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Ultimate Collection

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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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate rip off Jan. 21 2001
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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 in a best of with her own name plastered on it. This smacks of the cash in's that were so typical of record companies in the 60's and 70's (Lennon's Roots album advertised on television in the 70's is a great example of this as well). Although this practice has never gone away, it's evidently been in hibernation at Mann's old label.
Mann is a great songwriter and she certainly deserves a compilation of rare tracks and/or a best of focusing on her earlier material. This isn't it. The worst part is that she had nothing to do with this CD at all. I won't reiniterate the story (You can read Aimee's own review for that) but I will say this is so typical of an industry that treats artist's like interchangable pawns on their chess board of success. It's also indicative of the lack of respect an artist must endure.
This was given to me as a gift by a friend. I was a little startled as I didn't know that Aimee had a "new" CD planned for release. Having these "rare" tracks on CD already I thought I'd check and see what Hip-oo was up to with this collection. First the sound quality leaves quite a bit to be desired (particularly on some of the single tracks). This could be due to the source tapes that were chosen for use or the remastering itself. The songs are haphazardly put together at best with no thought about context (and the way they are mixed here I'd say this collection is "tone deaf").
The booklet notes are probably the worst. While somewhat accurate they make it appear that Aimee actually made comments on this compilation (they were taken from old press releases and interviews for her previous material).
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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 ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
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. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Aimee for Beginners
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by K. A D. Veer
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This!
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. Read more
Published on May 1 2002 by Stephanie Rossi
2.0 out of 5 stars Aimee is great; this compilation is not.
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... Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by Invisiboy2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Aimee Mann had nothing to do with this CD, and it's obvious!
If you get on her official website, you will see that she has written a request that her fans skip this CD. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by Billie Mann
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 14 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 14 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 8 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
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