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The Collection [Enhanced, Best of]

Alanis Morissette Audio CD
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1. Thank You
2. Head Over Feet
3. Eight Easy Steps
4. Everything
5. Crazy
6. Ironic
7. Princes Familiar
8. You Learn
9. Simple Together
10. You Oughta Know
11. That I Would Be Good
12. Sister Blister
13. Hands Clean
14. Mercy
15. Still (From Dogma)
16. Uninvited
17. Let's Do It
18. Hand in My Pocket

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The first retrospective of the career of Alanis Morissette, The Collection spans 1995-2005 with hits and more, as a new recording, 'Crazy' joins some of the most popular songs of the era, from 'You Oughta Know' and 'Hand in My Pocket' to 'Ironic'. Warner. 2005.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good album.....but... July 7 2009
By Sylvain
Format:Audio CD
This is NOT the best compilation I would have made of Alanis Morissette's songs. I am a HUGE fan and there are better songs out there but it gives a good idea of her talent in songwritting. A good introduction album to know if you like or dislike her. But I would start with the basics, Jagged Little Pill.....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Release For A Die-hard Fan March 29 2006
Format:Audio CD
After beginning her music career back in Canada as a dance-pop princess in the early 1990's, she grew tired of being labeled as a pop icon, and the constant comparisons to Debbie Gibson, so Alanis moved to LA in 1994 and released "Jagged Little Pill", her most successful record to date, and a record that broke many records. Selling 30 million copies, and winning 5 Grammy awards, the album is the best selling international debut record for a female, ever. Quite a title to uphold. After JLP, Alanis released "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" in 1998, "Unplugged" in 1999, "Under Rug Swept" in 2002, "Feast on Scraps" in 2002, "So Called Chaos" in 2004 and "Jagged Little Pill: Acoustic" in 2005. 10 years after her initial success, Alanis decides to put out a "greatest hits" collection, titled simply "The Collection". Two versions of this album were released, one with a purple cover which is the CD only, and another version, the "Limited Edition Digipack with DVD".
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The record's only new track is Alanis' cover of Seal's track "Crazy". Originally done for a compilation put out by the Gap called "Favorites", the track is the only new track to be featured here, not to mention it is a remix version of it. I really liked the version off of the "Favorites" CD, but this James Michael Remix just doesn't so it for me. Included in this collection are some of her larger hits, and some of her non-existent hits, and is obviously missing some hits. The major inclusion that baffles me is "Mercy", of the Jonathan Elias disc "The Prayer Cycle", in which Alanis provided vocals for. A hit? Hardly. A good track? Hmm.. I'll let you decide that. What really baffles me is how she blatantly ignored the hits off of her disc "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 6 2014
Format:Audio CD
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do it for me Dec 27 2010
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that this CD was a disappointment for me. I found a few songs by Alanis Morissette that I really liked, so I took a risk and picked this CD out. I listened to the CD a few times and nothing grabbed me. It is a tinkly experimental work that has too much 'granola' for my tastes. Can't comment much on the content too much because it gathers dust from neglect.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the woman who played God Nov. 15 2005
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Finally, Alanis Morissette's best songs are available all together in one convenient place. This heavenly collection from the woman who played God in the movie "Dogma" covers the period 1995 to 2005, with nineteen of her "impossible to sing along to" songs that we've come to love.

From the incredible album "Jagged Little Pill" (1995):

Head Over Feet; You Learn; You Oughta Know; Hand in My Pocket; Ironic

From "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" (1998):

Thank You; That I Would Be Good

From "Under Rug Swept" and "Feast On Scraps" (both 2002):

Hands Clean; So Unsexy; Simple Together; Sister Blister

From "So Called Chaos" (2004):

Eight Easy Steps; Everything

And those are not all - you also get "Princes Familiar" from her "MTV Unplugged" album; a cover of the Seal song "Crazy"; "Mercy" from "Prayer Circle"; "Still" from "Dogma; the haunting "Uninvited" from "City of Angels", and "Let's Do It" from "De-Lovely".

A must-have album for any fan of the often controversial, extremely talented, and sometimes foul-mouthed Canadian-American singer/songwriter/actress.

Amanda Richards, November 15, 2005.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed But Ultimately Satisfying Retrospective Dec 31 2005
By Rudy Palma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The career of Alanis Morissette has been long and winding, despite the fact that the average music fan cannot see past her 1995 breakthrough "Jagged Little Pill," the best-selling album ever by a female artist. Now, it is finally catalogued on "The Collection," a disc that spans the last decade of the Canadian singer/songwriter's music.

Those of the opinion that a hit package from Morissette would essentially be a repackaging of Jagged Little Pill have a point; she has released only a handful of hit singles since that juggernaut. Nevertheless, in paving the road that subsequently ensued she released records that were true to herself and did not cash in on her initial success as an "angry" young singer/songwriter. The result has yielded her a rabid fanbase and music that has affected many listeners in a positive way, which is hardly something to look down at.

Nevertheless, "The Collection" is a rather iffy collection that comes off sounding disjointed when it comes to summarizing the Morissette's last decade. Right off the bat, anyone who has even a minimal knowledge of her career will see that some notable singles are missing such as "All I Really Want," the swashbuckling "So Pure" from 1998's "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" and "Precious Illusions," a sharp radio-ready single that reached the Adult Top 40 in summer 2002 but ultimately went over everyone's heads. Also, two "personal favorites" she chose for the collection, 1999's unplugged performance of "Princes Familiar" and 2002's excruciatingly sad "Simple Together," sound completely out of their element on a retrospective. Perhaps a better idea would have been a "Hits" and "Misses" pair of releases a la fellow Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell. Still, her unforgettable staples such as "Thank U" and "Ironic" are dutifully included and have not lost their power with the passage of time.

Especially of interest are tracks making their debut on a proper Morissette record. One such is "Mercy," a selection from Jonathan Elias' 1999 project "The Prayer Cycle," an album of swirling, devotional vocals in multiple languages that featured recording artists such as James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. Morissette sings in Hungarian (her mother's native tongue) on the track alongside the vocals of famed Qawwli artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who passed away immediately before she was asked to join the project. The result is something as spine tingling as it as sophisticated. Included also is her zesty take on Cole Porter's "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)" from the "De-Lovely" soundtrack. Morissette played a bit part in the 2004 film that told the life story of the late tunesmith.

There's also "Uninvited," a fan favorite that Morissette wrote for the soundtrack to 1998's "City of Angels" where she sings not only from the perspective of the main character but also her own in the face of overwhelming fame in "Jagged Little Pill"'s wake. An even stronger inclusion, however, is "Still," which Morissette wrote for 1999's "Dogma" soundtrack. In the film she played the small but crucial role of God, and thus chose to write the song from His perspective.

"I see you altering history/I see you abusing the land/I see you and your selective amnesia/And I love you still."

The biggest slice of ear candy on the disc, however, comes in the form of her take on "Crazy," Seal's classic 1991 hit. A song with a catchy groove and powerful lyrics, it is easy to see why it is one of Morissette's favorite songs.

"Crazy yellow people walking through my head/One of them's got a gun, shoots the other one/And yet together they were friends at school/But we're never gonna survive/Unless we get a little crazy."

The scarce but desirable limited edition of "The Collection" contains improved artwork and a loaded DVD with an hour-long documentary, photographs, overviews of past tour itineraries and three bonus performances including an unreleased track from the mid-90's entitled "King of Intimidation."
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed But Ultimately Satisfying Retrospective Jan. 1 2006
By Rudy Palma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The career of Alanis Morissette has been long and winding, despite the fact that the average music fan cannot see past her 1995 breakthrough "Jagged Little Pill," the best-selling album ever by a female artist. Now, it is finally catalogued on "The Collection," a disc that spans the last decade of the Canadian singer/songwriter's music.

Those of the opinion that a hit package from Morissette would essentially be a repackaging of Jagged Little Pill have a point; she has released only a handful of hit singles since that juggernaut. Nevertheless, in paving the road that subsequently ensued she released records that were true to herself and did not cash in on her initial success as an "angry" young singer/songwriter. The result has yielded her a rabid fanbase and music that has affected many listeners in a positive way, which is hardly something to look down at.

Nevertheless, "The Collection" is a rather iffy collection that comes off sounding disjointed when it comes to summarizing the Morissette's last decade. Right off the bat, anyone who has even a minimal knowledge of her career will see that some notable singles are missing such as "All I Really Want," the swashbuckling "So Pure" from 1998's "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" and "Precious Illusions," a sharp radio-ready single that reached the Adult Top 40 in summer 2002 but ultimately went over everyone's heads. Also, two "personal favorites" she chose for the collection, 1999's unplugged performance of "Princes Familiar" and 2002's excruciatingly sad "Simple Together," sound completely out of their element on a retrospective. Perhaps a better idea would have been a "Hits" and "Misses" pair of releases a la fellow Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell. Still, her unforgettable staples such as "Thank U" and "Ironic" are dutifully included and have not lost their power with the passage of time.

Especially of interest are tracks making their debut on a proper Morissette record. One such is "Mercy," a selection from Jonathan Elias' 1999 project "The Prayer Cycle," an album of swirling, devotional vocals in multiple languages that featured recording artists such as James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. Morissette sings in Hungarian (her mother's native tongue) on the track alongside the vocals of famed Qawwli artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who passed away immediately before she was asked to join the project. The result is something as spine tingling as it as sophisticated. Included also is her zesty take on Cole Porter's "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)" from the "De-Lovely" soundtrack. Morissette played a bit part in the 2004 film that told the life story of the late tunesmith.

There's also "Uninvited," a fan favorite that Morissette wrote for the soundtrack to 1998's "City of Angels" where she sings not only from the perspective of the main character but also her own in the face of overwhelming fame in "Jagged Little Pill"'s wake. An even stronger inclusion, however, is "Still," which Morissette wrote for 1999's "Dogma" soundtrack. In the film she played the small but crucial role of God, and thus chose to write the song from His perspective.

"I see you altering history/I see you abusing the land/I see you and your selective amnesia/And I love you still."

The biggest slice of ear candy on the disc, however, comes in the form of her take on "Crazy," Seal's classic 1991 hit. A song with a catchy groove and powerful lyrics, it is easy to see why it is one of Morissette's favorite songs.

"Crazy yellow people walking through my head/One of them's got a gun, shoots the other one/And yet together they were friends at school/But we're never gonna survive/Unless we get a little crazy."

The scarce but desirable limited edition of "The Collection" contains improved artwork and a loaded DVD with an hour-long documentary, photographs, overviews of past tour itineraries and three bonus performances including an unreleased track from the mid-90's entitled "King of Intimidation." A CD maxi single featuring 4 club mixes of "Crazy" is also available.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Canadian Talent Compiled! Feb. 7 2006
By Anthony Morelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've followed Alanis Morissette since her first 2 commercially released albums "Alanis" in '91 and "Now is the time" in '92. I've always loved her voice and expected a come-back since the "NITT" CD...but she took a 3-year break and came back with a new image, voice and talent with "Jagged Little Pill" in '95. Since then, she's pumped out song after song, singing & voicing her own opinions, musically. I'm proud to live in a Country where we can have fantastic talent such as Alanis Morissette. Some really talented artists come from Ottawa, Canada...and I'm mighty proud to play their music. Alanis Rocks!

"The Collection" brings out Alanis' best, although, there are some songs which could've been included. There will always be compilations which don't have all the goodies of an artist on it. Forget about what this CD doesn't have and think about its good points...which are countless. The photos are lovely and the tracklist is pleasing to the ears. For one reason, Alanis' selection of songs puts the listener on a musical roller-coaster of emotions, whether it's a dark song or something really fast & happy.

My all-time favorite track has to be "Uninvited". For one, because it wasn't released on an album. Two, I like it because of the drama & the way Alanis' voice goes so well with the arrangements...starting with the organ & piano. Really nice! "Crazy" is a fine song & excellent choice for Alanis. I didn't think she would choose this song for her compilation...perhaps because I never heard it until playing this CD. The only Alanis albums I've got are her first 3 + the unofficial biography & fully-illustrated book. "Crazy" is right up there with Seal's version...and I like Alanis' version better. More emotion is put into it.

The first time I've heard "Let's do it (let's fall in love)"...I heard it sung by Eartha Kitt. Strange mix (eartha kitt & alanis morissette...huh?) Well, a true music lover will try anything once. I can't say I hate Eartha Kitt, but her music isn't anything near Alanis'. Alanis has given new life to "Let's do it..." and it's refreshing to find such a track on "The Collection".

Thank you, for not removing the F word from "You Oughta Know". Without it, the song doesn't have much meaning...'cos everyone's left waiting for her to say it, right? All the other tracks are fine & fit the tracklist well.

Tracklist:

01- Thank You

02- Head over feet

03- 8 easy steps

04- Everything

05- Crazy

06- Ironic

07- Princess Familiar (MTV Unplugged)

08- You learn

09- Simple together

10- You Oughta know

11- That I would be good

12- Sister Blister

13- Hands clean

14- Mercy (from the prayer cycle)

15- Still (from the dogma soundtrack)

16- Uninvited (from the city of angels soundtrack)

17- Let's do it (let's fall in love ) - from the de-lovely soundtrack

18- Hand in my pocket

Album Info:

- FBI Anti-Piracy Warning

- alanis.com

- maverick.com/alanis

- Distributed by Warner Bros Records Inc.

- Maverick Recording Company

- Full Song Credits in booklet

- Full Lyrics for each of the 18 tracks in booklet

- Small personal note from Alanis on inner front of booklet

- Additional info (legal & production) inside booklet

- Disc is purple with song titles written in pale purple & black

- Standard Jewel case packaging

I love all the songs & the recording quality is amazing. Alanis didn't leave anything out when she released this fine collection of her personal best. Thanks Alanis! You rock!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Dec 11 2005
By Dove Plan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A perfect balance of song selection - glad to see some of her personal favorites and some of her biggest hits.

Her most underrated track has to be "Still" featuread on the soundtrack to the movie Dogma.

I wish we got a videography on the bonus disc and I'm anxious for new music. She's got a great voice, skill as a songwriter - she writes her truth and she hasn't sold out by trying to duplicate her staggering success.
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