5 Oct 2004
The Collection 
A budget-priced album of James singles, album tracks and rarities compiled by the webmaster of OneOfTheThree.co.uk (and now timbooth.co.uk) which is out on Monday on the Spectrum Music label.

Tracklisting

1. Sit Down
2. English Beefcake
3. Lazy
4. So Long, Marianne
5. Seven
6. Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
7. Lost A Friend
8. Once A Friend
9. Coffee & Toast
10. Laid
11. Confusion
12. Heavens
13. She's A Star
14. Five-O
15. Out To Get You
16. I Know What I'm Here For
17. Lose Control (McGuire Mix)
18. Gold Mother

Title: The Collection
Release date: 11 October 2004
Label: Spectrum
Catalogue Number: 9824088

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