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Ben Folds readies three-disc career retrospective

on August 01, 2011, 1:36pm

Update: “House”, the closing track from The Best Imitation of Myself, is one of three new tracks recorded by Ben Folds Five in 11 years.

While collaborating with Bob Saget is clearly the pinnacle for any musician’s resume, Ben Folds has had a long, fruitful career up to that glorious moment. Whether it was with Ben Folds Five or on his own, Folds has a rich back catalog, one which he’ll make great use of when he releases his career retrospective The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective this October.

The three-CD release will see a different focus for each disc. The first, The Best Imitation of Myself, features everything from the Ben Folds Five hit “Brick” to Folds’ collaboration with author Nick Hornby in the track “From Above” (this CD will also be available as a single disc.) The next disc comprises itself of Folds’ picks for best live cuts from 1997 to 2011 and includes collabos with Rufus Wainwright and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The last disc is made up entirely of rarities, including several demos and the Amanda Palmer-Neil Gaiman-Damian Kulash-featuring “Because the Origami”. Each track has been remastered and the release contains liner notes and track-by-track observations by Folds himself.

While the 61 tracks that make up the collection are the cream of the crop, Folds found an additional 55 “ultra rarities” to release. Everyone who pre-orders the collection will receive a code to download a five-song EP containing some of these songs, with the remaining 50 available for purchase on Folds’ official website.

Check out the entire tracklist below. The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective hits stores October 11th via Legacy Recordings.

The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective Tracklist:
CD 1: The Best Imitation of Myself
01. Brick (Radio Mix) (with Ben Folds Five)
02. Annie Waits
03. Philosophy (with Ben Folds Five)
04. Underground (with Ben Folds Five)
05. Landed (Strings Version)
06. One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces (with Ben Folds Five)
07. Don’t Change Your Plans (with Ben Folds Five)
08. The Luckiest
09. Smoke (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
10. Rockin’ the Suburbs
11. Kate (with Ben Folds Five)
12. Gracie
13. Still Fighting It (Extended Version)
14. You Don’t Know Me (with Regina Spektor)
15. There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You
16. Still
17. From Above (with Nick Hornby)
18. House (with Ben Folds Five)

CD 2: Live (1997 – 2011)
01. Julianne (with Ben Folds Five)
02. Video (with Ben Folds Five)
03. Song for the Dumped (with Ben Folds Five)
04. Missing the War (with Ben Folds Five)
05. Mess (with Ben Folds Five)
06. Magic (with Ben Folds Five)
07. Selfless, Cold and Composed
08. Zak and Sara
09. Girl
10. Just Pretend (with the Bens)
11. Fred Jones Part 2 (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
12. Careless Whisper (featuring Rufus Wainwright)
13. All U Can Eat
14. Long Tall Texan
15. Army (with Ben Folds Five)
16. Battle of Who Could Care Less (with Ben Folds Five)
17. Kylie from Connecticut
18. Effington
19. Picture Window
20. Sentimental Guy
21. Not the Same

CD 3: Rarities (1991 – 2011)
01. Unrelated (Demo)
02. Best Imitation of Myself (Demo)
03. Rocky (Demo)
04. Boxing (Demo)
05. Julianne (with Ben Folds Five)
06. Evaporated (with Ben Folds Five)
07. Alice Childress
08. Barrytown (with Ben Folds Five)
09. Amelia Bright (with Ben Folds Five)
10. Tell Me What I Did (with Ben Folds Five)
11. Rock Star (Demo)
12. Losing Lisa (Demo)
13. Break Up at Food Court (Demo)
14. Wandering (Demo)
15. Hiro’s Song (Demo)
16. The Secret Life of Morgan Davis (Alternate Mix)
17. Such Great Heights (Alternate Mix)
18. B*tches Ain’t Sh*t
19. Time (Alternate Version)
20. Sleazy
21. Because the Origami (with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Damian Kulash)
22. Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues (with Ben Folds Five)