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Offline Colt

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The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« on: August 18, 2008, 09:56:31 PM »
After much agonising, here are my favorite 20 Triffids songs - they all fit on a single 80 minute CD.

Red Pony
Hell of a Summer
Rosevel
Beautiful Waste
Property is Condemned
Raining Pleasure
Bright Lights, Big City
The Seabirds
Estuary Bed
Wide Open Road
Lonely Stretch
Tarrilup Bridge
Personal Things
Stolen Property
Tender is the Night
Bury Me Deep in Love
A Trick of the Light
Unmade Love
Holy Water
Too Hot to Move

My main regret is that there is no room for Field of Glass - just too long to fit onto an 80 minute CD.

Nothing from In the Pines (One Soul Left... came close) and only one song from Black Swan (One Mechanic Town was a near miss). But what the hell - it makes a great CD.

Tell me what I should have omitted/included. I have never heard the supposedly great MGM.

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 12:05:02 AM »
Hi Colt and welcome. Personally I could never consider a Triffids Best Of CD that didn't have "Jesus Calling" on it but whatever you do you're always going to miss someone's favourite off aren't you?

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 05:26:21 PM »
I think that with a single disc you're always going to be faced with the compromise of leaving off a favorite song which is why the Triffids are one of the few bands where I don't think it is possible to ever come up with a definitive single disc "Best of"

There is so much material that the band has recorded and it's of such a high standard that it would have to be a two disc set at the very least for me. And it could easily expand to a four or five disc set along the line's of Dylan's Biograph collection. The band seemed to have at least three distinct eras where each period could deserve it's own best of, much like you could do with the Rolling Stones (Brian Jones period, Mick Taylor period and Ronnie Wood period)

I was already amazed at how many songs I loved by the band back in 1982 when they had only just finished recording the Dungeon Tape, and the songs on Treeless Plain hadn't even been written at that point. So you could have a two CD set of the best of the early cassettes alone, followed by a best of the early Triffids from Farmers up to Field of Glass, and then finally a best of the Triffids from Born Sandy Devotional onwards as it's like they were almost 3 separate bands when you consider the amount of ground the band covered.
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2008, 09:11:10 PM »
If there is a Best Of released, a good approach would be to make it a fan's/forum members selection, along the lines of Patti Smith's Land, using the polls as a starting point. Incidentally, what's happened to the polls? I think we're up to Just Might Fade Away - what's up next, Kathy Knows?

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 08:39:24 AM »
Incidentally, what's happened to the polls? I think we're up to Just Might Fade Away - what's up next, Kathy Knows?

Yes, the polls will continue! With the holidays and such I've given it a rest for a while, as voting was low in the last couple of polls. But from September onwards I will start with the last 50 or so songs (K-Y, and yes, starting with Kathy Knows), and then hopefully we'll have a final score early next year.
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 06:34:53 PM »
Good stuff, Johan. Your persistence and diligence are admirable.

I'm starting to miss those polls even though I might have been one of those who couldn't be arsed to vote in the last couple - I think one of the polls involved having to dig out a recording of the song and play it to remember what  it sounded like which didn't help when it came to giving a rating to it. Most songs are already on the mental jukebox so I can vote without having to undertake research.
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2009, 01:32:52 PM »
Reviving a dead topic ... anybody want to add their selections here? A best of that would fit on a single CD. I'm genuinely interested in this because it's something that could well happen sooner rarher than later.

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2009, 02:37:56 PM »
Here's my stab, though I'm sure it wouldn't quite fit on a single CD. "Calenture" a bit heavily represented, but so many songs you couldn't afford to leave off a best of....

Reverie
Spanish Blue
Beautiful Waste

Red Pony
Hell Of A Summer
Place in the Sun (album version)

Convent Walls

Jesus Calling
Property Is Condemned
Raining Pleasure

The Seabirds
Lonely Stretch
Wide Open Road
Tender is the Night

Suntrapper
In the Pines
Just Might Fade Away

Bury Me Deep In Love
Trick of the Light
Unmade Love
Holy Water
Blinder By The Hour
Jerdacuttup Man
Save What You Can

Goodbye Little Boy
Spinning Top Song
Good Fortune Rose
Fairytale Love

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2009, 07:47:25 PM »
reverie
spanish blue
bad timing
beautiful waste
red pony
raining pleasure
field of glass
you don't miss your water (till your well runs dry)
lonely stretch
wide open road
life of crime
stolen property
in the pines
bury me deep in love
trick of the light
hometown farewell kiss
save what you can
falling over you
goodbye little boy

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2009, 08:46:50 PM »
All good suggestions, but I say call in the Johan police ;D

There's nuances of personal taste and there's demographics.

I find the latter sometimes surprising, but have to bow to the great weight of public opinion when it comes to what's best for us.

I think Mr Ricky comes close to a single CD, but, for what my opinion's worth, I'd revise it thus:

reverie
spanish blue
beautiful waste
hell of a summer
raining pleasure
field of glass
convent walls
lonely stretch
wide open road
life of crime
stolen property
in the pines
bury me deep in love
trick of the light
hometown farewell kiss
save what you can
new years greetings
fairytale love

...but that probably pushes the 74 min boundary, and, amongst others, I'd be missing unmade love, blinder by the hour, tender is the night and so it goes on until you get back to the original five or six CDs ;D....
« Last Edit: April 09, 2009, 09:11:55 PM by Urpal »
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2009, 10:20:03 PM »
All good suggestions, but I say call in the Johan police ;D

Thanks, Urpal. Voting was a bit low, recently, which has put me off posting a new poll for a few weeks now, but there you go...

We're more than halfway through the songs now, and this is the top-10 now:

1: Lonely Stretch, average rating: 9,63 (16 votes)
2: Hell Of A Summer, average rating: 9,48 (23 votes)
3: In The Pines, average rating: 9,35 (20 votes)
4: Field of Glass, average rating: 9,30 (27 votes)
5: Estuary Bed, average rating: 9,28 (32 votes)
6: Blinder By The Hour, average rating: 9,16 (31 votes)
7: Bury Me Deep In Love, average rating: 9,14 (36 votes)
8: Jerdacuttup Man, average rating: 9,05 (22 votes)
9: Hometown Farewell Kiss, average rating: 9,00 (24 votes)
10: Jesus Calling, average rating: 8,95 (21 votes)

The top-8 of this have a good chance of finishing in the top-15 at the end of the polls, so I think they should definitely be considered for inclusion. Then there's the singles, Beautiful Waste and Goodbye Little Boy, that didn't make the top 10, but will probably have to be on there, as singles.

These are the ones that have yet to come that I think will also have to be on there:

New Year's Greetings
Raining Pleasure
Red Pony
Save What you Can
Stolen Property
Tender Is The Night (The Long Fidelity)
The Seabirds
Too Hot To Move, Too Hot To Think
A Trick of the Light
Wide Open Road
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2009, 10:37:39 PM »
Cheers, Johan. Thanks for that, and on the face of it our voters have made some great choices.

As to the last half of your post, would that be predictive demographics or wishful thinking? ;)
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2009, 10:44:39 PM »
Apparently with modern manufacturing tolerances and what not the maximum length of a CD is currently regarded as being more like 80 minutes than 74. Doesn't help much though. I'm still 20 minutes over and almost completely stuck on the issue of what to cut out.
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2009, 11:00:31 PM »
As to the last half of your post, would that be predictive demographics or wishful thinking? ;)

A combination of both :)

Apparently with modern manufacturing tolerances and what not the maximum length of a CD is currently regarded as being more like 80 minutes than 74. Doesn't help much though. I'm still 20 minutes over and almost completely stuck on the issue of what to cut out.

That helps a bit. The biggest stumbling blocks are the long songs, more specifically Fields of Glass and Stolen Property. We can get 2 other songs for each of them, which explains why both were excluded from the Australian Melodrama-cd probably. Personally, I would skip Fields Of Glass and keep Stolen Property (this HAS to be on there), so my final list for 80 minutes would be:

1) Hell Of A Summer
2) Raining Pleasure
3) Red Pony
4) In The Pines
5) Beautiful Waste
6) Stolen Property
7) Tender Is The Night (The Long Fidelity)
8) Lonely Stretch
9) Estuary Bed
10) Wide Open Road
11) The Seabirds
12) Blinder By The Hour
13) Bury Me Deep In Love
14) Jerdacuttup Man
15) Hometown Farewell Kiss
16) Save What you Can
17) A Trick of the Light
18) New Year's Greetings
19) Too Hot To Move, Too Hot To Think
20) Fairytale Love


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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2009, 11:31:21 PM »
Good list, J. I'd buy it. I'd buy Mr Ricky's, Peter's etc too like, but I expect you are right to leave out the pre-TP stuff despite the dedicated followers' preferences.

Your list is rock solid and supported by demographics.

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