THE ONLY ONES – Another Girl, Another Planet: The Best Of

THE ONLY ONES
ANOTHER GIRL, ANOTHER PLANET: THE BEST OF

(Sony)
Another girl, another cash-in. Hold out for the box-set, kids.
3½/5
The languid decadence of Peter Perrett‘s 1970s band made for some of British rock music‘s headiest moments, not least this compilation’s title track. Arguably the greatest hit record that never was, ’Another Girl…’ was a consummate three-minute cardiac rush that still brings up the hairs on the back of the neck to this day. That said, we’ve already seen a perfectly fine Only Ones ’Best Of’ in ‘The Immortal Story’, which offered a superior track selection and showed a whole lot more effort with regard to the band’s rarities than this set. Don’t get me wrong, I shouldn’t complain about 21 Only Ones tracks in any shape or form, but there’s a strong whiff of ‘Let’s capitalise on that mobile ad/tenuous Shamblin’ Pete associations’ here, which hardly does the band justice and raises the hackles somewhat. It’s also worth pointing out that you can pick up the complete CBS recordings for around a tenner without looking too hard. Nice try.
Hugh Gadjit

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