Greatest: The Singles Collection

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The title of this collection of Argent's music is somewhat deceiving since only 10 of the 18 tunes were 45s. Those songs are presented in their rare single edits and mixes, though, which makes this a necessary addition to Argent collections since they're hard to find in the digital age. Eight more popular and representative album tracks are added to max out the playing time and provide a well-rounded overview of the U.K. quartet's relatively short run from 1970 through 1975. There is only one inclusion from the two albums released after primary singer/songwriter/co-founder Russ Ballard left for a solo career in 1975, both of which were commercial and artistic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The title of this collection of Argent's music is somewhat deceiving since only 10 of the 18 tunes were 45s. Those songs are presented in their rare single edits and mixes, though, which makes this a necessary addition to Argent collections since they're hard to find in the digital age. Eight more popular and representative album tracks are added to max out the playing time and provide a well-rounded overview of the U.K. quartet's relatively short run from 1970 through 1975. There is only one inclusion from the two albums released after primary singer/songwriter/co-founder Russ Ballard left for a solo career in 1975, both of which were commercial and artistic disappointments. Argent -- the band -- had an unusually eclectic career, touching on the Zombie-fied pop of Ballard's dreamy "Schoolgirl" to the anthemic harder pop
ock of "Hold Your Head Up" here in its tight 3:18 edit, and "God Gave Rock and Roll to You," Rod Argent's keyboard-driven prog of "Lothlorien," and the gutsy thump of "It's Only Money, Pt. 2" that effectively combined all of the above songs and quoted from Motown, too. Considering the mixture of styles, the songs flow together unusually well and feel like the work of a unified band with a vision, albeit a diverse one. While some would argue that Argent was an album act whose approach didn't translate well out of the context of the original sets, this compilation flows surprisingly well. It also resurrects excellent, missed-chance singles such as the pounding, militaristic beat of the Yes-styled "Man for All Reasons" one of Ballard's few political songs. A live "Time of the Season" extends and bolsters Rod Argent's Zombies' hit and shows how powerful this quartet was in concert, even if their sole live album wasn't a particularly well-recorded document of their on-stage prowess. The remixed sound is another bonus, making this a terrific summation of an influential and creative outfit too often pegged as a one-hit wonder.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206688023
  • Catalog Number: 066880
  • Sales rank: 37,178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Liar (3:14)
  2. 2 Schoolgirl (3:28)
  3. 3 Dance in the Smoke (6:22)
  4. 4 Sweet Mary (3:14)
  5. 5 Lothlorien (7:55)
  6. 6 Pleasure (4:56)
  7. 7 Celebration (2:57)
  8. 8 Cast Your Spell Uranus (4:34)
  9. 9 Hold Your Head Up (3:19)
  10. 10 Be My Lover, Be My Friend (5:22)
  11. 11 I Am the Dance of Ages (3:46)
  12. 12 Tragedy (3:36)
  13. 13 God Gave Rock and Roll to You (3:24)
  14. 14 It's Only Money, Pt. 2 (3:38)
  15. 15 Man for All Reasons (3:08)
  16. 16 Thunder and Lightning (3:34)
  17. 17 The Jester (3:41)
  18. 18 Time of the Season (6:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Argent Primary Artist
Rod Argent Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Rod Argent Composer, Photo Courtesy
Russ Ballard Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Steve Massie Mastering
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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