Anthology CD, Double CD, Import
The 16-year run of the Boingo boys was full of spectacular highlights, and --as near as dammit--they're nearly all on this two-disc collection. Being made up of 34 tracks from their original and live albums, fans will already have the content. But for the packaging alone it's worth acquiring this set. Artist Georganne Deen has graced many an album cover and gig in the past, and splashes colour over and around a booklet crammed with historical note and nonsense. The album is a treasure chest starting point for anyone casually curious about the band or making a segue from Danny Elfman's film score career. The cuts from the last album--Boingo--is the closest to his orchestral style (e.g. "Mary" / "Insanity"), but the real fun is tracing the path back to the 1970s from the rock/punk/ska/new wave days of "Nasty Habits", "Little Girls", "Wild Sex", "Ain't This The Life", and more. Break out the bongos, and beat out your Boingo tattoo! --Paul Tonks
The selection of songs covers their career nicely, thoughtfully adding in songs from Danny Elfman's solo disc, and a few live tracks.
I'm a bigger fan of the first three albums, and would purchase remastered versions in a heartbeat. The few songs chosen off those discs sum that era up well.
Their later stuff, like "Dead Man's Party" on up, is more hit and miss. Less manic, but possibly more "musical" and less "crazy". The songs they've chosen exemplify that era nicely too.
The remastering here is absolutely suh-weet! I haven't heard "Only A Lad" or "On The Outside" sound this good since, well, ever. I've come to appreciate their musicianship a bit more because of this...
If I had to complain, I truly miss the studio version of "Goodbye Goodbye", purely for sentimental reasons. But I'm being fussy...
If you have ANY sort of affection for '80's music...for "new wave" or "alternative" rock...for some of the flat-out most fun music ever to dance across your eardrums, then this CD should be in your collection!
I saw them play in 1981 or so and have recently thought it's a shame they don't perform anymore. Though, Danny Elfman has certainly found great success doing something he obviously loves. It's sort of funny how 80s-sounding some of the stuff on this release sounds. It doesn't make me cringe (like some 80s music)--but I can't quite put my finger on what makes it sound so dated. I mean, it's great and all but be prepared to recognize telltale signs of a generation of music. (Keyboard, drum machine, guitar techniques?)
LOVE IT...didn't realize how much I missed all this music. There just isn't anything else like it anywhere!
I docked it a star for two reasons:
1 - Along with this collection I bought the 20th Century Masters CD and I found that many of the songs on this CD were different versions (Only a Lad for example is vastly different). The versions not on in this collection aren't the radio versions so for someone buying this collection wanting to hear that version, you won't get it.
2 - The last part of the 2nd CD consists of some live songs from their final concert. Again, perfectly enjoyable but since the studio versions aren't also on the CD you lose out on those.
Anyway, still a great CD but if you want to get the full experience I'd pick up this and the 20th Century Masters CD.