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Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
More ironic footnote than ultimate collection, this anthology is a bittersweet reprise of Aimee Mann's troubled major-label career. Take a few 'Til Tuesday tracks (including their 1980s hit, "Voices Carry"), most of her I'... more »
More ironic footnote than ultimate collection, this anthology is a bittersweet reprise of Aimee Mann's troubled major-label career. Take a few 'Til Tuesday tracks (including their 1980s hit, "Voices Carry"), most of her I'm With Stupid album, some tracks from Whatever, and a whole bunch of B-sides, and you've got--what? Let's call it the penultimate collection, since the songs from Mann's breakthrough Magnolia soundtrack and Bachelor No. 2 album will have to wait for a subsequent, and perhaps more essential, compilation (one not likely to be issued by the parent company that dumped Mann and made her buy her album back). This collection does boast a lovely cover of Badfinger's "Baby Blue," while Mann originals like "That's Just What You Are," "Amateur," and "Long Shot" (all from I'm With Stupid) still sound great. But without "Save Me" or Mann's other more recent triumphs (or, come to think of it, anything from her first band's Bark Along with the Young Snakes), Utimate Collection doesn't begin to tell the story of this talented pop survivor. --Bill Forman
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Melissa S. (themissiah) from RINGGOLD, GA
Reviewed on 2/19/2007...
Great album by Miss Mann. Some older stuff, too.
A Word About The So-Called "Ultimate Collection" by Aimee
Foudental | Montreal, Canada | 01/06/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There is a CD that was released recently titled "Aimee Mann--the Ultimate Collection". I want to give everyone a heads-up about this CD, because it was not only something that I had nothing to do with, it's a product I consider to be seriously substandard and misleading. My manager Michael Hausman and I heard that this project was in the works several months ago. In our opinion the label putting out the record, Hip-O Records, had no right to use the material they were intending to use in the first place. But I didn't want to be the bad guy and shut the project down entirely, so I asked Michael to get in touch with whoever was heading the project and offer our services, so that the record could be one I was proud of, even if it wasn't something I wanted out in the first place. I offered to do the artwork, as I had done for every record I've ever made except the first Til Tuesday record, and be involved in song selection. This offer was flatly refused--we were basically barred from being involved in any way on a project that had my NAME on it. As typical as this is in the music business, it still never ceases to amaze me. The most unbelievable thing they did was to take quotes from old interviews and weave them into liner notes for the package so that it would APPEAR that I had been involved--basically using my own reputation for integrity in my music to sell their own .... product.And the very title--"The Ultimate Collection"--implies at the very least a comprehensive collection, when it doesn't contain anything from Bachelor No. 2 and only one song from Magnolia (and not the Oscar-nominated song), and yet it DOES contain several things I personally consider to be absolute ...., including a rough mix of one song from just one of two reels of tracks, a song recorded live off the radio 10 years ago and never authorized by me to be recorded at all, much less released, a song I recorded for a movie as a favor to a producer friend that I didn't even write, etc. None of the great little B-sides or demos that I was actually proud of and thought would be perfect for this kind of collection.So I would ask everyone to please give this one a miss-- I hate to see fans being subjected to this kind of music industry bait-and-switch. Michael Hausman and I have been planning to put out our own collection that I promise will be a lot more "ultimate" than this wretched ...... Needless to say, there's also ....... in the works. To put out a record that deliberately gives the impression that it's been authorized by me is really the last straw."
A crime against everything that is good.
John J Poulos III | Tewksbury, MA USA | 11/14/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Please, please, please don't buy this disc. Aimee Mann is one of the smartest, finest performers around today, and those who haven't felt the joy of an Aimee Mann album should rush right out and buy one--but this isn't it.Mann has been cheated and disrespected by the record industry at every turn (and there have been many turns) in her long career, and this collection is just another screwjob.These tracks were essentially stolen from Mann, put out without her permission, and--in an ultimate act of sleaze--presented as an authorized project. They even took Mann's words from old interviews and incorporated them into the liner notes--as if she were involved from the start.Mann herself considers this CD to be "substandard and misleading". She says that, while she is proud of some of the tracks contained herein, "it DOES contain several things I personally consider to be absolute crap, including a rough mix of one song from just one of two reels of tracks, [and] a song recorded live off the radio 10 years ago and never authorized by me to be recorded at all..."If you're new to Aimee Mann, buy "Whatever" or "I'm With Stupid" or the most recent album "Bachelor No. 2".If you know and love Mann's work, shame on you for even considering purchasing this slap-in-the-face."