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  • Do you buy "Best of" or "Greatest Hits" compilations?

    I'll confess that I do and I'm not ashamed of it. You see, there are artists out there with some great tunes, but at times their albums are marginal in terms in overall content (IMO only of course...YMMV). So while I might not be interested in pursuing individual albums, I am definitely interested in wanting some of their music. A "Best of" or "Greatest Hits" package is a nice way to accomplish this task. Unfortunately a lot of these compilations are hit and miss with regard to sound quality, so I do significant research and try to find the best release ( eg. source,mastering, pressing). Even then I'm not always successful and the best that's out there is still not of outstanding sound quality. As someone who simply wants their music I'm okay with that at times.

    In addition, there are artists with substantial album catalogs, such as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, etc., but I have no interest in acquiring all of them. A compilation such as the thread title indicates is a good way to beef up on some of the missing elements in one's collection.

    Do you buy them or simply ignore them?
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    The answer to your original question is yes. However, "greatest hits" compilations can be a mixed bag. You are counting on the label who is releasing the greatest hits to have obtained the original master tapes from all of the different albums and then taking great care to transfer all of the music to the "new" master tape. Lots of albums were mixed bags with regards to sonics so greatest hits compilations end up being mixed bags as well many times.

    ‚ÄčAnd I remember buying LPs many times for one song and then learning to love other songs on the LP.
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    • #3
      No question and I'm fully aware of what you outlined. On the positive side, Stevie Wonder's Musciquarium Vol 1 is a great example of everything gone right. If there are others I'd love to hear about them.
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      • #4
        Depends...I do like best of the doobies...okay sound quality. I also recently got the Bad Company compilation (Rock"N"Roll Fantasy).
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        • #5
          Originally posted by rockitman View Post
          Depends...I do like best of the doobies...okay sound quality. I also recently got the Bad Company compilation (Rock"N"Roll Fantasy).
          You're right, that Doobie Bros comp is decent. How do you like Bad Company?
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          • #6
            I love Bad Company and Free which came before Bad Company. Johnny, Donovan's Greatest Hits on LP is freaking killer.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by mep View Post
              I love Bad Company and Free which came before Bad Company. Johnny, Donovan's Greatest Hits on LP is freaking killer.
              I have it! Don't remember sound quality being killer, but it's been awhile and mine is a standard EPIC U.S. release from a few years back.
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              • #8
                If it's not killer, it's mildly life threatening. For rock and for an old rock recording, they did a damn good job recording the songs on this LP.
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                • Johnny Vinyl
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                  Songs are awesome....will give it a spin this weekend.

              • #9
                I have a few Greatest Hits compilations (U2, REM, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles Red and Blue albums, etc), but don't often play them as much as I thought I would. I think the only one that gets decent play is Bob Seger's Greatest Hits. Just track after track of great American rock. I need to get a backup album of this one...

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by mep View Post
                  I love Bad Company and Free which came before Bad Company. Johnny, Donovan's Greatest Hits on LP is freaking killer.

                  Donovan's "Storyteller" put out by Audio Fidelity is a must have too. As far as "greatest hits" compilations go I rarely buy them unless included is a tune exclusive to the hits album.
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                  • #11
                    Guess Who Greatest Hits is a sonic bummer.
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Rob View Post


                      Donovan's "Storyteller" put out by Audio Fidelity is a must have too. As far as "greatest hits" compilations go I rarely buy them unless included is a tune exclusive to the hits album.

                      +1 but I think long OOP.

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                      • #13
                        I think there are a lot of Deadhead collections eg Dick's Picks, etc.
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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
                          I think there are a lot of Deadhead collections eg Dick's Picks, etc.
                          Dick's picks, Dave's picks are
                          not compilations...rather, complete live shows.
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                          • #15
                            Al Green's "Greatest Hits" is one of the greatest pop/soul records of all time. The original Hi pressing is no sonic masterpiece but well worth finding.

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                            • Johnny Vinyl
                              Johnny Vinyl commented
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                              I agree. Played it the other day!

                            • c1ferrari
                              c1ferrari commented
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                              I may have this LP, too.
                              Some great stuff! :-)
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