Series – Greatest Hits: In Sum
It’s been quite a week of Greatest Hits! I’ve heard a real wide variety of music, and it turns out I can’t even count. Here’s a recap:
14 Sun – Rob Zombie
15 Mon – The Who
16 Tue – Richard Marx
17 Wed – Medeski Martin and Wood
18 Thu – non-series-related r.e. GBV breakup
19 Fri – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
20 Sat – Notorious B.I.G.
20 Sat – Garth Brooks
21 Sun – ZZ Top
I thought I’d done one every day, but I missed Thursday for non-series-related content. So, throwing up two on Saturday (yesterday) balanced it all out! My inner compass runs true!
It’s been a fun and instructive week. Hits sets are a tough thing. Sometimes they’re great all the way through (Garth Brooks), and sometimes they’re a bit of a disappointment in track selection (Notorious B.I.G.). Sometimes they remind you of old friends (Medeski Martin and Wood, Richard Marx), and sometimes they leave you somewhat indifferent as to an artists overall hits (Rob Zombie, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66). Sometimes they should definitely have been more than one CD (The Who, ZZ Top).
But whatever the case, and whether they’re contractually obligated to release them or not, a Greatest Hits set is often the best way to get your ears full of an artist’s best stuff, which is especially great when you’re being introduced to them for the first time. That wasn’t the case for me with any of these discs this week, but it’s happened often enough to me in my life. On this point, the best place to get Compilation Vs. Catalogue posts is over at Rich’s great site. You should go there and read it ALL!
Thanks for reading along. I’m sure there’ll be another series shortly. Onward to more great music! Let’s GIVE ‘ER!