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Meet the Eels: Essential Eels 1996-2006 Vol. 1 (With DVD) Best of, Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 22 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000Y2WAKM
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Novocaine For The Soul
2. Susan's House
3. My Beloved Monster
4. Your Lucky Day In Hell
5. 3 Speed
6. Last Stop: This Town
7. Climbing To The Moon (Jon Brion Remix)*
8. Flyswatter
9. I Like Birds
10. Mr. E's Beautiful Blues
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Novocaine For The Soul
2. Susan's House
3. Rags To Rags
4. Your Lucky Day In Hell
5. Last Stop: This Town
6. Cancer For The Cure
7. Flyswatter
8. Souljacker part I
9. Saturday Morning
10. Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Product Description

This DVD/CD set spans the first decade of the band with 24 selections on CD and 12 previously unreleased videos on DVD. Featuring fan favorites culled from their critically acclaimed releases on Dreamworks, SpinArt, and Vagrant, this set also includes pre

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I've greatly enjoyed The Eels for a dog's age now, give or take, and Meet the Eels doesn't fail. Though it misses the simple power of the Electro-shock Blues or any other singular album experience, it does indeed list all the Eels best-sellers, to a T.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2564e28) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa261f414) out of 5 stars Why buy this collection? Jan. 22 2008
By Mark Colan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you are new to the Eels, this is a fine introduction. Eels fans may quibble about the best choices for a collection like this, but I like what was chosen here.

If you are a fan of the Eels, you probably have their albums, and thus you have most of the audio tracks here. There are still two reasons why you might want to get it.

1. (lesser reason) It has two audio tracks that were previously unpublished. But of course the companion "Useless Trinkets" collection has 50 B-sides, soundtracks, rarities and unreleased tracks, plus a DVD with six live performances, so that's the one to get for previously unpublished content, if you could only choose one.

2. (bigger reason) The companion DVD in Meet the Eels features 12 music videos (one is a live performance). Some of these videos were previously released on CD singles, but they seem to be higher quality here. It isn't HD or even modern DVD quality (some of these are >10 years old), but they are much better quality than the tiny versions they put on the CD singles.

In particular, the video for "Last Stop: This Town" is a most imaginative and appealing music video; you'll have to see it to believe it. Watch in amazement as a carrot... well, that would be spoiling it.

About my rating: I would give it 4 1/2 stars if it were an option. Anthologies are rarely as good as the complete original albums, but this one offers more in the form of the videos.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa261f6d8) out of 5 stars A Superb 10 Year Compilation ... Jan. 29 2008
By Kort - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...from a man called E!

Companioned with Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2007 (2CD+DVD), this just might be all you would ever need from the Eels first 10 years. All 36 songs are terrific and while I may miss a few favorites, most of them are here and the Eels albums are well represented.
Anyone new to the Eels, this is a good primer.

True fans of the Eels probably have more or all these tracks from the albums, making this not so neccessary. Just get the Rarities album in that case. But for completists, this is a must as it has 12 good quality videos on the companion DVD. So yeah, you might as well just pick this up no matter who you are. ;']

While I have your ear, let me recommend Eels with Strings - Live at Town Hall. It is the best concert video I have seen in a long time and a great companion piece to this Best Of CD.

So what are you waiting for, go pick this up! It truly is Novocaine For The Soul...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa261f918) out of 5 stars A MASTER COLLECTION FROM A MASTER MUSICIAN Jan. 15 2008
By Bhavesh M. Bangdiwala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mark Oliver Everett , 'E' , the front man of EELS. This man is the soul of the band. His voice , his energy , his passion and his emotions represent every beautiful track in this collection.

It's not about shakin legs or smiling sweet. It's all about relating to all the rubbish that goes on around you and within your personal life. EELS can bring you down and pull you right up to the top with their music.

This album is a collection of most of my favorite EELS songs, and if you are a first time listener, then this collection is the best way to introduce you to the band.

It's not about winning grammys or making appearences at award shows , its about playing straight from the heart. That's what E does. I recently lost my dad and his single 'It's a mother #$%#$%' makes me cry a tear everytime i play it on my cd system.

Pick it up people, EELS are a fine example of great musicians that hit the right cord in each of their songs.

Enjoy..oh btw..pick up the 'Useless Trinklet's' CD too, it's got plenty of great b-sides and unreleased tracks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa261fb94) out of 5 stars Just what I needed Feb. 22 2010
By H. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Being 50+ Ive had streachs where I didnt really listen to music like I did in my 20s- I kinda try to get stuff from groups I have heard of but never really listened to at the time- Alice in chains-Stone temple pilots- Concrete Blonde I guess there all kind of in the same time period. But I never really herd of these guys. I think I was watching a movie and liked a song- the C.C. caught the name of the band and song so I bought this. Great stuff I loved the videos- and the music is Great- as far as I can tell this might be the most overlooked rock band of all time. If your looking for some great Rock this should fill your bill.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa261fa2c) out of 5 stars A classic compilation March 26 2009
By Thomas Thomsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Very rarely would I call a compilation cd a classic, but "Meet The eels: Essential Eels 1996-2006, Vol. 1" is as classic an album as any other "proper" album release that has been deemed a classic. As usual with compilations fans will quibble about songs that were excluded (For me, Mental off the debut album Beautiful Freak is one such song), but since ALL of the 24 songs included are excellent examples of E's superior songwriting genius, for once any criticism really is redundant. Song choices, sequencing, artwork, packaging - it's all extremely well-executed.

E's lyrics are often bittersweet. In 3 Speed he sings: "Life is funny, but not ha-ha funny". Even so, the lyrics are humorous and engaging. Lyric sample from That's Not Really Funny: "Did you think I would laugh, when you said I was small? Did you think that that would pass, as if nothing at all?"

Some of my personal favorites: Your Lucky Day In Hell, My Beloved Monster, Flyswatter, Souljacker Part 1, That's Not Really Funny, Fresh Feeling, (Hey Man) Now you're really Living, The Trouble with Dreams.

This compilation is a very good place to start your Eels collection.

"Useless Trinkets: B-sides, soundtracks, rarities and unreleased 1996-2006" is a nice companion piece, but not as essential as "Meet The Eels: Essential Eels 1996-2006, Vol. 1".

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