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25th Apr '16 11:48:39 PM aye_amber
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* As a band with many popular non-album singles (as well as hits that ''do'' appear on their albums, but not in the version that became popular), it's no surprise NewOrder has a small clutch of greatest hits collections. The first, ''Substance 1987'' - the band's best selling album - contains all of the A and B sides to the group's 12" singles up to 1987 (including the new songs "True Faith" and "1963"). 1994's ''(the best of) New Order'' adds in songs from their two-post ''Substance'' albums and their UK #1 single "World in Motion", but also contained remixes and new re-recordings of some of their songs in place of the popular versions (in fact only "Thieves Like Us" appears in the same version as on ''Substance''). 2002's ''International'' adds in songs from the one album the band made post-''Best Of'', but it was only released in a few countries. 2005's ''Singles'' contains all of the band's 7" single A-sides (which were either more or less popular than the 12" versions, depending on the single). Lastly, 2011's ''Total'' contains the most popular songs from both New Order and its predecessor Music/JoyDivision, but the record was only begrudgingly put together by the then-newly reunited band because [[ExecutiveMeddling their record label wanted to cash in]] on the aforementioned reunion and as such, it isn't well liked by the band's fans.

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* As a band with many popular non-album singles (as well as hits that ''do'' appear on their albums, but not in the version that became popular), it's no surprise NewOrder Music/NewOrder has a small clutch of greatest hits collections. The first, ''Substance 1987'' - the band's best selling album - contains all of the A and B sides to the group's 12" singles up to 1987 (including the new songs "True Faith" and "1963"). 1994's ''(the best of) New Order'' adds in songs from their two-post ''Substance'' albums and their UK #1 single "World in Motion", but also contained remixes and new re-recordings of some of their songs in place of the popular versions (in fact only "Thieves Like Us" appears in the same version as on ''Substance''). 2002's ''International'' adds in songs from the one album the band made post-''Best Of'', but it was only released in a few countries. 2005's ''Singles'' contains all of the band's 7" single A-sides (which were either more or less popular than the 12" versions, depending on the single). Lastly, 2011's ''Total'' contains the most popular songs from both New Order and its predecessor Music/JoyDivision, but the record was only begrudgingly put together by the then-newly reunited band because [[ExecutiveMeddling their record label wanted to cash in]] on the aforementioned reunion and as such, it isn't well liked by the band's fans.
23rd Apr '16 11:39:37 PM aye_amber
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* As a band with many popular non-album singles (as well as hits that ''do'' appear on their albums, but not in the version that became popular), it's no surprise NewOrder has a small clutch of greatest hits collections. The first, ''Substance 1987'' - the band's best selling album - contains all of the A and B sides to the group's 12" singles up to 1987 (including the new songs "True Faith" and "1963"). 1994's ''(the best of) New Order'' adds in songs from their two-post ''Substance'' albums and their UK #1 single "World in Motion", but also contained remixes and new re-recordings of some of their songs in place of the popular versions (in fact only "Thieves Like Us" appears in the same version as on ''Substance''). 2002's ''International'' adds in songs from the one album the band made post-''Best Of'', but it was only released in a few countries. 2005's ''Singles'' contains all of the band's 7" single A-sides (which were either more or less popular than the 12" versions, depending on the single). Lastly, 2011's ''Total'' contains the most popular songs from both New Order and its predecessor JoyDivision, but the record was only begrudgingly put together by the then-newly reunited band because [[ExecutiveMeddling their record label wanted to cash in]] on the aforementioned reunion and as such, it isn't well liked by the band's fans.

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* As a band with many popular non-album singles (as well as hits that ''do'' appear on their albums, but not in the version that became popular), it's no surprise NewOrder has a small clutch of greatest hits collections. The first, ''Substance 1987'' - the band's best selling album - contains all of the A and B sides to the group's 12" singles up to 1987 (including the new songs "True Faith" and "1963"). 1994's ''(the best of) New Order'' adds in songs from their two-post ''Substance'' albums and their UK #1 single "World in Motion", but also contained remixes and new re-recordings of some of their songs in place of the popular versions (in fact only "Thieves Like Us" appears in the same version as on ''Substance''). 2002's ''International'' adds in songs from the one album the band made post-''Best Of'', but it was only released in a few countries. 2005's ''Singles'' contains all of the band's 7" single A-sides (which were either more or less popular than the 12" versions, depending on the single). Lastly, 2011's ''Total'' contains the most popular songs from both New Order and its predecessor JoyDivision, Music/JoyDivision, but the record was only begrudgingly put together by the then-newly reunited band because [[ExecutiveMeddling their record label wanted to cash in]] on the aforementioned reunion and as such, it isn't well liked by the band's fans.
15th Mar '16 9:24:55 AM igordebraga
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* An interesting case: the biggest hits of the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' EMI years (which were not noted for being much of a success) were collected on an album after the success of ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik''; the result was entitled ''[[LampshadeHanging What Hits?]]''

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* An interesting case: the biggest hits of the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' EMI years (which were not noted for being much of a success) were collected on an album after the success of ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik''; the result was entitled ''[[LampshadeHanging What Hits?]]''Hits?]]''. It also included their breakthrough single after signing with Warner Records, "Under the Bridge". In return, the WEA compilation ''Greatest Hits'' - which does feature successful singles - features the one EMI song that hit the charts, the cover of "Higher Ground".



* Music/WeirdAlYankovic didn't include much previously unavailable material on his "The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic" two-disc set, only including a couple mixes of songs not on the original [=CDs=] (i.e. the extra-gory version of "The Night Santa Went Crazy" and the single release of UHF), but he did manage to nearly jam-pack each completely full.

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic didn't include much previously unavailable material on his "The ''The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic" Yankovic'' two-disc set, only including a couple mixes of songs not on the original [=CDs=] (i.e. the extra-gory version of "The Night Santa Went Crazy" and the single release of UHF), but he did manage to nearly jam-pack each completely full. The cover can appropriately serve as a parody of ''The Essential Michael Jackson''.


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* TheRollingStones have a lot of those, as early as 1966 by combining their singles in ''Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)''. ''Hot Rocks 19641971'' (1971) is their best-selling album in the United States, being certified for 12 million copies. The most comprehensive were made as {{Milestone Celebration}}s. The 40th anniversary earned ''Forty Licks'', a two disk [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 40 track]] album with 36 hits and 4 new songs. The 50th in turn inspired ''GRRR!'', a three disk, 50 song album with only 2 new tracks (that also got a budget version with 2 disks and 40 tracks - most shared with ''Forty Licks'', including one of the new songs - and a [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition deluxe edition with 4 disks, 80 songs, plus a bonus CD, bonus LP, and a few collectibles]]).
12th Mar '16 5:24:47 PM Ezclee4050
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** The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, in 1968, which turned out to be [[OneBookAuthor the only album they released under their own name]] (they also recorded the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masked_Marauders Masked Marauders]] album a year later).

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** The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, in 1968, which turned out to be [[OneBookAuthor the only album they released under their own name]] (they also recorded the infamous [[FakeRealTurn infamous]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masked_Marauders Masked Marauders]] album a year later).
11th Mar '16 1:42:33 PM MarkLungo
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* The Music/GratefulDead have four: 1974's contract satisfying ''Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead'' (which remains their best selling album), the hard-to-find 1977 2-disc ''What A Long Strange Trip It's Been'', 1996's ''The Arista Years'' (which includes music they made after the material included on ''Skeletons from the Closet'') and the career spanning 2003 release ''The Very Best of the Grateful Dead''.

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* The Music/GratefulDead have four: 1974's contract satisfying ''Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead'' (which remains their best selling album), the hard-to-find 1977 2-disc ''What A Long Strange Trip It's Been'', 1996's ''The Arista [[Creator/AristaRecords Arista]] Years'' (which includes music they made after the material included on ''Skeletons from the Closet'') and the career spanning 2003 release ''The Very Best of the Grateful Dead''.
10th Mar '16 3:28:28 PM Ezclee4050
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** The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, in 1968, which turned out to be [[OneBookAuthor the only album they released under their own name]] (they also recorded the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masked_Marauders Masked Marauders]] album a year later).



** The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, in 1968, which turned out to be [[OneBookAuthor the only album they released under their own name]] (they also recorded the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masked_Marauders Masked Marauders]] album a year later).
10th Mar '16 3:27:58 PM Ezclee4050
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** Mrs. Miller

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** Mrs. MillerMiller (the UrExample, in 1966)


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** The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, in 1968, which turned out to be [[OneBookAuthor the only album they released under their own name]] (they also recorded the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masked_Marauders Masked Marauders]] album a year later).
12th Feb '16 5:30:56 PM KYCubbie
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** Peter Schickele has ''The Wurst of P. D. Q. Bach''.
** A collection of CultureClub and Boy George hits was titled ''At Worst... The Best of Boy George and Culture Club''.

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** Peter Schickele has ''The Wurst of P. D. Q. Bach''.
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** A collection of CultureClub Music/CultureClub and Boy George hits was titled ''At Worst... The Best of Boy George and Culture Club''.



* A particularly {{egregious}} example: When Garth Brooks assumed the alter ego of Chris Gaines, his first and only album under the Chris Gaines pseudonym was entitled "Greatest Hits". The whole album acted as if Gaines was already an established singer with several pop hits under his belt, even listing a fake backstory and chart positions in the liner notes.

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* A particularly {{egregious}} example: When Garth Brooks Music/GarthBrooks assumed the alter ego of Chris Gaines, his first and only album under the Chris Gaines pseudonym was entitled widely called "Greatest Hits".Hits" (though its actual name was ''[[Music/InTheLifeOfChrisGaines Garth Brooks in... The Life of Chris Gaines]]''). The whole album acted as if Gaines was already an established singer with several pop hits under his belt, even listing a fake backstory and chart positions in the liner notes.



* The GratefulDead have four: 1974's contract satisfying ''Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead'' (which remains their best selling album), the hard-to-find 1977 2-disc ''What A Long Strange Trip It's Been'', 1996's ''The Arista Years'' (which includes music they made after the material included on ''Skeletons from the Closet'') and the career spanning 2003 release ''The Very Best of the Grateful Dead''.

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* The GratefulDead Music/GratefulDead have four: 1974's contract satisfying ''Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead'' (which remains their best selling album), the hard-to-find 1977 2-disc ''What A Long Strange Trip It's Been'', 1996's ''The Arista Years'' (which includes music they made after the material included on ''Skeletons from the Closet'') and the career spanning 2003 release ''The Very Best of the Grateful Dead''.



* While all the songs on {{Bjork}}'s 2002 "Greatest Hits" compilation were singles, the track listing was voted for by fans and omitted (amongst others) what was possibly her best-selling - and probably best-known - single in several countries, "It's Oh So Quiet".

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* While all the songs on {{Bjork}}'s Music/{{Bjork}}'s 2002 "Greatest Hits" compilation were singles, the track listing was voted for by fans and omitted (amongst others) what was possibly her best-selling - and probably best-known - single in several countries, "It's Oh So Quiet".



* JeanMichelJarre had a whole number of these: ''The Essential'' (7" versions from 1976 to 1985), ''Musik aus Zeit und Raum'' (pretty much ditto), ''Images - The Best Of Jean Michel Jarre'' (partly edited, partly re-recorded, partly remixed live versions from 1976 to 1990 + a few unreleased tracks), ''The Essential Jean Michel Jarre'' (1976 to 2000 including some not really Greatest Hits, not released by Jarre himself but by Francis Dreyfus), ''Aero'' (mostly re-recorded material from 1976 to 1997 + a few new tracks).

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* JeanMichelJarre Music/JeanMichelJarre had a whole number of these: ''The Essential'' (7" versions from 1976 to 1985), ''Musik aus Zeit und Raum'' (pretty much ditto), ''Images - The Best Of Jean Michel Jarre'' (partly edited, partly re-recorded, partly remixed live versions from 1976 to 1990 + a few unreleased tracks), ''The Essential Jean Michel Jarre'' (1976 to 2000 including some not really Greatest Hits, not released by Jarre himself but by Francis Dreyfus), ''Aero'' (mostly re-recorded material from 1976 to 1997 + a few new tracks).



* Music/DavidBowie has had ''many'' compilations assembled over the course of his career, partially because he label-hopped a fair deal early on and those ex-labels reassembled what they had once his career took off. As for Bowie-supervised anthologies:

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* Music/DavidBowie has had ''many'' compilations assembled over the course of his career, partially because he label-hopped a fair deal early on and those ex-labels reassembled what they had once his career took off. As for Bowie-supervised anthologies:
8th Feb '16 3:01:25 PM Adrimation
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* Music/BillyTalent got one in 2014, with an additional two new tracks, "Chasing The Sun" and "Kingdom of Zod".
4th Feb '16 10:15:10 AM Berrenta
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* ''Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised'' (1974) by Music/{{Gil Scott-Heron}}.

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* ''Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised'' (1974) by Music/{{Gil Scott-Heron}}.Music/GilScottHeron.
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