Originally Posted by BroncoInferno
Yeah, most of their albumns are uneven (much like Guided By Voices) in part because Newcombe writes songs at such a fast rate and doesn't bother to edit out the bad ideas. Taken as a whole, however, the work is remarkable. The retrospective probably is the best way to go for a beginner, but the three albumns they put out in '96 (Their Satanic Majesties Second Request, Take It From The Man!, and Thank God For Mental Illness) are all excellent releases, IMHO. Strung Out From Heaven definately wasn't a good place to start. Go with the retrospect to start, and if you're impressed enough (I can't imagine you wouldn't be) go with Take It From The Man!.
Ok, I'll take you up on this...I'll get it along with the new Teenage Fanclub CD coming out next month and get back to you afterwards.