Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before

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Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before
Greatest hits album by Barenaked Ladies
Released September 27, 2011
Recorded 1991–2009
Genre Alternative rock
Length 57:22
Label Rhino Records[1]
Barenaked Ladies chronology
All in Good Time
(2010)
Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before
(2011)
Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before
(2012)

Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before is a greatest hits compilation album by Barenaked Ladies which includes most of the band's US singles released from 1997 to 2010. The album was originally planned to be released on September 13, 2011, then September 20, 2011, but it was finally released on September 27, 2011.[2] The fourteen-track standard edition[1] does not include any new material, although it is the first time the "The Big Bang Theory Theme" appears on an album.[1] This is the second greatest hits compilation from Barenaked Ladies, after 2001's Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001).

The album was released by Rhino Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group which is also the parent company of Reprise Records. Reprise was Barenaked Ladies' record label from their first album, Gordon in 1992, through Everything to Everyone in 2003. Eleven of the fourteen tracks on the album are thus from the Warner Music catalogue, as may be the theme for the Warner Brothers-produced The Big Bang Theory. The theme song was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.

Album contents[edit]

The album compiles singles which were released in the US between 1997 and 2010; although "If I Had $1000000" was initially released on Gordon in 1992, the song was not a successful US single until 1997. One non-album single is included, the "The Big Bang Theory Theme". The album contains nine songs previously included on Disc One, four songs from three of the band's albums released in the ten years since that release (Everything to Everyone, Barenaked Ladies Are Me, and All in Good Time), and the non-album "Big Bang Theory Theme". No tracks from holiday-themed Barenaked for the Holidays or the children's album Snacktime! are included.

Steven Page is the lead vocalist on five of the fourteen tracks included on the standard album, and co-lead with Ed Robertson on three others. Since Page's 2009 departure from the band, they have continued to perform all of the songs on the album (with another member performing Page's vocals) except for "Call and Answer".

Reception[edit]

The album received mixed to positive reviews. Many fans criticized the album for not including more recent singles, and the fact that 9 out of the 14 songs were already included on "Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001)".[3][4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Sputnik Music 2.5/5 stars[6]
Record Collector 2/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocal(s) Length
1. "If I Had $1000000"   Steven Page, Ed Robertson Page, Robertson 4:25
2. "The Old Apartment"   Page, Robertson Steven Page 3:22
3. "Brian Wilson (Live)"   Steven Page Steven Page 4:45
4. "One Week"   Ed Robertson Page, Robertson 2:49
5. "It's All Been Done"   Steven Page Steven Page 3:26
6. "Call and Answer"   Stephen Duffy, Page Steven Page 5:48
7. "Pinch Me"   Page, Robertson Ed Robertson 4:37
8. "Too Little Too Late"   Page, Robertson Steven Page 3:24
9. "Falling for the First Time"   Page, Robertson Ed Robertson 3:39
10. "Another Postcard"   Page, Robertson Page, Robertson 3:25
11. "Testing 1,2,3"   Page, Robertson Ed Robertson 3:32
12. "Easy"   Page, Robertson Ed Robertson 4:31
13. "Big Bang Theory Theme"   Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 1:45
14. "You Run Away"   Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 4:22
15. "Great Provider (1988 Home Demo)" (Released as a bonus track on iTunes) Page, Robertson Ed Robertson 3:38
Total length:
57:22

Deluxe Editions[edit]

A limited fan edition of the album has been made available through the Canadian Rhino Records website. This version includes the CD, a lithograph signed by the band, a digital version of the album, and a demo version of "Great Provider" recorded in 1988. The website claims that only 250 copies of this edition were made.[8]

Aside from the standard CD, limited deluxe edition, and digital releases, on May 1, 2012, an advertisement briefly appeared on the band's homepage for "The Deluxe Rarities Package" which included Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before and Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before in a special 2-disc tall package which also displays two souvenir BNL guitar picks. The package also purportedly contains a signed and hand-numbered lithograph, as well as a booklet with never-before-seen photos of the band, letters, drawings from fans, and "much more".[9] The advertisement was thought to have been accidentally unveiled a week early, but there was no mention of it for months after it was taken down. It was finally released under the title "Rarenaked Ladies" in the latter part of 2012.

Production[edit]

  • Art Direction: Chris Billheimer
  • Band Management: Jordan Feldstein, Rich Egan (CAM8)
  • Mastering/Mixing: Charles Benson
  • Project Assistance: Mike Engstrom, Linzi Schall, Erin Solis, Manson Williams, Steve Woolard

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