At Least, At Last

At Least, At Last

by The Posies
     
 

Properly constructing a box set is a daunting task. Most failed box sets mix hits and hit-and-miss rarities, so that neither fans (who own most of the material) or casual fans (who just want the hits) are satisfied with it. When Not Lame Records assembled a Posies box set, the label issued a limited-edition run (2,500 copies) including nothing but unreleased material.…  See more details below

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Properly constructing a box set is a daunting task. Most failed box sets mix hits and hit-and-miss rarities, so that neither fans (who own most of the material) or casual fans (who just want the hits) are satisfied with it. When Not Lame Records assembled a Posies box set, the label issued a limited-edition run (2,500 copies) including nothing but unreleased material. The four-disc, 66-song At Least, At Last: Demos, Live Recordings, and Whatnot 1987 to 1998 is a fan's dream, with demo versions of nearly all of the band's hits and many album tracks with superb sound quality, despite their demo status. There's a handful of live tracks, including Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer's first performance as the Posies, and a handful of unreleased tracks, including covers (Blondie's "Dreaming," Devo's "Wiggly World," Cheap Trick's "Surrender," and Big Star's "What's Going Ahn"), that were intended for never-released tribute albums. Great works-in-progress abound, including two early versions of "Apology" -- seen in different stages of development -- and a demo of "Oh Michael," a song with a melody later assimilated into Swirl 360's "Ask Anybody." Muzak versions of "Golden Blunders" and "Suddenly Mary," two of the band's early hits, complete the set; it also includes a full-color book with liner notes from Stringfellow and Auer themselves. At Least, At Last is a complete retrospective and a last, personal look one of the driving forces of '90s power pop (along with Matthew Sweet and Teenage Fanclub). It's a peek inside the studio before glossy production was laid over many of these tracks, and that's what makes it an effective and stellar box set -- almost four hours of intimate, rare music that fanatics of the band will go wild over.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Not Lame Records
UPC:
0618403100625
catalogNumber:
006

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Believe in Something Other (Than Yourself)
  2. I Don't Want to Talk to You
  3. Help Yourself
  4. Thinking Outloud
  5. Apology
  6. I May Hate You Sometimes
  7. Keep Me Guessing
  8. Diary of an Insecure Girl
  9. Now They Want Your Head
  10. What Am I Supposed to Do
  11. Any Other Way
  12. Suddenly Mary
  13. Apology
  14. Beck's Bolero
  15. 21
  16. This One's Taken
  17. Magnifying Mirror
  18. Ramblin' Rose
  19. Spite and Malice

Disc 2

  1. Flood of Sunshine
  2. Dream All Day
  3. ¿Will You Ever Ease Your Mind?
  4. Ever Since I Was Alone
  5. Going Going Gone
  6. Forrest Recovery
  7. Sullen Waistcoat
  8. Depression Child
  9. Solar Sister
  10. Finally See It Right
  11. Earlier Than Expected
  12. Ladies and Gentlemen
  13. When Mute Tongues Can Speak
  14. Lights Out
  15. How She Lied by Living
  16. Féte le Muzz
  17. Velvet Monkey Theme

Disc 3

  1. Trace My Falls
  2. Burn & Shine
  3. Dreaming
  4. Wiggly World
  5. Come Along and Dance
  6. Revelation to Follow
  7. Daily Mutilation
  8. You're the Beautiful One
  9. World
  10. Pay You Back in Time
  11. Throwaway
  12. Sad to Be Aware
  13. Everybody Is a Fucking Liar
  14. Somehow Everything
  15. Fight It (If You Want)
  16. Oh Michael

Disc 4

  1. Hate Song
  2. Broken Record
  3. Terrorized
  4. The Star-Spangled Banner
  5. Surrender
  6. What's Going Ahn
  7. Grant Hart
  8. Ontario
  9. Oceanic Exploration
  10. Start a Life
  11. Flavor of the Month
  12. Solar Sister
  13. Golden Blunders
  14. Suddenly Mary

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