Hits! The Very Best of Erasure

Hits! The Very Best of Erasure

by Erasure
     
 

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Founded by former Depeche Mode/Yaz member Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell in 1985, Erasure has gone on to record some of the biggest international dance-floor hits of the late 20th century, including "Oh L'Amour," "Chains of Love," and "A Little Respect." This disc collects 19 of their best-loved hits, and is released concurrently with a DVD entitled Hits! The…  See more details below

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Founded by former Depeche Mode/Yaz member Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell in 1985, Erasure has gone on to record some of the biggest international dance-floor hits of the late 20th century, including "Oh L'Amour," "Chains of Love," and "A Little Respect." This disc collects 19 of their best-loved hits, and is released concurrently with a DVD entitled Hits! The Videos.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
An early track record of releasing one glistening single after another made Erasure's first compilation, Erasure Pop!: The First 20 Hits, a no-brainer to compile, but what to do with the duo's spotty later years? Best Of puts the old hits with the new ones, adds some rarities and remixes, and keeps with Pop!'s chronological structure. The first 13 tracks on Best Of cover the same, more successful, time Pop! did, and after that it's all moody epilogue. Later tracks like "Always," "Freedom," and "In My Arms" don't have the name recognition of "Chains of Love," but they do show a more mature Erasure in both delivery and composition. The problem is that no one ever wanted them to be Dylan or Radiohead, and the kind of albums they put out post-Pop! don't lend themselves well to greatest-hits collections. The later tracks at least answer the "whatever happened to" question for most people, but what's really confusing is why the four-song Abba-esque EP is overly represented by three tracks while the sparkling Wonderland album gets covered in only one and Cowboy and 1995's self-titled album are ignored completely. A lack of decent liner notes and no new songs by the duo point to Erasure's lack of involvement, so hardcore fans are enticed by a new remix of "Oh l'Amour" and a Megamix that takes up a whole CD. The Megamix isn't as seamless as it could have been and ends in a fizzle, but some downtempo numbers make for a very smart start. Despite the mishandlings, there's an incredible amount of great pop and dance music here, and you can program out the fluff if you want. Just know that even as a casual fan you will at some point in your life have to get back in the car, head to the store, and buy the other Erasure collection.
Blender - Andrew Harrison
[Erasure] were easily likable: camp enough to soundtrack weddings but capable of genuine passion, too.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227399122
catalogNumber:
73991
Rank:
37055

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Tracks

  1. Oh l'Amour
  2. Sometimes
  3. Victim of Love
  4. Ship of Fools
  5. Chains of Love
  6. A Little Respect
  7. Stop!
  8. Blue Savannah
  9. Chorus
  10. Love to Hate You
  11. Breath of Life
  12. Lay All Your Love on Me
  13. Take a Chance on Me
  14. Voulez Vous
  15. Always
  16. Stay With Me
  17. In My Arms
  18. Freedom
  19. Solsbury Hill
  20. Oh l'Amour

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erasure   Primary Artist
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Martin Phillipps   Human Whistle,Bells
Nic Johnston   Acoustic Guitar
MC Kinky   Rap

Technical Credits

Erasure   Producer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Dave Bascombe   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Vince Clarke   Composer,Producer
Flood   Producer
Agnetha Fältskog   Composer
Stephen Hague   Producer,Remixing
Phil Harding   Remixing
Gareth Jones   Producer
Bob Kraushaar   Engineer
Dave Meegan   Engineer
Daniel Miller   Remixing
Alan Moulder   Engineer
Martin Phillipps   Programming,Producer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Martyn Ware   Producer
David Jacob   Producer,Engineer
Andy Bell   Composer,Producer
Thomas Fehlmann   Producer
Mark Saunders   Producer
Sie Medway-Smith   Remixing
Ben Hillier   Engineer
Neil McLellan   Producer
Stig Anderson   Composer
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Composer
Mark Towns   Remixing
MC Kinky   Composer
Ebby Acquah   Engineer
Guy Davie   Mastering

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