The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
For a brief period in the late '90s, Days of the New ruled the airwaves with their mix of post-grunge attitude and swampy acoustics, sounding for all the world like Alice in Chains circa Unplugged. "The Down Town," "Shelf in the Room," and "Touch, Peel and Stand" all propelled the group's self-titled debut to platinum status, where it shared the spotlight alongside Creed's My Own Prison and, one year later, Fuel's Sunburn. The original lineup dissolved on tour, however, leaving Travis Meeks to recruit new members for both Days of the New II and Days of the New III, neither of which could match the first album's success. The group went on hiatus in 2002 and re-formed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
For a brief period in the late '90s, Days of the New ruled the airwaves with their mix of post-grunge attitude and swampy acoustics, sounding for all the world like Alice in Chains circa Unplugged. "The Down Town," "Shelf in the Room," and "Touch, Peel and Stand" all propelled the group's self-titled debut to platinum status, where it shared the spotlight alongside Creed's My Own Prison and, one year later, Fuel's Sunburn. The original lineup dissolved on tour, however, leaving Travis Meeks to recruit new members for both Days of the New II and Days of the New III, neither of which could match the first album's success. The group went on hiatus in 2002 and re-formed several years later, opting to whet its audience's appetite for a promised fourth album with this retrospective, The Definitive Collection. While all the charting singles are present, it's hard to imagine anyone viewing this as an essential album, since most fans already own the three studio efforts that precede it. If anything, The Definitive Collection highlights how inconsistent or wildly eclectic, if you're a fanatic the band has been since 1997. The murky grunge songs that open the disc give way to the orchestrated tunes of Days of the New II, eventually coming to a puzzling close with the quasi-prog experiments that Meeks tackled on his third album. Those itching for their '90s nostalgia fix should seek out the band's debut instead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517544987
  • Catalog Number: 001046602
  • Sales rank: 39,478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shelf in the Room (4:44)
  2. 2 Touch, Peel and Stand (4:57)
  3. 3 The Down Town (4:15)
  4. 4 What's Left for Me? (5:27)
  5. 5 Freak (5:24)
  6. 6 Where I Stand (5:39)
  7. 7 Flight Response (5:54)
  8. 8 The Real (4:18)
  9. 9 Enemy (5:11)
  10. 10 Weapon & The Wound (5:45)
  11. 11 Take Me Back Then (4:17)
  12. 12 Hang on to This (4:12)
  13. 13 Die Born (3:57)
  14. 14 Dirty Road (4:43)
  15. 15 Giving In (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Days of the New Primary Artist
Rick Baptist Performing Ensemble
Charles Boito Performing Ensemble
Jon Clarke Performing Ensemble
Larry Corbett Performing Ensemble
Joel Derouin Performing Ensemble
Ronald Janelli Performing Ensemble
John Thomas Johnson Performing Ensemble
John Wittenberg Performing Ensemble
Renita Koven Performing Ensemble
Suzie Katayama Conductor
Roy Horton Trombone, Bass Trombone
John Ray Choir, Chorus
Todd D. Smith Organ
Peter Rhee Violin
Roger Soren Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Clark Hagan Vocals
Travis Meeks Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Todd Whitener Guitar
Matt Taul Drums
Jesse Vest Bass
Eve Butler Performing Ensemble
Wendy Doyle Celli
John Chisholm Violin
Virginia Frazier Performing Ensemble
Trevor Johnson English Horn, Oboe
Ray Rizzo Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Nicole Scherzinger Background Vocals
Scott Staidle Violin, Conductor
Louise Harris Celli
Doug Buchanan Viola
Tim Zavadil Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Marcus Ratzenboeck Violin
Jennifer Shackleton Viola
Gerardo Hilera Performing Ensemble
Ken Albrecht French Horn
Keith Cook Violin
Christina Hinton Celli
Sidney King Bass
Melinda Odle Viola
Kingsley Wood Bass
Steven Holtman Performing Ensemble
Mario de León Performing Ensemble
Matthew Funes Performing Ensemble
Max Maxwell Drums
Technical Credits
Ron Aniello Producer
Clark Germain Engineer
Bill Klatt Producer, Engineer
Scott Litt Producer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Suzie Katayama Orchestration
Eric Sarafin Engineer
Chris Bilheimer Illustrations
Todd D. Smith Producer, Engineer
Travis Meeks Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Todd Whitener Composer
Dave Thompson Liner Notes, Essay
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Scott Staidle Orchestration
Joseph Castriota Engineer
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