We don’t feel The Luckiest. This July 6, Edsel Records will issue Brick – The Songs Of Ben Folds 1995–2012, a first ever comprehensive retrospective box set on CD. Yes, you have read right, only on CD, not on vinyl. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
The set includes features 13CDs with all four Ben Folds Five albums, Ben’s solo albums up to 2012, live recordings, b-sides and other bonus tracks. Also featured is an exclusive in-depth interview with Ben presented in a colorful 60-page booklet insert.
Ben Folds Five formed in in 1993, accompanied by Robert Sledge (bass, synthesizers, backing vocals) and Darren Jessee (drums, backing vocals), with Folds on lead vocals and piano, this outstanding musical trio forged a path as an incendiary live band.
Releasing their self-titled debut album in 1995, the album featured such BFF’s classics as Underground and Philosophy. This was followed in 1997 by Whatever and Ever Amen. The album featured the singles, Battle Of Who Could Care Less and Kate, as well as UK Top 30 and mainstream radio hit in the USA and Australia, Brick. The third and final BFF’s album (until their 2012 reformation) was The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.
In 2001 Folds released his first solo album, Rockin’ The Suburbs, which was recorded in Adelaide, Australia, where he was living at the time. The title track was remade for the 2006 film Over The Hedge, featuring William Shatner on vocal duties (both versions appear on this box set, as well as the five other songs recorded for the film). This was followed in 2005 by Songs For Silverman, which reached no.13 on the Billboard chart. The next year Folds released Supersunnyspeedgraphic, a compilation of songs, which were originally released on the EPs Sunny 16, Speed Graphic and Super D.
The final Folds solo album to appear in this box set is 2008’s Way To Normal, which is his highest-charting solo album to date in the US, having entered at no.11 on the Billboard chart.
In 2011, Ben Folds Five reunited to record new tracks for a Ben Folds retrospective. Excited by the experience, the band reconvened in Folds’ studio and recorded what would become the first BFF’s album for 13 years. With the title track’s lyric supplied by Folds collaborator Nick Hornby, The Sound of the Life of The Mind was to be their highest charting album, reaching no.10 on the Billboard chart.
DISC ONE: BEN FOLDS FIVE…PLUS
DISC TWO: WHATEVER AND EVER AMEN
DISC THREE: WHATEVER AND EVER AMEN…AND EVER AMEN (BONUS DISC)
DISC FOUR: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF REINHOLD MESSNER
DISC FIVE: ROCKIN’ THE SUBURBS
DISC SIX: ROCKIN’ THE BONUS
DISC SEVEN: BEN FOLDS LIVE
DISC EIGHT: SONGS FOR SILVERMAN
DISC NINE: SONGS FOR GOLDFISH
DISC TEN: SUPERSUNNYSPEEDGRAPHIC
DISC ELEVEN: WAY TO NORMAL
DISC TWELVE: STEMS AND SEEDS
DISC THIRTEEN: THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND