R2 73816 What Is Love? And Other Hits
Previously released material
Released on October 10, 2003
no chart information
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R2 73816 cover
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T he original songs you remember by the original artists you love, rendered in the most unoriginal packaging imaginable. The Rhino Flashback Series of discs are simply supermarket impulse purchases, like Devo’s “Whip It And Other Hits” (go ahead, name another hit) or Bananarama’s “Venus And Other Hits” (which one can only hope contains hits from bands other than Bananarama). The Howard Jones entry in the series is called What Is Love? And (wait for it) Other Hits. The good news is that Jones actually had other hits; the bad news is that Rhino only bothered to collect a few of them: the remixed version of “No One Is To Blame,” “Like To Get To Know You Well,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” “New Song.” The other half of the album seems to go out of its way not to include the obvious choices. For example, I was really hoping that “Everlasting Love” would be on here. “Life In One Day” also would have been a more logical choice than “Bounce Right Back” or “Automaton” (here presented as “Automation” because proofreaders cost money and Rhino obviously blew their budget on an awesome designer). The sound quality is fine, so if you see this for five bucks and immediately can’t get “No One Is To Blame” out of your head, then go ahead and buy it. Otherwise, I have to believe that any Howard Jones collection is better than this, as they would presumably a) contain more songs, b) contain better songs and c) be produced with more care and quality than the most disappointing prize in a giant claw game.

TRACK LISTING

  1. WHAT IS LOVE?    (William Bryant/Howard Jones)
  2. NEW SONG
  3. THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER
  4. CITY SONG
  5. CONDITIONING
  6. AUTOMATION (sic s/b AUTOMATON)
  7. BOUNCE RIGHT BACK
  8. ALL I WANT
  9. LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL
  10. NO ONE IS TO BLAME

    All songs written by Howard Jones unless noted

CREDITS

Craig DeGraff -- compilation producer
Mark Pinkus -- project assistance
NNP -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 10, 2003 Rhino Flashback CD R2 73816  
US January 17, 2007 Collectables CD   different cover

 

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