Fishbone The Essential Collection

Fishbone’s career, which began in the early ’80s and continues to this day, has taken them from a ska band, to a funk band, to a metal band and then back to a funk band. Because of this any single record that purports to be the essential collection of Fishbone’s discography is going to be missing a large portion of the band’s history. The Essential Collection’s approach to solving this problem is focusing on a specific part of Fishbone’s career; namely their earliest days of ska/funk fusion with the beginnings of their dabbling in metal. Because of this, the collection ignores all of Fishbone’s releases after 1991’s The Reality of My Existence. Hits such as "Party at Ground Zero,” "Ma and Pa” and "Everyday Sunshine” are included as well as more eclectic selections like "Lyin’ Ass Bitch” and "A Movement in the Light” but as an overview of Fishbone’s career The Essential Collection fails because it doesn’t include any releases after 1991. For a better overview of Fishbone’s career, albeit at a higher price tag, check out Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin' The Fonkay. (Columbia)