Weird Al Yankovic – The Essential Weird Al Yankovic (2009) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Weird Al Yankovic – The Essential Weird Al Yankovic (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 02:32:50 minutes | 1,74 GB | Genre: Rock, Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Volcano – Legacy

Two disc career-spanning collection of tracks hand-picked by Weird Al himself. Yankovic is a true artistic genius in the classic sense of the word. No other artist can parody a song or a music video without being directly compared to the maestro. Throughout his career, Al has offered up an alternate reality of sorts to the history of pop music, lovingly re-casting hits of all genres into bizarre and hilarious songs and videos that themselves have become hits.

More times than not, Columbia/Legacy’s Essential collections are stellar overviews. Boasting a two-and-a-half-hour running time and 38 songs hand-picked by Al himself, The Essential “Weird Al” Yankovic is yet another well-executed title in the series. Encompassing 12 albums, the double-disc set starts from the beginning of Al’s career, with “Another One Rides the Bus,” his live “Another One Bites the Dust” parody from the Dr. Demento show in 1980, and it gradually chronicles up to the R. Kelly-influenced “Trapped in the Drive-Thru” from 2006’s Straight Outta Lynwood. Most of Al’s big parodies are highlighted here (“Eat It,” “I Lost on Jeopardy,” “Yoda,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat”) — as well as some choice deep cuts, like the ripping accordion medley “Polkas on 45,” the opening theme from UHF, and a smattering of absurd originals (“Albuquerque,” “Dare to Be Stupid,” “You Don’t Love Me Anymore,” and “The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota”). All of these could be deemed essential for fans, but nitpickers will wonder about the whereabouts of “Ricky,” “Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies,” and two of Yankovic’s best food parodies, “My Bologna” and “I Love Rocky Road.” These songs aside, not much is missing, considering the depth of his discography. The exhaustive four-disc Permanent Record has 50 songs, but it stops at 1994. Al may have hit a rocky patch for a spell toward the turn of the millennium, but he had some of his best work just after, including the geeky rap satires “Amish Paradise,” “It’s All About the Pentiums,” and “White & Nerdy.” For nostalgic fans who just want a quick taste of the ’80s, Greatest Hits is the best bet, but those seeking a deep-rooted summary that’s both comprehensive and extensive should look no further than this. ~ Jason Lymangrover


CD1 #01 – Another One Rides the Bus
CD1 #02 – Polkas on 45
CD1 #03 – Eat It
CD1 #04 – I Lost on Jeopardy
CD1 #05 – Yoda
CD1 #06 – One More Minute
CD1 #07 – Like a Surgeon
CD1 #08 – Dare to Be Stupid
CD1 #09 – Dog Eat Dog
CD1 #10 – Lasagna
CD1 #11 – Melanie
CD1 #12 – Fat
CD1 #13 – UHF (Single Version)
CD1 #14 – The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota
CD1 #15 – Trigger Happy
CD1 #16 – Smells Like Nirvana
CD1 #17 – You Don’t Love Me Anymore
CD1 #18 – Bedrock Anthem
CD1 #19 – Frank’s 2000 TV
CD1 #20 – Jurassic Park

CD2 #01 – Since You’ve Been Gone
CD2 #02 – Amish Paradise (Parody of Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio)
CD2 #03 – Gump (Parody of Lump by The Presidents Of The United States)
CD2 #04 – Everything You Know Is Wrong
CD2 #05 – The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory version)
CD2 #06 – Your Horoscope for Today
CD2 #07 – It’s All About the Pentiums (An adaptation of It’s All About The Benjamins by Puff Daddy)
CD2 #08 – The Saga Begins (Lyrical Adaption of American Pie)
CD2 #09 – Albuquerque
CD2 #10 – eBay (Parody of I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys)
CD2 #11 – Bob
CD2 #12 – Hardware Store
CD2 #13 – I’ll Sue Ya
CD2 #14 – Canadian Idiot (Parody of American Idiot by Green Day) (Main Version)
CD2 #15 – Pancreas
CD2 #16 – Don’t Download This Song (Main Version)
CD2 #17 – White & Nerdy(Parody of Ridin’ by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone) (Main Version)
CD2 #18 – Trapped in the Drive-Thru (Parody of Trapped In The Closet by R. Kelly) (Main Version)