Natalie Merchant Brings the Hits

R.E.M., Bragg, Chieftans appear on rarities CD

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The highlights of Natalie Merchant's decade-long solo career will be culled into the September 27th release Natalie Merchant's Greatest Hits. Rhino Records will make the compilation available in a thirteen-track single CD, as well as a two-CD set featuring a bonus disc of rarities -- including collaborations with R.E.M., the Chieftains and Billy Bragg.

"Assembling this compilation gave me the opportunity to stop and look back at my progress through over ten years of recordings," says the former 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman. "I'm grateful for this period of retrospection . . . I tend to remember the events in my life and the people who have participated in them through the context of album cycles: writing, recording and performing. They're my little epochs."

The package includes a pair of tracks, "Sally Ann" and "Owensboro," from Merchant's most recent album, 2003's The House Carpenter's Daughter, released on her own Myth America label.

Natalie Merchant's Greatest Hits track listing:

Disc One:

Wonder
Carnival
Jealousy (Single Version)
San Andreas Fault
Kind & Generous
Break Your Heart
Life Is Sweet
The Living
Build a Levee
Not in This Life
Motherland
Owensboro
Sally Ann

Disc Two:

She Devil
Cowboy Romance
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Birds and Ships (with Billy Bragg)
The Lowlands of Holland (with the Chieftans)
One Fine Day
Photograph (with R.E.M.)
Party of God (with Billy Bragg)
Thick as Thieves (2005 Version)
Bread and Circuses (with Billy Bragg)
Because I Could Not Stop for Death (with Susan McKeown)
Tell Yourself
But Not for Me
I Know How to Do It
Come Take a Trip in My Airship