Home of the Hits!: The Best of Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Home of the Hits!: The Best of Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
     
 

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Sanctuary/Castle's Home of the Hits!: The Best of Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers is an odd, and oddly satisfying, double-disc collection. The first disc is the one that lives up to the title, containing 20 selections from Richman's recordings for Beserkley, including five selections from the classic first Modern Lovers album from

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Sanctuary/Castle's Home of the Hits!: The Best of Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers is an odd, and oddly satisfying, double-disc collection. The first disc is the one that lives up to the title, containing 20 selections from Richman's recordings for Beserkley, including five selections from the classic first Modern Lovers album from 1971 ("Astral Plane" and "Pablo Picasso" aren't here, but there's no arguing with what was included), while rounding up the highlights from his enjoyable, but occasionally inconsistent, late-'70s followup. The second disc has nothing to do with Jonathan Richman and everything to do with Beserkley Records in general, collecting 22 highlights from the classic New Wave label, including classic sides from Greg Kihn, the Rubinoos, the Tyla Gang, the Spitballs, and Earth Quake, among others. Not quite a definitive Beserkley compilation, since it's missing a few cool oddities, but close enough all the same. The only wonder is why these two albums were packaged together like this, billed as a solo Richman compilation. Regardless of the reason why, this disc is a hell of a lot of fun, delivering almost all of the best of Richman's early years (the first Modern Lovers album is still essential, of course), and almost all of the great Beserkley sides. Pretty nifty trick, that.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Sbme Castle Us
UPC:
0060768116924
catalogNumber:
81169

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Roadrunner (Once)
  2. She Cracked
  3. Girlfriend
  4. Modern World
  5. Hospital
  6. Rockin' Shoppin' Spree
  7. Back in the U.S.A.
  8. New England
  9. Rockin' Rockin' Leprechauns
  10. Roller Coaster by the Sea
  11. Dodge-Veg-O-Mattic
  12. Egyptian Reggae
  13. I'm a Little Airplane
  14. Ice Cream Man
  15. My Little Kookenhaken
  16. The Morning of Our Lives
  17. Back in Your Life
  18. I'm Nature's Mosquito
  19. Party in the Woods Tonight
  20. My Love Is a Flower (Just Beginning to Bloom)

Disc 2

  1. Tall Order for a Short Guy
  2. All the Right Reasons
  3. Mr. Security
  4. Gorilla
  5. Friday on My Mind
  6. I Think We're Alone Now
  7. Madison Avenue
  8. I Can Only Give You Everything
  9. Rock 'N' Roll Is Dead
  10. The Young Lords
  11. For You
  12. I Want to Be Your Boyfriend
  13. Better Watch Out
  14. Valerie
  15. Hard to Get
  16. Hurry
  17. Don't Expect to Be Right
  18. Leave My Heart Alone
  19. Oakland Red
  20. Way Over There
  21. Jennifer
  22. Jeopardy

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