The Best of Silverchair, Vol. 1

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Popular enough in their native Australia to get their mugs immortalized on a postage stamp, this post-grunge trio has been somewhat quiet in the States in recent times. But this 22-song collection, which peppers the band's past highs with several newly-recorded tunes, serves as a reminder of the surprising power Daniel Johns and company had even before puberty fully kicked in, as well as the maturity they've gained since. The proto-Nirvana wailing of songs such as "Israel's Song" and "Freak" gradually gives way to the epic sweep of aching songs like "Emotion Sickness" which features arrangements and keyboards from David Helfgott, whose life story inspired the film ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Popular enough in their native Australia to get their mugs immortalized on a postage stamp, this post-grunge trio has been somewhat quiet in the States in recent times. But this 22-song collection, which peppers the band's past highs with several newly-recorded tunes, serves as a reminder of the surprising power Daniel Johns and company had even before puberty fully kicked in, as well as the maturity they've gained since. The proto-Nirvana wailing of songs such as "Israel's Song" and "Freak" gradually gives way to the epic sweep of aching songs like "Emotion Sickness" which features arrangements and keyboards from David Helfgott, whose life story inspired the film Shine. More compelling than the hits, however, are the glimpses into what made Silverchair the band that it's become, including a smattering of fascinating covers like "Wasted" from the archives of hardcore godfathers Black Flag and "New Race" an adrenalized snarl culled from Aussie punk pioneers Radio Birdman. Although it may seem a bit presumptuous to use the "Volume One" appellation at this point in Silverchair's development, there are enough surprises here to make it seem legitimate -- and to make fans eager for part two.
All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Arguably, Silverchair is to Pearl Jam and Nirvana what jazz great Sonny Stitt was to bebop king Charlie "Bird" Parker -- a derivative disciple, but impressive nonetheless. Stitt was no innovator; he was a follower instead of a leader. But he played his Bird-minded alto sax with so much conviction that you had to applaud him. And similarly, Silverchair was far superior to most of the Nirvana and Pearl Jam disciples who flooded the market in the 1990s. Even though none of the Australian power trio's 1990s material will win any awards for innovation, Silverchair usually did the "Nirvana meets Pearl Jam" thing a lot better than its contemporaries. Released in late 2000, The Best Of, Vol. 1 paints a generally attractive, if imperfect, picture of the band's 1994-1999 output. Most of Silverchair's essential 1990s recordings are provided, including "Tomorrow" and "Pure Massacre" from 1995's Frogstomp and "Cemetery," "Freak," and "Abuse Me" from 1997's Freak Show as well as "Emotion Sickness," "Trash," and the ballad "Ana's Song Open Fire" from 1999's Neon Ballroom. Confirmed Silverchair fans will be glad to have most of the band's best-known songs on the same CD, as will as those who have a more casual interest in its music. For those who are exploring the threesome's grunge and post-grunge for the first time, The Best Of, Vol. 1 would be the logical starting point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099750130025
  • Catalog Number: 858408
  • Sales rank: 182,463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anthem For The Year 2000
  2. 2 Freak
  3. 3 Ana's Song (Open Fire)
  4. 4 Emotion Sickness
  5. 5 Israel's Son
  6. 6 Tomorrow
  7. 7 Cemetary
  8. 8 The Door
  9. 9 Miss You Love
  10. 10 Abuse Me
  11. 11 Pure Massacre
  12. 12 Untitled
  13. 13 New Race
  14. 14 Trash
  15. 15 Ana's Song (Open Fire) - (acoustic remix)
  16. 16 Madman
  17. 17 Blind
  18. 18 Punk Song #2
  19. 19 Wasted / Fix Me
  20. 20 Wasted
  21. 21 Minor Threat
  22. 22 Freak - (Remix For Us Rejects)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Silverchair Primary Artist
Daniel Johns Guitar, Vocals
Ben Gillies Drums
Chris Joannou Bass
Technical Credits
Nick Launey Producer, Engineer
Daniel Johns Composer
Ben Gillies Composer
Duane Dowse Cover Image
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest

    Hi I bought this C.D. afew weeks ago. Its great, I love the song Anas song its great, Daniels voice is so lush i love it in the year 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Silverchair, Vol. 1

    ever since their debut in 1995, i have been hooked on their sound. now that this album has come out, i find that it is a perfect compilation of all their songs. there is something for everyone on here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Silverchair, Vol. 1

    i am so glad that silverchair has finally released this cd. i have always been trying to get a hold of their b-side recordings and i was so happy to see that they put some of those on here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The 'Chair is back!

    This is an incredible compilation. I'm a huge 'Chair fan, and this is absolutely fantastic! The B-sides are amazing! I highly recomend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Llama band forever

    This CD is a must have for any 'chair fan (like me, who is a HUGE 'chair fan), as well as anyone who appreciates excellent rock. Daniel, Chris, and John have been kicking tail since their beginning, and I hope they never stop cranking out the good tunes.

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