Best of the Early Years (They Might Be Giants album)

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Best of the Early Years
Greatest hits album by They Might Be Giants
Released November 29, 1999
Recorded 1985–1991
Genre Alternative rock
Length 25:39
Label BMG Special Products
Producer Bill Krauss, Matthew Hill, They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants chronology
What We Did This Summer
(1999)
Best of the Early Years
(1999)
Working Undercover for the Man
(2000)
TMBG compilation chronology
Then: The Earlier Years
(1997)
Best of the Early Years
(1999)
They Got Lost
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [2]

Best of the Early Years is a compilation album released by They Might Be Giants on November 29, 1999. It is a truncated version of Then: The Earlier Years, including 10 of the seventy-two featured on Then.[1] It was released at the same time as Live, which itself was a condensed version of TMBG's live album Severe Tire Damage.

Two versions of the CD were released with different track orders. The original version has since been discontinued. Cassette versions of the album featured tracks 1–8 of the original track listing.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by They Might Be Giants unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Don't Let's Start" – 2:36
  2. "Ana Ng" – 3:23
  3. "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" (John Flansburgh, John Linnell) –2:51
  4. "We're the Replacements" – 1:50
  5. "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head" (Flansburgh, Linnell) – 2:12
  6. "Purple Toupee" – 2:40
  7. "(She Was A) Hotel Detective" – 2:10
  8. "Everything Right Is Wrong Again" – 2:20
  9. "Cowtown" – 2:21
  10. "Hide Away Folk Family" – 3:21

Original track listing[edit]

  1. "Ana Ng" - 3:23
  2. "Purple Toupee" - 2:40
  3. "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" - 2:51
  4. "Don't Let's Start" - 2:36
  5. "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head" - 2:12
  6. "(She Was A) Hotel Detective" - 2:10
  7. "Everything Right Is Wrong Again" - 2:20
  8. "Cowtown" - 2:21
  9. "We're The Replacements" - 1:50
  10. "Hide Away Folk Family" - 3:21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Christian. Best of the Early Years (They Might Be Giants album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 808. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 

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