Films About Ghosts (The Best Of...)

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Films About Ghosts
Greatest hits album by Counting Crows
Released November 25, 2003
Recorded 1993–2003
Genre Alternative rock
Length 67:14
Label Geffen
Producer David Bryson, T Bone Burnett, Dennis Herring, Steve Lillywhite, David Lowery, Gil Norton, Brendan O'Brien
Counting Crows chronology
Hard Candy
(2002)Hard Candy2002
Films about Ghosts (The Best Of...)
New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003
(2006)New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 20032006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[2]
Uncut 4/5 stars[3][4]

Films About Ghosts (The Best of...) is a greatest hits album by the popular alternative rock band Counting Crows. It was released by Geffen Records on November 25, 2003. The album contains songs from all of their studio albums. The album takes its name from a line in "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby": "If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts."

Track listing[edit]

United States version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Angels of the Silences" (from Recovering the Satellites) Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham 3:39
2. "Round Here" (from August and Everything After) Duritz, David Bryson, Dave Janusko, Dan Jewett, Chris Roldan 5:32
3. "Rain King" (from August and Everything After) Duritz, Bryson 4:17
4. "A Long December" (from Recovering the Satellites) Duritz 4:58
5. "Hanginaround" (from This Desert Life) Duritz, Bryson, Dan Vickrey, Ben Mize 4:16
6. "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" (from This Desert Life) Duritz 7:46
7. "Mr. Jones" (from August and Everything After) Duritz, Bryson 4:33
8. "Recovering the Satellites" (from Recovering the Satellites) Duritz 5:25
9. "American Girls" (from Hard Candy) Duritz 4:35
10. "Big Yellow Taxi" (from Hard Candy / with Vanessa Carlton) Joni Mitchell 3:46
11. "Omaha" (from August and Everything After) Duritz 3:41
12. "Friend of the Devil" (previously unreleased Grateful Dead cover) Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, John Dawson 4:37
13. "Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman)" (from compilation album DGC Rarities Vol.1) Duritz, Bryson 3:53
14. "Anna Begins" (from August and Everything After) Duritz, Bryson, Marty Jones, Toby Hawkins, Lydia Holly 4:32
15. "Holiday in Spain" (from Hard Candy) Duritz 3:50
16. "She Don't Want Nobody Near" (previously unreleased) Duritz, Brendan O'Brien 3:08

Later versions of this disc include "Accidentally in Love", the Crows' hit single from the soundtrack of DreamWorks Animation Studios' Shrek 2 (2004). The Dutch version of this album includes a new version of "Holiday in Spain", recorded as a duet with Dutch band Bløf. The single, in English and Dutch, went number one in the Netherlands, as did the album after the success of the single.

The original English version contained the song "Blues Run the Game", a cover of a Jackson C. Frank song. The South American version contained the song "4 White Stallions" (Live from Amsterdam) and Enhanced CD data.

This album was released twice in Australia, the second release containing a DVD of live performances. A version with a second disc containing the Music-Video-Edited versions of "American Girls", "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby", "Angels of the Silences", "Round Here", "Daylight Fading", "A Long December" and "Mr. Jones" was also released in the United Kingdom.

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United States November 25, 2003
United Kingdom January 26, 2004



Year Chart Position
2003 US Billboard 200[citation needed] 32
2004 Australian Albums Chart[5] 70
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 1
UK Albums Chart[7] 15


Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Accidentally in Love" UK Singles Chart 28[citation needed]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 195. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ "Counting Crows - Films About Ghosts: The Best Of Counting Crows". Uncut: 88–89. February 2004. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Counting Crows - Films About Ghosts: The Best Of The Counting Crows CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
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  7. ^ "Official Charts > Counting Crows". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 

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