Golden Greats (Ian Brown album)

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Golden Greats
Ian Brown - Golden Greats.jpg
Studio album by Ian Brown
Released 11 August 1999
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 55:34
Label Polydor, Interscope Records (US), Koch Records (US)
Producer Ian Brown
Ian Brown chronology
Unfinished Monkey Business
(1998)
Golden Greats
(1999)
Music of the Spheres
(2001)
Singles from Golden Greats
  1. "Love Like a Fountain"
    Released: 25 October 1999
  2. "Dolphins Were Monkeys"
    Released: 7 February 2000
  3. "Golden Gaze"
    Released: 5 June 2000

Golden Greats is the second solo album released by Ian Brown, a first made famous by his role as frontman in The Stone Roses. Despite the title, the album is not a compilation, but rather, a studio album. It was described by NME as "a left-field masterpiece and Brown's best work for a decade",[1] contains soaring sonic textures and electronic dance beats; it is less song-oriented than Unfinished Monkey Business. Golden Greats showcases a diverse usage of instruments including strings, mellotron and organs. A number of the tracks on the album were written by Brown whilst he was imprisoned for two months following a fracas with a flight attendant.[2]

Track 10, "Babasónicos", is the name of an actual Argentine band that collaborated with Brown on the song.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
NME 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[6]
The Independent (Mixed)[7]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gettin' High" (Ian Brown, Aziz Ibrahim) – 4:01
  2. "Love Like a Fountain" (Brown) – 5:14
  3. "Free My Way" (Brown) – 4:19
  4. "Set My Baby Free" (Brown, Anif Akinola)– 4:26
  5. "So Many Soldiers" (Brown, Dave McCracken, Tim Wills) – 5:16
  6. "Golden Gaze" (Brown, Simon Wolstencroft, Mike Bennett, McCracken, Wills) – 3:56
  7. "Dolphins Were Monkeys" (Brown, McCracken, Wills) – 5:06
  8. "Neptune" (Brown, Sylvan Richardson Jnr.) – 3:32
  9. "First World" (Brown, Ibrahim) – 5:07
  10. "Babasónicos" (Brown, Diego Tuñon, Walter Kebleris)– 4:05
2005 US release bonus tracks
  1. "Dolphins Were Monkeys (Single Version)" (Brown, McCracken, Wills) – 2:55
  2. "Dolphins Were Monkeys (Unkle Vs. South Remix)" (Brown, McCracken, Wills) – 7:09
  3. "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson) – 3:36
  4. "Thriller" (Rod Temperton) – 3:23
  5. "Love Like a Fountain (Infected By Scourge of the Earth)" (Brown) – 3:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NME Album Reviews - Golden Greats". Nme.Com. 3 November 1999. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Stone Roses". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Golden Greats". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline. "Review: Ian Brown - Golden Greats (Polydor)". Friday Review. Guardian Media Group (12 November 1999): 18. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 21 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Golden Greats - Ian Brown". The Austin Chronicle. 
  7. ^ Nicholas Barber (7 November 1999). "CD REVIEWS: POP - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Yahoo! UK & Ireland omg! - Celebrity Gossip | News | Photos | Videos". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012.