November 13, 2001
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Barenaked Ladies: Ed Robertson (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Kevin Hearn (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); Jim Creeggan (vocals, bass); Tyler Stewart (vocals, drums); Steven Page (vocals).
Producers include: Jim Scott, Michael Phillip-Wojewoda, Don Was, Ben Mink, Susan Rogers.
Includes liner notes by Howie Klein, Larry Le Blanc, and Steve Page.
In the decade since Barenaked Ladies entered CFNY's "Modern Music Search" contest and waked away the recipients of the $100,000 grand prize (which financed their debut GORDON), have quietly gone from cult phenoms to international pop stars. Led by the double-barreled threat of singer-songwriters Steven Page and Ed Robertson, BNL have amassed an impressive canon of music packed with clever lyrics, an embarrassment of hooks and super-tight arrangements. DISC ONE: ALL THEIR GREATEST HITS serves as a treat for die-hards and casual fans alike with its mix of the familiar ("Pinch Me"), rare (an acoustic version of Bruce Cockburn's "Lovers In A Dangerous Time") and the newly recorded (the new wavey "It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)").
Amid all this manna are true gems like the jaunty acoustic jangle of "Be My Yoko Ono", stream-of-conscious catchiness that defines "One Week" and live-favorite-turned-Lotto-theme song "If I Had $10000000. Elsewhere, Two of the Ladies' most poignant cuts - "Brian Wilson" and "What A Good Boy" - are represented with stellar in-concert versions. Fans of breezy, exuberant pop are also directed to the brassy "Enid" and runaway brilliance of the infectious "Falling For The First Time".