When is having just a greatest hits set enough?
Generally speaking, if you just asked me what I thought about greatest hits/best of albums, I would probably say that I don't like them. They can be good for an introduction, but if you really like the band then the compilation will be come obsoleted. However, the more I think about it, the more I think there are a plethora of artists out there for whom a greatest hits package is sufficient for most purposes.
What are some artists that you think their greatest hits would be sufficient, and which artists do you think defy the greatest hits pacakge and really require full albums to appreciate?
Greatest Hits is enough:
1. The Eagles (they practically invented it...the latest two disc compilation could be definitive. I like the albums, but wouldnt' miss most of the tracks not on that set if I didn't have them).
2. The Monkees
3. AC/DC (I know they don't actaully have one, but I have a hard time listening to their albums all the way through. I would by a good best of package in a heartbeat)
Defy Greatest Hits:
1. The Beatles
2. Bob Dylan
3. Led Zeppelin
On the Fence:
1. The Rolling Stones - Their great late 60's trilogy (Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, Exile On Main Street) is essential listening...Forty Licks adeqately covers the rest IMHO.
2. The Beatch Boys - Pet Sounds + Greatest Hits Vol. 1 = Covered
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