Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder CD (2006)

Artist: Fatboy Slim

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Label Caroline Distribution
SKU 202545428
UPC 094635681420
UPC 14 00094635681420
Format CD
Release Date 6/20/2006
Author Fatboy Slim
Associated Artist/Work Bonde do Rol?
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Technical Info
Engineer Simon Thornton
Producer Fatboy Slim
CatalogID 56814
Lable Name Astralwerks
Released 06/20/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094635681420
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Sharon Woolf (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Simon Thornton.
Audio Remixers: Fatboy Slim; Norman Cook.
WHY TRY HARDER? marks a decade in the illustrious career of Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim. As one of the prime movers of the big-beat genre, Cook has arguably done more to popularize global dance music culture than any other artist. This collection highlights songs that have become not only club anthems but staples on mainstream radio, MTV, and throughout pop culture in general. Fatboy Slim's formula for chart-topping success is then all the more surprising since his tracks are not usually "songs" in the traditional sense--rather, they consist mostly of breakbeats and vocal samples from classic soul and R&B.
Tracks like "Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You" are trademark Fatboy Slim--showcasing Cook's uncanny ability to weave samples as disparate as surf guitar and gospel vocals into a propulsive dance mix. If the entire collection featured such DJ-friendly material, it would make for a fine party album. But the song "Sunset (Bird Of Prey)" displays Cook's more contemplative side. Mixing a spectral Jim Morrison a cappella sample over ambient synth washes, the track is the emotive apogee of a triumphant career retrospective.
Artist Overview
Norman Cook's first foray into the music biz came as the bass player for 1980s U.K. pop/rock band the Housemartins, but once he got into the DJ world, he hung up his bass for good. As Fatboy Slim, he was at the forefront of the mid-'90s "big beat" movement. A reaction against the increasingly cerebral developments in electronica, big beat was pure body music, incorporating house production values, hip-hop samples, and simple, catchy hooks for what proved to be a highly successful approach. Along with the Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy, Slim was one of the few U.K. dance/electronic artists to break into the mainstream in the U.S., scoring huge with the smash singles "The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You." Cook would continue to be a force in dance music for years.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This smartly compiled best-of showcases Cook's late Nineties hits; stupid fun bangers with whimsical, gratuitously repeated vocal samples; buoyant remixes...and a smidgen of moodier esoterica."
Q (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[G]athered together they sound like music from another planet entirely..."
Disc 1
1 Rockafeller Skank, The
2 Praise You
3 Brimful of Asha - (Norman Cook Remix, Norman Cook remix)
4 Weapon Of Choice
5 Gangster Trippin'
6 I See You Baby - (Fatboy Slim Remix, Fatboy Slim remix)
7 Wonderful Night
8 Right Here, Right Now
9 Going Out Of My Head
10 Sunset (Bird Of Prey)
11 Everybody Loves A Carnival
12 Don't Let The Man Get You Down
13 Demons
14 Sho Nuff
15 Slash Dot Dash
16 Santz Cruz
17 Champion Sound
18 That Old Pair Of Jeans
Product Attributes
Artist Fatboy Slim
Music Format Compact Disc

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