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1. Devils & Dust
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The last time Bruce Springsteen ventured West for inspiration, the result was the desolate Nebraska and its tales of serial killers and used cars. On his first record in three years, Springsteen navigates barren deserts and Old West war fields for a dozen forlorn songs that co-star the artist and his acoustic guitar. Though he's always had a knack for carving out the hooks and melodies that make each journey memorable, this time around Springsteen relies on the lyrics to carry the tune-desperate tales of tragedy, heartbreak, and lust with a Latino twist, like the boxer coming home ("The Hitter"), a distressing border-crossing incident ("Matamoros Banks"), and the Nevada hooker with good intentions ("Reno," which led to the warning sticker Adult Imagery). With no E Street Band in the mix, the album is decorated with horns and strings and Springsteen’s novel falsetto on two his best efforts: "Maria’s Bed," where the narrator comes home to his woman after 40 nights on the road, and the fast-picking "All I’m Thinkin’ About," where he has more than Carolina on his mind. A decade from now this will be an underrated record in the Springsteen chronicles. --Scott Holter


The Best of Bruce
by guest editor Steve Perry
Steve is editor-in-chief of City Pages newspaper in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


TheWild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle(1973)
The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street ShuffleAftera folk-rockish debut album that bubbled with ideas and dense lyrical play, thisis where Springsteen began to find his voice as a rocker and as a songwriter.The prisoner-of-love romanticism of "Rosalita" and "Incident on 57th Street"hinted at what was coming, and this early version of the E Street Band--jazzierand more spare than later versions, thanks largely to David Sancious's piano--soundsgreat, if a little ragged, these many years later.


Bornto Run (1975) and Darknesson the Edge of Town (1978)
Born to RunDarkness on the Edge of TownThese two records, which belong on any compilation of the top 100 rock albumsof all time, sketched the themes that he would spend his whole career chasing,and defined the expectations fans would bring to his records ever after. Thefirst chords of "Born to Run" sounded like freedom itself the first time I heardthem on the radio, and the album lived up to them. "Thunder Road" is still thegreatest rock & roll love song anyone's ever written. The record soundedso big and impassioned and propulsive it was easy to miss the dread runningunderneath it. Darkness... put the dread front and center. There aremore of his best songs here than anywhere else, even if the sound is muddy andleaden at times.


Nebraska(1982)
NebraskaAfterThe River (the best record that didn't make this list) and the ensuingtour answered his rock & roll prayers--he was a big star now, not just aperennial critics' favorite--Springsteen holed up in a rented house on the Jerseyshore, where he wrote these songs and sang them into a four-track recorder inhis living room. The tape was supposed to be a demo for the band, but afterseveral false tries he concluded that the tape he'd been carrying around inhis pocket was the record. Quiet and bleak, Nebraska nonetheless grabbedyou by the collar and made you listen as surely as his rock & roll recordsever had.


Tunnelof Love (1987)
Tunnel of LoveTheglare and hubbub surrounding the Born in the USA tour (the tour wasgreat--the record itself overrated) made him pull back again, this time to writea cycle of songs about love and fear and self-doubt. After this, Springsteen'sfirst marriage broke up, and he started a family with Patti Scialfa, disappearingfor the better part of 10 years, notwithstanding the pair of not bad, just disappointingalbums he released in 1992, Human Touch and Lucky Town.


TheGhost of Tom Joad (1995)
The Ghost of Tom JoadSome call it Nebraska II, but his second acoustic album was not a repeatof his first--the characters and settings had changed, and their circumstanceswere more expressly desperate, and social--though it did share the same interestin what happens to people whose isolation or marginal status renders them invisible.


TheRising (2002)
The RisingEverybody--including Springsteen himself--seemed to think it was a record about 9/11, but the subjectwas broader: death and loss as seen from more than halfway down life's road.Dave Marsh nailed it: "A middle-aged man confronts death and chooses life."Brendan O'Brien's production sounds great.


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1-0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately for Bruce's fans- it's over...
I have not bought this cd but have heard several tracks from it and will save myself some money. I honestly don't know how anyone can give this cd 5 stars...what are they smoking?? Bruce has NO voice left...in its place is some kind of forced muttering from someone who sounds like they ingested a large amount of rat poisen. The lyrics are uncreative and boring...nothing resembling his past brilliance. And the music...all I can do is shake my head and feel sorry for a great artist that has overstayed his welcome among the musical elite.I have loved Bruce's music and genius my whole life which makes it really hard to see him tarnish such a great career with such a woeful attempt at singing and songwriting.Please give it up Bruce- this is one fan who will never buy another one of your albums but instead will break out something from many years ago that will stay great forever.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Bruce Springsteen
This is one of Bruce's best! Pared down.
It takes several listens beforeyou can fully appreciate some songs - Read the Lyrics. You will appreciate his songwriting abilities even more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Out'neath the arms of Cassiopeia
One of Springsteen's finest albums, "Devils and Dust" shows that as an artist Springsteen continues to grow. "Devils and Dust" sounds terrific on this dual sided CD/DVD. The CD side has all 12 songs. The DVD side has all 12 songs with lyrics displayed on the screen in time to the song. There's also a number of strong video performances from the album including "Devils and Dust", "Long Time Comin'", "Reno", "All I'm Thinkin' About" and "Matamoros Banks". The rustic home its shot in capture the feeling of the album perfectly. One could argue that Springsteen is "putting on airs" since he's a rich man shooting in this rural home that consist of performances about people that are far from wealthy. However, like a lot of artists Springsteen is trying to capture the anguish, despair and distant sense of hope that frequently occupies the lives of the downtrodden and desperate. It's a dark album as Springsteen notes, these are the stories of people in danger or down on their luck due to circumstance.

The video portion features Springsteen primarily performing the songs in their original incarnation; as acoustic tunes with just guitar and harmonica complimenting his singing. Just a note about the DVD--you can listen to the 5.1 Surround in 2.0 and it will sound fine if you set up your DVD player or receiver to play it back that way. Springsteen does an introduction for each song discussing a bit about his past as a performer and a bit about each song prior to performing them. I don't have a 5.1 set up on my computer and wanted to watch the performances as well as listen to the album while I was working. Unlike, say, the DVD releases of Crowded House's first album or Richard Thompson's DVD release on Capitol, it sounds just fine in the 2.0 format.

Just a warning for parents that listen to Springsteen with their kids around--"Reno" has some adult content in it (and it's noted on the DVD/CD as well). I was concerned after Springsteen's fine album "The Rising" that we might have seen a one-shot return to form due to the subject matter. I'm happy to be proven wrong. This is one of my favorite albums by Springsteen. I particularly like the way his voice has matured over the years and listening to him sing the material is a real highlight here particularly on the title tune and "Long Time Comin'". An excellent album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Subdued, broken down, haunting
I admit I really didn't like this album much when I got it on impulse figuring 'surely the boss can't give us dross'. But on repeated listenings it's really a grower. Nebraska style, acoustic tracks about all manner of subjects, with a huge deal of lyrical integrity. It's not gonna be to everyone's tastes that's for sure, but don't give up on it. To be honest I would pay the money for 'Reno' alone. Such an astounding song, lie back close your eyes and let it wash over you, nothing's ever captured something so beautifully and hauntingly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sad sequel to a great career!
A longtime fan painfully admits: THIS IS FRIGHTFULLY BAD MUSIC. Bruce...you gotta know when to fold 'em. ... Read more


2. Something to Be [DualDisc]
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It's common knowledge that solo albums are simply an excuse for a frustrated band member to indulge their experimental sides and Rob Thomas, singer for decidedly M.O.R. multi-platinum rockers Matchbox Twenty is not one to pass on the opportunity. Having already explored the classic rock thing through his collaborations with Mick Jagger and Santana, Thomas goes the other way here with results that are unexpected and, sometimes, totally unbelievable. He veers from modern R&B on the Justin Timberlake aping "Lonely No More" to vintage prog-rock in "All That I Am," touching on all points in between. There are a few nods to the Matchbox canon with "Ever The Same" and "This Is How A Heart Breaks" but, as the title suggests, this is an album about finding himself. For the moment, Thomas is still searching. The DualDisc portion features 5.1 surround sound, a 20-minute documentary on the making of the album by filmmaker Gillian Grisman, plus the holiday tune, "Christmas in New York."--Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Rob Rob Rob....
Rob Thomas I am Very Dissapointed in you I Expected So much From your solo debut esp with your single lonley no more..people Rob Thomas is app trying Something new here so and its obvious its pretty bad most of his songs are just a bunch of blah blah blah really boring and bad songs with horrible beats and poor Ballad's this cd is not worth the price i paid for it in fact its so bad i woulden't even give it away..the only upside is lonley no more,when the heartache ends and ever the same but other then that its just Junk and the slow songs are just so boring and hard to listen to because they just suck Sorry Rob But maybe you should stick to what you were doing before...good try though dont buy this unless you really i mean really love rob thomas a big dissapointment you can do better rob.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something to Be
I was introduced to Matchbox 20 at 50 with a live concert! My kids (20 somethings) thought Matchbox 20 was old news! I am a hard core music lover and they were unbelievable in Concert and I have been totally impressed by their musicality.

Something to Be is excellent. There is a terrific range of cuts - everything from fast edgy to soft, hymn-like ballads. Even my wife who was cool on MB20 is raving about this CD - and the DVD is great - makes you realize the art of song writing and creation is truly a gift!

You won't be disappointed if you really listen to the talent!

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
Any fan of Matchbox 20 knows how AWESOME Rob Thomas is. He is so talented. This CD is amazing. I look forward to more great music from Rob AND Matchbox 20.

5-0 out of 5 stars I really loved this
I listen to all sorts of music,so I was looking for something interesting.I will admit that I like pop music but I don't like the average pop crap that has been out lately.I've been listening to a lot of indie music..and associate with a lot of indie musicians.Every one of them that I have encountered so far have been like,"Eww,you bought the Rob Thomas CD?" because they think of themselves as music elitists when they're really just folk who refuse to buy anything that really sells.

Well,I gave the CD a chance and I really loved it.The song has a few beats like "Lonely No More" and some slower songs that really move me.The entire CD has the ability to get me awake,get me to sleep,get me to smile and get me to cry at once.Rob Thomas manages to cut through emotions that run deep and show them to you.

My favorite song of all is "Here Comes the Night",which I can relate to on the deepest level.The rest of the song are excellent as well.I always play the CD from beginning to end.:)

4-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars
Overall, SOMETHING TO BE [DUAL DISC] is a refreshing release that appeals not only to one's rock sensibilities but also their pop sensibilities.Production is solid and as always, Thomas is on top with his songwriting capabilities.He made a very smart move crafting his solo affair with catchy hooks and choruses.

The main flaw of SOMETHING TO BE is that you can pick the songs that are standouts very easily while the other songs of which the album is composed is more filler material.For example, "LONELY NO MORE" is much better than say "ALL THAT I AM".Top listens on this album are at the front part and include "THIS IS HOW A HEART BREAKS", first single "LONELY NO MORE", "I AM AN ILLUSION", and "SOMETHING TO BE".Also OK listens, yet not top hits are "EVER THE SAME" and "WHEN THE HEARTACE ENDS". Definitely, this should be a Grammy Nominee at the 2006 Grammys.This is overall a good album that could have been better in some ways, but nonetheless, Thomas is an awesome songwriter and vocalist.3 1/2 stars. ... Read more


3. Live at Fillmore West
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4. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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The album that carries U2 into its 25th year--and likely the mixed blessings of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--is one of its most frank and focused since the days ofOctober and War. But its gestation was anything but simple, in part salvaged from '03 sessions the band deemed subpar. Enter Steve Lillywhite, the band's original producer and sometime collaborator in the decades since, who helped retool the track "Native Son" (originally an anti-gun screed) into the aggressive i-Pod anthem "Vertigo" and leaves his distinctive stamp on the muscular "All Because of You" and others. Perhaps weary of ceaseless, fashion-driven reinvention in the wake of monumental success, U2 seem only too happy here to re-embrace their original sonic trademarks in service of more daring, pop-melodic hooks than they've collected in one place in decades. The Eno/Lanois produced "Love and Peace or Else" may shimmer with the duo's electro-production conceits, but it's Edge's lugubrious, post-modern John Lee Hooker guitar swagger that drives it. Elsewhere, Bono's trademark dramaturgy is spotlighted on "City of Blinding Lights," the unabashed romance of "A Man and a Woman" and the confessional "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own." It may come wrapped in a conundrum--is it nostalgic retrenchment or sum of the band's endless musical catharsis?--but it's also the album where,Fly and MacPhistobe damned, U2 boldly claims its arena titan mantle with apologies to no one.--Jerry McCulley

Recommended U2 Discography


War

The Joshua Tree

Achtung Baby

All That You Can't Leave Behind

The Best of 1990-2000

The Best of 1980-1990

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5. ELV1S 30 #1 Hits
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In 1987, RCA released a one-disc Elvis compilation called The Number One Hits that featured 18 tracks. So how did the label come up with 12 additional number ones (13 if you count the sensational "A Little Less Conversation" remix that brings the King into the 21st century as a bona fide dance/electronica star)? Well, the '87 compilation featured only Billboard number ones. "In the Ghetto" and "Burning Love" never reached the top there, nor did "Way Down," despite every copy of that 45 selling out on both sides of the Atlantic following Presley's 1977 death. Instead, the new compilers have used the major pop charts in both the U.S. (including Cashbox) and U.K. to determine inclusions. The tracks have all been remixed from original masters, which proves awesome at best (some of the songs have never sounded crisper if, at times, slightly antiseptic) and problematic at worst. Purists will definitely quibble. "A Fool Such As I," for instance, sounds like Elvis rerecorded his vocals. Hank Garland's great guitar solo also sounds different. It might be an alternate take. That's definitely the case with "The Wonder of You." A few lyrics are even different, meaning this isn't the same version as the original 45. Of course, none of that should matter to the youngsters who've been singing along to "Hound Dog" on the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack, or to any other newcomers. Despite the complaints, this is arguably the best single disc Elvis primer to date. Real fans will want to explore much deeper for treasures to be found, but albums like this guarantee that this is one king who will deservedly live very long, if not forever. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The King Is Back....
Elvis. One simple name that means so much. And to some music lovers, a word that means almost everything. Like it says in the CD jacket, "Before anyone did anything, Elvis did everything." This CD shows just that. Elvis has been called the King of Rock and Roll, a Gospel Guru and even a Great Balladere. This CD showcases just that. "30 #1 Hits" is a must have for any music lover. This CD commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death, and celebrates it in high fashion. 30 of his number ones are included here. Everything from rock to gospel is found here. All of his greats "Love Me Tender," "Jailhouse Rock," "All Shook Up," and "Can't Help Falling In Love," to his lesser known greats "One Night," "Way Down," "The Wonder of You," and "Wooden Heart" are here. Standouts for me include "Devil In Disguise," "Stuck On You," "Return To Sender," and "Good Luck Charm." There is even a `bonus' of sorts on the disc as well. "A Little Less Conversation," a song Elvis cut back in 1968 is remixed by JXL, dance-style, and is a wonderful listen. But the CD jacket is perhaps where the disc shines. It contains a brief history on each of the songs in the package, along with a few photos. I recommend that this CD be picked up because it will indeed please any music fan. It has the Elvis songs we all know and love, and some we probably forgot he even did. Once purchased you may find yourself singing along at times, and that is cool. Remember, Elvis is the King of R&R, and kings get all the attention. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars "I don't sound like anybody"
Elvis once told Sam Phillips, of Sun Records, "I don't sound like anybody". That was true then and it remains true today.

The remastering of these songs, many of them classics in the genre, is one of the most exciting ideas in music today. The sound quality is astounding. Every song sounds clearer, richer,and bassier.Most noticeably on "Burning Love". Play the version that's on 101 different CD's and then play this version. You'll never want to listen to any other version than this remastered gem. Try this with any of the 29 other remastered songs, and you run the risk of never wanting to listen to any Elvis release other than ELV1S 30 #1 Hits. Plus you get the newest #1 hit for Elvis, the remastered "A Little Less Conversation" remix.

Many people will not give this new release a moment's thought. That would be a big mistake. There's great music on this CD that anyone who loves music should have in their collection. Certainly every Elvis fan already owns all these songs on several different CD's, tape or even vinyl, but nothing with the sound quality of this release, it's a must-have for the music lover or the Elvis fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elv1s is the king of music!!!
A must have for every Elv1s fans and new Elv1s fans around the world, I guarantee you, you will not get disappointed, 31 #1 Hits singles from US and UK in just 1 CD!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars The King's Legacy Is Being Compromised Here
First of all, I love Elvis' music and have collected it for years and I have to admit if this is your first Elvis CD you probably will be satisfied. My problem with this CD is that Fool Such As I and The Wonder Of You are not the original hit versions that played on the radio way back when and helped build the King's legend. Fool is an alternate take and Wonder is a different live performance. These takes were never #1 anywhere and when you compare the original hits with these alternates you realise that RCA picked the right masters to originally release. In my opinion this is obscuring the King's legacy and in a way changing history for the new listener and not giving them all the goodness that was Elvis. Why would BMG do this? I suspect it is to coax the serious Elvis collector to buy yet again another rehash of hits that they have already bought many times over, just to get these two "special" tracks, and the novice Elvis collector wouldn't notice the difference. I would much rather have preferred a new two CD set of all the correct recordings remastered with today's technology (like the The Top Ten Hits did in 1988) and then have a seperate collection of nothing but unreleased alternates. However, these alternates always get sprinkled very sparingly in these endless Greatest Hits rehashes. But then again, I'm not a BMG marketing director, just another one of the millions of Elvis fans with money in my pocket.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect 31 #1 Hits!!!
First of all, it's the only CD that contains 31 #1 Hit Singles in the USA and UK (A Little Less Conversation is the last #1 in the UK for 4 weeks in 2002) , there are 5 more Elv1s #1 which are not included in this CD bec. it would not fit in 1 CD, but it's in Elv1s 2nd To None album!

Second, the sound is so crisp and clear, you can really hear the unbelievable great voice of Elv1s!

Third, no wonder Elv1s is the Guiness Book Of World Record holder who has sold more than 1 billion records more than any other artist and www.riaa.com most Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums and singles in the USA more than any other artist!

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6. Brushfire Fairytales
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Fans of Willy Porter, Ben Harper, and G. Love will all want to check out Jack Johnson's engaging folk- and blues-inflected pop. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Johnson, a former surfer and film-school graduate, has a knack for acoustic ballads whose calm surfaces hide a subtle but strong lyrical undertow. "It seems to me that 'maybe' pretty much always means 'no,'" sings Johnson on "Flake," which features crony Harper on slide guitar. Production by J.P. Plunier (who also handles Harper's recordings) is simple and uncluttered: acoustic guitar and drum tracks share the foreground with Johnson's easygoing vocals, which evoke everyone from G. Love (who recorded Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" on his Philadelphonic album) to Nick Drake to Willy Porter. And while Johnson may not have Porter's guitar chops, these songs have a relaxed beauty and understated depth that reward repeated listening.--Bill Forman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible album from a mellow fellow
I have owned this cd for quite some time now but only recently has America decided to jump on the Jackwagon. You will be seeing and hearing "Flake" on tv and radio but the real essence of Jack Johnson can be found throughout the album. The thing that sets this artist apart from everyone else is the mere fact that Johnson could care less about being a rock star or selling music, but in writing and delivering his personal songs, he has become just that. But I promise you there is no one better to choose as a role model. Just listen to "The News", a tune about how we broadcast violence in society, or put on a smile and groove to Johnson's "Bubbletoes", a catchy jam inspired by his wife, Kim. (Many thanks to Kim, for rumor has it she is an inspiration for many of Jack's songs.) Those were only two examples but the list could go on and on. Every song is AWESOME. I never could get sick of this album, NEVER. If I could recommend this album to everyone, I would. And I guarantee if more people lived by the principals of Jack Johnson, we would not have to worry about world peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Slow down, everyone, you're moving too fast.
This CD is terrific. Where did this Jack Johnson guy come from?

I bought this on the recommendation of a friend, for I work in a music store and had seen people, mostly teens in Gothwear, buying it. I thought it would be your usual, angry-rock, run-of-the-mill crap. Boy, was I wrong.

Jack Johnson's self-titled CD is one of the most fun, studied pieces of pure, instrument-and-rhythm-driven music that I've heard in ages. When it begins, "Inaudible Melodies" is soft, folky, but then the drums come in, the rhythm kicks it up a notch, and Johnson, with his earnest, skilled delivery of the most complicated, tongue-twisting vocals, just wins over your ears.

And every song on the CD is that good.

It wasn't until I listened to the whole album that I realized that this is the guy who sings that "Bubble Toes" song. I loved that song whenever it came on the radio, yet I bought the album featured on it without even realizing I'd done so.

That, in its own way, speaks to Johnson's talent over his hype. I bought this on a lark, and I'm very glad I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
This guy has an incredible amount of talent, both of his cd's have struck me well. You can listen to all of his songs, and be content. Their all good in their own way. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ALBUM
I DON'T HAVE MUCH TO SAY OTHER THAN THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS I HAVE EVER HEARD. NO MATTER IF YOU LIKE ROCK, HIP HOP, POP, WHATEVER. IT IS JUST INSANELY GOOD.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am a METALHEAD!
I am a hardcore metalhead (Shadows Fall, Megadeth, Dimmu Borgir, Slayer, Opeth...) but I love this album. This album is beautiful. So good. Buy ... Read more


7. The Hand That Feeds
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The first single to be lifted from the 2005 album,'White Teeth'. This UK limited edition includes three versions of the title track,Album Version, Photek Straight Remix and Photek Dub. Interscope. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars the hand of the artist should have been in this
rockin' song with great energy dampered only by the limited number of versions. Why go to the trouble of cutting a disc like this without giving the consumer 5 or 6 versions of the song? Trent should know better, being the music fan that he is.

5-0 out of 5 stars I think it's solid.
Remember all that garbage social music you've heard for years now?Please let it go.Don't call that music 'pop music', call it 'Disney Dollars'.

What do I mean?I might know...

I've been a NIN fan all the long.Trent's certain breed of music has always had a bitter aftertaste.I think there's a point there.

Let's talk about 'The Hand That Feeds'.Musicaly, any other time than now, this would be wrong.I thought a long time ago that once computer screen resolutions where so high that no normal person could see individual pixels... at that time, at this time...the mosiac effect is effective artisticaly.So, that in mind along with what everybody really has noticed these last 10 years... 'The Hand That Feeds' is the best song I've heard in a long time....and it's all done in that walking talk the talk in NIN style; acceptable now for a social setting.

The lyrics in 'The Hand That Feeds' has the most clever double meaning contained in there.I don't think anybody is catching it.

So, I'm a little disturbed that everybody misses the point.If this isn't an original song... what is?I wonder what the kids would say to answer that question?Maybe something about Incubus or... uh... Jay Z...

Lastly, if you don't know who Photek is... You probably won't get the remixes.You don't listen to something extendedly titled [Dub Mix] and be disgusted when it's the type of thing to play in club that's not too busy playing irresponsible dry-hump music that has spoken lyrics about killing gangstas.Yeeeaaah!

Nobody wants to change it.

3-0 out of 5 stars There've Been Better, But There've Been Worse
ALBUM MIX: I'm not going to bother much with this; we've all heard it, it's a great song, let's hear it for Nine Inch Nails, yay.

STRAIGHT MIX: Interesting extended take on the original, and well-done.There's not much actual remixing - other than the techno beat, the "whispering" and the "horror movie synths" near the bridge (which were great), it stays mostly true to the album version - but that doesn't stop it from being a good listen, and it's just as catchy as the album version.I especially liked when the music mostly drops out in favour of the vocals at 3:53; it was a nice touch, one that probably should've been part of the album cut.Either way, not bad.

DUB MIX: It's a house version.What can be said about that, really?Trent's occasional voice adds something, and the beat and guitar/synth loops are infectious enough with this mix that it doesn't fall COMPLETELY flat... but you're probably not going to want to listen to it too often.Decent.

OVERALL: I'd rather spend my money on Things Falling Apart or Further Down The Spiral, of course... but this was supposed to be a single, not a remix album, and as such, it's not bad.Worth a few quid, but don't bump it to the top of your list.

SIDE NOTE: Trent is SO not fat; my bandmate Aeon and I saw him a few days ago, and he's as ripped as he ever was.

1-0 out of 5 stars For diehards only.
Let me start by putting out a couple of my biases before getting into this review-- first, I relaly don't care for remixes as a rule, unless they're dramatic and severely restructure a song, I generally find they add little.Second, I really don't care for "The Hand That Feeds".

Having said that, the piece is presented in three mixes, the album version, the Straight mix, and the Dub mix.The album version has a catchy, circular guitar line and a straightahead drum beat that's actually decent until the bridge with this bizarrely irritating spoken wordish section.Just doesn't work.

The remixes fare no better-- the Straight mix adds different rock beats and an extended introduction that eventually becomes tedious, the dub mix layers a grating sustained guitar note over a beat and a mumbled repeated take on the chorus.

If you're a fan, get it.If not, skip this one, there's good reasons it wasn't released in the U.S.

1-0 out of 5 stars SAD.Pathetic.Lame.Desperate.
Trent, sweetie, we know you want another radio single and to sell a TON of merch on your new tour.

Good luck, baby cakes.

This song sounds like a fourth-rate Utah band with a CD rack full of Halos.

Really sad.Without a doubt, the lamest of all NIN singles.

Silly, sad, fat Trent doesn't understand that he owes his "fame" to Mark Romanek and the catchphrase "I want to BLEEP you like an animal."

NIN is dead.At least we still have The Downward Spiral and Broken.

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8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64," to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You," and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life," Sgt.Pepper was a milestone for both '60s music and popular culture.--Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Sgt. Pepper is probably the most influencal rock album...ever. Starting with the impossibly catchy, rock friendly title track, which gices you the impression you are watching Sgt. Pepper preform live, Billy Shears (Ringo) is introduced and With A Little... starts. Ringo does a great job singing this pop clasic. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is an amazing song by John, which, allagedly, had nothing to do with LSD. As much as I hate to admit is, Getting Better sounds better in Phillips commercials. It still sounds good here though. Fixing A Hole is a strange song, by Paul I think, but not bad. She's Leaving Home is more of a classical song than a Rock Song, with mostly strings. Hard to dislike. Mr. Kite is an odd, slow circus song by John. Again, it's impossibly catchy. Within You... is a hypnotic Indian song by George. Paul sped up his voice for When I'm Sixty Four, a 1920's song that, ironically, looks at the future. Lovely Rita is an accoustic/electric rocker. Good Morning is an early (catchy) ska song with blasting horns. Sgt. Pepper (reprise) closes up the concert the same way it opened it(in other words, it the same as the first song). A Day In The Life is a schizofrenic ballad, for lack of a better word. I won't begin do describe this incredible song with it's epic srtings, and fast chorus. At the end, a dog whistle comes on as joke. Anyway BUY THIS ALBUM.

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite By The Beatles!
I only just got into the Beatles this year (I am only 15). I first bought a greatest hits disc, then I went out and bought Abbey Road. I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Sgt. Peppers was my next purchase and I was floored. This CD is brilliant....especially when I think about how it was made over 40 years ago. BUY IT!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is my reason
This album changed my life. If it weren't for this album I'd be trying to make it as a professional soccer player. Believe, I would never have had a shot. Thank God for the Beatles!

5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the greatest album ever!!!
Ignore malcontents who are imposible to make happy,this album was voted the greatest ever by rolling stone magazine,and you know they can't be wrong!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Pepper
"...they use so many instruments that no other artist of their era could think of?..." No one had ever played of a sitar? They were the first to use a symphonic orchestra? The statements made up by people regarding this album are incredible. There are three good songs on this release. At the going download rate of 99 cents per song, I might buy this if it were marked down to $2.97. ... Read more


9. Best of 1980-1990
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One need hear only the first notes of this collection--the Edge's ringing guitar notes ushering in "Pride (In the Name of Love)"-to be taken back to 1984: Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher rule the Western world, the L.A. Olympics is the top sports story, and Ms. Pac-Man reigns at arcades. In rock & roll, there's U2 growing in stature with each new title. Even doubters of the Irish lads have to concede that together they formed the one '80s band with the skill and sense of scale to take over the airwaves and concert stages in a decade of diminished expectations. This 15-song '80s best-of assortment (stick around for the hidden track) spans the decade, reaching back to 1980's "I Will Follow," when Bono and company were peach-fuzzy and earnest as choirboys, and tracking their path through their most glaring misstep, 1988's overblown Rattle and Hum. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars You can't give a "Greatest Hits" CD 5 stars...
I was introduced to U2 with their song, 'With or Without You', so I bought the Joshua Tree. I got "The Best of 1980-1990" for a Christmas present, and of course, it's a great album. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because, of course, this isn't anything new! If you have over five or six U2 CDs, don't buy this! It's common sense. You might as well buy the other albums, because full length albums are better than compilcations. If you know someone who really likes U2's 80s singles, get this as a gift. There's absoultely no reason to buy this if you already have a few U2 CDs.

Other than that, it's a great CD, that takes you through their early days of rage, through their experiments with sounds, and ending with their hard driving America Rock of "Rattle and Hum." There are some things missing here, however, such as 'Gloria,' 'Two Hearts Beat as One,' and 'In God's Country.'

So, overall, if you're a die hard U2 fan, don't buy this. For the rest of you, get this if you'd like U2's hits without getting all their albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars A solid, although uneven, collection...
Although one could argue that this isn't a "Best Of" as much as it is a "Most Well Known" collection of U2's eighties work, as a fan, I couldn't help but pick it up if only for the remastered tracks and remade version of "Sweetest Thing", originally the b-side to "Where the Streets Have No Name" (if you can still find the version of this compilation with the b-side disc, it's definitely worth the inflated price). Most of their earlier work is neglected...Boy has one track present, October has none (sacrilege!), and War has two. I can understand the lack of their lesser known singles like "Fire" and "A Celebration," but the absence of "11 O'Clock Tick Tock," "Gloria," and "Two Hearts Beat As One" is downright blasphemous.

"The Unforgettable Fire" is well-represented, with not only the definitive U2 anthem "Pride" ringing in the album, but the title track and the live favorite "Bad," which is the only track on the collection that was not released as a single. The three obvious picks off "The Joshua Tree" are here as well, but are somewhat more skippable in this setting.

The track list is rather good, if you excuse that the four Rattle and Hum selections (and as much as I adore "Angel of Harlem" and "When Love Comes To Town," they're a bit unnecessary here) that were just thrown on the end of the disc. The entire section from "Bad" to "Sweetest Thing" works surprisingly well.

It's not a bad place to start if you're new to the band, although you may as well just pick up "The Joshua Tree" and "Achtung Baby," which are far more rewarding experiences. There is only one new track (the live versions of "Bad" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" that the Edge once said would make it didn't), so it's a little light, and the edited versions of "New Year's Day" and "Bad" are just plain annoying, but the track order makes it very listenable regardless.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 15 year search completed!
Ok, I'm not a rock fan and I definitely don't like that goth, misogynist stuff that rock is ruined with. Then I heard "With or Without You" some 15 years ago while scanning the radio dial and was captured. The lyrics and that guitar haunted me forever and crept up on me when I least expected it - was it Slash or was it Clapton, you see I knew nothing.

It was only after years of listening to classic rock radio that I became somewhat skilled at figuring it out for myself (no thanks to those radio jocks who NEVER tell you the names of the songs they play).

My first rock purchase was this CD and yes I am a green rocker but this compilation, for me, has it all - powerful lyrics and haunting riffs. I've worn out two of them already. Now with online help - website playlists, discographies and MP3s - I'm on my way!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
How did 'Sort of Homecoming' and 'Two Hearts Beat As One' (among others) get left off of this? Disappointing...

2-0 out of 5 stars Purposeless compilation of played-out FM radio fodder
The beginning drum cracks of "Sunday Bloody Sunday"... the sight of Bono walking down Las Vegas' Main Street with that ridiculous hat... the white flag at Red Rocks... how much longer do citizens of this great nation have to be tortured with such images (and their associated sounds) so that we can pad these guys' bank accounts? Enough of karaoke-era U2.

Give me "A Celebration", in its entirety, on CD, for good, RIGHT NOW.

I mean it.

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10. Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits
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Compare this to John Mellencamp's previous hits set, The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988, and it quickly becomes apparent how much the artist formerly known as Cougar has grown in the second phase of his career. Following a 1994 heart attack, the songwriter transformed from cocky jukebox hero to compassionate everyman, trading in big pop riffs for sublime, politically charged songs that echo the outspoken work of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. Spanning 25 years, this 35-track set incorporates most of the last collection alongside more recent hits over two discs in non-chronological order. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


11. The Very Best of Sheryl Crow
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4-0 out of 5 stars Different song selection
Hello friends-
Im writing from Panama City, Panama in Central America. I have always been a fan of Sheryl, since All I wanna do came out. I've followed her every move, every change. Right now, i have in my hands her very first best of collection, wao how quick time goes by. I love this new collection of her best work, but my version is different from the one that is in stores in USA. This is the track listing of my version
1. All i wanna do
2. Soak up the sun
3. My favorite mistake
4. The fisrt cut is the deepest
5. Everyday is like a winding road
6. Leaving Las Vegas
7. Strong enough
8. Light in your eyes
9. If it makes you happy
10. Run, baby run
11. Picture (with Kid Rock)
12. C'mon, C'mon (feat.The Coors)
13. A change would do you good
14. Home
15. There goes the neighborhood
16. I shall believe

If i could make any changes i would include Safe and Sound (which for me is her best track ever)and her cover version of the guns and roses song Sweet child of mine-
Or to be a little more greedy i would have included a second disc full of unreleased material, remixes and acoustic versions, and colaborations of her best material. This is not too much asking......is it?????
Lots of love

Alex

5-0 out of 5 stars My review of The Best of Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow is probably one of the most talented songwriters and musicians out today. This CD really showcases her versatility as both. She sings about cutting loose and having fun on the songs Soak Up The Sun and All I Want to Do. They are very good tunes to dance to. I loved the hit duet Picture with Kid Rock. His voice and Sheryl Crow's voice sound great together. Sheryl Crow is so good singing about the pain and difficulty of trying to get over failed relationships. Her vocal delivery on the songs Strong Enough and The Difficult Kind are very moving. The First Cut is the Deepest sounds better than the original version by Cat Stevens.

I loved Sheryl Crow's songs about adventure and escape. Steve McQueen is a great rock song about rebellion and fast cars. I have always liked her choices of song titles too. I love the song title If It Makes You Happy and Every Day Is A Winding Road, because they always sounded interesting and somewhat philosophical to me. This CD is a wonderful collection and retrospective of Sheryl Crow's musical career. I enjoyed it very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly the Very Best
I bought this CD a few days ago and I absoutely love it. I like many of her songs but my absolute favorites are 'My Favorite Mistake' & 'Light In Your Eyes'. I'm a fan of music with meaningful lyrics and Sheryl's CD has very indepth lyrics, so it you are into groovin beats and music to make you move she has a few tracks that will do that for you....but if that's all you're looking for this is not for you. Absoutely the best I'm very pleased with my choice and I highly recommend this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a "Strong Enough" collection.
It's amazing how popular "Sheryl Crow" and this collection are, but I guess she's just one of those musicians that appeal to everyone. This of course is missing a few favorite tracks, like "Anything But Down", "C'mon C'mon", and her cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine", but otherwise this is loaded with hits. All the biggies are here, like "All I Wanna Do", "Every Day Is A Winding Road", "My Favorite Mistake", and "Soak Up The Sun". Plus, "The First Cut Is The Deepest" and "Light In Your Eyes" both became really popular, and I actually like the song with "Kid Rock" too. Overall it's a great collection, and it sounds just as good as this Missouri girl still looks.

2-0 out of 5 stars BORING
Like Sheryl Crow. I suppose I like the stuff not on the radio more than what is played on the radio. Feel like I wasted my money. ... Read more


12. The Joshua Tree
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Having nearly exhausted their capacity for pop-song politics on War and The Unforgettable Fire, U2 turned toward themes of personal identity and complex relationships on The Joshua Tree. Not that the group was willing to come down off the barricades entirely: "Mothers of the Disappeared" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" turned a jaundiced eye toward Central America and the United States' role there. But the predominant mood here is one of self-discovery and the hunger for something more on tracks like the pulsating "Where the Streets Have No Name" and the gospel-ish "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." The album's masterstroke, however, is "With or Without You," a nasty love song dressed up as an ode of devotion and care. It ranks with the Police's "Every Breath You Take" as the most misread smash hit of the '80s. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars U2's Joshua Tree is essential listening!
In 1987, a Rolling Stone reviewer called this album, "unforgettable" and certainly if it is not just that, it comes damn close. U2's "Joshua Tree" is a modern rock classic.

That said, it is a bit difficult to put a finger on what makes this album so spectacular because it is not groundbreaking, it didn't introduce a new sound to the masses, and it was done by a band that was already getting some notice for its previous works, War, October, and Boy, respectively. Likewise, from such a definition, there seems nothing atypical or notable about this recording that would make it stand out from the rest.

The reason this album is spectacular is because it is so cohesive, honest, and beautiful. The album yielded four singles that blew up on album-oriented rock radio ("Where the Streets Have No Name", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "With or Without You", and "In God's Country") but in truth, this was not a singles album at all. U2 got it right on this one, and wrote eleven spectacular songs that flow easily from one track to another, and are all pristine and notable in their own right. Specifically, "Bullet the Blue Sky" features a soaring 55 second guitar solo courtesy of the Edge, "Running to Stand Still" features some plaintive Bono crooning, and final track, "Mothers of the Disappeared" is simple, subtle, and beautiful.

Spiritual, uplifting, dark, introspective, and honest all at once, U2's "Joshua Tree" is in many ways the group's swan song, the album that brought their music and politics to the masses to stay for good. It is an unquestionably a modern rock classic, and an album that belongs in everyone's music collection.

3-0 out of 5 stars It Has Grown On Me
A while back I had written a scathing review on this CD as at the time, I really found many of these songs to be overplayed and the instrumental stylings to be quite bland. At that point, I thought of U2 as the most overratted band on the plannet.

After listening to the entire CD a few times, I admit that my initial assessment was way off. Some of the less commercial tracks on this CD are quite touching most notably One Tree Hill, Running To Stand Still, and Red Hill Mining Town. The harmonies on the chorus on the later piece are the highlight of the album.

Then of course, there is the intense soloing by the Edge on Bullet In The Blue Sky and the eerie mood on Exit. Bono's vocals are pretty cool on these tracks as well. I even admire the fine crafting of the hit singles With or Without You and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

U2's political somewhat angry tone is not always totally pleasing to me over the course of an album on a relgular basis. However, I can certainly appreciate the beauty within many of their songs and would recommend this and Achtung Baby as two prime U2 recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic
"The Joshua Tree was the album U2 HAD to make, the only one they COULD make"

Those are the words of Eamon Dunphy, author of "Unforgettable Fire - The Definitive Biography of U2", on U2's process of making a new record in 1986 and early 1987. That might sound like an over-dramatization for a rock record, but once you've heard the record, that thought goes out the window. This record, U2's exploration of America, is one of the quintessential rock records ever recorded. It is, varying with opinion, U2's masterpiece of masterpieces. Since this album was recorded back when it was still 'ok' to talk about records in the context of 'sides', I will say that every song on the first 'side' of this record is a classic. 'Where The Streets Have No Name' with an intro that ranks with the best of all time, 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' with a theme of longing that anyone can relate to, 'With Or Without You'(my favorite U2 track), one of the most popular breakup songs ever, 'Bullet The Blue Sky' with its hypnotic talk/chant at the end at Edge's furious and passionate solos, and 'Running To Stand Still' with its atmosphere of deep pain being held in. The second 'side' was comprised of lesser-known but no less mesmerizing songs: 'Red Hill Mining Town', 'In God's Country', 'Trip Through Your Wires', 'One Tree Hill', which was written for roadie Greg Carroll, who died in a motercycle wreck running an errand for U2, the dark and moody 'Exit', and the mournful and haunting ballad closer, 'Mothers Of The Disappeared'.

This record catapaulted U2 in a realm of superstardom seldom seen by any band. They were not expecting it and they were taken by surprise a bit. I own this record on vinyl, cassette, and CD, and I even have the 'Classic Albums' DVD for it. This album has that quality about it, that sets it apart from from all other albums that don't pocess it. What quality is that? This was the first U2 record I ever heard, and I remember listening to it for the first time at age 13, and thinking to myself, before the album was even half over, 'hey, whoa, this band is one of the best ever'. That's the quality. Just like when you listen to 'Revolver' or 'Abbey Road' or any record of that quality, before it is even finished, you know the band is one of the best ever. I was completely blown away. It is a draining experience, one that will leave you exhausted when the album reaches its conclusion.

Spiritually, emotionally, lyrically, musically, commercially, U2 reached their peak with this record, and it was a peak they would remain on for a while to come, starting with the "Joshua Tree Tour", their biggest tour to date at the time. And not only did U2 reach their peak, but it is also important to note that on this record, Bono reached his peak as a singer. For U2's whole career up to this point, he had progressively improved as a singer with each outing. On this record he made the leap from being a very good rock singer to being one of the great rock singers of all time. I submit he is still the best, most emotional, most evocative rock singer of his time.

And though that tour would eventually lead to U2 being sick and tired of their current form, and to the brink of a breakdown, that was still a good two and a half years away. At this point U2 were excited to be as popular and relevant as they would ever be, which, incidentally gave them the leverage to pull stunts like the now legendary liquor-shop-roof-quasi-show during which the 'Where The Streets Have No Name' video was shot. U2 had arrived.

4-0 out of 5 stars Their Last Irish Album
My four-star rating for U2's "The Joshua Tree" is indicative not of my opinion for the whole album but of five songs in particular. While most of the tracks on this album are good, there are five particular songs that are outstanding. They are: 1) "Where the Streets Have No Name", 2) "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", 3) "With or Without You", 4) "Bullet the Blue Sky", and 5) "In God's Country". These comprise one of the best pentuplets of songs ever recorded on one album.

"The Joshua Tree" was the last Irish U2 album. On their next offering, "Rattle and Hum", U2 embraced the bluesier American sound that they have exhibited ever since. "The Joshua Tree" offers the sound that U2 had before making it big in America. This album is about as far as U2 could have gone with their old sound also.

There are of course the many political songs that U2 is famous for on this recording but which they (thankfully) have not recorded much of since. They are at their best however when dealing with common everyday emotions. Bono is better at being a rocking politico than he is at being a political rocker.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic!
U2's 1987 Masterpiece is simply that. Great songs written and performed with real passion and talent. U2 are one-of-a-kind! If you don't have this or haven't heard it before, do yourself a huge favor before it's too late because any music fan won't want to miss this great band and incredible album. One of the few bands that can make an entire album of good songs rather than a few hit singles. A must own for every U2/music fan! ... Read more


13. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
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He's sold millions of albums, filled arenas, and hobnobbed with George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison, but Tom Petty's driving heartland rock has often been taken for granted by the same critics who hail John Mellencamp as a genius. Greatest Hits is an airtight argument for Petty's own greatness.Starting with "American Girl," the rollicking, Byrds-inspired single from Petty's first album in 1976, this compilation presents a chronological overview of the guitarist-vocalist's career with and without the Heartbreakers, also chronically underrated as one of today's best bands. Every one of the 16 older tracks is a well-crafted gem, full of solid guitar hooks ("Here Comes My Girl"), arresting images ("Don't Come Around Here No More") and simple but poetic lyrics ("The Waiting").

Petty isn't an innovator; he's a talented craftsman with impeccable taste and a strong sense of rock history, internalizing influences ranging from the Beatles' psychedelic masterpiece, Revolver, to the best of '70s punk. (It's interesting to remember that early efforts such as "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That" first won Petty attention as a New Wave artist). With his Dylanesque vocals and chiming 12-string guitars, Petty is more often linked these days with the sounds of the '60s. But recent tunes such as "Learning to Fly" and "Into the Great Wide Open" are as smart, relevant and (dare I say) alternative as anything in MTV's Buzz Bin. --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest of the Greatest
Including songs from his 1976 self titled debut album up until "Into the Great Wide Open" from 1991, Tom Petty's "Greatest Hits" is probably the best hits compilation ever collected. I'm personally not even a huge fan of the 'best of' album, usually preferring to hear the songs on the album release in its entire original format, but I can't conceive of a better set of guitar driven rock than this one right here. Petty incorporates aspects of classic rock, southern rock, punk, and sixties psychadelia into his songs, and his influence and collaboration with such legends as George Harrison and Bob Dylan is obvious in his sound.

You just know a set of songs is gonna be good when the absolute worst track on the disc is a sharp cover of Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air". Every single song on this hits collection is actually an honest to god hit (I know, surprise surprise), and a quick glance at the song list only confirms this. Even those who already have a bountiful Petty collection will find a gem here, because one of the best Tom Petty songs, "Mary Jane's Last Dance", is unavailable on any other album. All told, this is a greatest hits album that lives up to the name, and can be either a phenomenal introduction to the work of Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers), or an excellent supplement to an existing collection. They are an underrated band with an excellent body of work that has only grown since the release of this compilation.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll Get Lucky Babe,When You Find THIS!
It's hard to believe that for as long as Tom Petty(and the Heartbreakers),have been around,this is their FIRST greatest hits package!(Seems like a lot of bands get one after 3 albums!)But,thats beside the point. This is a rare occaision where all the songs are indeed great! Its not the classic studio package of 5 Hits plus a handful of B-sides and odd songs the studio fobs off on you.This works as a brilliant retrospective of Tom Petty's body of work.(Up to the year this was released.). Included as bonus tracks,two new(for 1993),songs: "Mary Jane's Last Dance",and a brilliant cover of Thuderclap Newman's "Something In The Air". If you are someone who used to just buy Tom Petty's singles,or have only seen his MTV videos...this is THE collection to have! The die hard fans,have 98% of this C.D.,but the new tracks,plus the cream of the crop,make it worth having around!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1976-1993
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits pulls together 18 great tracks from one of rock's most legendary yet still underrated groups, covering Petty's career from 1976 up through 1993. Of course, Petty has released several classic albums since this GH CD was released, but this album provides fans unfamiliar with the consistency and strength of Petty's early years the chance to see that something good did indeed emerge from the musical doldrums of the 1970s. Petty's whiffs and raw, throaty vocals were a proverbial breath of fresh air during the days of disco. At the time, the music was characterized as new wave, if you can imagine that, but the heart of Petty's music has always been in America's heartland; while he has successfully incorporated a number of musical stylings over the years, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers remain the embodiment of classic rock 'n' roll.

The band's 1976 self-titled debut album barely made a ripple in America until the band found success in the UK - then, America took notice of the first single Breakdown and the rock classic American Girl. You're Gonna Get It was released in 1978 and supplies the tracks Listen To Her Heart and I Need to Know. Much greater success was waiting in 1979 when Damn the Torpedoes saw the light of day, and this GH collection features four unforgettable tracks from that breakthrough album: Refugee, Don't Do Me Like That, Even the Losers, and Here Comes My Girl. It's hard to believe Refugee maxed out at number 15 in the US charts, as the song was all over the airwaves at the time. These four songs reflect the growth and maturation of Petty & the Heartbreakers as they truly began to establish a rock 'n' roll legacy. The group's next two albums, Hard Promises (1981) and Long After Dark (1982) saw only moderate success and are represented here by only two tracks: The Waiting and You Got Lucky, respectively.

Three years of work paid off when Southern Accents was released in 1985. It's a great album, even though only one track from the album appears on this GH collection. Don't Come Around Here No More is especially memorable for its twisted Alice in Wonderland video- it's one of the most famous music videos of all time. Full Moon Fever (1989) made Petty a legend with hits such as I Won't Back Down (featuring fellow Wilbury George Harrison), Runnin' Down a Dream, and Free Fallin'. Into the Great Wide Open (1991) kept the ball rolling with hits such as the title track and Learning to Fly.

This Greatest Hits album concludes with two brand new songs. Mary Jane's Last Dance (and its accompanying video featuring Kim Basinger) was a big hit, while Something In the Air is a great song obviously influenced by Petty's recent collaborations with Jeff Lynne and George Harrison in the guise of the Traveling Wilburys. I'm a little disappointed that nothing from 1987's Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) is included in this collection; I've never understood the album's lack of success as it features some great tunes including Jammin' Me, which was co-written by Bob Dylan.

There are more inclusive Petty collections out there these days, but if you want the heart and soul of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on one CD, the 18 tracks on Greatest Hits will serve you quite well indeed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Time for a REMASTER---and a few EXTRAS
This is a good Hits CD---BUT---it is 11 years old. So I'm asking for this album (if the music company cares), to be remastered with a few important EXTRAS ( for FANS ). These songs would be:"Change of heart, Stop Draggin my heart around,and Make it better(forget about me)". The last song missed badly from this hits CD as well as the 2-disc "Anthology". I herd in an interview of Tom Petty saying there is talk of a HITS #2 in the works (thank goodness). This suggestion and EXTRAS on this "GREATEST HITS" album would be really GREAT with the new "GR. HITS-2". So LISTEN-UP. From A FAN.My only complaint about this album is the NEW LAST SONG. It really is short and meaningless----DOESN'T BELONG on the album. But a CLASSIC HIT ( mentioned above does).

5-0 out of 5 stars NO FILLER, ALL CLASSIC CUTS FROM 70's 80's and 90's
LOVE THIS CD! NEARLY EVERY SONG HAS BEEN RELEASED AS A SINGLE OR HAS BEEN PLAYED ON THE RADIO, THAT TELLS YOU HOW GOOD IT IS ... Read more


14. Get Born
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4-0 out of 5 stars Rock has returned!
Highlights:

Are You Gonna be my Girl? (sounds similar to Iggy Pop's Lust for Life)
Rollover DJ
Cold Hard Bitch
Get Me Out of Here
Get What You Need (sound familar to any Rolling Stones' fans?)

Jet, part of the old-school rock revival (along with the Vines, the Darkness and others), has crafted an excellent album in Get Born. It has good guitar riffs, an excellent mixing job, and a good balance between hard rocking songs and soft, gentle ballads. Get Born draws influences from many sources, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, and Iggy Pop. The end result is an album that is both a refreshing break from the nu-metal/pop-punk heavy rock scene of today and a tribute of sorts to the rock bands of the '60s and '70s. I would highly recommend, if you are a fan of old school rock or just rock music in general, that you should pick up a copy of Get Born.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jet Is Here!!
Perhaps it is unfair to simply label Jet as a garage rock band. After all, this album holds a lot more variety than say, The White Stripes' Elephant does, or either of the The Strokes' albums. But unlike the Stripes, who manage to make great blues based rock and roll despite having a trained monkey on drums, Jet just sounds like 15 bad cover bands rolled all into one gigantic crappy supergroup.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl is the song that is currently garnering radio airplay, not to mention all sorts of critical acclaim. Call me crazy, but I liked this song better when it was called Lust For Life and Iggy Pop was singing it. Is this what is passing as "quality rock" right now? There's nothing better out there than this? Or are people just that eager to eat whatever radio craps out as "the next big thing?" Cause I'll tell you, Are You Gonna Be My Girl is only the beginning of the suckage and unoriginality to be found on this disc.

The only thing that is bearable on this entire album is Rollover D.J., which while as derivative as the rest of the album, at least has a big fun chorus attached to it, and some nice jangly guitar rhythms. Alas, other than this, its all downhill.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jet-Get Born
I've read a lot of reviews that say the songs are just like old songs from old bands. And well, they are, but aparently those old songs were popular and this just proves they still are. It's a formula and Jet is just following it, and it works. What is bad is when artists try to remake a song that was popular and now it sounds bad, don't mess with the classics. I like the fast songs best,and the slow songs aren't bad. I don't listen to them because someone told me they were cool. I listen because I like it, and that's it. I had to colorize the cover art on mine though. The black and whiteness just begged to be filled in. Don't bash people cause they like a certain type of music and you don't. Anybody can listen to whatever they want.

2-0 out of 5 stars If this is creative then the world is becoming a sad place-
I will give the jets a compliment- There music is pretty catchy and the instrumentals are very decent, if not well put together. The vocals are not all that good, they can sing better than me- not that that is saying much. I would have rated the band 3 stars, if they had better lyrics that were more original, creative and deep. I mean- Are you gonna be my girl and Rollover D.J, come on guys don't you have anything better to sing about? Well the one thing that I despise of is that when you listen to The Jets for a long time it starts to disgust you how sexist they are! Some of the comments they make really makes me lose respect for them."Well it's a 123 take my hand and come with me.Is it cause you look so fine that i really wanna make you mine?I said you look so fine that I really want to make you mine." That just sounds really offensive, is he talking about a prostitute? Very disrespectful to women in my opinion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unfair Jet bashing
Unfortunately Jet have become the new band to bash in certain circles for no good reason other than the fact that they are successful. It's gotten to the point where I've been asked if I was a Jet fan and my integrity as a music fan was at stake based on my answer. It's alright to not like a band but the endless bagging of Jet i've witness is ridiculous.

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In the three years between this album and its epic-scaled predecessor, The Last Broadcast, Manchester trio Doves were obviously doing something more artistically rewarding than mere touring. It's not that their sense of ambitious scale has waned. It's that it has been refocused inward here toward personal matters and the state of their Northern UK homeland. The title track and thumping, soul-inflected single "Black and White Town" state as much early on. But much more than Doves' subject matter has evolved as well. The album's sonically intriguing mix of influences fuse singer Jimi Goodwin's unabashed hook jones with bottom-heavy club rhythms and the restless, expansive instincts of multi-instrumentalist twins Andy and Jez Williams. Then, all is channeled through the fuzzy aura of too many youthful 3am's at Manchester's famed Hacienda nightspot.

The gorgeous moodiness of "Snowden" and string-drenched, mouth-harp seasoned "The Storm" show how far the band has evolved from its early Sub Sub incarnation/Manchester heritage, even as the bigger-than-life "Walk in Fire" shows just how deep those roots go. It's a magnificent record, one whose sense of scale belies its innate efficiency, and arguably Doves' most wholly satisfying to date. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more


16. The Essential Bruce Springsteen
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Vastly expanding 1995's single disc Greatest Hits, The Essential Bruce Springsteen easily surpasses the earlier best-of set by serving up all its true essentials and tossing in less appreciated treats and a full disc of rarities. Disc one spans the first decade of Springsteen's recording career, serving up at least two tracks each from the six albums that laid the groundwork for his '80s burst into superstardom. Disc two picks up with his mainstream breakthrough, 1984's Born in the U.S.A., and carries on through 2002's The Rising, tossing in live recordings of "American Skin" and "Land of Hope and Dreams" for good measure. The selections and sequencing surpass those made on Greatest Hits, though there's not too much in the way of surprises, other than that it appears that Born in the U.S.A. hasn't aged all that well for the Boss; here, he selects only three songs from the hit-laden smash, one fewer than is found on the skimpy Greatest Hits. Disc three is where the fun really starts for all but neophytes. The live "Held Up Without a Gun" is as gutsy a one minute and 20 seconds as Springsteen as one could ask for, and the likes of "Trapped," "Countin' on a Miracle," and a cover of "Viva Las Vegas" rank with his signature songs. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One man's coffee...
In any body of work there are obvious high points, says Bruce Springsteen in his foreword to the "Essential" booklet. The rest depends on who's doing the listening. You know..."one man's coffe is another man's tea, one man's whiskey..."

No doubt Springsteen has had a hard time choosing these thirty songs, and his choices won't please everybody. Why "Tunnel Of Love" is chosen to represent the album of the same name instead of the much better "Tougher Than The Rest" is a mystery, as is the omission of "Waiting On A Sunny Day", "You Can Look (but you better not touch)", and the criminally underrated rocker "Sherry Darling". The nine-minute live rendition of the good-but-not-great "Land Of Hope And Dreams" could certainly have been sacrificed in favour of one or two better songs.

If you're a casual fan, and just want one Springsteen disc in your collection, "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" is a fine choice, since it manages to include most of the highlights from his twelve studio albums.
So should you get this one rather than the single-disc "Greatest Hits"? Well, depending on what it is you are looking for, "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" is a better career summary in the sense that it is much more comprehensive, and also includes songs from his first two albums. But if you just want the radio hits, "Greatest Hits" is probably more your thing.

The "free" rarities disc includes some great songs, some good ones, and some utterly forgettable ones as well, particularly "Missing" and "Lift Me Up". But I was certainly happy to see that the glorious three-chord rocker "From Small Things (big things one day come)" finally available in an official Springsteen version, and the acoustic rockabilly of "The Big Payback" and the live "Trapped" and "Held Up Without A Gun" are very nice as well.

Hard core Springsteen fans will want this collection for the rarities disc, and newcomers and casual admirers will find "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" to be a comprehensive, if not exhaustive, career overview. The sound is excellent (some remastering and revision has been done by former Bryan Adams and AC/DC-associate Bob Ludwig), and even though the omission of "Waiting On A Sunny Day" and "Tougher Than The Rest" really bugs me, almost all of the thirty songs on the first two discs are excellent examples of the talent and versatility of Bruce Springsteen.
And the fact that only a few songs from "The River" and "Born In The USA" are included means that you can get those two as well without too many overlaps :o)

4-0 out of 5 stars One man's coffee....
In any body of work there are obvious high points, says Bruce Springsteen in his foreword to the "Essential" booklet. The rest depends on who's doing the listening. You know..."one man's coffe is another man's tea..."

No doubt Springsteen has had a hard time choosing these thirty songs, and his choices won't please everybody. Why "Tunnel Of Love" is chosen to represent the album of the same name instead of the much better "Tougher Than The Rest" is a mystery, as is the omission of "Waiting On A Sunny Day", "You Can Look (but you better not touch)", and the criminally underrated rocker "Sherry Darling". The nine-minute live rendition of the good-but-not-great "Land Of Hope And Dreams" could certainly have been sacrificed in favour of a couple of better songs.

If you're a casual fan, and just want one Springsteen disc in your collection, "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" is a fine choice, since it manages to include most of the highlights from his twelve studio albums.
So should you get this one rather than the single-disc "Greatest Hits"? Well, depending on what it is you are looking for, "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" is a much better career summary in the sense that it is much more comprehensive, and also includes songs from his first two albums. But if you just want the radio hits, "Greatest Hits" is probably more your thing.

The "free" rarities disc includes some great songs, some good ones, and some utterly forgettable ones as well, particularly "Missing" and "Lift Me Up". But I was certainly happy to see that the glorious three-chord rocker "From Small Things (big things one day come)" finally available in an official Bruce Springsteen version, and the mean, punchy little rockabilly tune "The Big Payback", the grand rocker "None But The Brave", and the live "Trapped" and "Held Up Without A Gun" are very nice as well. (The tune of "None But The Brave" is at times very similar to "I Wanna Marry You", a song from "The River", which may be why it was cut from "Born In The USA", the album for which it was recorded.)

Hard core Springsteen fans will want this collection for the rarities disc, and newcomers and casual admirers will find "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" to be a comprehensive, if not truly exhaustive, career overview.
The sound is excellent (some remastering and revision has been done by former Bryan Adams and AC/DC-associate Bob Ludwig), and even though the omission of "Waiting On A Sunny Day" and "Tougher Than The Rest" really bugs me, almost all of the thirty songs on the first two discs are excellent examples of the talent and versatility of Bruce Springsteen.
The booklet is nice, too, by the way, featuring the lyrics to every song, including the ones on the bonus disc.
4 1/2 stars.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware!!! Corporate Sellout!
I'll have to admit that I don't know much about Bruce Springsteen. So when I saw this for sale at Walmart, I put the "Essential Linda Ronstadt" down that i was going to buy my mom for mother's day and grabbed this for myself instead. From the first track I was loving it! I thought this man is truly a talent and couldn't wait to see how he had matured as a songwriter by the third disc. Sadly I didn't get that far, and by the second half of disc one I realized that "The Boss" had done like so many other....he sold out! Just like Pink Floyd had done with "Dark Side Of The Moon," Springcan'tsing was making generic bottom-line-only music. Its sad to think what he could have been.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Compilation Yet.
This compilation is first rate. It includes much of the essential Bruce. In the past, many of the offerings were far from being as thorough as this one. I picked it up for less than twenty dollars which is pretty amazing when you consider how much is included. A "can't go wrong" selection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great set for the unbruced or for the fanatic
After reading all the comments by hardcore fans complaining about what should or shouldn't be on this set I have one thing to say to them: The first 2 CD's are not for you! Everbody has their own favorite Bruce songs. Pull out your couple dozen Springsteen cd's and burn your own 2,3 or 5 cd best-of set. This set is for the person who doesn't have all the albums and wants a simple 2 cd's of Bruce's best. Yes, it will have to contain Glory Days, Dancing In The Dark and Hungry Heart. Not my idea of his best work but these songs sell cd's. If you like some of the more serious songs on here go out and get Born To Run, The Wild The Innocent and Tunnel of Love and be truly inspired. And for the longtime listener who owns everything - Bruce has kindly included a bonus cd of great unreleased songs. So you have to pay $21 to get it? Not a big deal. You used to pay more for a bootleg not that many years ago. And you can give the first 2 cd's to your kids to teach them about good music. ... Read more


17. U2 - The Best of 1990-2000
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U2's second decade often seemed as preoccupied with the band's burgeoning superstardom--and how to confront/confound it--as it did with creating music. The band managed only four albums during the era (only half of its '80s output), projects whose gestations seemed perennially plagued by turmoil as much as mercurial creative instincts. But as this anthology chronicles, U2 ultimately managed a considerable feat: producing a memorable, lasting body of work in a decade where one of pop music's chief attributes was its disposability. The disc mixes hits like "Mysterious Ways" and "One" with seductive soundtrack cuts (the title track to Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World, Batman Forever's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"), new mixes of "Discotheque," "Staring at the Sun," and "Numb," and a pair of strong new tracks, the Orbit mix of "Electrical Storm" and "The Hands that Built America," the title track from Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars All They Couldn't Leave Behind
U2's 1990s "Best Of" album is a rather strange collection. The band recorded only four studio albums during that time, all of which ardent U2 fans most likely already own. So this disc is for casual fans who want only the highlights, right? Well, not exactly. 1991's "Ach-tung Baby" gets the most conventional treatment--the four selections from it ("Even Better than the Real Thing," "Mysterious Ways," "One" and "Until the End of the World") are all the original versions. Likewise, the band's most recent studio album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" is grossly underepresnted with only two selections ("Beautiful Day" and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of") that are also original versions.

It is the rest of the material where things really get strange. The three songs from the album "Pop" are all remixes, probably in acknowledgement that it was U2's least successful album. Likewise, the "Zooropa" cut "Numb" gets a similar realtering, but one that serves it very well. Otherwise that album is also underrepresented. Of the non-studio album tracks, "The Hands That Built America" from the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack is a ho-hum ballad (like the movie), while the two other new songs included add little to the band's legacy. The CD booklet, however, is quite cool--lots of photographs of the band looking pretty slick for a bunch of forty-somethings.

Overall, "The Best of...1990-2000" contains a lot of outstanding music, but is nevertheless a terribly confused anthology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic songs and awesome new ones!
Well, I've read a few reviews on this album, and all have been either ok or negative. However I personally believe that these are some of U2's best songs ever. They're a bit more electronic than the ones on the previous Best Of album, but that's the normal course of evolution for this band. Plus, it includes hits from the 2 best U2 albums ever, Achtung Baby and All That You Can't Leave Behind. The new songs are VERY good, especially "Electrical Storm". William Orbit is a genius and it's great that he added his ethereal sound to this track. Other great additions are "Miss Sarajevo" featuring Luciano Pavarotti and "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" from the Batman Forever soundtrack. While it's a great album, I think it'll suffer from the I-like-their-earlier-stuff-better syndrome, which is a popular opinion for second greatest hits albums. Look at Madonna's GHV2, another fabulous album that has been ignored for this same reason. I own both U2 Best Of albums plus quite a few of their studio albums. Maybe it's because in 1990 I was 13, but I actually like this newer stuff better...

4-0 out of 5 stars The best
Its very hard for me to be critical of anything U2 does because they are just an amazing band! I've been totally into them for over 20 years and my collection is humungus. Having read some of the reviews posted here, I can however understand where they are coming from. I have always believed that 'greatest hits' and 'bests of's' are always aimed at a mass audience and not entirely focused on dedicated fans - fans should already have all the tracks anyway!

This compliation, for U2 hardcore fans, is a little dissapointing. I thought the first best of was ok but lacked an obvious structure. Would it not have been better to start from the very beginning and include all the rare original tracks - Boy/Girl, Another Day and Celebration (I cant believe this was not included - also, I wish they had taken that awful Xylophone (spell?) out of I Will Follow). Maybe all this will come together in the future when a Beatles-like Anthology comes out. It is just obviously aimed at the mass audience who wont buy U2 albums but like the odd song.

The Best of 1990-2000 has a little something extra that the first didnt. The remixes of the songs was a bonus for all U2 fans - if you prefer the originals then simply play the album versions. What happened on Mysterious Ways though? There is a slight change in lyrics from the original single, yet there is no mention on the sleeve.

I am trying to be as objective as I can here which is not easy. Everything they do is superb and cant be knocked. I will only try to comment on things I find a little negative (not easy for me to do).

I was never a big fan of Even Better Than The Real thing and only gave that song its due respect when I heard it live.

Electrical Storm is a must because its not on an album - the other mix on the flip side is better. It does seem to follow the usual U2 template that they seem to be sticking to more than ever though (Edge could have really gone to town on a lead at the end but seemed to hold back).


Gone - yes, the album version is better and yes I will only play the album version. This version seems an after thought from developing it live but its far better live.

The Hands That Built America - This could have been done better and lacks what it promises in the beginning.

Staring At The Sun - I would have prefered this song if it hadn't been done by U2!!! It so un-U2. What are those lyrics??? Still, it has a feeling and the feeling is good. Its a cracker live.

Numb - This is one of the few U2 songs I dont like at all. Why is it here?

I would like to have heard a remix of The Fly. Granted, the original is murky. If they could have redone it as they did on the Boston concert DVD I would have been happy - now if I want The Fly, I play Boston!

Thats the negative comments out of the way.

My advice, like most of the other reviewers is - if you are into U2 buy the albums. If you are just passing by, buy the compilations.

4-0 out of 5 stars I too like U2 :)
While admittedly not a diehard fan of U2, I remember checking out my sister's U2 cds as a teen and I liked some of the songs. This is a good compilation of what I feel is their better more talented era, although I love "Sunday Bloody Sunday" from the other "best of" U2 cd.

David Rehak
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1-0 out of 5 stars Clearly, not a "best of"
The second U2 "best of" was a waste of time. The first one, "The best of 1980-1990" was a pretty good compilation, but quite short ( 65 minutes, U2 could have added 2 extra songs like Gloria, Out Of Control or MLK ). This time, this compilation is 50% horrible.
The hands that built America is so boring, one of the worst U2 songs, without a doubt. All the remixes are so bad !!!!. This is overall a big, big mistake. This is not the best of. I remember once participating in a U2 poll, in which they asked to the fans the best song from each album, before this "best of". One of those songs was "Please"... so where is this song ??? why U2 didn't include it ??. I don't know why U2 keep putting "Until The end Of The World" as one of their best songs. "The Fly" or "Who's Gonna Ride..." were real songs for a "Best Of".
This would be my "Best of 1990-2000"

1- Even Better Than The Real Thing
2- Mysterious Ways
3- Beautiful Day
4- Electrical Storm
5- One
6- Miss Sarajevo ( COMPLETE )
7- Stay ( faraway so close )
8- Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Off
9- Lemon
10- Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
11- The Fly
12- Discotheque ( ORIGINAL )
13- Hold me, Thrill me, Kiss me, Kill me
14- Staring At The Sun ( ORIGINAL )
15- Please ( single )
16- If God Will Send His Angels ( single ) ... Read more


18. Live at 25
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Huey Lewis and his clan of good-time San Francisco-based pop-rockers had a long run of scaling the charts in the '80s and '90s with unforgettable radio hits. Fusing '60s R&B, U.K. bar band vigor, and classic rock 'n' roll, their spirited sound netted a pair of #1 albums anda slew of signature songs. A quarter century after they formed, they're still going strong, and many of their biggest tracks get the band's always crowd-pleasing send-up on this cookin' live album recorded in concert on their Northern California home turf in December 2004. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I'm not happy to be stuck with this...
I'm not ashamed to admit that like most children of the '80s, Huey Lewis was an important part of my life's soundtrack and every time he, Sean, Bill and Johnny (it's not The News without Chris Hayes and Mario Cipollina and I'll never deal with it!) and their backing band put out a new CD, I'm on it like an Ethiopian on a Big Mac (another '80s reference), and when I saw that they were FINALLY putting out a live album, I thought, "FANTASTIC!"

Then I played it.

I hoped Huey threw on some unlisted bonus tracks (i.e. the DVD bonus songs) as it's hard to imagine a live CD without "Walkin' on a Thin Line," "Jacob's Ladder," "Couple Days Off," maybe some of the covers off Four Chords like "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" or INSERT SONG FROM BACK CATALOGUE HERE, AS LONG AS IT ISN'T "STUCK WITH YOU"!This should have been as well-endowed songwise as Huey is, allegedly.Why this wasn't a double CD, I guess they figured lack of interest.They are a people's band, though, right up there with NRBQ and The Saw Doctors, and despite there being a slightly reasonable amount of decent tracks on it for a single disc, it's hard not to feel like you got the fries, but the server forgot your burger.

All I want is a couple more tracks!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Here For A Good Time
So, what have Huey Lewis & the News been up to since their heyday - the days of their back to back monster albums Sports & Fore? (Sports & Fore! produced many of the band's most recognizable hits, including "Heart & Soul", "The Heart of Rock & Roll", "I Want A New Drug", "Stuck With You", "Jacob's Ladder", and "Hip To Be Square", among others.)

Huey & company have continued to produce quality music based in the great traditions of American rock and R & B, releasing fine albums like "Hard At Play", "Four Chords & Several Years Ago", and most recently, "Plan B". The News has shifted their style over the years away from great rock with a great hook to great R & B with a great hook. And that shift, along with the passing of time, has pushed the band away from the mainstream, appealing primarily now to a large core of die hards.

Huey Lewis has said for years that he has always wanted to release a live concert album, and for the first time today, he and the band have come through with a live CD spanning songs from their 25 year career.

The CD is stuffed with 16 tracks and the set list won't surprise the die-hard NewsHeads. The tracks are a well-chosen sample of the News' albums through the years. Following the band's live performances since 1983, one can tell there are certain songs that Huey likes, despite the fact that they are not commercially popular. Huey included a track from their self-titled debut and three songs from "Plan B", which were never heard by most listeners on commercial radio. And the songs that didn't make the cut include "Stuck With You", Huey's biggest hit ever (3 weeks at number 1) and "Jacob's Ladder", another top 5 smash. Like he has said in concert, so many hits, so little time...

The disc really captures the pacing and energy of a typical Huey Lewis show. Light on banter with the crowd, he begins with "The Heart of Rock & Roll", and starts to unwind a bit when introducing Johnny Colla's sax solo mid-song. And he really loosens up toward the end of the underappreciated soulful second song, "So Little Kindness", extending the end of the song well beyond the recorded version, begging, pleading for just a little kindness. At this point, he and the band are hitting their groove and the night is still very young.

After a smooth and soulful "Thank You #19", Huey & the boys kick into a traditional highlight, the guitar-driven "I Want A New Drug". In recent years, Huey has taken to jamming a shorter version of "Drug" and rolling into "Small World", which features some snappy riffs from the News Brothers horn section and nice keyboard work by Sean Hopper. It definitely works here.


A by-the-books version of "If This Is It" makes way for a rocking "Power of Love", featuring Stef Burns on guitar. A deftly reworked version of their first big hit, "Do You Believe In Love", is a pleasure and could hit the Adult Contemporary charts today if recorded in studio.

After the traditional accapella break, the band hits the accelerator and doesn't look back. The crowd-pleasing segment kicks off with a News classic, "Heart And Soul", jumps to the foot-stomping "But It's Alright", and spins into the slightly reworked crowd-pleaser "(Too) Hip To Be Square". Huey & the News don't let up here, kicking into their out-of-the-box classic from "Plan B", "We're Not Here For A Long Time", and finishing the hand-clapping set with a long-overlooked staple, "Back In Time". To finish the disc, Huey ends with one of his greatest sing-a-longs, "Doing It All For My Baby".

Throughout the show, Huey's voice retained it's patented gravelly quality, rough around the edges, for sure, but hasn't it always been that way? The band was tight as ever, the crowd was cheering and dancing, and a great American rock and roll band was captured doing what they do best. This is what they call "feel good" music. My only regret was that the disc had to end at 16 songs. So many hits, so little time, indeed...

5-0 out of 5 stars So many hits, so little time . . .
Boom-boom boom-boom boom-boom boom-boom . . . and there you are, in the heart of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Huey Lewis has always been an upbeat force, but live is a separate dimension. Buy this record, crank it up, and experience the News in a whole new and always catchy way.

Good call on the "Drug/Small World" mix and a special edition of "Do You Believe In Love." And, really, is there any better closer than "Back In Time"? I don't think so. The band is in its usual snappy groove, and Mr. Lewis belts and purrs his sonic trademark straight into your soul. Yes, Huey, we're still with you.

Rilke wrote, "Music is closer to us, then; it streams toward us; we stand in its way, but then it goes right through us. It is almost like a higher air, we draw it into the lungs of spirit and it gives us a greater blood in the secret circulation." Breathe this record in, and curry favor by buying an extra copy for someone you like.

Geoff Cronin
Boston
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19. Under the Table & Dreaming
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With popcorn acoustic guitars, trampoline fiddles, bumper-car bass lines, and caramel-coated sax, the Dave Matthews Band's major-label debut is like an evening at the fair. "The Best of What's Around" and "What Would You Say" swirl like the amusement-park ride on the album's cover, sweeping the exhilarated and lightheaded listener higher as the ride spins faster. "Satellite" glides breezily like the prettiest horse on the carousel, "Ants Marching" runs around hitting the bell with the sledgehammer and winning the largest stuffed animals at the target-range booths, and "Lover Lay Down" is the quietest moment on the disc--like the sun setting on a baby's sleeping, snow-cone-stained face collapsed on her daddy's shoulder. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Beginning
One word can sum up DMB's major label debut album: TREMENDOUS. This is an album fusing the saxaphone, the violin, flute, harmonica's, and everything else that has created the atmosphere for dreamscape picture-perfect songs. With the exploration into the superior skills on the acoustic guitar Dave Matthews himself possesses, and the skill from Carter Beauford, Leroi Moore, Stefan Lessard, and of course Boyd Tinsley you cannot go wrong, bottom line. Lucky for all us Dave fans, this was just the beginning of an ever-unfolding journey of an ever-masterful band. (Why did I wait this long to write this???)

Just buy this CD! Stop wasting your time reading this, and expierence something out of this world...

Best Of What's Around - (10/10) This song could possibly be the all-time greatest opener in the history of music. An amazingly upbeat feel good song. With incredible meaning behind it. The end with Dave's famous scat-singing is the best part...listen and you will see.

What Would You Say - (10/10) AMAZING! A very popular radio hit, (even today) and a great live DMB song. John Popper flies away on the harmonica(Blues Traveller) which just adds ot the incredible breakdown. It's just so good...

Satellite - (10/10) One of the best songs DMB has ever written. The opening riff says it all. Extremly meldoic, with great lyrics. I love this song. The chorus is amazing...enough said.

Rhyme & Reason - (8/10) A very powerful song, and fun to see live. Just a classic DMB song, with alot of rythm. I like this song a lot, but not one of their best.

Typical Situation - (11/10) WOW! One fo their best...ever! This songs just blows me away every time I listen to it. It seems to get better and better everytime I hear it. "Live At Luther College" first dragged me into its mind blowing lyrics and melodies. I LOVE THIS SONG!!!

Dancing Nancies - (10/10) It's Dancing Nancies, come on now, one of the best songs they've ever written. "Could I have been anyone other than me?" Still to this day I will argue Dave Matthews is the greatest living poet. The title speaks for itself, if you've never heard this song, listen to it, and then listen to it again.

Ants Marching - (10/10) Their biggest hit ever, and deservedly so. This is the epitome of DMB. This is the song they want to be remembered by. It is absolutely crazy to see this song live. The energy of the band, and the crowd feeding off one another is priceless. I love everything this songs says, I love this song period.

Lover Lay Down - (9/10)A very soft song, with great meaning. Often over-rated, but I really think this is a great song, excellent musicianship.

Jimi Thing - (10/10) AMAZING! Incredibly exciting, incredibly invigorating. Not enough can be said about how brilliant this song really is. Listen and you will undersatnd, trust me.

Warehouse - (11/10) Ok...ok...now we have a good song. I mean all DMB songs are amazing (really, I love all sorts of music, and DMB always just seem to blow me away) but this song really does it for me. One of their best hands down. Right when you're getting into the dazzling guitar build Dave Matthews creates for us, it switches, and puzzles even the greatest of critics. It's an incredble song, please just listen to it, you won't be sorry.

Pay For What You Get - (8/10) A great song, however I never really go into this song as much as I would have liked to. It's just one of those songs, I like alot, but not enough, maybe it'll grow on me. It seems like the greatest bands, have strange tendencies to do that.

#34 - (9/10) A beautiful, beautiful instrumental. A very different way to conclude an album, (with an instrumental) and it takes alot of guts, especially on a major label debut. I love this song, and I realy don't think it gets the kind of credit it deserves.

In case you haven't realized I really, really love DMB. I've been known to be an extremly tough critic, and I still love these guys, which speaks volumes (if you know me). They simply amaze me time and time again, I just can't express that enough. Just check this album out, if you don't like it, you don't like it. But don't worry, because you will. Just give it a few listens. It will undoubtedtly catch you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Debut!
I have always been a casual fan of Dave Matthews' music, but I didn't purchase this CD(which was my first DMB CD) until about a month ago. I was very impressed! I had only heard a couple songs off this album previously, but after listening to the whole CD, I liked most all of them. Out of the 12 songs, 10 of them are REALLY good. The only 2 I don't care for are Lover Lay Down and Pay For What You Get. These 2 sound like filler to me, but the CD still gets a 5 star rating because of how good the other songs are. Some of the best of the best on here are Best Of What's Around, What Would You Say, Satellite, Jimi Thing(my favorite), Ants Marching, #34, and Warehouse. #34 is such a beautiful song, and it is the perfect song to listen to before you go to bed or when you wake up. Although I think "Before These Crowded Streets" is DMB's best CD, this is a VERY close 2nd. Actually, if you are just getting into DMB, buy this CD first and listen to it before you get BTCS(I would skip "Crash", it is a disappointment). This CD is a more "fun" album than BTCS, but it is not quite as good. Still I highly recommend this CD for any music fan, you will enjoy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars like totally cool
This is the worst band in the history of music and just as expected they come with the worst fans in the history of the world! Frat boys and girls in white hats driving around in SUVs while drinking Starbucks while listening to "Under The Table & Dreaming" sounds like a stereotype but its the truth! Sadly this band is even more predictable than their damn fans.

Please for the love of humanity stop hazing the rest of humanity by blaring this crap wherever you go. This band is horrible, has no talent and re-writes the same song 100 times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Sooo good
Well I'd like to first start by saying this is my first DMB album. I had difficulty choosing between this album and crash, but there both excellent choices, you can't go wrong. Anyway, this is an amazing. Every song is hypnotic and and just puts you in a trance you don't want to get of. My personal favorites are jimi thing, dancing nancies, and rhyme and reason. Trust me and everyone else who reviewed this album correctly, it's worth it.

2-0 out of 5 stars I don't understand what all the hype is about
Below average. I give this album two stars just for Ants Marching and Satellite, and I'm being kind. Other than that all of the tunes on this CD are completely forgettable, almost tuneless, and, truthfully, I will probably trade this CD back in to get something worthwhile. I purchased this after consulting a friend who is a huge DMB fan. I never listened to their music, but I was curious about them because they have such a huge following. So, I dove in: I asked my DMB friend which album to buy. He suggested "any" because "they're all so good." I tried this one, their first, and now, along with a few other reviewers on Amazon, I, too, am puzzled over all the hype surrounding this band. I can only chalk it up to the same sort of mindless adulation surrounding the likes of Brittney Spears. It certainly has nothing to do with how DMB writes songs, because those are mostly irritating or forgettable, musically and lyrically. I spoke with another friend about DMB about this album, and about them in general, and we just sort of shook heads together. "I don't get it," we both said at the same time. My friend said: "It's female music." I nodded. That's what this is. It is concert music to bring your date to so she can get in the mood and swoon. That's all this is, nothing more. ... Read more


20. Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
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Experience Hendrix brings together the major singles with a stack of majestic album tracks and the career-defining live Woodstock version of "The Star Spangled Banner" on a fat 20-tracker. While best used as a sampler to direct new listeners to the immortal Are You Experienced, Electric Ladyland, and so on, the CD (which supplants the short-lived Ultimate Experience collection) does hang together as a listen. Its blend of Hendrix the rocker and Hendrix the underrated soul man is suggestive, painting a picture of a multifaceted genius and transcending its plainly mercenary origins. In the end, its effect--like that of all Hendrix's best records--is to remind us of a Jimi very, very much alive. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Experience Hendrix in all his glory....
My good friend Aaron first got me started on Jimi with this album, and I quickly borrowed it from him, wanting my own copy. Now, while this package is missing a few essentials, it is not at all bad (I think it's impossible for one to include everything necessary in a greatest hits set, boxsets included).

Now, of course you have Purple Haze, Fire, and Foxey Lady, and then you have a trip; If 6 Was 9. My personal favorite track would have to be Voodoo Child (Slight Return), but no doubt you have your own favorite.

Some of the (not-so popular?) songs such as Little Wing, Castles Made Of Sand, and Bold As Love are all awesome, and you even have a little treat with Star Spangled Banner, which also is featured on Live @ Woodstock, but it is still awesome, and remains a classic to this day.

I'd have to say that if you are just getting into Hendrix, you should get this, or Are You Experienced?, or, if you don't have enough cash for those, Smash Hits contains enough classics to suffice, but you should go with this.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction to Jimi.
I'm not really crazy about compiliations. Although some are definitely better than most--Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1963-1971, The Who Ultimate Collection, and Beatles 1 are all pretty good--there's always something missing if you don't purchase the original albums.

And Experience Hendrix is no exception. Where are classics like Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, Like A Rolling Stone, Voodoo Chile, and Machine Gun? Hendrix's short career has a lot of hidden gems that won't be featured in a comprehensive overlook.

However, for a compilation intended to introduce fans to the guitar mastery of Hendrix you can't go wrong. All of the selected material is strong, and I like how they put material from First Rays Of The New Rising Sun on here. The rest of it are mostly popular radio tunes, which does not make them inferior in the least. This is Jimi we're talking about. Few guitarists could approach him in any era.

This will get your foot in the door. Once you become a fan, you will want to seek out Electric Ladyland and Are You Experienced? to supplant this album. You might also want to check out Jimi's live recordings as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Rock.
This album definitly has a lot of great material, and will appeal to any Jimi Hendrix fan and most other people as well. Although some may argue about which song should or should not have been placed on this disk, it doesn't really matter, because almost everything Jimi played was good anyway. Please disregard "seawasp" if you are considering buying this album. He either has extremely poor taste in music or has never listened to the CD and just writes reviews for fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Starting point
Jimi is THE MAN. I bought it 3 years ago and my life was never the same again. also buy LENNY KRAVITZ GREATEST HITS

5-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation!
This CD basically singlehandedly changed my views on what great music truly is. It was the first "album" of Jimi's I bought and have since gotten 30+ more. He is my favorite artist of all time.

I already wrote a review for the CD, giving it only three stars, but I decided to give it a solid five. The reason being a greatest hits compilation of any artist could never, ever be perfect. You take what you can get. And this CD just so happens to feature most of Jimi's best songs. Some might disgrace Jimi by calling the tunes on this album "nothing but Jimi's pop songs." Some might even call you a fool for starting here (just check out a few of these reviews), but it's how I got my foot in the door. I don't regret purchasing it at all.

Glaring omissions? You betcha. Machine Gun. Like A Rolling Stone. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp. Are You Experienced. Third Stone From The Sun. Hear My Train A Comin'. My Friend. The list is endless. But, as I said, greatest hits albums are never perfect, especially in Jimi's case.

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