By Chris Moore:
Every year, there are a wide variety of compilations, best of’s, essentials, greatest hits, and retrospectives that are released. I usually only buy one here or there. This year, there were three outstanding compilations, which are recognized below. In each case, the packaging is excellent, notable if only for the excellent attention to liner notes that provide further context and insight into the tracks. Even though all three were of high quality, Ben Folds’ reasonably-priced, beautifully packaged, well-selected Best Imitation of Myself takes the prize without debate.
1) The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective – Ben Folds
2) Twenty – Pearl Jam
3) Outside Society – Patti Smith