Ben Folds Retrospective: The Best Imitation of Myself (3-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Released: October 10, 2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - p.94
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he three ballads recorded at the Royal Albert Hall are as heartrending as tales of love and loss come..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.86
4 stars out of 5 -- "Of most interest are three new songs with his first group, Ben Folds Five. 'Tell Me What I Did' in particular recalls their trademark belligerent nerdiness..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Brick [Radio Mix]
  • 2.Annie Waits [Album Version] [Version]
  • 3.Philosophy
  • 4.Underground
  • 5.Landed [Strings Version] [Version]
  • 6.One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces [Album Version] [Version]
  • 7.Don't Change Your Plans [Album Version] [Version]
  • 8.The Luckiest [Album Version] [Version]
  • 9.Smoke
  • 10.Rockin' the Suburbs [Album Version] [Version]
  • 11.Kate [Album Version] [Version]
  • 12.Gracie [Album Version] [Version]
  • 13.Still Fighting It [Previously Unreleased]
  • 14.You Don't Know Me [Seeds Album Version] [Version]
  • 15.There's Always Someone Cooler Than You [Album Version] [Version]
  • 16.Still [Soundtrack Album Version] [Version]
  • 17.From Above
  • 18.House [Previously Unreleased New Recording]

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Julianne [Previously Unreleased, Live Stockholm, Sweden, 3 / 12 / 1997] [Li
  • 2.Video [Previously Unreleased, Live Stockholm, Sweden, 3 / 12 / 1997] [Live]
  • 3.Missing the War [Live Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 12 / 14 / 99] [Live]
  • 4.Mess [Live Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 12 / 14 / 99] [Live]
  • 5.Magic [Live Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 12 / 14 / 99] [Live]
  • 6.Selfless, Cold and Composed [Live Bowery Ballroom, New York, Ny, 12 / 9 / 0
  • 7.Zak and Sara [Live Roseland Ballroom, New York, Ny, 6 / 13 / 02] [Live]
  • 8.Girl [Live Roseland Ballroom, New York, Ny, 6 / 13 / 02] [Live]
  • 9.Just Pretend [Live Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 3 / 24 / 03] [Live
  • 10.Fred Jones Part 2 [Live Kings Park In Perth, Australia, 3 / 12 / 03] [Live]
  • 11.Careless Whisper [Live Mountain Winery, Saratoga, Ca] [Live]
  • 12.All You Can Eat [Live Myspace Broadcast, 2 / 27 / 07] [Live]
  • 13.Long Tall Texan [Live Warehouse Houston, Tx, 10 / 24 / 08] [Live]
  • 14.Army [Live Unc Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, Nc, 9 / 18 / 08] [Live]
  • 15.Battle of Who Could Care Less [Live Unc Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, Nc,
  • 16.Kylie From Connecticut [Live From Detroit, Mi 10 / 9 / 08] [Live]
  • 17.Effington [Live Ax Hall, Seoul, South Korea, 6 / 9 / 11] [Live]
  • 18.Picture Window [Live Hmv Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK, 2 / 20 / 11] [Live
  • 19.Sentimental Guy [Live Diamond Hall, Nagoya, Japan, 6 / 7 / 11] [Live]
  • 20.Not the Same [Live a. E. C. Theatre, Adelaide, Australia, 5 / 22 / 11] [Live]

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Unrelated [Unfinished Song Demo, 1996] [Demo Version]
  • 2.Best Imitation of Myself [Demo, 1992] [Demo Version]
  • 3.Rocky [4 Track Home Demo, 1993] [Demo Version]
  • 4.Boxing [Demo, 1992] [Demo Version]
  • 5.Alice Childress [Rare On Air 3: Kcrw Performances, 1997] [Live]
  • 6.Barrytown
  • 7.Amelia Bright [Mitch Easter Sessions, 2000] [Live]
  • 8.Tell Me What I Did [Previously Unreleased New Recording, 2011]
  • 9.Rock Star [Demo, 2000] [Demo Version]
  • 10.Losing Lisa [Demo, 2000] [Demo Version]
  • 11.Break Up At Food Court [Demo, 2000] [Demo Version]
  • 12.Hiro's Song [Demo, 2000] [Demo Version]
  • 13.Wandering [Demo, 2000] [Demo Version]
  • 14.The Secret Life of Morgan Davis [Alternate Mix, 2001] [Alternate Take]
  • 15.Such Great Heights [Alternate Mix From Myspace Sessions, 2006] [Alterna
  • 16.Bitches Ain't Shit [E. P. Version] [Version]
  • 17.Time [Alternate Version, 2004] [Alternate Take]
  • 18.Sleazy
  • 19.Stumblin' Home Winter Blues [Previously Unreleased New Recording, 2011]

Product Description:

Personnel: Ben Folds (piano); Britt Uzzell (guitar, keyboards); Chad Chapin (guitar, percussion); Andrew Higley (French horn, keyboards, percussion); Jim Bogios, Sam Smith, Darren Jessee, Lindsay Jamieson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ben Folds.
Recording information: A.E.C. Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (02/20/2011); Ax Hall Seoul, South Korea (02/20/2011); Ben Grosse's House, Los Angeles, CA (02/20/2011); Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN (02/20/2011); Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (02/20/2011); Captiol Studios, Hollywood, CA (02/20/2011); Chapel Hill, NC (02/20/2011); Fidelitorium Recordings, Kernersville, NC (02/20/2011); Grandmaster Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/20/2011); Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV (02/20/2011); HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK (02/20/2011); Kings Park, Perth, Australia (02/20/2011); Krell Studios, Adelaide, Australia (02/20/2011); Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA (02/20/2011); Metalworks, Toronto, CAN (02/20/2011); Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (02/20/2011); Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia (02/20/2011); Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY (02/20/2011); Royal Albert Hall, London, UK (02/20/2011); RPM Studios, New York, NY (02/20/2011); Signet Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/20/2011); Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/20/2011); State Theatre, Detroit, MI (02/20/2011); Studio 4 Recording, Conshohocken, PA (02/20/2011); Studion, Stockholm, Sweden (02/20/2011); The Joint (02/20/2011); The Mix Room (02/20/2011); UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill (02/20/2011); Warehouse, Houston, TX (02/20/2011); Water Music, Hoboken, NJ (02/20/2011); Wave Castle, NC (02/20/2011); A.E.C. Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (03/12/1997); Ax Hall Seoul, South Korea (03/12/1997); Ben Grosse's House, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/1997); Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN (03/12/1997); Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (03/12/1997); Captiol Studios, Hollywood, CA (03/12/1997); Chapel Hill, NC (03/12/1997); Fidelitorium Recordings, Kernersville, NC (03/12/1997); Grandmaster Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/1997); Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV (03/12/1997); HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK (03/12/1997); Kings Park, Perth, Australia (03/12/1997); Krell Studios, Adelaide, Australia (03/12/1997); Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA (03/12/1997); Metalworks, Toronto, CAN (03/12/1997); Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (03/12/1997); Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia (03/12/1997); Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY (03/12/1997); Royal Albert Hall, London, UK (03/12/1997); RPM Studios, New York, NY (03/12/1997); Signet Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/1997); Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/1997); State Theatre, Detroit, MI (03/12/1997); Studio 4 Recording, Conshohocken, PA (03/12/1997); Studion, Stockholm, Sweden (03/12/1997); The Joint (03/12/1997); The Mix Room (03/12/1997); UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill (03/12/1997); Warehouse, Houston, TX (03/12/1997); Water Music, Hoboken, NJ (03/12/1997); Wave Castle, NC (03/12/1997); A.E.C. Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Ax Hall Seoul, South Korea (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Ben Grosse's House, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Captiol Studios, Hollywood, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Chapel Hill, NC (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Fidelitorium Recordings, Kernersville, NC (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Grandmaster Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Kings Park, Perth, Australia (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Krell Studios, Adelaide, Australia (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Metalworks, Toronto, CAN (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Royal Albert Hall, London, UK (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); RPM Studios, New York, NY (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Signet Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); State Theatre, Detroit, MI (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Studio 4 Recording, Conshohocken, PA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Studion, Stockholm, Sweden (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); The Joint (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); The Mix Room (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Warehouse, Houston, TX (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Water Music, Hoboken, NJ (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Wave Castle, NC (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); A.E.C. Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (03/24/2003); Ax Hall Seoul, South Korea (03/24/2003); Ben Grosse's House, Los Angeles, CA (03/24/2003); Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN (03/24/2003); Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (03/24/2003); Captiol Studios, Hollywood, CA (03/24/2003).
Photographers: Joshua Kessler; Kerry McCarthy; Ingvar Renne; Fleur Folds; Lance Mercer; Alan Wolmark; Alexandria Searls; Katrina Dickson; Ben Folds.
The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective represents Ben Folds' first U.S. career overview. Compiled by Folds, the 18-track collection does a nice job balancing the North Carolina native's snarky, punk-infused past with Ben Folds Five with the more accessible, ballad-heavy output of his solo career. Folds' slow dive into the mainstream, from piano-climbing college rock upstart to commercial crooner and likable (and knowledgeable) co-judge on NBC's hit a cappella singing competition series The Sing-Off, has had its hits and misses, but there's no denying his knack for crafting instantly engaging melodies paired with lyrics that can go from heartbreakingly earnest ("Still Fighting It") to biting and sarcastic ("Rockin' the Suburbs") in seconds flat. The Best Imitation of Myself may lean a bit harder on the former, but since ditching the Five, those have been the songs that have felt the truest. Still, listeners who missed out on his former incarnation will find songs like the remastered "Philosophy" and "Underground" to be the perfect entry point, while longtime fans looking for a bigger piece of bait will relish some of the alternate mixes, as well as a new Ben Folds Five cut, the newly recorded "House." [The retrospective is also available as a three-disc edition that includes unreleased and rare home demos, studio outtakes, alternate mixes, live tracks, and two more brand new tracks by Ben Folds Five.] ~ James Christopher Monger
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