Erasure Hits! The Very Best of Erasure [Bonus CD]

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CD Details

  • Released: November 11, 2003
  • Label: Rhino

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Oh l'Amour
  • 2.Sometimes
  • 3.Victim of Love
  • 4.Ship of Fools
  • 5.Chains of Love
  • 6.A Little Respect
  • 7.Stop!
  • 8.Blue Savannah
  • 9.Chorus
  • 10.Love to Hate You
  • 11.Breath of Life
  • 12.Lay All Your Love on Me
  • 13.Take a Chance on Me
  • 14.Voulez Vous
  • 15.Always
  • 16.Stay with Me
  • 17.In My Arms
  • 18.Freedom
  • 19.Solsbury Hill
  • 20.Oh l'Amour - (August Mix, remix)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Stay with Me - (mix)
  • 2.You Surround Me - (mix)
  • 3.In My Arms - (mix)
  • 4.Solsbury Hill - (mix)
  • 5.Little Respect, A - (mix)
  • 6.Chains of Love - (mix)
  • 7.Take a Chance on Me - (mix)
  • 8.Love to Hate You - (mix)
  • 9.Stop! - (mix)
  • 10.Victim of Love - (mix)
  • 11.Blue Savannah - (mix)
  • 12.Always - (mix)
  • 13.Freedom - (mix)
  • 14.Chorus - (mix)
  • 15.Oh l'Amour - (mix)
  • 16.Breath of Life - (mix)
  • 17.Sometimes - (mix)
  • 18.Ship of Fools - (mix)

Product Description:

Erasure: Andy Bell, Vince Clark.
Producers include: Flood, Stephen Hague, Erasure, Gareth Jones, Mark Sounders.
Recorded between 1986 & 2003.
Personnel: MC Kinky (rap vocals); Martin Phillipps (whistling, bells, programming); Nic Johnston (acoustic guitar); Guy Barker (trumpet).
Audio Mixers: Daniel Miller; Dave Bascombe; Flood; Gareth Jones ; Fran‡ois Kevorkian; Mark "Spike" Stent; Mark Saunders; Phil Legg; Rob Kirwan.
Audio Remixers: Daniel Miller; Dave Bascombe; Sie Medway-Smith; Mark Towns; Phil Harding; Stephen Hague.
An early track record of releasing one glistening single after another made Erasure's first compilation, Erasure Pop!: The First 20 Hits, a no-brainer to compile, but what to do with the duo's spotty later years? Best Of puts the old hits with the new ones, adds some rarities and remixes, and keeps with Pop!'s chronological structure. The first 13 tracks on Best Of cover the same, more successful, time Pop! did, and after that it's all moody epilogue. Later tracks like "Always," "Freedom," and "In My Arms" don't have the name recognition of "Chains of Love," but they do show a more mature Erasure in both delivery and composition. The problem is that no one ever wanted them to be Dylan or Radiohead, and the kind of albums they put out post-Pop! don't lend themselves well to greatest-hits collections. The later tracks at least answer the "whatever happened to" question for most people, but what's really confusing is why the four-song Abba-esque EP is overly represented by three tracks while the sparkling Wonderland album gets covered in only one and Cowboy and 1995's self-titled album are ignored completely. A lack of decent liner notes and no new songs by the duo point to Erasure's lack of involvement, so hardcore fans are enticed by a new remix of "Oh l'Amour" and a Megamix that takes up a whole CD. The Megamix isn't as seamless as it could have been and ends in a fizzle, but some downtempo numbers make for a very smart start. Despite the mishandlings, there's an incredible amount of great pop and dance music here, and you can program out the fluff if you want. Just know that even as a casual fan you will at some point in your life have to get back in the car, head to the store, and buy the other Erasure collection. ~ David Jeffries
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