Hits! The Very Best of 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 Videos.
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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.

[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: 081227399122
  • Catalog Number: 73991
  • Sales rank: 11,860

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh l'Amour (3:11)
  2. 2 Sometimes (3:41)
  3. 3 Victim of Love (3:43)
  4. 4 Ship of Fools (4:02)
  5. 5 Chains of Love (3:45)
  6. 6 A Little Respect (3:33)
  7. 7 Stop! (2:57)
  8. 8 Blue Savannah (4:20)
  9. 9 Chorus (4:29)
  10. 10 Love to Hate You (3:57)
  11. 11 Breath of Life (3:56)
  12. 12 Lay All Your Love on Me (4:44)
  13. 13 Take a Chance on Me (3:46)
  14. 14 Voulez Vous (5:31)
  15. 15 Always (4:03)
  16. 16 Stay With Me (4:44)
  17. 17 In My Arms (3:29)
  18. 18 Freedom (2:55)
  19. 19 Solsbury Hill (4:19)
  20. 20 Oh l'Amour (3:08)
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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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