SOURCE: Universal Music Enterprises

October 18, 2007 08:03 ET

EELS Celebrate First Decade With Best of and Rarities Collections

First Retrospective, "Meet The EELS: Essential EELS 1996-2006, Vol. 1" (CD+DVD), and First Rarities Collection, "EELS Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006" (2CD+DVD), Span 1996-2006 for the Acclaimed Alt-Rock Entity

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2007) - The EELS are one of music's most acclaimed and idiosyncratic enterprises, accomplishing what The New Yorker calls "that rarest thing in contemporary pop: a unique sound." The ever-changing lineup of musicians that play the songs of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E), unveils both its first "best of" compilation, "Meet The EELS: Essential EELS 1996-2006, Vol. 1" (CD+DVD), and its first collection of rarities, B-sides, film contributions and unreleased tracks, the "EELS Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006" (2CD+DVD), each issued by DreamWorks/UMe on January 15, 2008.

"Meet The EELS: Essential EELS 1996-2006, Vol. 1" spans the first decade of the EELS with 24 selections on CD and 12 promotional videos on DVD. The CD opens with four tracks from the band's 1996 debut "Beautiful Freak," two tracks from the EELS' highly acclaimed second album 1998's "Electro-shock Blues" follow plus a previously unreleased Jon Brion remix of "Climbing To The Moon."

Four songs from 2000's "Daisies Of The Galaxy," which NME dubbed "a masterpiece in almost every way," are represented on the "Essentials" album plus three tracks from 2001's "Souljacker," which Time Magazine crowned as one of the best albums of the year, was acclaimed overseas with NME calling it "downright brilliant" and the London's Sunday Times named it Album Of The Year, writing that "the conventional wisdom that {the earlier album} 'Electro-shock Blues' was E's masterpiece will have to be reassessed: it was clearly just one of his masterpieces."

2003's live-in-the-studio "Shootenanny!" (awarded four stars by Rolling Stone) adds two fan favorites, while five songs from the highly acclaimed, and best charting album in the band's history "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations" are included. Also on the "Essentials" album are the previously unreleased "Get Ur Freak On," a live version of "Dirty Girl" from 2006's "With Strings: Live At Town Hall" and "I Need Some Sleep" from the "Shrek 2" soundtrack.

Highlights within the 50 CD tracks "EELS Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006" are longtime concert favorite "Living Life" from the Daniel Johnston tribute album, the previously unreleased 2006 cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You" and other covers including James Carr's "Dark End of The Street" and Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend." "Useless Trinkets" also includes a large handful of BBC performances, unique live versions of "Novocaine For The Soul" and "My Beloved Monster," tracks from films -- "The End Of Violence," "Holes," "Levity" and "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and many previously unreleased tracks including the original collections title track which frontman Everett performs backed by a 28 piece orchestra. The DVD features six performances from the EELS' Lollapalooza 2006 performance, including a gospel rave-up take on "My Beloved Monster" and a high octane rumble through "Souljacker part I."

"Meet The EELS: Essential EELS 1996-2006, Vol. 1" and "EELS Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006" prove why, following that 2006 Lollapalooza performance, Rolling Stone wrote: "EELS define coolness."

Both packages will be packed with never before seen photos, artifacts and Everett's notes about each track.

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