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Films About Ghosts: The Best Of... [Bonus Track 2004]
     

Films About Ghosts: The Best Of... [Bonus Track 2004]

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by Counting Crows
 

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Counting Crows always seemed a little older than their years, so it somehow seemed appropriate when they arrived at certain milestones a little earlier than their peers. They released their first live album, an exhaustive double-disc set, just two albums into their career, then, two albums later, they issued Films About Ghosts: The Best Of..., their first compilation.

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Counting Crows always seemed a little older than their years, so it somehow seemed appropriate when they arrived at certain milestones a little earlier than their peers. They released their first live album, an exhaustive double-disc set, just two albums into their career, then, two albums later, they issued Films About Ghosts: The Best Of..., their first compilation. Part of the reason they're issuing a compilation after just four studio albums may be that they've arrived at the end of their recording contract with Geffen and this ties up loose ends, but it's also been ten years since Counting Crows broke through with their debut, August and Everything After, and their first hit, "Mr. Jones," so it's a good time to take stock and recap their first decade. Films About Ghosts does offer an accurate summary of those ten years, even if it's not a complete one. While this generous compilation includes all of the major hits -- "Round Here," "A Long December," "Hanginaround," "Mr. Jones," and even the non-LP modern rock chart-topper "Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman)" -- it does overlook three charting singles from their first two albums ("A Murder of One," "Daylight Fading," "Have You Seen Me Lately"), substituting album tracks and two new recordings produced by Brendan O'Brien (the good new single "She Don't Want Nobody Near," an enjoyable but superfluous cover of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil") instead. Add to this a deliberately non-chronological sequencing that prevents the album from having proper momentum, and Films About Ghosts isn't as ideal a compilation as it could have been, but these are rather minor issues, since it does contain the great majority of Counting Crows' hits and concert staples and, in doing so, it provides a listen that's as enjoyable, frustrating, and rewarding as the band's proper albums. And that means it's a fine summary of the group's stint at Geffen, an era that might have resulted in just four albums in ten years, but did provide a bunch of good music, much of which can be heard here. [This version of the album includes the bonus track "Accidentally in Love," bringing the total number of tracks on the compilation to 17.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0075021030015
catalogNumber:
000380712
Rank:
3106

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Counting Crows   Primary Artist
Sheryl Crow   Background Vocals
Jim Bogios   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Loops,Group Member
David Bryson   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Group Member
Charlie Gillingham   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron,chamberlain,Omnichord,Wurlitzer,Tack Piano,Group Member
David Immerglück   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Electric Sitar,Group Member
Ben Mize   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Loops,Group Member
Brendan O'Brien   Bass,Percussion,Harp,Background Vocals
Adam Duritz   Harmonica,Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Dan Vickrey   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Group Member
Matt Malley   Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Steve Bowman   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Christos Demetriou   Violin
Millard Powers   Bass Guitar
Vanessa Carlton   Background Vocals
Matthew Malley   Guitar,Electric Bass,Vocals,Double Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jerry Garcia   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Counting Crows   Composer,Producer
David Bryson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
John Dawson   Composer
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Ron Fair   Producer
Gary Gersh   Executive Producer
Charlie Gillingham   Composer
Richard Hasal   Engineer
Dennis Herring   Producer
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
David Immerglück   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Ethan Johns   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
David Lowery   Producer
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Ben Mize   Composer
Gil Norton   Producer
Brendan O'Brien   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Adam Duritz   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,String Samples
Carl Glanville   Producer,Engineer
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Toby Hawkins   Composer
Donal Hodgson   Engineer
Marty Jones   Composer
Krish Sharma   Engineer
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes
Dan Vickrey   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Stephen Harris   Engineer
Steven Rhodes   Engineer
Jason Gnewikow   Art Direction
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Chris Roldan   Composer
Karl Egsieker   Engineer
J. Bradley Cooke   Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Matthew Malley   Composer,Vocal Arrangements

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Films About Ghosts: The Best Of... 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First a double live album after only 2 albums. Then a Coke commercial. Then that duet with Vanessa Carlton. Then a credit card commercial. Now a greatest hits album? What's next? A toy Duritz in a happy meal at McDonalds? A reworked Rain King for a new Wal-Mart ad? Is this really how you wanted your careers to turn out? You are just like 90 percent of it out there. Garbage. The difference is you fooled me. Such wasted talent. Good luck in the future. Adam, perhaps you should stick to duets with Nanci Griffith. It was nice having you in my life when you were true to yourselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One way or another, there will always be someone out there who is going to criticize what others are doing. They will always feel like they have been let down. But lets be honest with ourselves. It could be alot worse. Adam could be out there ripping someone's costume on public television, just for publicity. Or running to Vegas to get get married just so the tabloids have something to write about. Let's get real. At least the Counting Crows have been able to put out awesome music that never gets old. You can listen to it over and over and never tire of it. Unlike 90% of other musicians. So they didn't realease the "types" of albums you would, but you can't deny they are all albums you bought and you enjoyed. That is what it should boil down to, the music. And I have to say, I have yet to buy an album created by them that is not listened to over and over, song by song and this one is no different. Keep up the good work Adam and co.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...they are above all else a live band. Don't buy this cd. Instead by the two disc live album, and Hard Candy, and This Desert Life. Then go to itunes and buy Omaha, Friend of the Devil, Daylight Fading, Monkey and The Ghost in You (from the Clueless Soundtrack). There you will have the ""The Absolut Best Films...""