Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001)

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Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001)
Greatest hits album by Barenaked Ladies
Released November 13, 2001
Recorded 1991–2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length 73:23
Label Reprise
Producer Barenaked Ladies, Scott Dibble, Michael Phillip Wojewoda, Don Was, et al.
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Maroon
(2000)
Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits 1991–2001
(2001)
Everything to Everyone
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Planet Sound 9/10[citation needed]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[citation needed]

Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001) is a greatest hits compilation album by Barenaked Ladies which spans their first decade as a band. It contains a version of nearly every single they had released to that point, along with two newly recorded tracks: "It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)" and "Thanks That Was Fun", the latter of which was released as a single. Disc One was released in November 2001 to a warm commercial reaction and was certified gold in the United States. The title itself is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a line from the band's song "Box Set" off the album Gordon, which is about a box set release from a has-been band: "Disc One - it's where we've begun/It's all my greatest hits/And if you are a fan then you know that you've already got 'em." The album was released two months after the September 11 terror attacks, and is dedicated to the victims.

Album contents[edit]

The album compiles singles from the band's catalogue to that point, including two that had not been previously released on one of the band's studio albums: "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" (a cover of the Bruce Cockburn song from a 1991 Cockburn tribute album) and "Get in Line" (from the 1999 King of the Hill soundtrack). Several other singles have edits and alternate versions included, in place of their original album versions. Some of these versions had been previously released (such as the "Shoe Box" radio remix), while others had new mixes created. Initially the band was not sure if they would include both of the less popular singles "Be My Yoko Ono" and "Alternative Girlfriend". They held a poll on their website and the result was a nearly 50/50 split. As a result, the band decided to include both songs, resulting in the album running over 73 minutes long. This may have resulted in two "new" versions used on the album: Though the radio mix of "The Old Apartment" was used, the instrumental intro was cut. Similarly, a new edit of "Pinch Me" was created using the radio edit's cropped intro, but leaving in the album version's guitar solo outro.

The album was touted as completely remastered, but as is the modern practice due to the loudness war (not employed to the same extent in the early 90's), all the tracks were mastered at a very high volume level, noticeably higher than any of the original recordings, resulting in increased compression and some clipping.

Two other tracks were recorded for this album, but omitted from the finished record: "I Don't Get It Anymore" (unreleased in a studio version) and "I Can, I Will, I Do" (held for the Shallow Hal soundtrack, but cut from it; re-recorded for Everything to Everyone, but cut from that album; re-recorded again for Barenaked Ladies Are Men).

Song releases[edit]

In line with the album's retrospective contents, the video for the single "Thanks That Was Fun" was a montage of all of the band's prior music videos (with singer's mouths altered to appear to be singing the new song). The band wanted to name the single "One Weaker", as a followup to the hit single "One Week", but management refused to allow it.

The album's other original song, "It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)" was included on the soundtrack for the EA Sports video game NHL 2002, along with tracks from several other Canadian artists. In addition, the band members' names and faces were included in the game, and can be accessed by creating custom players with their names.

During the band's Fall/Winter 2001 Greatest Hits Tour, both "Thanks That Was Fun" and "It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)" were performed under the guise of a "new greatest hit", poking fun at the industry practice oxymoron of including several new songs as part of a greatest hits package.

Track Listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steven Page and Ed Robertson, except where noted. 

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "The Old Apartment" (New edit of the radio mix) Steven Page 3:30
2. "Falling For The First Time"   Ed Robertson 3:40
3. "Brian Wilson" (Steven Page / Live version from "Rock Spectacle") Steven Page 4:46
4. "One Week" (Ed Robertson) Steven Page, Ed Robertson 2:52
5. "Be My Yoko Ono"   Steven Page, Ed Robertson 2:45
6. "Alternative Girlfriend" (Stephen Duffy, Steven Page) Steven Page 4:23
7. "It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)"   Steven Page 2:34
8. "If I Had $1,000,000"   Steven Page, Ed Robertson 4:27
9. "Call and Answer" (Stephen Duffy, Steven Page) Steven Page 5:49
10. "Get In Line" (Jim Creeggan, Steven Page, Ed Robertson) Steven Page, Ed Robertson 3:39
11. "It's All Been Done" (Steven Page) Steven Page 3:26
12. "Jane" (Stephen Duffy, Steven Page) Steven Page 4:04
13. "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" (Bruce Cockburn) Steven Page, Ed Robertson 4:00
14. "Pinch Me" (Radio edit without fadeout ending) Ed Robertson 4:37
15. "Shoebox" (Radio remix) Steven Page 3:08
16. "What a Good Boy" (Live version from "Rock Spectacle") Steven Page 4:47
17. "Too Little Too Late"   Steven Page 3:24
18. "Enid"   Steven Page 4:07
19. "Thanks That Was Fun"   Ed Robertson 3:41

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2001 The Billboard 200 38
2001 Top Canadian Albums 3
2001 Top Internet Albums 18

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