The Flaming Lips – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 does an admirable job of boiling down their sprawling quarter-century stint on Warner Bros. into a slightly more manageable three-disc set remastered by the band and longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann. Although missing the ebb and flow of their albums, the collection features the Lips' most immediate songs from over the years, from Hit to Death in the Future Head's "Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever)" to Yoshimi's "Do You Realize??" to Oczy Mlody's "The Castle" (and, of course, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart's "She Don't Use Jelly").
Along with gathering highlights from the band's major albums in a democratic fashion, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 also nods to experiments like Zaireeka and The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. The album's third disc might be the most enticing for die-hard fans thanks to its mix of demos (including the previously unreleased 1991 demo "Zero to a Million"), songs from soundtracks, and hard-to-find releases. Released during a time when hits collections often seemed obsolete, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 caters to all levels of Flaming Lips fans and does it well.
A1 Do You Realize??
A2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
A3 Race For The Prize
A4 Waitin' For A Superman
A5 When You Smile
A6 She Don'T Use Jelly
B1 Bad Days (Aurally Excited Version)
B2 The W.A.N.D.
B3 Silver Trembling Hands
B4 The Castle
B5 The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song