The music speaks for itself; Britney Spears is, despite the ups and downs and tabloid moments, a fixture in the music industry. She's perfected the pop realm with such iconic hits like "Baby One More Time", "Stronger", "Oops! I Did It Again", and "Womanizer". What's best about this collection is that it features the songs released as singles from her first album through the 'Circus' album. As a bonus, you're also treated to the catchy #1 song "3" and B-sides/remixes pulled from many of the singles. As a Britney Spears fan, this set is ideal. The music itself is four or five stars since the set features the very best of Spears. What makes this 'deluxe' set flawed is simply the price and concept of a collection containing all of her 'singles' in one box.
The Bad: With the retail price tag of almost $100, and even with the Amazon.com discount, I expected a lot more from the deluxe edition of the 'singles' collection. After all, just a few weeks ago Jive released a single disc edition of the this same 'singles collection' Britney Spears: The Singles Collection. So, what makes this different from the standard edition? A box, an individual sleeve containing the original cover art of each single. A DVD containing 26 Britney Spears music videos. For $100 and a title like 'the singles collection' and a picture showing covers of her singles, I (as a fan and consumer) expected the full, un-abridged SINGLE, meaning the original mix of each song (which is included) and the numerous remixes or B-sides that were originally released with each single. Instead, the original mix of each song is included (just as with the standard edition) and just one B-side or one remix from the original single. What exactly is the point? Just five years ago Jive released Britney's Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (Limited Edition with Bonus CD), Greatest Hits: My Prerogative and Britney Spears - Greatest Hits - My Prerogative, almost the exact same concept (minus the B-sides/remixes from the singles), and with almost the same track listing with the exception of the songs from Blackout and Circus.
To me, this deluxe 'Singles Collection' is a huge rip-off and ploy by Jive, not Britney Spears, to rake in more money during the holiday season. Why not include more original songs? How about including hard-to-find tracks or cuts that didn't make it onto the albums (including "Amnesia" from 'Circus' that was never formerly released in the U.S. or "Kiss You All Over" that was cut from 'Blackout' would have definitely made this release more valuable). Instead, we're treated to a few B-sides that have been available for years now and remixes that are easy to find online, even purchased and downloaded separately on sites like Amazon.com! This is nothing more than an expanded edition of "My Prerogative: Greatest Hits", made to include tracks from 'Blackout' and 'Circus'. The price is outrageously high not because of anything special musically but more so for the packaging. I definitely felt the DVD design and execution was superior on "My Prerogative" as this collection's videos are just slapped onto the disc with none of the special angles, special features and such that came with the "My Prerogative" video collection.
The Good: The B-sides, mainly from Britney's first two albums, are definitely a nice bonus to this set. They are crisp, remastered and musically offer a lot (instead of all of the auto-tune she plays with now, the early B-sides feature a simpler Spears taking a stab at singing about love, heart ache and teenage angst). The remixes included are good, even though some of them are not the true best remixes from the singles. Another good thing I can say about 'The Singles Collection (Deluxe)' is that it's nice to have a DVD that has a lot of the recent videos (though it would have been nice had it included "3").
If this was a true celebration of her decade in the business, a lot more effort could have been put into this set. There's nothing deluxe about it other than the price tag. There are a few extra tracks not included in her last greatest hits album and there are some B-sides and remixes gathered in one place/collection that makes it only slightly better (but far more expensive) than "My Prerogative". But, in the end, this is an overpriced, flawed released. 30 discs - 29 containing 2 songs EACH, many of which even a casual Britney Spears fan will already own. A DVD (the 30th disc) that contains the music videos, but many which don't warrant shelling out $70+ (I mean, are the videos for "Radar", "Break the Ice", "If U Seek Amy" or even "Gimme More" worth the purchase? These aren't Britney Spears at her best). It's a nice gift or purchase for the hardcore fan but personally, I'd recommend waiting another few years for the next 'greatest hits' or special career-spanning release from Jive for Britney Spears before spending money on this.
Listen To These: "3", "Born To Make You Happy (Kristian Lundin Bonus Remix)", "Walk On By", "Everybody"
Here is the track listing:
SINGLE: ...Baby One More Time B SIDE: Autumn Goodbye
SINGLE: Sometimes B SIDE: I'm So Curious
SINGLE: (You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix) B SIDE: I'll Never Stop Loving You
SINGLE: Born To Make You Happy REMIX: Kristian Lundin Bonus Remix
SINGLE: From the Bottom of My Broken Heart B SIDE: Thinkin' About You
SINGLE: Oops!...I Did It Again B SIDE: Deep In My Heart
SINGLE: Lucky B SIDE: Heart
SINGLE: Stronger B SIDE: Walk On By
SINGLE: Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know REMIX: Hex Hector Radio Mix
SINGLE: I'm A Slave 4 U B SIDE: Intimidated
SINGLE: Overprotected REMIX: Overprotected (The Darkchild Remix)
SINGLE: I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman B SIDE: I Run Away
SINGLE: I Love Rock 'N' Roll B SIDE: I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman - Metro Remix
SINGLE: Boys, The Co-Ed Remix featuring Pharrell Williams B SIDE: Boys (Album Version)
SINGLE: Me Against the Music featuring Madonna REMIX: Passengerz vs. The Club Remix
SINGLE: My Prerogative REMIX: Armand Van Helden Remix
SINGLE: Do Somethin' REMIX: Thick Vocal Mix
SINGLE: Someday (I Will Understand) B SIDE: Mona Lisa
SINGLE: Gimme More REMIX: Paul Oakenfold Remix
SINGLE: Piece of Me REMIX: Bloodshy & Avant's Boz O lo Remix
SINGLE: Break The Ice B SIDE: Everybody
SINGLE: Womanizer REMIX: Kaskade Remix
SINGLE: Circus REMIX: Tom Neville's Ring Leader Mix
SINGLE: If U Seek Amy REMIX: Crookers Remix
SINGLE: Radar REMIX: Bloodshy & Avant Remix
SINGLE: 3 REMIX: Groove Police Club Mix
DVD: 1. ...Baby One More Time 2. Somtimes 3. (You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix) 4. Born To Make You Happy 5. From the Bottom of My Broken Heart 6. Oops!...I Did It Again 7. Lucky 8. Stronger 9. Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know 10. I'm A Slave 4U 11. Overprotected (The Darkchild Remix) 12. I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman 13. I Love Rock 'N' Roll 14. Me Against The Music (feat. Madonna) 15. Toxic 16. Everytime 17. My Prerogative 18. Do Somethin' 19. Someday (I Will Understand) 20. Gimme More 21. Piece Of Me 22. Break the Ice 23. Womanizer 24. Circus 25. If U Seek Amy 26. Radar
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The deluxe edition includes all of Britney's singles spanning her ten year career plus a brand new song. Each single is re-mastered and featured with it's original artwork plus a B side or remix for each track - all encased in a collectable box with accompanying booklet of iconic images and never-before-seen photographs. The deluxe edition also includes a DVD featuring Britney's videos from the past ten years. This is the ultimate collectible for the ultimate Britney fan.