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Collective Soul

When Seattle grunge went mainstream, it was only a matter of time before the ripple effect was felt in regions other than the Pacific Northwest. The Georgia-based quintet Collective Soul -- along with fellow inheritors of the then commercially lucrative post-grunge landscape like Live, Bush, and Candlebox -- developed the genre into a more succinct brand of angst, turning the sonic cacophony of bands like Mudhoney and the Melvins into radio-friendly hard rock.

Collective Soul (whose name borrowed from a line in Ayn Rand's book The Fountainhead) were formed in the small town of Stockbridge in the early '90s by principal songwriter Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars), guitarists Dean Roland and Ross Childress, and rhythm section Will Turpin (bass/percussion) and Shane Evans (drums/percussion). Originally released in 1993 on the Atlanta indie label Rising Storm, the debut effort Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid proved popular enough on the local level that it was picked up the following year by Atlantic. Within months of its major-label release, "Shine" became a modern rock and MTV staple, and Collective Soul found themselves laden with a platinum debut, an arena tour alongside Aerosmith, and a spot on the roster for Woodstock 1994.

The bandmates released an eponymous sophomore effort the following year, which spawned five Top Ten hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock charts. Two such singles, "December" and the symphonic "World I Know," also charted in the Top 40, demonstrating the band's crossover appeal and gathering multi-platinum sales for the album. Although Collective Soul's fan base began to wane upon the release of 1997's Disciplined Breakdown, the 1999 effort Dosage was a return to form, yielding the hit singles "Run" (another crossover hit) and "Heavy." Despite the band's best efforts, however, the post-grunge genre had begun to suffer under the weight of the emerging nu-metal scene, and the band's heyday drew to a slow close.

Collective Soul returned in 2000 with Blender, an image-seeking misfire that saw the group attempting a clean-cut (no facial hair) image while mixing heavily produced AOR with elements of dance-pop, even performing a duet with Elton John. The album nevertheless went gold, and the following year, Collective Soul concluded their contractual obligation to Atlantic with the release of 7even Year Itch: Collective Soul's Greatest Hits 1994-2001. The musicians then returned to their roots in 2004, bringing in new guitar player Joel Kosche and releasing the stripped-down and dynamic album Youth on their own El Music Group imprint. An eight-song EP, From the Ground Up, arrived the following year. In early 2007, it was announced that the band had teamed up with Target, which became the "exclusive physical retailer" of the band's next album, Afterwords. One year after its release, the album was reissued at all retail outlets. Collective Soul's eponymous eighth album was released in 2009 on Roadrunner.

The band toured regularly into the next decade while working on numerous side projects. Kosche and Turpin released solo albums, and Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project released a debut LP, among other member ventures. Meanwhile, Johnny Rabb took over on drums, and guitarist Jesse Triplett replaced Kosche before Collective Soul returned with the LP See What You Started by Continuing in autumn 2015 on Vanguard. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Home

Disc 1

1. Orchestral Intro (Live)

2. Counting The Days (Live)

3. Listen (Live)

4. December (Live)

5. Compliment (Live)

6. Precious Declaration (Live)

7. Needs (Live)

8. Heavy (Live)

9. Run (Live)

10. The World I Know (Live)

11. Pretty Donna (Live)

12. Youth (Live)

Disc 2

1. Crown (Live)

2. Under Heavens Skies (Live)

3. She Said (Live)

4. Home (Live)

5. Gel (Live)

6. How Do You Love (Live)

7. Better Now (Live)

8. Satellite (Live)

9. Shine (Live)

10. Burn (Live)

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Track List: From The Ground Up

1. Compliment

2. Youth

3. December (Acoustic)

4. Perfect To Stay

5. Under Heaven's Skies

6. She Said

7. Counting The Days (Acoustic)

8. Satellite

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Track List: Youth

1. Better Now

2. There's A Way

3. Home

4. How Do You Love

5. Him

7. Perfect To Stay

8. Counting The Days

9. Under Heaven's Skies

10. General Attitude

11. Satellite

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Track List: 7even Year Itch

1. Heavy

2. She Said

3. Shine

5. Run

6. Gel

7. Precious Declaration

8. Why Pt. 2

9. The World I Know

11. Listen

12. December

13. Forgiveness

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Track List: Blender

1. Skin

2. Vent

3. Why Pt. 2

4. 10 Yrs Later

5. Boast

6. Turn Around

7. You Speak My Language

8. Perfect Day

9. After All

10. Over Tokyo

11. Happiness

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Track List: Dosage

1. Tremble For My Beloved

2. Heavy

3. No More, No Less

4. Needs

5. Slow

6. Dandy Life

7. Run

8. Generate

9. Compliment

10. Not The One

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Track List: Disciplined Breakdown

1. Precious Declaration

2. Listen

3. Maybe

4. Full Circle

5. Blame

6. Disciplined Breakdown

7. Forgiveness

8. Link

9. Giving

10. In Between

11. Crowded Head

12. Everything

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Track List: Collective Soul

1. Simple

2. Untitled

3. The World I Know

4. Smashing Young Man

5. December

6. Where the River Flows

7. Gel

8. She Gathers Rain

9. When The Water Falls

10. Collection of Goods

11. Bleed

12. Reunion

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Track List: Hints Allegations And Things Left Unsaid

1. Shine

2. Goodnight, Good Guy

3. Wasting Time

4. Sister Don't Cry

5. Love Lifted Me

6. In A Moment

7. Heaven's Already Here

8. Pretty Donna

9. Reach

10. Breathe

11. Scream

12. Burning Bridges

13. All

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Track List: AYTA (Single)

1. AYTA

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Track List: Hollywood (Radio Single)

1. Hollywood

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Track List: See What You Started By Continuing

1. This

2. Hurricane

3. Exposed

4. Confession

5. AYTA

6. Contagious

7. Life

8. Am I Getting Through

9. Memoirs Of 2005

10. Tradition

11. Without Me

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Track List: This (Single)

1. This

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Needs......L U V . . . L O V E . . . . T H E ....WORLD I KNOW......XX X X X X O O O O O O
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jessica jones won a peabody award
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december again. duck tales is back in style. suck it elmo.
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december
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The cure for hip hop.
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CS
IS an amazing band!! BROTHERS in Christ
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Man.....
CAN They rock 'n' roll!!!!!
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One of the best bands ever!
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I love them!!! I love you !!!!!!!
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AWESOME BAND
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collect this . yea
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❤❤❤❤❤
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This guys play some damn great music...
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Reggiemac41 dam right
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I need a beer
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50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s~
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This Only Song I know is this one playing right now Yeah
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My Boss Hate's them do not ask Why Ok
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Yeah Yeah
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Good Song Hear Man
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The fact that there still around says it all. Thank you Collective Soul!
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I have always enjoyed your music and lately your lyrics are really hitting home, I love your musical flow, your really heaven sent������
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Collective Soul is Awesome!!
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Thank you WRA. I've got the station back because of you. Good band.
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My big brother Stephen… Thank you for turning me back onto collective soul… I'd forgotten about them I love their music that's when I dedicate to you!
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Say Ariana 5 times clap 3 times post this on 2 songs check your voice
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I like everything except for the ending of the song , where it speeds up.
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AWESOME BAND ❤❤❤❤❤
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Heavy.....on e of their better songs!
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It used to be all I'd want to learn was wisdom trust and truth, but now all I really want to learn is forgiveness for you
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Why follow me to higher ground.... lost as you swear I am?
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December
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You are my favorite band ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I saw them live two weeks ago in NYC! They were awesome and you'll have a great time Jordan
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Only one more week until i get to see them live!!
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These guys are so incredibly awesome! Could listen to them 24/7!
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Love these guys
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Love
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Intelligent rock... Deep thinkers...
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1,000 LIKES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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December... Great song
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Love this group..
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Another band thats better than Nirvana...
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Super pumped that they are come to the LCV in less than two weeks!
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I love collective soul
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I love Dean!!
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I havent seen one person even mention "Where the river flows" rocks so damn hard
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UNBELIEVABLE ! ! ! The best, second only to the Beatles!!! I love Collective Soul!!!!
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Great song you've made collective soul:)
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My grandpa got me into this band
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The World I Know. Love that song.
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