Aimee Mann has made it clear (she's not much for mincing words) that she does not want any of her fans to buy her upcoming album of greatest hits, The Ultimate Collection(Hip-O Records), calling it a "wretched fraud." Tell us how you feel, AimeeÖand she does just that on her official website, www.aimeemann.com, in a post titled "A Word About the So-Called Ultimate Collection" ñ "I want to give everyone a heads-up about this CD, because it was not only something that I had nothing to do with, itís a product I consider to be seriously substandard and misleading." She also reveals that her offer to participate in the compilation was flatly refused, and that "we were basically barred from being involved in any way on a project that has my name on it."
Mann is well known for unadulterated hatred of record labels in general, and it doesn't appear to be something that will change in the near future orÖever. She claims that the label included "several things I personally consider to be crap," such as a few rough mixes, and a live recording that she never authorized. She also complains that the collection skips songs from her last two albums, Bachelor No. 2 and the Magnolia soundtrack, and that Hip-O Records recycled quotes from old interviews and worked them into the CD liner notes "so that it would appear that I had been involved ñ basically using my own reputation for integrity to sell their own lame product."