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Working for the Man: The Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released a year after the remastered and extras-stuffed versions of Tindersticks' first five studio albums which were distributed in the U.K., but not the U.S., Working for the Man is a useful introduction that is a little more representative than the nonspecific Donkeys 92-97 compilation, itself a bizarre scramble of A-sides, stray tracks, and previously unreleased material. This disc nearly rectifies the inherent uncertainty that results when you poll any number of Tindersticks fans about the best album to start with. You want to hear Sam Cooke's Night Beat crossed with Roxy Music ballads, so get Simple Pleasure. No, you want several variations on Joy Division's "I ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released a year after the remastered and extras-stuffed versions of Tindersticks' first five studio albums which were distributed in the U.K., but not the U.S., Working for the Man is a useful introduction that is a little more representative than the nonspecific Donkeys 92-97 compilation, itself a bizarre scramble of A-sides, stray tracks, and previously unreleased material. This disc nearly rectifies the inherent uncertainty that results when you poll any number of Tindersticks fans about the best album to start with. You want to hear Sam Cooke's Night Beat crossed with Roxy Music ballads, so get Simple Pleasure. No, you want several variations on Joy Division's "I Remember Nothing" cast against a widescreen Scott Walker backdrop, so try the second album. It doesn't matter, because they're all practically the same and they're all bloody masterpieces. And so forth, until you suddenly forget that you ever thought of giving the band a shot. The disc cuts off chronologically at 1999, before Tindersticks parted ways with Island and joined with Beggars Banquet, so it doesn't include anything from 2001's Can Our Love... or 2003's Waiting for the Moon. At only 11 tracks, it's concise to a fault, focusing on the primary singles and chickening out on making any judgment calls about the group's best album cuts. A more effective starter disc would've included at least a few non-singles, which are often more alluringly morose and wonderfully grandiose than the singles. Even so, there's enough heartache, longing, sleaze, and debauchery contained within the disc to indicate how much will be lost by not devouring each studio album in its entirety. In the U.K., this compilation was released as Working for the Man: The Island Years, and the first batch came with a bonus disc. This U.S. version is identical to the first disc of the U.K. version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923967927
  • Catalog Number: 9679
  • Sales rank: 131,937

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 City Sickness (4:01)
  2. 2 Marbles (4:32)
  3. 3 Patchwork (4:41)
  4. 4 Her (2:52)
  5. 5 Travelling Light (4:41)
  6. 6 Tiny Tears (5:28)
  7. 7 Bathtime (3:58)
  8. 8 Another Night In (4:59)
  9. 9 Can We Start Again? (3:49)
  10. 10 I Know That Loving (5:47)
  11. 11 For Those... (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tindersticks Primary Artist
Dave Boulter Group Member
Mark Colwill Group Member
Dickon Hinchliffe Group Member
Neil Fraser Group Member
Alasdair Macaulay Group Member
Stuart Staples Group Member
Technical Credits
David Bedford Management
Michael Hill Liner Notes
Mark Colwill Composer
Dickon Hinchliffe Composer
Stuart Staples Composer, Cover Art
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
Suzanne Osborne Cover Art
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