August 5, 2008

The REAL Annie



Out September 15. Only 14 songs? Here is the tracklist:

1. Little Bird
2. Walking On Broken Glass
3. Why
4. No More I Love You’s
5. Precious
6. A Whiter Shade of Pale
7. A Thousand Beautiful Things
8. Sing
9. Pavement Cracks
10. Love Song for a Vampire
11. Cold
12. Dark Road
13. Pattern of My Life (written by Tom Chaplin of Keane)
14. Shining Light (cover of Ash song)

If I were doing this collection, this is what it would be (my changes in red):

1. Little Bird
2. Walking On Broken Glass
3. Why
4. No More I Love You’s
5. Precious
6. Wonderful
7. Money Can't Buy It
8. Cold
9. Pavement Cracks
10. Love Song for a Vampire
11. Hush Hush Hush (with Herbie Hancock) buy this!
12. Step By Step ('92 b-side)
13. Heaven (Psych Furs cover; '92 b-side)
14. Dark Road
15. Pattern of My Life
16. Shining Light

Clearly, there are some non-singles on my version. Did I forget anything?

Read my review of Annie's last CD - and my other Annie posts via the tag below.

32 comments:

Michael said...

Boo! Where is Into The West?

Andrew said...

Michael is right, Into The West should have been on there. It's a non-album track, a grammy award winning composition and a firm favourite with fans.

14 tracks is such a waste of an album. I'd have also included Put A Little Love In Your Heart with Al Green, as that was a huge hit in the UK.

Will there be a DVD?

Andrew said...

PS Was it intentional that you booted off 'A Thousand Beautiful Things' on your own version of the tracklisting?

xolondon said...

Yes! I think that song is fine, but it's not a favorite. I totally forgot about Into The West. It should be on there. I'd lop off Step By Step for that one.

Paul said...

GORGEOUS piccie of Annie. I'm not that familiar with all her works but i generally end up making my own hits / songs collections because i'm always disappointed by the omissions the artist/record company makes. My humble suggestions (adding those intruiging sounding new songs...)

Why
Precious
Cold
Walking On Broken Glass
Little Bird
Love Song For A Vampire
No More I Love Yous
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Take Me To The River
Something So Right
PAvement Cracks
A Thousand Beautiful
Pavement Cracks
Wonderful
Into The West
Dark Road
Sing
Ghosts In My Machine
Through the glass darkly

I don't have step by step. Is that her version of the Whitney song she wrote?

Yuяi said...

Agree on Into the West and Money Can't Buy It (Love the "rich white girl" rap there). I'd also like to see Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Sure it was a cover, but Annie sung the hell out of it. Maybe Primitive too? She could easily extend the Collection to 2 discs.

Dan said...

Paul - Step By Step is a version of the Whitney song. I remember searching for it like crazy and then being a bit underwhelmed by it in the end.

I will add my voice to chorus decrying the lack of "Into The West." I wonder if there's a rights issue there since it is from a film? I don't know, just guessing.

I was just listening to Songs of Mass Destruction the other day and was struck once again by how good the album is. It was surely one of the best of last year.

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xolondon said...

Step By Step is an Annie song that Whitney not only covered but actually sort of sang over. I think it's the same backing track.

Thanks for the comment Dann - you seem to be very busy!

17days said...

can someone post STEP BY STEP!?!?! i had no idea Annie did her own version before Whitney, and it's my absolute favorite Whitney song ever! Please...since it's long out of print and we obviously are not getting it on this GH!

xolondon said...

A few weeks ago We Let The Stars Go did a HUGE Diva post and the URL to get Step By Step is on this page:

http://www.freewebs.com/weletthestarsgo/July08/0_AL_P_389.txt


The actual Annie post is here:

http://letthestarsgo.blogspot.com/2008/07/annie-lennox-diva.html

countpopula said...

I'm sure I will catch some hate, but this seems rather pointless. Two new songs written by other people, and NO Into the West? At least Love Song for a Vampire made the cut. Still, with five songs from Diva, they may has well have issued a remastered version of that with LSFAV and Put a Little Love in Your Heart added (a TRAVESTY to leave that one out).
Could have done the same with Medusa, adding all the great B-sides (Heaven, Ladies of the Canyon, Presence Dear, Don't Let me Down--a Diva-era track but a cover, and the delicious Mama from the Avengers soundtrack--a Sugarcubes song). Guess they have to milk us with two new songs though. Where is Coloured Bedspread? I detest Sing.

Oh, and I always thought Stay By Me should have been a single.

xolondon said...

I love Mama. That song has big boobs, literally.

As for Stay By Me, that is a classic fuck song. It's sort of the comedown moment after you work it hard to Jane's Addiction's Three Days...

:)

I never said this was a family blog.

17days said...

thanks for the link.

and what a disappointment.

the whitney version is aggressive, exciting, electric... annie's is dreary and boring, and the lyrics aren't the same os the whitney recorded one.

cest la vie. i can't believe they aren't including an OSCAR winning single on her best of, let aone amazing tracks like Mama and other hard to finds.

boo, hiss.

countpopula said...

You have such a way with words ;)

xolondon said...

I try, Count. I try.

17Days (nice Prince reference?!), I think what happens is you get used to one version and then it's hard to hear another. It is more tame, I suppose. How's this - Annie should send it off to Stuart Price or Soulseekerz for a remix?

Robpop said...

My list!

Little Bird
Why
Into The West
Pavement Cracks
Walking On Broken Glass
Bitter Pill
Precious
Cold
Love Song For A Vampire
No More I Love Yous
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Something So Right
A Thousand Beautiful Things
Wonderful
Use Well The Days
Dark Road
Sing
Every Time We Say Goodbye

John said...

There's a reason the Step By Step lyrics aren't the same. Annie wrote them LONG before Penny Marshall approached her to re-write them for "The Preacher's Wife" for Whitney to sing. Give me Annie's version any day over Whitney's (yes, Annie does sing uncredited backups on the song). The original track appeared as the b-side to "Precious", and on the Japanese release of Diva.

Anonymous said...

It is nearly impossible to choose only a few; nevertheless, Smithereens was a wonderful song on her woefully neglected Songs of Mass Destruction--frankly, it should have been the lead single from that collection--it should definetly have been represented here. Her reading of "Whiter Shade of Pale" was lovely, as was her cover of "I Can't Get Next to You," which was far better than the original. It is a travesty that "Into the West" was left off of the collection; she beat out Sting and Alison Kraus for the Oscar that year, and gave a stunning performance on the live ceremonies.

I would also like to disclose that a great injustice was done in my life when Bare was released, containing one of the all time terrific break-up songs, "Erased." Wouldn't you know it that by then I would have finally found the love of my life, and was unable to make good use of it. Sigh... ;o)

xolondon said...

It's never too late to break up, love.

And then you can sing Was It Just Another Love Affair and change your mind.

Scott B. said...

I'm still disappointed that the last album wasn't nominated for album of the year at the grammys!! Makes no sense!

robert said...

what about waiting in vain?
some great live versions of it too

xolondon said...

I agree Scott B. And Robert, I think maybe I should switch Step By Step for Waiting In Vain. Have you seen the weird Minnie Mouse video for that one, btw?

Anonymous said...

I would add Coloured Bedspread in an extended dance format and Money Can't Buy It. I am surprised that there aren't more songs from Bare album, her voice is completely different on that album. She definitely needs to add Everytime We Say Goodbye, that was a better song than Sing.

Keith said...

Here's my list:

Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Why
Sing (Alternative Version)
Precious
Walking On Broken Glass
Cold
Little Bird
Love Song For A Vampire
No More (I Love You's)
A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Single Version)
Waiting In Vain (Single Mix)
Something So Right
Here Comes The Rain Again (Mtv Unplugged)
Pavement Cracks
A Thousand Beautiful Things
Wonderful
Into The West
Dark Road
+ the 2 new songs.

Lee Chesnut said...

What about "Don't Let it Bring You Down"? Its inclusion in a key scene in "American Beauty" (Oscar winner for Best Picture) guarantees the track as a future classic.

Anonymous said...

Stay by Me is just about my favorite song of all time. As far as I'm concerned, it's her best song from her best album. Her cover of Waiting in Vain is also great.

RLD said...

The Hurting Time (a beautiful, beautiful song).

xolondon said...

I agree about The Hurting Time.

To answer an earlier question - yes, Hush Hush Hush was written by Paula Cole. Beautiful song and kind of a hidden gem.

D'luv said...

Completley lame that there's no "Put A Little Love In Your Heart," but glad "Love Song For A Vampire" is on there. Other than that, it's kind of a useless release since she's only had the four albums over a 16 year span. They'd be better off just re-releasing the four with bonus tracks, b-sides, etc.

Anonymous said...

i'm still waiting for a complete Annie Lennox set including her work under The Eurythmics. this release is a complete cash grab considering her recent contract termination. :( - will-w. -

designscene said...

stunning cover!