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Forums » Music » "HIT" vs. "Shaking The Tree" - which one is the better "greatest hits"-album ?
Cimber9 September 2010 at 8:15pmPosts: 2574 (0 today)Status: offline
this may be a stupid question for many PG-fans here, but if you would like to introduce someone to PG`s music - someone who never heard about PG - which one could be recommended ?
"Pro and Contra" for "HIT" or "STT". . .
DolceVita10 September 2010 at 1:29pmPosts: 2330 (0 today)Status: offline
Both. . . :-]
Ok, seriously,Cimber,in my opinion, HIT , because you give the chance to a person to have more broad view of personality of Gabriel.
Cimber10 September 2010 at 10:21pmPosts: 2574 (0 today)Status: offline
The good thing about "HIT" is the 2-CD-version - with one "strike" you have 30 PG-songs.
I think a "greatest hits"-collection released in 2010 would also contain these 2 songs - "The Book of Love" and "Down To Earth" - both tracks are quite popular and introduced PG to new fans.
"Shaking the Tree" was released at a time, when PG actually had to release the follow-up-album to "So", but instead of this "STT" came out. Surely "STT" became a good-selling album afterwards. "STT" got at least 2x Platinum in the USA for 2 million copies sold (that`s the info I got). PG is looking good on the album-cover.
"HIT" was released just one year after "UP" - I was surprised to see this compilation in the shops. Recently one friend of mine bought "HIT" as a 1-CD-version with 15 songs.
DolceVita13 September 2010 at 2:12pmPosts: 2330 (0 today)Status: offline
Cimber, "Down to Earth",is fantastic,i really LOVE this song!
. . . first time i heard this song the firsts musical notes reminded me to the atmosphere of PGII. . . . i was surprised and happy at the same time!
. . .then the song takes another direction. . . . with Peter nothing is immobile. . . . !!
kjl8219 October 2010 at 10:51pmPosts: 26 (0 today)Status: offline
Even though 'Hit' provides the casual listener 2CDs worth of Gabe, it is far from 'Definitive', no mater what version you pick up.
For me 'Shaking the Tree' is still to this day the strongest Gabriel compilation to have. Yes there are clear omissions, but as an introduction or for owning just one Gabriel CD, 'Shaking' more than suffices.
Mr_Clueless21 October 2010 at 12:10amPosts: 2013 (0 today)Status: offline
And let's not forget Shaking The Tree had the quiet version of "Here Comes The Flood".
Mr_Clueless21 October 2010 at 10:14pmPosts: 2013 (0 today)Status: offline
Or probably Hit Tree. . .
elliotte23 October 2010 at 12:15amPosts: 886 (0 today)Status: offline
at first i did think it was a kinda silly question, thinking, "of course Hit because there's more songs." but after reading these posts, i realize that Shaking the Tree is probably a better choice to introduce PG to a friend.
"Mercy Street," "Here Comes the Flood," "Games w/o Frontiers," and "Zaar" are fabulous songs not included on Hit. also, Hit could potentially overwhelm someone!
Bill Cason26 October 2010 at 12:13pmPosts: 89 (0 today)Status: offline
Hit sounds like *hit, sorry but it is compressed and loud as all get out. Shaking the Tree is much nicer a listen. Hopefully with the forthcoming re-tooling, re-releasing of the catalog, they will pay attention to the dynamic range of the recordings and not max out everything to ear bleed sonics.
I was surprised how Hit actually sounded. PG seems to care a lot about sound, but the mastering on that is not pleasing to my ears.
Gavinoski5 November 2010 at 5:56pmPosts: 237 (0 today)Status: offline
hmmm im just going to put it out there and say i really like the mail on sunday compilation that was given away free a couple of years ago. A real good selection of songs and i don't know but i think it seems to flow so well :-]
Fidelity18 November 2010 at 12:24pmPosts: 313 (0 today)Status: offline
If a festive cover was the decider I'd go with Revisited from 1992