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HAVEN'T WE BEEN HERE BEFORE?

 

THE ROLLING STONES: 13 compilations

 

The Stones were exploiting their early singles as far back as Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (1966). Sucking in the Seventies (1981) tipped the wink to subsequent decline, Forty Licks (2002) put their career in one place.

 

DAVID BOWIE: 11

 

Bowie has offered up 11 best-ofs. ChangesOneBowie (1976) and, yes, ChangesTwoBowie (1981), snapshots of a career still in motion, were superseded by the definitive The Singles Collection (1993).

 

BOB DYLAN: 7    Bob's vast catalogue is best served by the box-set Biograph (1985).

 

THE BEATLES: 4

 

A few budget compilations and 1982's 20 Greatest Hits aside, fans of the Fab Four (and Paul McCartney, right) happily made do with the "Red" and "Blue" albums, till Live at the BBC (1994) hit No 1, making 1 (2000) inevitable. Now, of course, the floodgates are wide open.

 

THE BEACH BOYS: 18

 

Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds-based claim on God-like genius has been kept at bay by 18 surfing hit collections.

 

PINK FLOYD: 2 

 

1971's Syd Barrett-era Relics aside, the Floyd didn't go much for singles. Making Echoes: The Best of... Christmas 2001's main event.

 

U2: 3

 

Restrained till The Best of 1980-1990 (1998). Now 18 Singles is their third in eight years.

 

JAMES BROWN: 36

 

Approximately, and inevitably for the Godfather of Soul, a pure singles artist. The box-set Star Time (1991) is the best bet.

 

PAUL WELLER: 6

 

The Jam, Style Council and solo years offered multiple best-of opportunities. Hit Parade represents all Weller's guises.

 

THE STONE ROSES: 3

 

One classic album, one dud. Three best-ofs.

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THE BEATLES: 4

 

A few budget compilations and 1982's 20 Greatest Hits aside, fans of the Fab Four (and Paul McCartney, right) happily made do with the "Red" and "Blue" albums, till Live at the BBC (1994) hit No 1, making 1 (2000) inevitable. Now, of course, the floodgates are wide open.

 

 

Bollocks

 

Past Masters 1 & 2, Red and Blue, at the BBC, Anthology 1, 2 & 3 & Love makes at least 9.

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