and allergic to (legal or illegal) downloading. Overall the funniest CD since "Britney Spears: The Singles Collection" and you need to buy it, especially at the lovely current Amazon price of (deleted in case it changes someday).
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Weird Al Yankovic has had a very successful career poking fun at some of best-known songs in the music industry. Who could forget his parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad" or "Beat It". Personally, I really love the parody of The President's of the United States of America. "Gump" definitely has to be up there with some of the finest and well crafted songs he has ever performed.

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.
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An excellent compilation of both his hits and overlooked work.

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.
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By Jad on February 4, 2013
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I had a few odds and ends of Weird Al through the years. But all on tape and not stored very well. Finding this CD was great. I knew a hits collection must be out there somewhere. Really good collection of older and newer songs.

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.
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Honestly, when I heard his music several years ago, I couldn't understand his music (turns out, you don't have to understand it; it doesn't make sense anyway), and thus never thought of him since. Until recently, though, I heard about his "Apocalypse" tour, featuring a song I instantly recognized as I heard the original before: "Smells Like Nirvana", which obviously parodies Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". But still, I still didn't give it much thought.

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".
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