Live Forever: The Best of Britpop

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Befitting one of the first official documentaries on Brit-pop, Live Forever: The Best of Britpop is a strong collection of songs from the mid-'90s Cool Britannia era that covers not only that time's biggest bands, but also the artists who set the stage for them and the artists who followed. Live Forever: The Best of Britpop favors breadth over depth, with mixed results. Over the course of its two discs, the only artists represented by more than one track are Oasis, who bookend the collection with "Live Forever" -- still one of Brit-pop's best and most definitive singles -- and "Champagne Supernova," which sounds increasingly bloated as the years pass, and strangely ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Befitting one of the first official documentaries on Brit-pop, Live Forever: The Best of Britpop is a strong collection of songs from the mid-'90s Cool Britannia era that covers not only that time's biggest bands, but also the artists who set the stage for them and the artists who followed. Live Forever: The Best of Britpop favors breadth over depth, with mixed results. Over the course of its two discs, the only artists represented by more than one track are Oasis, who bookend the collection with "Live Forever" -- still one of Brit-pop's best and most definitive singles -- and "Champagne Supernova," which sounds increasingly bloated as the years pass, and strangely enough, Sleeper, represented by their anemic cover of Blondie's "Atomic" and definitive single "Inbetweener." The rest of the collection's selections are similarly hot and cold: if Underworld, the Happy Mondays, and the Charlatans could only have one song apiece, then the Trainspotting anthem "Born Slippy," "Step On," and "The Only One I Know" are spot-on choices. However, Cast's "Fine Time" and Elastica's "Waking Up" seem like weaker options compared to "Alright" and "Connection," "Line Up," or even "Car Song," respectively. More disappointingly, Blur, Suede, and Pulp are all under-represented; "Common People" is as good a single track to represent Pulp's Different Class heyday as any, although some of their His 'n' Hers material would have been a nice addition. And while Blur's "Parklife" definitely captures the knees-up giddiness of the times, another track with a little more musical depth from Modern Life Is Rubbish or The Great Escape would've better reflected Blur's position as an oddly populist art band with great timing. Of the major Brit-pop bands, Suede is the most poorly represented, not showing up until the second disc and then only with "The Beautiful Ones," one of their slighter singles, as opposed to "The Drowners," "Animal Nitrate," or "The Wild Ones." Perhaps at the expense of more songs by Brit-pop's leading lights, Live Forever: The Best of Britpop does include a fairly impressive roster of their contemporaries, second-string Britpop bands and groups that followed the peak of that era. Catatonia, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Dubstar, Echobelly, Shed 7, Mansun, and Ash all get their due, and the Manic Street Preachers' "Everything Must Go," Garbage's "Stupid Girl," and Radiohead's "Street Spirit Fade Out" remain three of the best singles from that era that aren't purely Brit-pop. However, more than a few genre diehards will be disappointed by a Brit-pop collection completely devoid of the era's most entertaining wannabes, Menswear surely "Daydreamer" would be a more entertaining throwaway track than Kula Shaker's turgid "Tattva". Likewise, the collection falters by not including a track from the La's among its Brit-pop precursors, among which are the Lightning Seeds' pleasant but not as good "Life of Riley" and Primal Scream's "Loaded." The collection's forays into electronica are among its best moments, reflecting the dance culture that began booming in the U.K. a few years before Brit-pop and continued to flourish throughout the '90s. Massive Attack's "Protection," the Chemical Brothers' "Setting Sun," and the aforementioned "Born Slippy" are all British dance classics and also reflect the vitality that made the Cool Britannia era so much fun. While Live Forever: The Best of Britpop isn't the definitive word on the music of this time, it does manage to capture most of that fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2003
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724358204926
  • Catalog Number: 582049

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Live Forever - Oasis (4:38)
  2. 2 Common People - Pulp (4:07)
  3. 3 Parklife - Blur (3:05)
  4. 4 Alright - Supergrass (3:00)
  5. 5 Girl from Mars - Ash (3:29)
  6. 6 Waking Up - Elastica (3:16)
  7. 7 Mulder and Scully - Catatonia (4:10)
  8. 8 Fine Time - Cast (3:05)
  9. 9 The Changingman - Paul Weller (3:30)
  10. 10 Stupid Girl - Garbage (4:18)
  11. 11 Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers (3:41)
  12. 12 The Riverboat Song - Ocean Colour Scene (4:56)
  13. 13 Atomic - Sleeper (4:54)
  14. 14 Tattva - Kula Shaker (3:47)
  15. 15 Come Back to What You Know - Embrace (4:09)
  16. 16 Wide Open Space - Mansun (4:34)
  17. 17 6 Underground - Sneaker Pimps (3:48)
  18. 18 Female of the Species - Space (3:18)
  19. 19 You're Gorgeous - Babybird (3:44)
  20. 20 Angels - Robbie Williams (4:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Protection - Tracey Thorn (4:51)
  2. 2 Street Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead (4:13)
  3. 3 Stars - Dubstar (4:08)
  4. 4 The More You Ignore Me the Closer I Get - Morrissey (3:44)
  5. 5 Beautiful Ones - Suede (3:34)
  6. 6 The Life of Riley - The Lightning Seeds (4:03)
  7. 7 Inbetweener - Sleeper (3:17)
  8. 8 King of the Kerb - Echobelly (3:46)
  9. 9 Getting Better - Shed Seven (4:12)
  10. 10 Ready to Go - Republica (3:38)
  11. 11 Setting Sun - The Chemical Brothers (3:59)
  12. 12 Nancy Boy - Placebo (3:15)
  13. 13 Breathe - The Prodigy (3:59)
  14. 14 Weak - Skunk Anansie (3:29)
  15. 15 Born Slippy - Underworld (4:14)
  16. 16 Loaded - Primal Scream (4:10)
  17. 17 Step On - Happy Mondays (4:23)
  18. 18 The Only One I Know - The Charlatans UK (3:55)
  19. 19 Champagne Supernova - Oasis (7:27)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Debbie Harry Composer
Joe Strummer Composer
Jimmy Destri Composer
John Kongos Composer
Tracey Thorn Composer
Keith Palmer Composer
Saffron Composer
Elastica Composer
Edwyn Collins Composer
Damon Albarn Composer
Brett Anderson Composer
Nick Banks Composer
Martin Blunt Composer
James Dean Bradfield Composer
Ian Broudie Composer
Tim Burgess Composer
Guy Chambers Composer
John Chambers Executive Producer
Jarvis Cocker Composer
Graham Coxon Composer
Candida Doyle Composer
Bobby Gillespie Composer
Andrew Innes Composer
Alex James Composer
Mick Jones Composer
Brendan Lynch Composer
Sean Moore Composer
Paul Weller Composer
Dave Rowntree Composer
Russell Senior Composer
T.J. Wheeler Composer
Noel Gallagher Composer
Liam Howlett Composer
Michael Quinn Composer
Steve Cradock Composer
Leslie Howe Composer
Garbage Composer
Robert "3D" del Naja Composer
Colin Greenwood Composer
Jonny Greenwood Composer
Ed O'Brien Composer
Tom Rowlands Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Ed Simons Composer
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles Composer
Jon Brookes Composer
Justine Frischmann Composer
Glenn Johansson Composer
Sonya Aurora Madan Composer
Simon Fowler Composer
Damon Minchella Composer
Richard Oakes Composer
Louise Wener Composer
James Edwards Composer
Robbie France Composer
Kula Shaker Composer
Robbie Williams Composer
Crispian Mills Composer
Robert Schultzberg Composer
Stefan Olsdal Composer
Stephen Jones Composer
Jon Baker Composer
Mark Roberts Composer
Tim Dorney Composer
Jonny Male Composer
Thom Yorke Composer
Oscar Harrison Composer
Robert Young Composer
Grantley Marshall Composer
CJ Scott Composer
Paul Draper Composer
Martin James "Boz" Boorer Composer
Gareth Coombes Composer
Christos Demetriou Composer
Keith Flint Composer
Steve Hillier Composer
Alan Leach Composer
Andy Parle Composer
Danny McNamara Composer
Richard McNamara Composer
Cerys Matthews Composer
Brian Molko Composer
John Power Composer
John Battsek Producer
John Dower Director, Writer, Liner Notes
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Steve Mackey Composer
Nick Jones Composer
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