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Meet the Eels: Essential Eels Vol. I 1996 - 2006 by Eels
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Issued in 2008, MEET THE EELS celebrates Mark Oliver Everett's first decade recording under the Eels banner. Proceeding in semi-chronological order from 1996's BEAUTIFUL FREAK to '06's LIVE AT TOWN HALL, the collection touches on all the proudly quirky alt-pop performer's significant releases, spending plenty of time on his acclaimed '05 double album, BLINKING LIGHTS AND OTHER REVELATIONS.

In addition to previously unreleased tracks (most notably an elegant remix of "Climbing to the Moon" by fellow L.A.-based musician Jon Brion), standout tunes include the Beck-like college-rock-radio hit "Novocaine for the Soul," the wry folk ditty "I Like Birds," and the melancholy chamber-pop number "Trouble With Dreams," which all showcase the Eels' knack for oddball narratives and engaging melodies. Along with Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, Everett (aka E) is one of the 21st century's few true pop eccentrics working under a major-label umbrella, and MEET THE EELS is an excellent introduction to his strange but undeniably intriguing sensibility.

DVD Features:

DVD Includes:

1. Novocaine For The Soul [Video]

2. Susan's House [Video]

3. Rags To Rags

4. Your Lucky Day In Hell

5. Last Stop: This Town

6. Cancer For The Cure [Album Version]

7. Flyswatter [Video / Album Version]

8. Souljacker Part I [Video / Album Version]

9. Saturday Morning

10. Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)

11. Trouble With Dreams [Original]

12. Dirty Girl [Live At Town Hall]

13. I Like Bird (Bonus Ringtone Available Via Download)

What the critics say...

Uncut (p.88) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sum reveals that Eels' seam of wry melancholy runs deeper than imagined."
Q (Magazine) (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[V]eering wildly between rage and despair, but invariably underpinned by humanity. It's the perfect place to start."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MEET THE EELS nuggets such as 'Susan's House' stand as fine examples of cut 'n' paste pop a la Beck..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Novocaine For The Soul
  2. Susan's House
  3. My Beloved Monster
  4. Your Lucky Day In Hell
  5. 3 Speed
  6. Last Stop: This Town
  7. Climbing To The Moon - (Jon Brion remix)
  8. Flyswatter
  9. I Like Birds
  10. Mr. E's Beautiful
  11. It's A Motherfucker
  12. Souljacker (Part I)
  13. That's Not Really Funny
  14. Fresh Feeling
  15. Get Ur Freak On
  16. Saturday Morning
  17. Love Of The Loveless
  18. Dirty Girl - (live, Live At Town Hall)
  19. I Need Some Sleep
  20. Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
  21. I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
  22. Trouble With Dreams
  23. Railroad Man - (Edit)
  24. Losing Streak
Release date Australia
February 11th, 2008
Geffen Records (USA)
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