Hootie & the Blowfish never were cut out to be superstars. They were meant to be the best band at the local bar. They were ordinary guys, and they played ordinary music, the kind that could be heard in any college town on the East Coast or Midwest during the early '90s when the local bar wasn't having grunge night. It was the ordinariness of the music on their 1994 debut, Cracked Rear View, that connected with millions of American listeners – they sounded like everybody's favorite local band. Once they were superstars, their bubble burst fairly quickly as the 1996 follow-up sold considerably fewer than the debut, and by the end of the decade, they had settled into a reliable routine of turning out modest records and touring steadily, without many people outside of their core fans noticing. Their popularity might have declined, but as the 2004 Atlantic/Rhino compilation The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish (1993 Thru 2003) illustrates, their music changed very little over the course of the decade, nor did the quality of their music decline.
Scrolls of the Prophet is the first single-disc Tosh best-of to contain tracks from his Columbia, Rolling Stones, and EMI albums. Since the set originates with Columbia, the material from the other two labels is limited; there are five tracks from Equal Rights and four from Legalize It, with two from Bush Doctor and one from Wanted Dread & Alive, plus three rare or previously unreleased tracks.
2007 release to coincide with the recent #1 UK hit re-recording of 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)', which they did for Comic Relief. This is the most complete collection from this Scottish Pop/Folk duo currently on the market and contains songs filled with melody, heartache, humor and strength. Features 21 tracks including both versions of 'I'm Gonna B (500 Miles)' (the original and the Comedy Relief version), 'I'm On My Way' (featured in Shrek), 'Letter From America', 'Throw The R Away' and many others. A fantastic introduction to the rest of their catalog if you are only familiar with the 'big' hits previously mentioned.
Celebrating a decade of making music, The Best of Down to the Bone collects 11 of the soul-jazz/fusion band's biggest songs – at least one from each of their six albums – into one neatly compiled collection. Released by Narada, who Down to the Bone has been with since 2004's Cellar Funk, this best-of is a superfluous addition to anyone who has most, or many, of the group's records, but for someone who just wants to learn what Down to the Bone is about, this hits the spot.
Like most entries in Universal Music's Millennium Collection (previously the province of MCA Records), The Best of Temptations, Vol. 1: The '60s is a solid budget-line collection containing 11 of their biggest hits from the '60s, including "My Girl," "I Can't Get Next to You," "Ain't to Proud to Beg," and "The Way You Do the Things You Do."
The Best of The Rippingtons is a compilation album by the American jazz group The Rippingtons, released in 1997 by the GRP label. The album is a retrospective of their previous GRP albums, and also includes two previously unreleased tracks. The album reached No. 10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart.
Abkco's 2005 compilation The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 is the first official CD release of the Michigan garage rocker's classic Cameo Parkway recordings, but for hardcore garage rock collectors, it might look a little bit similar to a 1995 unofficial release called Original Recordings. The discs not only share 25 tracks but they're presented in the same sequencing. Then again, that shouldn't be a surprise since both discs contain the entirety of the quintet's two full-length LPs – the 1966 96 Tears and its 1967 follow-up Action – plus the "Do Something to Me"/"Love Me Baby (Cherry July)" single. The '95 release contains five tracks that didn't make it to this release, but this has two previously unreleased versions of "Midnight Hour" and "96 Tears," neither of which were as a good as the released versions (the alternate "96 Tears" is surprisingly limp, actually).