– “What’s your favourite Beatles album?”
– “Hmm, tough one. I think I’d have to say… the Best of the Beatles.”
I’d hazard a guess that most of us look down on Greatest Hits and Best Ofs. We’re the types who own the original albums, the 12″ singles, the rare bootlegs – not the rushed cash-in aimed at casual fans who buy 3 CDs a year, from Tesco’s.
But Best Ofs can be bloody brilliant. They do exactly what they say on the package: all the best, no filler.
Sometimes they’re a gateway into a band’s other records, or complement an album or two. But sometimes, that one compilation is enough.
So this week’s challenge is to pick a song from a Best Of or Greatest Hits collection that you love, but which is the only thing you own by that artist, and the only thing you need to own.
General views on Best Ofs are welcomed, as are tips for great tracks missing from nominated compilations.