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A must have for all Eels fans

This album should be in the collection of all Eels fans. If you are new to the Eels, I would recommend the Essentials initially, as this will give you a great taste of the diverse lyrics and sound that E and the Eels can produce, followed by the Useless Trinkets album, which includes some fantastic recordings of some well known classics in a completely new style.

Useful Trinkets

This rarities collection is astounding! Regretably it is certainly for the fans and not any Eels virgins out there (shame on you!). It sums up work from E's original solo albums then literally everything afterwards. Some of these tracks have been recorded in E's iconic basement whilst there are many live recordings and little tasters of tours. For anyone who owns the Live at Town Hall show then this album is worth purchasing purely to hear the amazing encore of Prince's 'I Could Never Take the Place Of Your Man' and the grandoise, orchestral delights of 'Mr. E's Beautiful Blues'. If you're a fan, then this is certainly for you... but I agree with an earlier comment, I found this cheaper elsewhere (admittedly not in one of those Shop things he was talking about but on amazon), and it is worth owning the hard copy for the wonderfully, informative album sleeve, and the bonus 'Live at Loolapolooza' DVD. A stunning collection, and a worthy purchase.

Stunning.. a good travelling companion

I don't know how powerful this album would be if you didn't know and love most of the tracks from the released albums but the covers that don't appear on the studio albums catch the theme of the whole album and are a joy. 50 tracks with many of them repeated in various flavours.. doesn't sound that interesting does it? Well if you have grown to love the tracks and you have time to listen and listen then this a great way of passing time. I spend a couple of hours each way on the train and chilling with my eyes closed listening to this album is pretty good quality time.


Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Eels are often marketed as a full-fledged band, singer/songwriter E (real name: Mark Oliver Everett) is responsible for the group's sound and direction. Born in Virginia on April 9, 1963, Everett became interested in rock music at an early age via his sister's record collection, and began playing drums at the age of six, as well as tinkering on his family's piano. As the years progressed, Everett found himself leading a troubled teenage life, which was further complicated by his father's...
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