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Best Of: 20 Years of Rock

PoisonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000EHQ80K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Formed by a group of aspiring rock musicians from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who moved to Los Angeles, California in search of fame, Poison's music reflected its pedigree. Poison's roots, and those of glam metal in general, lay in America's East, and in particular, the sounds and images associated with New York's New York Dolls and KISS, Boston's Aerosmith, Illinois' Cheap Trick and Baltimore's Kix. These influences were transplated to California in the late 1970s, mutated following the release of Van Halen's debut in 1978, and ultimately ignited into a colourful music scene on L.A's Sunset Strip in the 1980s. 20 Years Of Rock features a cover of Grand Funk's 'We're An American Band' and was produced by Don Was and the tracks 'The Last Song and 'Shooting Star' which are not featured on their last greatest hits CD. Capitol. 2006.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Upgrading For The Upgraded Sound Alone! April 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality alone was enough for me to upgrade to this new 2006 digitally remastered compilation. While the 1996 'Greatest Hits' remastering was good for it's time this new 2006 remastering by Evren Goknar is brilliant. (Evren also did a wonderful job on 2005's 'Greatest Hits' release by Pat Benatar). The audio is crisp, clean, and full, capturing the audio advancements in mastering 10 years later. It sounds WONDERFUL. The punchy, heavy, driving sounds of "Unskinny Bop" and "Nothing But A Good Time" (listen to those pounding drums at nearly 3 minutes in!) are only two examples of why this collection is worth owning for the audio enhancements.

Many fans who purchased the 1996 Capitol release, 'Greatest Hits 1986 - 1996', may be hesitant to pick up a new Poison hits compilation. If you don't care much about sound quality, don't bother. However, if you are interested in a stunning audio upgrade with new packaging and extra tracks not featured on the '96 release, I highly recommend this release!

Note: Although does not specify, both "I Want Action" and "I Won't Forget You" are present in their single versions.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is April 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
For the record, I'm a musician who loves a lot of different genres of music, from prewar blues like Robert Johnson and Son House, to the Beatles to 70's punk, etc, etc, and I love this album. Are Poison musical visionaries? Of course not. They never set out to be. But they sound like THEY ACTUALLY ENJOY PLAYING MUSIC. Playing music, first and foremost, should be FUN, and that's something a lot of rock bands have forgotten. They're not the greatest musicians in the world, but these are fun, catchy pop rock tunes played with a lot of passion, and with tongue firmly in cheek.Some of the bad reviews seem to be motivated more by image and the desire to look cool than anything. Forget about the magazines like Spin or Blender, pay no attention to the whiney-ass Pitchfork Media crowd, and just listen to what you enjoy. Music is music, and it's all good.

And for the record, I'm a guitar player, and C.C. DeVille is nowhere NEAR as bad a guitar player as he's made out to be. He's sloppy, yes, and the guitar tone sucks, but his solos were always melodic and memorable, unlike a lot of the million mile an hour shredders of the the 1980's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking right on! August 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I saw them 20 years ago and this Summer took my 17 year old daughter to see them. They freaking rock! This cd is awesome as well! All their gotta see them this Summer. Their show is 100 times better then it was 20 years ago!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poison Still Rocks! August 18, 2006
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Awesome compilation CD! If you saw or plan to see them in concert this summer with Cinderella you will NOT be disappointed! Brett Michaels can put on a show! And CC is an egomaniac (be thankful his solo career song is NOT on this CD!), but he can seriously shred on that guitar! If you liked Poison in the 80's and beyond, you'll love this CD. If you've only recently discovered Poison - you'll love this CD. If you've never heard of Poison (where HAVE you been?) - check this one won't be disappointed!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKIN' !!! November 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
What an awesome compilation.Normally (atleast in my case),if you're trying to watch your spending but want to buy a band's cd you would probably choose a greatest hits cd.This would be a mistake if you're a Poison fan.

No doubt Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-96 was a great cd which included some of their previously unreleased tracks like "Lay Your Body Down" and "Sexual Thing".However with 20 Years of Rock you're getting four songs not featured on Greatest Hits.These are "Rock N' Roll All Night","Last Song","Shooting Star" and the ultimate upgrade "We're an American Band".

The new track is,in true Poison tradition,a fast and loud burst of glam slam adrenaline.The band truly does justice to the Grand Funk classic and in my opinion,made it even better.I admit I'm biast because of my huge fondness for the legendary rocker C.C. DeVille,but I've pretty much listened to this album daily since I got it in April and it's still ROCKIN'!!!

I hope all who purchase this enjoys it as much as I do.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a wasted opportunity April 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986-1996" (1996) is a near perfect career -spanning compilation that will give casual fans everything they could ever want. Why then, the need for a second compilation "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock" (2006) when it features an almost identical track-listing as the first "Greatest Hits"? The answer is because Poison are going on their twentieth anniversary tour and they need an album commemorating the milestone.

Much like the first "Greatest Hits," "20 Years of Rock" will give the causal Poison fan every major hit and concert staple they will ever want. In of itself, "20 Years of Rock" is a fine compilation, but because there already is an album that serves as a definitive greatest hits for causal Poison fans, "20 Years of Rock" is unnecessary and is a wasted opportunity. Instead of releasing a compilation almost identical to the first, Poison should have opted for a double-disc anthology type best-of album, similar to what Motley Crue did with "Red, White, and Crue" (2005) and Van Halen did with "The Best of Both Worlds" (2004). That way, the causal fan just looking for hits could stick with "Greatest Hits" and the more dedicated listener could have opted for the two-disc anthology.

Both Poison's "Greatest Hits" and "Best Of" compilations focus almost exclusively on their first three albums, "Look What the Cat Dragged In," (1986) "Open Up and Say Ahh...," (1988) and "Flesh and Blood" (1990). A definitive two-disc anthology would have allowed Poison to include all their well-known hits, as well as tracks from Poison's later-day albums "Native Tongue", (1993) "Crack a Smile", (2000, belated) "Power to the People" (2000) and "Hollyweird" (2002).
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