36 Songs, 2 Hours 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In this two-disc retrospective of Fishbone’s career, the first part contains a fairly standard program of Fishbone’s greatest hits. Here we watch the group transform from the uproarious ska jesters of “Ugly” to the monstrously heavy funk band of “Sunless Saturday.” What remained unchanged throughout Fishbone's career was its commitment to merriment and unpredictability. This is part of why the second disc—with demos, B-sides, and other lost recordings—feels just as essential as the songs from the first. Making sure everything had a slightly cacophonous, improvisatory feel was central to Fishbone’s mission. “Pink Vapor Stew” is recognizable as a protean version of “Party at Ground Zero,” while “Alcoholic” was later rerecorded for 1996’s overlooked Chim-Chim’s Badass Revenge. New and old fans alike should delight in true oddities such as “Slick Nick, You Devil You,” “Mister Zero," and an epic cover of Parliament’s “The Goose.” Lest anyone assume this band was nothing but manic energy and silliness, listen to “What Have I Done,” a mournful reading of a timeless reggae rhythm.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In this two-disc retrospective of Fishbone’s career, the first part contains a fairly standard program of Fishbone’s greatest hits. Here we watch the group transform from the uproarious ska jesters of “Ugly” to the monstrously heavy funk band of “Sunless Saturday.” What remained unchanged throughout Fishbone's career was its commitment to merriment and unpredictability. This is part of why the second disc—with demos, B-sides, and other lost recordings—feels just as essential as the songs from the first. Making sure everything had a slightly cacophonous, improvisatory feel was central to Fishbone’s mission. “Pink Vapor Stew” is recognizable as a protean version of “Party at Ground Zero,” while “Alcoholic” was later rerecorded for 1996’s overlooked Chim-Chim’s Badass Revenge. New and old fans alike should delight in true oddities such as “Slick Nick, You Devil You,” “Mister Zero," and an epic cover of Parliament’s “The Goose.” Lest anyone assume this band was nothing but manic energy and silliness, listen to “What Have I Done,” a mournful reading of a timeless reggae rhythm.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

King Homer ,

Slice of History

Owning this compilation is essential to digital collecting. I own all of these tracks on vinyl, and have been painstakingly transferring my vinyl to digital for years. But the ability to get all of this music without the pop and sizzle of my turntable is completely excellent. It is a choice of Fishbone tunes that shows a true understanding of what this band was all about. They didn't have hit-after-hit type of s___ going down, so the tunes have to represent the talent of this always under-recognized band. And they do represent.
Fishbone is a band that was way outside their own time. I can't simply say 'ahead of their time' because their music was bigger than that. They were as much about what came before them as they were about the future, and in that way they defined a specific era in music that, in terms of tenacity, message, and energy, will rarely be repeated. They were the band that other bands went out to see.
I have never seen so much electricity and fierceness in any punk-funk-rock-jazz show as the Fishbone shows at the 9:30 Club in the early 80's. And when I saw them two decades later in Santa Cruz, the talent and intensity hadn't diminished a bit. Altogether, dozens of shows later, I cannot offer them enough respect.
Without this in your collection you do not have a collection.

CharleyGirl ,

Irresistible Fishbone

Happy to update from my old collection of cassettes, this is a good start. Saw them in concert the summer of '93 and still vividly remember it as one of my favorite live shows. Their energy is infectious and that is not lost in the studio. The sound quality of this particular album is great, some of the old recordings must have been remastered.

Paul... ,

Great music Great Band

Funk is the Key. Best bass player ever

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