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Ben Folds - The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective (3 CD Expanded Edition)

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Digging through his endless archive of material, Ben has compiled “The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective.”  This is the first multi-disc career-spanning retrospective featuring over 60 hits, live and rarities tracks spanning Ben Folds’ entire recording career from 1991 to 2011, including three brand new tracks with Ben Folds Five!

This 3 CD version features 2 additional CD's containing approximately 40 previously unreleased and rare home demos, studio outtakes, alternate mixes, live tracks and three brand new tracks by Ben Folds Five. This 3 disc set is an exciting audio treasure trove for Ben's longtime fans as well as an alternative insight for welcome newcomers to the "fold".

Along with the 3 CD expanded edition, fans will be given an individual code redeemable for the “Free Folds Five” EP from the Ben Folds '55' Vault (55 ultra-rarities available for purchase in selected territories* exclusively on the site). 
*Ben Folds 55 Vault only available in the following territories: United States (US), Australia (AU), Austria (AT), Canada (CA), Germany (DE), Indonesia (ID), Ireland (IE), Italy (IT), Netherlands (NL), New Zealand (NZ), Singapore (SG), South Africa (ZA), South Korea (KR), Spain (ES), Sweden (SE), United Kingdom (GB)

 

Free Folds Five EP Includes:
Underground (Demo 1992)
Stevens Last Night In Town (Demo 1994)
Song For The Dumped (Demo 1994)
Narcolepsy (with Ben Folds Five) (Recorded live on 11/21/1999, Brussels, Belgium)
Dr. Yang (Recorded live on 11/23/2008, Leuven, Belgium)


Tracklistings:

Disc 1 Disc 2 Disc 3

Disc 1:

The Best Imitation of Myself

01. Brick (Radio Mix) (with Ben Folds Five)
Taken from Brick single - 1998
 
02. Annie Waits
Taken from Rockin The Suburbs  - 2001
 
03. Philosophy (with Ben Folds Five)
Taken from Ben Folds Five -1995
 
04. Underground (with Ben Folds Five)
Taken from Ben Folds Five - 1995

05. Landed (Strings Version)
Taken from Landed (Digital Single) 2005

06. One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces (with Ben Folds Five)
Taken from Whatever and Ever Amen - 1997
 
07. Don't Change Your Plans (with Ben Folds Five)
Taken from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner - 1999

08. The Luckiest
Taken from Rockin The Suburbs - 2001
 
09. Smoke (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
Audio taken from Live in Perth - 2005

10. Rockin’ the Suburbs
Taken from Rockin The Suburbs - 2001

11. Kate (with Ben Folds Five)
Taken from Whatever and Ever Amen -1997
 
12. Gracie
Taken from Songs for Silverman -2005
 
13. Still Fighting It (Extended Version)
Alternate Mix from Rockin The Suburbs -2001
 
14. You Don’t Know Me (featuring Regina Spektor)
Taken from Way To Normal -2008

15. There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You
Taken from Supersunnyspeedgraphic, The LP  - 2006
 
16. Still
Taken from Over The Hedge-Music From The Motion Picture- 2006

17. From Above (with Nick Hornby)
Taken from Lonely Avenue - 2010
 
18. House (with Ben Folds Five)
New Track - 2011



Disc 2:   

Live (1997 - 2011)
All tracks previously unreleased (except where noted)
 

01. Julianne (with Ben Folds Five)

02. Video (with Ben Folds Five)
Recorded at Studion in Stockholm, Sweden on March 12, 1997
 
03. Song for The Dumped (with Ben Folds Five)
Recorded for Hard Rock Café Live television program on June 12, 1998
Originally released June 20, 2000 on album The Best of Hard Rock Café Live
 
04. Missing the War (with Ben Folds Five)

05. Mess (with Ben Folds Five)

06. Magic (with Ben Folds Five)
Recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK on December 14, 1999
 
07. Selfless, Cold and Composed
Recorded at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY on December 9 2001
 
08. Zak and Sara

09. Girl
Recorded at Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY on June 13, 2002
 
10. Just Pretend (with the Bens)
Recorded at Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia on March 24, 2003
 
11. Fred Jones Part 2 (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
Recorded at Kings Park in Perth, Australia on March 12 & 13 2005
Originally released December 6, 2005 on the Epic DVD "Live in Perth" 
 
12. Careless Whisper (featuring Rufus Wainwright)
Recorded at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA on August 24, 2005
 
13. All U Can Eat
Recorded at Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN on October 24, 2006
Originally released February 27, 2007 on the DVD "Live at My Space"
 
14. Long Tall Texan
Recorded at the Warehouse in Houston, TX on October 24, 2008

15. Army (with Ben Folds Five)

16. Battle of Who Could Care Less (with Ben Folds Five)
Recorded at UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill on September 18, 2008 for the MySpace "Front to Back" series
 
17. Kylie from Connecticut
Recorded at the State Theatre, Detroit, MI on October 9, 2008
Originally released on April 7, 2009 on the iTunes release The Sound of Last Night ... This Morning
 
18. Effington
Recorded at Ax Hall, Seoul, South Korea on June 9, 2011
 
19. Picture Window
Recorded at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London, UK on February 20, 2011
 
20. Sentimental Guy
Recorded at A.E.C. Theatre in Adelaide, Australia on May 22, 2011

21. Not the Same
Recorded at A.E.C. Theatre in Adelaide, Australia on May 22, 2011

Disc 3:

Rarities (1991 - 2011)
All tracks previously unreleased (except where noted)

01.  Unrelated
Unfinished Song Demo - 1996
 
02.  Best Imitation of Myself
Demo - 1992

 03.  Rocky
4 Track Home Demo – 1993

 04.  Boxing
Demo - 1992

 05.  Julianne (with Ben Folds Five)
Unreleased 1st Album - 1994

 06.  Evaporated (with Ben Folds Five)
Unreleased 1st Album - 1994

07.  Alice Childress (with Ben Folds Five)
Originally released on Rare on Air 3: KCRW Performances - 1997

08.  Barrytown (with Ben Folds Five)
Originally released on Me, Myself and Irene Soundtrack - 2000

09.  Amelia Bright (with Ben Folds Five)
Mitch Easter Sessions - 2000

10.  Tell Me What I Did (with Ben Folds Five)
New Track -2011

11. Rock Star
Demo - 2000

12. Losing Lisa
Demo - 2000

13. Break Up at Food Court
Demo 2000

14.  Hiro's Song
Demo - 2000

15. Wandering
Demo - 2000

16.  The Secret Life of Morgan Davis
Alternate Mix - 2001

17.  Such Great Heights
Alternate Mix from MySpace sessions - 2006

18. Bitches Aint Shit
Originally released as b-side of Landed 7" vinyl single

19.  Time
Alternate Version - 2004

20.  Sleazy
Originally released on Download to Donate's Tsunami Relief - 2011

21.  Because the Origami (with 8in8 - Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Damian Kulash)
Originally released on Nighty Night - 2011

22.  Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues (with Ben Folds Five)
New Track - 2011