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It's fitting that Aimee Mann's first hit, as the frontwoman for new wavers 'Til Tuesday, was 1985's "Voices Carry," an oppressed woman's cry to be heard; because Mann, as a solo artist, would spend the last half of the '90s shackled by a record label that refused to release her music. Finally, after contributing ten songs to the acclaimed Magnolia soundtrack in the final month of the decade -- an effort that brought her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations -- Mann self-released her long-awaited third solo album, Bachelor No. 2, a sublime collection of melancholic toe-tappers. Ultimate Collection arrives with Mann's renaissance in full bloom, and its selection of her ...
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Barnes & Noble - Bill Crandall
It's fitting that Aimee Mann's first hit, as the frontwoman for new wavers 'Til Tuesday, was 1985's "Voices Carry," an oppressed woman's cry to be heard; because Mann, as a solo artist, would spend the last half of the '90s shackled by a record label that refused to release her music. Finally, after contributing ten songs to the acclaimed Magnolia soundtrack in the final month of the decade -- an effort that brought her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations -- Mann self-released her long-awaited third solo album, Bachelor No. 2, a sublime collection of melancholic toe-tappers. Ultimate Collection arrives with Mann's renaissance in full bloom, and its selection of her pre-1999 output is the best way for recent converts to catch up with the singer-songwriter. Quick-witted stabs such as Melrose Place staple "That's Just What You Are" with vocal help from Squeeze's Difford and Tillbrook reside alongside heart-wrenching ballads such as "Wise Up." The anthology also includes three 'Til Tuesday tracks including "Voices Carry" and charming oddities such as "Jimmy Hoffa Jokes" and a cover of "Baby Blue" originally done by Badfinger, a band with even worse luck than Mann. It all makes the point that while Aimee Mann didn't fit either of the popular '90s prototypes -- flamboyant diva or screechy riot grrrl -- she deserves to be heard.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Unable to get an album released between 1995 and 1999, Aimee Mann suddenly had three on the market within 12 months, including this September 2000 compilation. There is, of course, a certain irony that the current configuration of a record company that gave her so much trouble demanding changes to her third album, refusing to release it, dropping her, and then forcing her to buy back the album's master tapes is now attempting to cash in on the exposure she received due to her 1999 Academy Award nomination for "Save Me" from Magnolia. Mann's music is catchy, guitar-based pop
ock, which sounds like it should be at the top of the charts. But since Mann has reached the Top 40 only twice in 15 years, she has largely been subject to standard operating procedure in the major-label record business. Journalists have howled largely on critical grounds, and Ultimate Collection should give them more ammunition despite its limits. One of her two hits, "What About Love," is not included, and only three tracks have been licensed from her most popular period. Two regular albums doesn't seem like much material to choose from for a best-of, so to make up for the limited choice of material, compilation producer Rhonda Shields has pulled a variety of stray tracks, turning this into a virtual rarities album. Several songs were contributed to movie soundtracks, and five tracks are drawn from the non-LP B-sides of singles. Thus, even those who have copies of Whatever and I'm With Stupid will need this album, and they will find that the rarities are some of her better performances. Aimee Mann is unquestionably one of the most impressive singer/songwriters of her time, but her lyrics of bitter romantic complaint may destine her to a limited audience.
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  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731452476029
  • Catalog Number: 524760

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aimee Mann Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Juliana Hatfield Background Vocals
Jon Brion Guitar, Percussion, Cello, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Vocal Harmony, Gu
Bernard Butler Electric Guitar
Chris Difford Background Vocals
Michael Hausman Percussion, Drums, Orchestral Percussion
Robert Holmes Guitar, Background Vocals
Buddy Judge Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Todd Nelson Guitar
Clayton Scoble Vocal Harmony
Glenn Tilbrook Guitar, Background Vocals
Michael Lockwood Guitar
Joey Pesce Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals
Stacy Jones Drums
Michael Montes Keyboards
Milt Sutton Drums
John Sands Drums
Peter Linton Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Penn Producer
Aimee Mann Composer
John Boylan Producer
Rhett Davies Producer
Mike Denneen Producer
Mark Goldenberg Producer
Michael Hausman Composer, Programming
Robert Holmes Composer
Bruce Lampcov Producer
Mike Thorne Producer
Joey Pesce Composer
Dana Smart Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Laura Graven Art Direction
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Rhonda Shields Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A rip off of the artist and consumer

    It is interesting that this is called ''an open forum'' when in fact all negative comments have been deleted. This compilation was released without the participation of Aimee Mann and in violation of her contract. It does not contain her best work and she has urged her fans not to support it. Buy her actual releases ins

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ultimate Collection

    Aimee Mann still wins in terms of maintaining creativity and integrity within a fast-paced world of market highs and lows. I absolutely loved Bachelor # 2, and think it was incredibly good but it definitely has competition with the Ultimate Collection which is amazing in terms of sampling the breadth of her musicalcareer and shines with songs like Baby Blue, Jimmy Hoffa Jokes and Say Anything. I recommend this album to anyone who still thinks music can be enjoyable to the ears as well as helpful to the soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ultimate Collection

    Aimee Mann has proved to be a rock amidst a sea of pebbles, being thwarted frequently by major record labels, and still managing to produce beautiful, lyrical music. I really loved her Til' Tuesday additions on this collection and especially like the songs Wise Up and Voices that Carry. This is a great album, a real pinnacle of an unconventional music career!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A note about Aimee

    Aimee Mann¿s new album, Ultimate Collection has a lot of her best songs from her other albums. I think she has a really beautiful, rich voice that, when placed against the guitar harmonies, make for a really excellent album. Her lyrics are intelligent and give good insights to the things people are foolish about in relationships, and I¿m sure most people can relate to what she says in her songs. This is a really awesome album, and I really recommend it to everyone, not even to just my friends!

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