Legacy Recordings Releasing Definitive Ben Folds Collection "The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective"

Artist's First-Ever Career-Spanning Anthology Premieres First Newly Recorded Ben Folds Five Tracks In More Than A Decade

Overview Rounds Up Big Hits, Fan Favorites, Collectible Rarities& Debuts Three New Ben Folds Five Tracks

Single Disc Version & Three Disc Expanded Edition Available Everywhere Tuesday, October 11

NEW YORK, July 28, 2011 -- Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Ben Folds' The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective, the long-awaited career-spanning anthology chronicling the musical adventures of pop's quintessential post-modern singer-songwriter-pianist, available everywhere Tuesday, October 11.

The most comprehensive and definitive Ben Folds collection ever assembled, and first-ever domestic overview of Folds' music, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective is remastered from original master tapes, bringing together Ben's biggest hits, deep catalog fan favorites, hidden treasures, and collectible rarities while premiering the first newly recorded Ben Folds Five tracks in 11 years.

Available as a single disc or in an expanded three disc set, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective features liner notes and track-by-track song annotations by Ben Folds.

"This is the album I will submit for the next Voyager to be launched into space," says Ben Folds in his liner notes for The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective.  "It's my best shot at an honest assessment of where I was in each period of my career.  In the end we tried to put together a collection of the unrepeatable, each recording hopefully representing a moment that was somehow otherwise beyond my ability."

A perfect point of entry for newcomers as well as a treasure trove for the initiated, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective is a carefully curated 18-track distillation of the essence of two decades of Ben Folds music, from the break-out hits "Underground" and "Brick" with Ben Folds Five through solo work and unexpected collaborations ranging from "You Don't Know Me" with Regina Spektor to "From Above" (with lyrics by Nick Hornby, author of "High Fidelity").  Pointing to the future, the disc closes with "House," one of three new Ben Folds Five songs recorded especially for the retrospective.

A bonanza for dedicated Ben Folds aficionados, the expanded three disc version of The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective includes a 24-page booklet and two additional discs containing previously unreleased live and studio material, rare solo and BFF demos and studio outtakes, alternate mixes, scorching concert performances and the debut releases of "Tell Me What I Did" and "Stumblin' Home Winter Blues," a pair of brand new Ben Folds Five tracks, recorded in 2011.

After The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective was assembled from "literally hundreds of recordings," according to Ben, an additional extraordinary fully-realized 55 completed tracks remained.  Too many for inclusion on the retrospective and too good to put back on the shelf, the tracks will be available in a special online Ben Folds '55' Vault.  Fans purchasing the three-disc expanded edition of The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective will be given an individual code redeemable for a bonus 5 song downloadable EP from the Ben Folds '55' Vault in addition to access to 50 Ben Folds ultra-rarities available for purchase exclusively on the site.

Along with his first major career retrospective arriving in October, Ben Folds is reprising his role as celebrity judge on "The Sing-Off," the a cappella singing competition series returning for its third season as part of the NBC Fall line-up beginning September 19 (check your local listings).  This fall Ben is also producing the upcoming EP from Sara Bareilles, who joins him as a judge on "The Sing-Off" panel this season.

As a solo artist and leader of Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds has sold more than 3 million records over the course of his 17-year recording career.

Ben Folds

The Best Imitation of Myself : A Retrospective

Disc One - The Best Imitation of Myself

01. Brick (Radio Mix) (with Ben Folds Five)

Taken from Brick single - 1998

02. Annie Waits

Taken from Rockin The Suburbs - 2001

03. Philosophy (with Ben Folds Five)

Taken from Ben Folds Five - 1995

04. Underground (with Ben Folds Five)

Taken from Ben Folds Five - 1995

05. Landed (Strings Version)

Taken from Landed (Digital Single) - 2005

06. One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces (with Ben Folds Five)

Taken from Whatever and Ever Amen - 1997

07. Don't Change Your Plans (with Ben Folds Five)

Taken from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner - 1999

08. The Luckiest

Taken from Rockin The Suburbs - 2001

09. Smoke (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)

Audio taken from Live in Perth - 2005

10. Rockin' the Suburbs

Taken from Rockin The Suburbs - 2001

11. Kate (with Ben Folds Five)

Taken from Whatever and Ever Amen - 1997

12. Gracie

Taken from Songs for Silverman - 2005

13. Still Fighting It (Extended Version)

Alternate Mix from Rockin The Suburbs - 2001

14. You Don't Know Me (featuring Regina Spektor)

Taken from Way To Normal - 2008

15. There's Always Someone Cooler Than You

Taken from Supersunnyspeedgraphic, The LP - 2006

16. Still

Taken from Over The Hedge-Music From The Motion Picture - 2006

17. From Above (with lyrics by Nick Hornby)

Taken from Lonely Avenue - 2010

18. House (with Ben Folds Five)

New Track - 2011

Disc Two - Live (1997 - 2011)

All tracks previously unreleased (except where noted)

01. Julianne (with Ben Folds Five)

02. Video (with Ben Folds Five)

Recorded at Studion in Stockholm, Sweden on March 12, 1997

03. Song for The Dumped (with Ben Folds Five)

Recorded for Hard Rock Cafe Live television program on June 12, 1998

Originally released June 20, 2000 on album The Best of Hard Rock Café Live

04. Missing the War (with Ben Folds Five)

05. Mess (with Ben Folds Five)

06. Magic (with Ben Folds Five)

Recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK on December 14, 1999

07. Selfless, Cold and Composed

Recorded at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY on December 9 2001

08. Zak and Sara

09. Girl

Recorded at Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY on June 13, 2002

10. Just Pretend (with the Bens)

Recorded at Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia on March 24, 2003

11. Fred Jones Part 2 (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)

Recorded at Kings Park in Perth, Australia on March 12 & 13 2005

Originally released December 6, 2005 on the Epic DVD Live in Perth  (EVD 58494)

12. Careless Whisper (featuring Rufus Wainwright)

Recorded at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA on August 24, 2005

13. All U Can Eat

Recorded at Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN on October 24, 2006

Originally released February 27, 2007 on the DVD Live at My Space  (EVD 704151)

14. Long Tall Texan

Recorded at the Warehouse in Houston, TX on October 24, 2008

15. Army (with Ben Folds Five)

16. Battle of Who Could Care Less (with Ben Folds Five)

Recorded at UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill on September 18, 2008 for the MySpace "Front to Back" series

17. Kylie from Connecticut

Recorded at the State Theatre, Detroit, MI on October 9, 2008

Originally released on April 7, 2009 on the iTunes release The Sound of Last Night ... This Morning

18. Effington

Recorded at Ax Hall, Seoul, South Korea on June 9, 2011

19. Picture Window

Recorded at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London, UK on February 20, 2011 

20. Sentimental Guy

Recorded at Diamond Hall in Nagoya, Japan on June 7, 2011

21. Not the Same

Recorded at A.E.C. Theatre in Adelaide, Australia on May 22, 2011

Disc Three - Rarities (1991 - 2011)

All tracks previously unreleased (except where noted)

01.  Unrelated

Unfinished Song Demo - 1996

02.  Best Imitation of Myself

Demo - 1991

03.  Rocky

4 Track Home Demo - 1993

04.  Boxing  

Demo - 1993

05.  Julianne (with Ben Folds Five)

Unreleased 1st Album - 1994

 06.  Evaporated (with Ben Folds Five)

Unreleased 1st Album - 1994

07.  Alice Childress

Originally released on Rare on Air 3: KCRW Performances - 1997

08. Barrytown (with Ben Folds Five)

Originally released on Me, Myself and Irene Soundtrack - 2000

09.  Amelia Bright (with Ben Folds Five)

Mitch Easter Sessions - 2000

10.  Tell Me What I Did (with Ben Folds Five)

New Track - 2011

11. Rock Star

Demo - 2000

12. Losing Lisa

Demo - 2000

13. Break Up at Food Court 

Demo - 2000

14. Wandering

Demo - 2000

15.  Hiro's Song

Demo - 2000

16.  The Secret Life of Morgan Davis

Alternate Mix - 2001

17.  Such Great Heights

Alternate Mix from MySpace sessions - 2006

18. B*tches Ain't Sh*t

Originally released as b-side of Landed 7" vinyl single (34 071845)

19.  Time

Alternate Version - 2004

20.  Sleazy

Originally released on Download to Donate's Tsunami Relief - 2011

21.  Because the Origami (with 8in8 - Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Damian Kulash)

Originally released on Nighty Night - 2011

22.  Stumblin' Home Winter Blues (with Ben Folds Five)

New Track - 2011

SOURCE Legacy Recordings


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