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Format: CD
Sku: 224169818
UPC: 886979444522
UPC 14: 00886979444522
Release Date: 10/11/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Brick [Radio Mix] - (remix, featuring Ben Folds Five) ~ Ben Folds
2. Annie Waits ~ Ben Folds
3. Philosophy - (featuring Ben Folds Five) ~ Ben Folds
4. Underground - (featuring Ben Folds Five) ~ Ben Folds
5. Landed [Strings Version] ~ Ben Folds
6. One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces - (featuring Ben Folds Five) ~ Ben Folds
7. Don't Change Your Plans - (featuring Ben Folds Five) ~ Ben Folds
8. Luckiest, The ~ Ben Folds
9. Smoke [Live in Perth, Australia 2003] - (previously unreleased, featuring West Australian Symphony Orchestra) ~ Ben Folds
10. Rockin' the Suburbs ~ Ben Folds
11. Kate - (featuring Ben Folds Five) ~ Ben Folds
12. Gracie ~ Ben Folds
13. Still Fighting It [Extended Version] - (previously unreleased) ~ Ben Folds
14. You Don't Know Me - (featuring Regina Spektor) ~ Ben Folds
15. There's Always Someone Cooler Than You ~ Ben Folds
16. Still ~ Ben Folds
17. From Above ~ Ben Folds
18. House - (previously unreleased, featuring Ben Folds Five) ~ Ben Folds

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Ben Folds.
Muze PNote Recording information: Ben Grosse's House, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Ben's Studio, Nashville (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Chapel Hill, NC (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Grandmaster Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Kings Park, Perth, Australia (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Krell Studios, Adelaide, Australia (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); RPM Studios, New York, NY (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Signet Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); The Mix Room (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Water Music, Hoboken, NJ (03/12/2005-03/13/2005); Wave Castle, NC (03/12/2005-03/13/2005).
Muze PNote Photographers: Joshua Kessler; Kerry McCarthy; Ingvar Renne; Fleur Folds; Lance Mercer; Alan Wolmark; Alexandria Searls; Katrina Dickson; Ben Folds.
Muze PNote The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective represents Ben Folds' first U.S. career overview. Compiled by Folds, the 18-track collection does a nice job balancing the North Carolina native's snarky, punk-infused past with Ben Folds Five with the more accessible, ballad-heavy output of his solo career. Folds' slow dive into the mainstream, from piano-climbing college rock upstart to commercial crooner and likable (and knowledgeable) co-judge on NBC's hit a cappella singing competition series The Sing-Off, has had its hits and misses, but there's no denying his knack for crafting instantly engaging melodies paired with lyrics that can go from heartbreakingly earnest ("Still Fighting It") to biting and sarcastic ("Rockin' the Suburbs") in seconds flat. The Best Imitation of Myself may lean a bit harder on the former, but since ditching the Five, those have been the songs that have felt the truest. Still, listeners who missed out on his former incarnation will find songs like the remastered "Philosophy" and "Underground" to be the perfect entry point, while longtime fans looking for a bigger piece of bait will relish some of the alternate mixes, as well as a new Ben Folds Five cut, the newly recorded "House." [The retrospective is also available as a three-disc edition that includes unreleased and rare home demos, studio outtakes, alternate mixes, live tracks, and two more brand new tracks by Ben Folds Five.] ~ James Christopher Monger

Producer: Darren Salmieri; Timothy J. Smith (Compilation)

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Ben Folds Five
Muze Guest Artist West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Muze Guest Artist Regina Spektor

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Fear Of Pop
Nick Hornby

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/10/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697944452
Music Label Name Label : Epic (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886979444522

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he three ballads recorded at the Royal Albert Hall are as heartrending as tales of love and loss come..."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Of most interest are three new songs with his first group, Ben Folds Five. 'Tell Me What I Did' in particular recalls their trademark belligerent nerdiness..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Folds,Ben
Product attributeLabel:   Epic Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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