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    2009 | Rhino 

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    Like so many '90s alt rock bands, Filter had "one" big hit (1995's "Hey Man, Nice Shot"), took a while to deliver their second album, wound up having another radio hit with that record (1999's "Take a Picture"), "one" big enough to camouflage how the group was essentially turning into a cult act, a metamorphosis confirmed by their next album two albums, 2002's The Amalgamut and 2008's Anthems for the Damned. And like so many '90s alt rock bands, Filter was obligated to spit out a wealth of non-LP songs, all the better to fill out multi-part U.K. CD singles and to earn a showcase on soundtracks. Rhino's 2009 Filter: The Very Best Things (1995-2008), the group's first compilation, attempts to take all these factors into consideration. It has all the hits, sometimes present in single edits as in the case of "Welcome to the Fold," cherry-picked album cuts, and a host of stray tracks: there's "Jurassitol" from The Crow: City of Angels; the Crystal Method collaboration "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" from the Spawn soundtrack; a cover of Nilsson's "One" from the X-Files: The Album and "Thanks Bro" from Songs in the Key of X. All this is sequenced non-chronologically, not so much to give the album a rhythm of a set list but to illustrate the connecting threads in the music of lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Richard Patrick, whose songs do seem of a piece when presented here. That may not be enough to win over skeptics convinced that "Hey Man, Nice Shot" made Filter a one-hit wonder, but it's more than enough to make this an effective summary and introduction of Patrick's work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

    Filter: The Very Best Things (1995-2008) Notes

    Fronted by lead singer/guitarist Richard Patrick, Filter emerged in 1995 with the album Short Bus and breakthrough single "Hey Man, Nice Shot," which Rolling Stone called, "a timely combinations of grunge heat and industrial ice, raw emotion riding a steel pulse of digital rhythm." That hit, plus the song "Dose," represent the band's landmark debut on the career-spanning (to date), compilation The Very Best Things (1995-2008), Filter's first-ever retrospective set. Highlights from the 14-track collection also include five cuts from their '98 platinum Billboard Top 40 album Title Of Record, among them rare radio edits for the singles "Welcome To The Fold" and "Take A Picture," the latter a #12 smash. The evolution of Filter's music is also revealed through four songs previoulsy available only on soundtrack albums as well as the 2008 track "Soldiers Of Misfortune" from their most recent studio release Anthems For The Damned.

    Credits of Filter: The Very Best Things (1995-2008)

    • Richard Patrick
    • Synthesizer, Producer, Compilation Producer, Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Programming, Drums
    • Geno Lenardo
    • Bass, Guitar, Composer, Mandolin, Keyboards, Original Recording Producer, String Arrangements, Sitar, Programming
    • Rae DiLeo
    • Programming, Original Recording Producer, Sound Design

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