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November 03, 1998
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Punk, Dance-Rock, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, College Rock, New Wave

Album Review

Two-CD, 40-song compilation that draws from all of their albums (including the ones from the 1990s) and a couple of early EPs, throwing in eight previously unreleased live performances, demos, and remixes (as well as the 7" single version of "To Hell With Poverty"). Although this is only two discs, it opens itself up to the usual box set criticisms. It's likely that anyone who has followed Gang of Four has already picked up the albums they want, and will thus need to shell out more money than they want for a bunch of not-too-essential rarities. For those who just want a compilation, the single-disc Brief History of the Twentieth Century is better and more economical, even though it has no '90s material. Most puzzling is the decision to present the tracks out of chronological sequence, meandering from 1979 to the 1990s and back again while visiting all points in between. All this taken into consideration, there's a lot of music here that Gang of Four fans will consider among the band's most essential, and the package is made more appealing with a 52-page booklet that has a lengthy band history by noted British punk historian Jon Savage.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Not Great Men
  2. I Parade Myself [Alan Moulder Catwalk Club Mix][#]
  3. Paralysed
  4. To Hell With Poverty! [7" Single Version]
  5. The History of the World [Live]
  6. Return the Gift
  7. Natural's Not in It
  8. Capital (It Fails Us Now)
  9. Anthrax [Live][#]
  10. Woman Town
  11. Unburden Unbound
  12. What We All Want [Live]
  13. Cheeseburger
  14. If I Could Keep It for Myself [Live][#]
  15. Everybody Wants to Come
  16. Shrinkwrapped
  17. History's Bunk!
  18. A Hole in the Wallet
  19. Motel
  20. Damaged Goods [EMI Version]
  21. At Home He's a Tourist
  22. Why Theory?
  23. F.M.U.S.A. [Ben Grosse Remix][#]
  24. Ether
  25. Tattoo [Paul Schroeder Remix]
  26. I Love a Man in Uniform [Steve Sinclair-Hugo Burnham Remix]
  27. Contract [Live][#]
  28. He'd Send in the Army [Live][#]
  29. Better Him Than Me
  30. Call Me Up [Live]
  31. Of the Instant
  32. Is It Love [Live]
  33. I Will Be a Good Boy [#][Demo Version]
  34. I Fled
  35. I Found That Essence Rare
  36. It Is Not Enough
  37. Life! It's a Shame
  38. Armalite Rifle [Emi Demo][#]
  39. It's Her Factory
  40. Producer