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Beacon Street Collection
|Price:||CDN$ 11.13 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details|
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|1. Open The Gate|
|2. Blue In The Face|
|3. Total Hate 95|
|5. Greener Pastures|
|6. By The Way|
|8. That's Just Me|
Top Customer Reviews
Open the Gate - 9/10 - Great guitar and keyboard intro. Listening to this song, I could imagine the group playing a driveway somewhere in Aneheim, CA, while the whole neighborhood is standing around and dancing.
Blue in the Face - 10/10 - Wonderful music. Great lyrics.
Total Hate '95 - 10/10 - Great song to dance to.
Stricken - 9/10 - It starts out in an almost 20's style big band. Then it picks up.
Greener Pastures - 10/10 - I love the way this song begins. It's a great breaking up song. Ha! Joking. =P
By the Way - 9/10
Snakes - 10/10 - Great metal-sounding music.
That's Just Me - 8/10 - It started to sound like supermarket muzac, but it picks up and works out.
Squeal - 10/10 - My personal favorite on the album. Great song to sing with. I would love to hear a group cover this song. That would rock!
Doghouse - 10/10 - A great way to end a great album. The music, on the keyboard, sounds like Danny Elfman composed it. But still a great song.
Now, you might be thinking, "Oh, he's a No Doubt fan, so of course he won't give any of their songs low ratings." That's not true. I would give any of these songs low ratings, but they're just too good. So, if you have a spare $12.99(or however much this CD's priced near you)+tax, then spend it on this CD.
Although "Beacon Street Collection" lacks the spit-and-polish of the professionally produced "Tragic Kingdom" and their following albums, the band's melodic talents and lyrical smarts are still present and accounted for. The presence of former band member Eric Stefani's piano only adds more of a poetic resonance to songs like "By The Way" and the jazz-tinged "Blue In The Face." Gwen's vocals are substantially more rocky and unevem, although that's not necessarily a bad thing: it adds a certain sense of unpredictability as she occassionally goes off on trills and other tricks that were lost as the band emerged into the mainstream. The Gwen we know today, however, is in perfect form on songs such as the echoic, beautiful "Stricken" and the dark "Greener Pastures," whose broody sound resurfaced on the phenomenally melancholy "Return of Saturn." The in-your-face affectations of No Doubt make appearances on the hair-raising "Snakes" and the classic opener, "Open The Gate."
"Beacon Street Collection" is the foundation of No Doubt's future endeavours. All of their future sounds can be found on this CD -- it's a stellar, although not impeccably produced, album that merits repeated listens.
This album is absolutely great. No filler, no throw-away tracks, no crap. Just great, great, great music. Gwen's voice sounds stellar, as always, and the band is in top shape. The song-writing is sold and excellent. You definately have to like--or at least tolerate--ska to listen to this album (I LOVE ska!). Reccommened for any true ND or ska fan.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a really good CD from No Doubt! Being an independent release the songs aren't really commercial, not what you would expect to hear on the radio, but they are awesome... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2011 by n_ostrom1
The Beacon Street Collection is one of the best ska albums I've ever heard. Although, I strongly recommend you only buy it if you like ska. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
I bought this cd recently becoming their biggst fan after buying the singles one. (It was awesomE!)aNYWAY, I heard that this was totally different, at the time all the reviews said... Read morePublished on May 31 2004
This album is a must, especially for old school No Doubters such as myself. All of these songs were just going to be b-sides at first, but No Doubt decided that they were worth... Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by No Doubt Fan
What a pleasant surprise. In checking out No Doubt CD's I was not familiar with any of these songs before listening to this Beacon Street Collection. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by G. J Wiener
I myself did not buy this album. It was a birthday present from a mate. I don't know what gave 'mate' the idea I liked ska but never mind. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004
No Doubt is my all-time favorite band and I must say that the oldies are the best! I don't recommend for the easy listener who enjoys soft rock and classical to relax to, because... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Patsy L. Okano
I enjoy this CD. It isn't my favorite, but it is fun to listen to every once in a while. Of course, it is a lot different than Tragic Kingdom and up, but that is part of what makes... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004