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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 075021030015
  • Catalog Number: 000380712
  • Sales rank: 10,953

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, Guitar, 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, Guitar, 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
Dani Vickery Guitar
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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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
Adam Ayan Mastering
Matthew Malley Composer, Vocal Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of!

    'Films About Ghosts' really is the 'best of' as far as I'm concerned. Loved every minute of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    its hard to make a best of

    'Best of' albums have always been hard for bands because the best of their songs is sujuctive and opinionated. a 'best of' cd could never please everybody, even the hard core fans - especially the hard core fans. I am a big fan of the counting crows and ofcourse i have my favorites -what i think is counting crows' best and ofcourse many of my favs aren't on the album. Crow's frontman adam duritz as said thet nobody is completely pleased with the cd - even himself but it is still a great disc and i highly sujest it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid but Incomplete

    Nothing on this disc is out of place as a "greatest hit," but the omissions are puzzling. I am not some hard-core Counting Crows fan whose favorite song is something esoteric that has no business being on a best-of compilation, but anyone with modest familiarity with the band's albums will notice that "A Murder of One" (to me still their best song) and "Daylight Fading" are conspicuously absent and far better than some of the songs that made it. The Hard Candy selections are questionable as well. I round my 3.5 stars up to 4 because the songs that did make the cut all are good, but less than a solid 4 or 5 because it could have been much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a good CD for pepole who like good music. My favorite song numbers are 1 and 5 because they are good. I do not know the names of the people in the counting crows band. I do now all the songs. There are sixteen. I like all of them. I hope you listin to this wonderful CD. I hope you like it. And ther're lots of other counting crows CDs.

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