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by Failure

Double disc package highlighting the band's best moments and a few interesting rarities.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Macaque
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2. Something
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2:58 album only
3. Screen Man
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4. Frogs
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5. Bernie
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6. Undone
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7. Small Crimes
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8. Smoking Umbrellas
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9. Blank
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10. The Nurse Who Loved Me
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11. Another Space Song
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12. Stuck On You
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13. Heliotropic
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14. Daylight
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15. Pro-Catastrophe - 7 inch #1
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16. Dipped In Anger - 7 inch #
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17. Count My Eyes - 7 inch #2
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18. Comfort - 7 inch #2
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19. Let It Drip - Demo
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20. Moth - Demo
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21. Frogs - Demo
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22. Bernie - Demo
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23. Magnified - Demo
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24. Wonderful Life - Demo
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25. Undone - Demo
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26. We Gravity - Demo
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27. Empty Friend - Demo
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28. Small Bird - Demo
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Album Notes
Following up the release of 'Golden', Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards created a double disc package highlighting the band's best moments and a few interesting rarities. The first disc includes selected tracks from Failure's first three studio albums, while the second disc features two early seven inch singles, and the complete demos for the band's second album, 'Magnified'.

'Essentials' is a must-have for all Failure fans!


- 8 panel full color digipak
- 12 page full color booklet including lyrics for both discs
- double sided poster with 14 song critiques by Ken and Greg

Track List

Disc 1

Screen Man
Small Crimes
Smoking Umbrellas
The Nurse Who Loved Me
Another Space Song
Stuck On You

Disc 2

Pro-Catastrophe 7 inch #1, Sweet Smelling Records
Dipped In Anger 7 inch #, Sweet Smelling Records
Count My Eyes 7 inch #2, Sweet Smelling Records
Comfort 7 inch #2, Sweet Smelling Records
Let It Drip demo
Moth demo
Frogs demo
Bernie demo
Magnified demo
Wonderful Life demo
Undone demo
Wet Gravity demo
Empty Friend demo
Small Bird demo


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Allison Wonderland

I'd say this is a must-have for rabid Failure fans. How often do you get to hear demo versions of songs from your favorite band? The liner notes with commentary on individual songs were enlightening, particularly for those of us who write and produce our own music. The fact that K. Andrews and G. Edwards were able to collaborate in such an involved way speaks to a level of creativity and egolessness very difficult to acheive, and also explains why their sound is so complex and original. It was a treat to hear details regarding the creation and production of songs I've been listening to and studying for years. They actually give away a few secrets to their sounds that other, more stingy folks might keep secret. It was also fun to hear material from Comfort. Now I know where Shellac got their sound. They stole it from Failure. This CD provides yet more proof that K. Andrews and G. Edwards are even more brilliant than we originally feared! This is one of the best CD's I've bought this year. It's full of strange rare things.

Fazer Magazine

Failure lead the way for so many
I will definitely have more to say when we review this 2CD comp in the 2nd issue of FAZER magazine at in February. Glad to see that we've got more Failure goodies for the fans! Cheers!

Marco DiLeonardo

Truly Essential For Any FAILURE Fan
Two great CDs- Fantastic Tracks- Surprisingly beautiful packaging- Wonderful song descriptions- Super quick delivery- I'm very happy with this purchase and I think you will be too.

Martin Barken

The Cd is a MUST-Have for all failure fans, the demo's are incredible, and the songs are amazing, also, getting to read Ken and Gregs thoughts, on all the songs, and what should have been the first single on fantastic planet, is just breath takingly cool :)


a quality set, well worth it
Let's face it, if you are shelling out $25 for this set, odds are you are already a Failure fan and have most of their other stuff. So, disc one doesn't need much said about it. Ken and Greg did an excellent job of picking songs for their 'best of,' selecting everyone's favorites from their three albums. The only thing I would say is lacking is their amazing cover of "Enjoy the Silence," which although they may not have written it, I would still consider one of their best songs.

Disc two. I was quite glad that this included the 7-inch releases, of which the quality is top notch. 'Dipped In Anger' never sounded better. Finally, no more vinyl hissing in the background. The demos: A really poor quality version of these has been floating around the net for a few years now. However, the demos included on this CD are of infinitely better quality. At first I could hardly tell that they were the same songs, because these sound like studio recordings, compared to the versions I had, which really did sound like demos. For those that may not have heard them, they are all fully fleshed out, and similar to the final product. They have a more raw/hard sound than what ended up on Magnified, but the production/quality is still up there. I won't say they're better than Magnified, but it's easily a listenable alternate take. More elements of the Comfort era seem slightly more apparent on these, so it's interesting to follow the transition that they made in sound between those albums. No complaints on this disc.

The artwork: I was quite disappointed with the Make Believe and Golden artwork, which was pretty much barebones. Not so with this set. The artwork is terrific all around, as the CDs and case are nicely decorated. But the best part has to be the extra booklet that's included, which is a track by track commentary from Greg and Ken. This was an absolutely terrific idea, which has some real insights, if you are curious like me about what went into making such unique music.

Unlike Golden, there's not one 'new' song in this set, but getting a hold of quality versions of the 7-inch releases and the demos make this worth the purchase. And of course having one disc for all your favorite Failure songs also is a nice incentive. And now that Greg and Ken are collaborating post-Failure for a second time, here's hoping they find time to record together again, even if it's not as Failure.

Matthew Pamatmat

problematic "greatest hits" list but good rare stuff
Let's face it, the real reason for this 2 CD set is the second disc, which contains rare early Failure songs (which I have no problem existing on vinyl and having an analog sound) and demo versions of the entire Magnified album. The first CD is a greatest hits retrospective and any greatest hits album is bound to be problematic for the songs left off, such as "Dirty Blue Balloons" and "Pillowhead" from Fantastic Planet or "Submission" off Comfort. But this Failure album is worth it for the Magnified demos, which amazingly were recorded on a 4-track in an apartment; and in a way the listener gets all the "hit" songs off Magnified because one gets all the songs (albeit in demo form). It is nice that, following the release of Golden's gems from the vault, there is more Failure to enjoy. This is an interesting release because disc 1 is very much for the person inexperienced with Failure and disc 2 is for the hardcore Failure fan.

Failure fans will be ecstatic
This double disc is a Failure fans dream. Not only do you get a "Greatest Hits" on the first disc (a great introduction for people who may have only heard of the band), but the second disc is filled with high quality demos that have only been available in poor quality recordings on the backroads of the internet.

The foldout packaging and two liner inserts are also really top-notch! Well worth the pricetag.


this cd isnt his best but i love it.

Chris Ayers

For fanatics and completists
Intended for dyed-in-the-wool fans, this rarities set is truly amazing in its scope, almost forgotten tracks, and copious liner notes. Casual fans might be better served with the "Magnified" and "Fantastic Planet" albums.


So glad we purchased this! It is beautiful..Josh's review says it all!
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