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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Alanis Morissette has been pushing people's buttons for the better part of a decade, but more important, she's been pushing herself in unique musical directions -- a combination that's made her one of the most enduring singer-songwriters of her generation. This 19-track retrospective retraces virtually all the steps that Alanis has made over the years, ranging from the angry-young-woman fist-shaking of such early hits as "You Oughta Know" to the almost hymnlike pensiveness of "That I Would Be Good." Naturally, the disc spends plenty of time on the singer's chart hits, but there's also a nice sampling of material that might have otherwise slipped under the radar -- from...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Alanis Morissette has been pushing people's buttons for the better part of a decade, but more important, she's been pushing herself in unique musical directions -- a combination that's made her one of the most enduring singer-songwriters of her generation. This 19-track retrospective retraces virtually all the steps that Alanis has made over the years, ranging from the angry-young-woman fist-shaking of such early hits as "You Oughta Know" to the almost hymnlike pensiveness of "That I Would Be Good." Naturally, the disc spends plenty of time on the singer's chart hits, but there's also a nice sampling of material that might have otherwise slipped under the radar -- from "Mercy," her elegiac contribution to Jonathan Elias's sweeping Prayer Cycle to a suitably sassy take on Cole Porter's "Let's Do It" culled from the soundtrack to De-Lovely. The Collection only offers up one newly recorded tune -- a burnished take on Seal's "Crazy" -- but there's enough diversity in its grooves to make it a perfect one-stop for Alanis fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624949022
  • Catalog Number: 49490
  • Sales rank: 22,656

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thank U (4:18)
  2. 2 Head Over Feet (4:24)
  3. 3 8 Easy Steps (2:52)
  4. 4 Everything (4:34)
  5. 5 Crazy (3:39)
  6. 6 Ironic (3:48)
  7. 7 Princes Familiar (4:34)
  8. 8 You Learn (3:59)
  9. 9 Simple Together (4:48)
  10. 10 You Oughta Know (4:08)
  11. 11 That I Would Be Good (4:17)
  12. 12 Sister Blister (4:12)
  13. 13 Hands Clean (4:33)
  14. 14 Mercy (3:44)
  15. 15 Still (6:17)
  16. 16 Uninvited (4:36)
  17. 17 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (3:23)
  18. 18 Hand in My Pocket (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alanis Morissette Primary Artist, Vocals
Salif Keita Vocals
English Chamber Choir Vocals
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jonathan Elias Composer, Producer
Scott Gordon Engineer
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Allen Sides Engineer
Guy Sigsworth Composer
Tim Thorney Producer
Alanis Morissette Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Artwork, translation, Audio Production
Rob Cavallo Producer
Stephen Endelman Producer
Mark Hutchins Engineer
Chris Fogel Engineer
Brad Nelson Engineer
John Shanks Producer
Renato Petruzziello Engineer
James Michael Producer
Wendy Marvel Artwork
Lawrence Schwartz Orchestration
Walt Vincent Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alanis in one complete package!

    AWESOME! I've listened to it over and over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome, memorable songs - a collection worth buying IMO

    I always looked past Alanis during her early work and wasn't that into her music. Years later I heard a song that I just loved after it got to the first chorous. That song was called Crazy a cover of the original song sung by Seal. Since then I looked into her work and some of her songs on the collection are now my favorites. Especially her most current album Flavors of Entanglement is just fantastic. Her songs have a good beat and rhythm to it including some very thoughtful songwriting on her part. If you are starting out as a fan then to me you should get this collection first so you'll get an idea of some of the songs that are pretty good. Some of the songs that I really like and recommend on this album are thank you, everything, crazy, ironic, and hands clean. Hear this album out for yourself and see what song you might like. This is sort of off topic but she was just adorable in the film Dogma. All in all she is one hell of a songwriter and singer and I totally recommend this collection of memorable songs by the wonderful Alanis Morissette.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    twelve great songs, two good ones, four bad ones

    There are 18 songs here. First, the four that are bad: "8 Easy Steps," "Crazy," "Sister Blister" and "Let's do it." The two that are all right are: "That I Would be Good," which I know was a big hit, and "Simple Together." The remaining twelve songs are great. "Mercy" and "Still" I had never heard, and I couldn't believe how good they sounded. I do wish Alanis would have put "Unsent" on here. Anyway, twelve great songs makes this CD well worth buying. Play the samples on your computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an outstanding collection

    whether you're a die-hard alanis fan or just enjoy the songs you've heard on the radio, this is a great collection to have. alanis obviously put a lot of thought into the selection and sequencing of the songs, which makes the outcome much more fluid than if she were to just throw on all her hits. those hits are present--including "you oughta know," "thank you," and "everything." but also included are overlooked gems like "simple together," off her b-side album Feast on Scraps, and "eight easy steps," the rocking second single from So-Called Chaos. but what really makes this album worth it for alanis fans is the inclusion of all the songs she has written for soundtracks and special releases, including "Let's Do It "Let's Fall In Love"" from the De-Lovely soundtrack, "Mercy," the breath-taking foreign language track from the album The Prayer Cycle, and "Still," one of the best songs she has penned, which was on the Dogma soundtrack. while the thought of a greatest hits album is bittersweet because it may mean that alanis's best work is behind her, it's still a very impressive collection. highly recommended for casual and devout fans alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Angry 90's Chick Rock At Its Best!

    Ah, yes! At last, a compilation that makes sense! What can you say when you hear "You Otta Know!" on the radio now and then. Hard to believe it was well over 10 years ago, this Canadian songstress yelled her way to number one with that song, by the end of Summer 95', along with her other top hits from her 1995 debut, "Jagged Little Pill" album. Alanis' debut album personified the 90's angry chick rock music. She kept the same free spirit and fury on 1998's "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", but also heading in a new, mellowy, direction, with the single "Thank You", or "Uninvited" (not included on SFIJ, but on City of Angels soundtrack), showcasing Alanis' soft vocals, which is evident on her next, entire 2002 album, "Under Rug Swept". Honestly, I had stopped listening to Alanis Morrisette by that time, missing out on her highlight-esque, "Feast On Scraps", only to be reinvigorated with her, sort-of, kind of, 2004 comeback album, "So-Called Chaos", revealing a gentler side of Alanis, with her single "Everything". It is amazing how this once angry chick rock music of the 90's mellowed into millinia's sophisticated songs for the adult contemporary. Although, Alanis Morrisette's "Collection" is a must-have, there were a couple of other songs left out on this compilation, ("So Pure", "Joining You" from SFIJ, and "Wunderkind", only available on Walt Disney's 2005, "The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe") soundtrack. Other than that...It is a MUST-HAVE and a retrospective reminder of part of the generation X era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic

    The best "best of" disc to be released in quite some time. I've been waiting forever to own the track "Still."

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