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Ultimate Collection [Import]

Aimee Mann Audio CD
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1. That's Just What You Are
2. You Could Make A Killing
3. You're With Stupid Now
4. Wise Up
5. Driving With One Hand On The Wheel
6. Long Shot
7. Choice In The Matter
8. Voices Carry (Single Mix)
9. Take It Back
10. Say Anything
11. Jacob Marley's Chain
12. Amateur
13. All Over Now
14. Baby Blue
15. Everything's Different Now
16. Sign Of Love
17. The Other End (Of The Telescope) (Live)
18. Jimmy Hoffa Jokes
19. Stupid Thing
20. I Should've Known

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy July 13 2004
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I loved this CD, period. The songs that form the actual content of this CD are catchy, intelligent, sensitive yet upbeat, melodic, and generally ear-friendly. After much consideration, I prefer the more upbeat songs on this album to the more mellow music on older and newer albums. I love "That's Just What You Are," and hearing her sweet, ironic vocals as she plays great guitar and bass on many songs here. I've listened to this CD over and over again and have made copies for grateful friends. This album directly made her my favorite female pop vocalist - over and above other newer female singers. I love the variety in it, it has "Voices Carry" with Til Tuesday and songs without the band, what more could you want. This is a great Aimee Mann primer. "Lost in Space" is really good to listen to as well, though just not as upbeat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aimee for Beginners Aug. 11 2002
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This album is a good jumping off point for those getting into Aimee. It's pretty through, with several Til Tuesday songs as well as alot of her solo work. It does a decent job outlining her style, giving us a few too-many upbeat songs (something she's not known for). Basically, if you're interested, start here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a dissenting opinion May 22 2002
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Mann is a gifted melodist who occasionally gets lucky in the lyrics department. What she isn't--at least so far--is an album artist. Even her best record, I'm With Stupid, contains weak material like the leaden "Par for the Course" and "Ray," a cute song which unfortunately recycles part of the melody from the superior "That's Just What You Are." So, to these ears, this is about as good a single disc collection of Mann's "greatest hits" as one could reasonably expect. Sure, I could quibble with a few of the more glaring omissions--I would delete the lightweight "Sign of Love" and substitute either "Mr. Harris" from Whatever or "Ghost World" from Bachelor No. 2--but the only criminal omission is "Save Me" from the Magnolia soundtrack.
In short, this is a solid collection of Beatlesque pop songs (great to sing along with while driving) and the only Mann album noncultists need to own until the inevitable two-disc anthology comes along.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This! May 1 2002
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This record is a sad and selfish attempt on behalf of Aimee Mann's EX recording company to make money off an artist they rightfully lost. Don't buy it, be respectful to Aimee, most of the good songs on this album can be found on her earlier records.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Aimee is great; this compilation is not. March 20 2002
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Politics aside, this is a mediocre collection at best. Aimee Mann's songs are so personal and intriguing that a listener really needs to delve into her individual records, rather than settling for this bait-and-switch compilation from some second-rate, money-hungry record company. I encourage everyone to buy an Aimee Mann album, just not this one. Start with "Whatever" or "Bachelor No. 2" and then proceed to the adequate, but unimpressive "I'm With Stupid" CD. And the 'til tuesday CDs are good but sound dated in comparison. So, enjoy the albums...and let's hang tight--Aimee knows her fans want a true anthology of her work, and I am sure she is working on it.
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If you get on her official website, you will see that she has written a request that her fans skip this CD. She had nothing to do with it, doesn't approve of it, and plans to put out a REAL collection of her own. She resents that this CD was done without her authorization or any imput of any kind from her (she offered and was refused!!!) Being a huge Aimee Mann fan, I questioned some of the selections on this CD, then saw on her website where she blasts it. Have some respect for her, skip it. There are songs on here that shouldn't even be here, and some that should be, but aren't (such as her Oscar-nominated song, "Save Me").
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Before I ordered this, I had to wonder if I was going to end up with too much music by Aimee Mann. Now that I have it, I don't expect to worry about that again. This is not to be confused with really popular music. I like "Voices Carry," and I can understand how that, and a lot of other songs that Aimee has done, could make an interesting video and play well on the radio. More than that, I appreciate her for being smart enough to write songs like "Wise Up" and bitter enough to sing things like, "Oh, you stupid thing." I enjoy listening to music which corresponds to these feelings more than I can stick with a long philosophy professor's approach like Kelly Oliver's recent book, WITNESSING BEYOND RECOGNITION. I would claim to understand Aimee Mann, but the best bit on this album for me is "Jimmy Hoffa Jokes," which proves that not knowing where Jimmy Hoffa is right now, and sensing something about why we don't know, is just another thing that we can understand as well as any of the other intellectual pursuits that can go down in flames.
I haven't gone to see Aimee Mann when she has performed in the Twin Cities, and I can only blame myself for being too cheap and deaf to get that close to her. A week ago I heard Amy Ray playing her songs from "Stag" with the Butchies, and about all I can tell you about it was that the best song might have been "Lucy Stoner," something like an invitation to join the United Stoners of America in a mindless love trip. As deaf as I am, I felt like I could tell what that song felt like to Amy Ray, and I have to put Aimee Mann at the opposite end of the intellectual spectrum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars rebate?
Hate the way this album was made, but I bought it without that knowledge. They have preyed on my ignorance as a consumer who always loved her songs, but didn't own any of the... Read more
Published on July 26 2001 by M. Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars A good collection....
I think this is a wonderful collection of some of her greatest songs. It seems that most of the songs on this collection are more on the melancholy side, but I like that. Read more
Published on May 15 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy It
Respect Aimee's wishes and please don't buy this CD. I know it's been said one hundred times, but I just wanted to put my two cents in and agree, as well as bring down the rating. Read more
Published on May 15 2001 by "simbeing"
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant for collectors
One thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to purchase this cd--do you want to make a statement, or do you want a chance to pick up some rare Aimee? Read more
Published on May 9 2001 by christopher r. holland
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what Aimee wanted- she had no creative control of the cd
Please follow Aimee's wishes and pass on this cd. (see her review below or go to her webiste) As for my love of Aimee Mann, it began after seeing the preview of 'Magnolia' in the... Read more
Published on March 4 2001 by T. D. Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate rip off
It's ironic that Mann was let go by her label (after being forced to buy back the album that they rejected for release in the first place)and then was prevented from participating... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2001 by Wayne Klein
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