57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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 Amazon.com does not specify, both "I Want Action" and "I Won't Forget You" are present in their single versions.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2006
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2006
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 hits....you gotta see them this Summer. Their show is 100 times better then it was 20 years ago!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2006
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 out...you won't be disappointed!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2006
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.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2006
"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).
A lot of Poison's best songs are from their later-day albums, especially "Native Tongue" and "Crack a Smile" (with guitarists Richie Kotzen and Blues Saraceno, respectively) and it's a shame that Poison seem almost hell-bent on ignoring almost half their catalogue by excluding songs from those albums on "20 Years of Rock" and not playing those songs live. Only one song a piece is represented from "Native Tongue," "Power to the People," and "Hollyweird," with nothing from "Crack a Smile" included.
While "20 Years of Rock" is a missed opportunity in terms of being a definitive, career-spanning compilation, it still manages to do its job of giving casual fans all the hits they will want to hear. Although the track-listing from the '96 compilation was slightly better, as it featured cuts from "Crack a Smile" as well as the superb "So Tell Me Why," from "Swallow this Live" (1991). The new songs for "20 Years of Rock," "Rock N' Roll All Nite" (from '87) and "Were an American band" (both covers) are good, but seem like hastily put together obvious choices. The one major advantage of the new "Best Of" over the old "Greatest Hits" is its superior remastering and sound quality.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poison was one of those 'love to hate' bands of the 80's and 90's, racking up one glam rock hit after another, yet seemingly earning no respect with their double platinum. Yet they came from the same LA Street Scene that pulled up Guns and Roses, Ratt, and was essentially ruled by Motley Crue. Heck, the first Poison album, "Look What The Cat Dragged In" was on Indie label Enigma. It's not like they were handed their success, or got put together like the Monkees or something.
But there you have it. It's taken decades for Poison to get the credit they deserve and lately it's because of Brett Michaels having a stroke and/or being one of the hardest working front men in show-biz. When you crack open the Poison "20 Years Of Rock" and listen minus the hubris of the times, these songs have withstood the test of time. Then you look at the stats in the liner notes. From 1987 to 1991, Poison racked up an incredible ten Top 40 singles, 6 of these top ten and "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" hitting number one. Not bad for a bunch of guys with big hair and eyeliner.
At the same time, Poison has a workmanlike charm to the best of their songs. Call it 'blue-collar' or 'working-man' rock, but a party anthem like "Nothing But a Good Time" rates up there with "Rock and Roll All Night" (which they covered for the "Less Than Zero" soundtrack). When they got ambitious ("Something To Believe In"), they were a bit over-stretched, and unfortunately, the more they tried to break the glam-mold, (the album "Native Tongue"), the party hard audience drifted off - and only one song from that album is here. (And none from "Crack a Smile").
I am Ok with that, at their best, Poison were a singles band. They were a posturing, prancing and preening singles band, but why should that make a difference? Most bands would sell their souls to come up with the riff for "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" or "Talk Dirty To Me." It was more about the fun. So when Michaels yelped "CC, pick up that guitar and TALK to me!", you can tell that the party was on the way. 20 years on, it still feels that way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2006
Excellent new compilation! Got the best and the sound remastered is a plus!
This is MUST to have for all fans or 80?s music collector.
- Remaster is fantastic! Great work of sound technician team!
- Adding the Kiss's cover "Rock and roll all nite" is a gift for Fans, cool song and excellent performance of Poison's guys with their unique style.
- The new song "We're American band" is very cool has Poison's touch, fresh, energy and fun, this is the right way to do a cover ( as they did with "your mama doesn't dance" and "Cover of a Rolling Stone"
- some songs could be removed because were already on Poison's Greatest Hits (1996) and "The Best of Blues and Ballads" (2003) - this is another a MUST to have-, about the songs to be removed: "Look what the cat dragged in" and adding "Let it Play", removing "Life goes on" placing "That is the way I liked".
-this CD is ok for North American people, because they will have the chance to see Poison on tour, but where is the value-add for fans in other countries?
Where is a second CD to add Classics songs -the ones not singled out but has Poison's style and mark, B-sides and Unreleased songs to make more attractive this compilation?
The history behind this compilation: last year on several unofficial websites there were rumors about this was going to be a CD Box Set and 3 new songs would be added-WHAT HAPPENED? Poison has the magic about doing the things right and with care thinking on the fans them.
The songs I would add on a second CD are (please somebody at Capitol take note, will be appreciated):
From "Look what the cat dragged in" album
-Want some need some
-#1 bad boy
-Blame on you
These songs has the Poison's mark and unique style
From "Open Up"
-Love on the Rocks
-Tearing down the walls
-Look but can't touch
-Living for the minute --B side
From MTV Acoustic
-"Good love " and "Let it play"- both unreleased, what a plus!
From "Swallow this live": -"No more looking back (Poison Jazz)"- cool song recorded just for fun.
From Native Tongue:
-Ride Child Ride
-When the whip comes down-B side
From Crank a Smile: "Best thing you ever had" and "That that way I like it" both very representative of this great album
From "Power to the People": Can't bring me down
All that list fits easy on a CD for 80 minutes, so there enough free room to add 2 new songs for a total: of 18 songs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2007
I was missing my Poison songs that I remember jamming to when I was in high school. This album brought back floods of memories! Some of their newer stuff isn't too bad either. Great collection of some of their biggest hits. Good purchase...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2007
My fav CD right now. I listen to it on my long commute to and from work. It's the only thing that keeps me sane in the rush hour traffic. This CD is a must for every CD collection.