Fatboy Slim ‎– The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder

Skint ‎– BRASSIC 40CDL
CD, Compilation, Limited Edition
DVD, DVD-Video, Compilation, Limited Edition

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CD-1 Fatboy Slim The Rockafeller Skank
CD-2 Fatboy Slim Praise You
CD-3 Cornershop Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
Remix – Norman Cook
CD-4 Fatboy Slim Weapon Of Choice
Vocals – Bootsy Collins
CD-5 Fatboy Slim Gangster Trippin
CD-6 Groove Armada I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim Remix)
Remix – Fatboy SlimVocals – Gram'ma Funk
CD-7 Fatboy Slim Wonderful Night
Vocals – Lateef*
CD-8 Fatboy Slim Right Here, Right Now
CD-9 Fatboy Slim Going Out Of My Head
CD-10 Fatboy Slim Sunset (Bird Of Prey)
CD-11 Fatboy Slim Everybody Loves A Carnival
CD-12 Fatboy Slim Don't Let The Man Get You Down
CD-13 Fatboy Slim Demons
Vocals – Macy Gray
CD-14 Fatboy Slim Sho Nuff
CD-15 Fatboy Slim Slash Dot Dash
CD-16 Fatboy Slim Santa Cruz
CD-17 Fatboy Slim Champion Sound
CD-18 Fatboy Slim That Old Pair Of Jeans
Vocals – Lateef*
DVD-1 Fatboy Slim Weapon Of Choice
DVD-2 Fatboy Slim Praise You
DVD-3 Fatboy Slim Ya Mama
DVD-4 Fatboy Slim Wonderful Night
DVD-5 Fatboy Slim Right Here Right Now
DVD-6 Fatboy Slim The Joker
DVD-7 Fatboy Slim Rockafeller Skank
DVD-8 Fatboy Slim Going Out Of My Head
DVD-9 Fatboy Slim Gangster Trippin
DVD-10 Fatboy Slim Santa Cruz



Limited edition CD and bonus DVD.
Bonus DVD includes 10 classic Fatboy videos.

Comes in a digipak.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Brassic40CD, 5025425554056 Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder(CD, Comp + DVD-V, Ltd, PAL) Skint, Skint Brassic40CD, 5025425554056 UK 2006 Sell This Version
ASW 56814 Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder(CD, Comp) Astralwerks ASW 56814 US 2006 Sell This Version
CDEPC6988 Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder(CD, Comp + DVD-V, Comp) Skint, Sony BMG Music Entertainment CDEPC6988 South Africa 2006 Sell This Version
EICP 611~2 Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder(CD, Comp + DVD-V, Comp, NTSC) Epic EICP 611~2 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
82876803252 Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder(CD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Australia) Pty Limited 82876803252 Australia 2006 Sell This Version


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April 19, 2010
Fatboy Slim's (Norman Cook) 2006 album The Greatest Hits- Why Try Harder? will stand to be one of the most intricate, impressive compilations of electronic/dance music ever created. Just as Herbert Elmert and his electonische muzik, Max Mathews and his computer generated voice, and John Chowning and his frequency modulation will always be paired in electronic music history, Norman Cook will be paired with the father of mainstream electronic music.
The album features eighteen of Fatboy Slim's all-time best pieces. It opens with arguably Cook's first notable track, “The Rockafeller Skank.” The song lures listeners into a steady beat accompanying Lord Finesse's repeated phrase, "Right about now, the funk soul brother. Check it out now, the funk soul brother." The song remains in uniform melody and features no other vocals than the one phrase, yet Fatboy Slim maintains interest and entertainment by manipulating the melody speed throughout the song. The fourth track, “Weapon of Choice,” is one of the most complex track of the album. The track features samples of “Into My Own Thing” by Sly and the Family Stone, “All Strung Out Over You” by The Chamber Brothers, “Word Play” by the X-Ecutioners, and lead vocals from Bootsy's Rubber Band bassist Bootsy Collins. Typically, when samples of this many pieces are restructured, they clash and produce an undesirable effect, but Fatboy Slim utilizes these random samples into a upbeat yet flowing, harmonic track. The following track, “Gangster Tripping,” also combines many samples, six different songs, into one underlying melody. The earlier recorded gospel-rooted song “Demons” features the combination of the soothing vocals of Macy Gray in her prime with the harmonizing synthesizers by Cook in order to create a unique but uplifting track. Of the eighteen tracks, the most impressive and complete is “Don't Let the Man Get You Down,” a radio edit of the song from Cook's earlier album Palookaville. The song solely repeats the opening phrase of “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band throughout the track, yet keeps an up-tempo beat and a catchy melody. The rest of the diverse album features samples of Jim Morrison, John Barry, Led Zeppelin, the theme song from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and every genre between.
Overall, Fatboy Slim's compilation serves as proof of his consistent production of quality pieces throughout his career. Many argue Cook is not an original artist, as he borrows sounds, beats, and vocals from older pieces, but as visible through the reconstruction of every track, it is clear Cook embodies a magnificent talent for blending old music to create new music.


May 26, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
This comment is merely a constructive critic... I feel that in the DVD, the makers shouldn't have excluded the "Sunset-Bird of Prey" video, which is one of the best videoclips fatboy slim has ever released. It has a strong political message and it's an exemplary work of aircraft footage recording and claustrophobic editing.

This is my only complaint about this nice pack which comprises -more or less- the multiple facets of this prolific artist.