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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Idol
All of Idol's best are represented here from his first EP, Don't Stop, to his last album, Cyberpunk. This collection also contains an acoustic version of Rebel Yell recorded live in December 1993, with Steve Stevens on guitar, playing his heart out. It sounds as if not a day had passed since the original studio recording. Also included is Billy's version of Simple...
Published on March 28, 2001 by B. Baldwin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Compilation for an Artist who Could Barely Fill One
Where Billy Idol's place in rock history will fall is hard to say, but he did have a few memorable songs from the late '80's to the early '90's. This cd basically contains every song from Idol that you would like to own. Flesh for Fantasy, White Wedding, Rebel Yell, Dancing With Myself, Mony Mony and Hot in the City represent all of the classic Idol tracks. However, to...
Published on October 19, 2004 by J. Brittman


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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Idol, March 28, 2001
This review is from: Billy Idol - Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
All of Idol's best are represented here from his first EP, Don't Stop, to his last album, Cyberpunk. This collection also contains an acoustic version of Rebel Yell recorded live in December 1993, with Steve Stevens on guitar, playing his heart out. It sounds as if not a day had passed since the original studio recording. Also included is Billy's version of Simple Minds' 80's Anthem "Don't You Forget About Me" from the move "The Breakfast Club". Again Stevens helms the guitar & the version is very faithful to the original while still distinctly "Idol". The song was written by Keith Forsey, Idol's long-time producer & was originally offered to Billy but was not recorded back in 1984/85, for reasons unknown.
All of the songs have been "24 Bid Digitally Remastered" and sound fabulous. Kudos to Capitol Records for giving this Artist the treatment he deservs. Idol helped define the 80's MTV Generation & is still a powerful force in the industry as his version of "Don't You" will attest. An album of all new material is expected by year's end & if the last track on this album is any indication we have alot to look forward to......This is an essential purchase for any Idol fan/80's Music fan-
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First US Compilation, March 29, 2001
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Although a 1988 Import, "Idol Songs", has been easy to find since its release, this is Billy Idol's first US compilation. All the big hits are here, although the version of "Mony Mony" is NOT the live version that went to #1 (Idol's only #1 single) in 1987 but the studio version from Don't Stop that received just as much airplay as the live version. The live version is on "Idol Songs" as well as a various artists compilation called Rockin 80's Vol. 2 on Madacy. Tacked on to this compilation are a great acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" and a not-quite-as good version of the Simple Minds #1 "Don't You Forget About Me", which was orginally written for Idol. The sound on this CD is superb and they've included up-to-date liner notes, as well. A must for Billy Idol newbies and for die-hards who want to have a career spanning compilation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE CD TO DANCE WITH YOURSELF., November 13, 2006
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You will really enjoy this CD. It has good tunes and great sound quality. I had never purchased a Billy Idol album/CD before, and watching the TV show "Rock Star" with its several Billy Idol selections done by the competitors made me realize how good Billy had been (where did he go?)and how many catchy dance tunes he gave us (thanks Billy). This old gal was dancing with herself in the kitchen and enjoying every minute of it. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Hits Collection From '80s Icon, April 6, 2004
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Matt J. Craven (Everett, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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Most of us know Billy Idol from a few songs, most notably "Rebel Yell," "Dancing With Myself," "White Wedding," "Eyes Without a Face," and his remake of Tommy James and the Shondells' "Mony Mony". All of those hits are included, but so are less-popular but equally great songs such as the haunting "Sweet Sixteen" and the open-road scream of "Don't Need a Gun". The album, which is conveniently in chronological order, wisely does not venture too heavily into Idol's impressive but commercially-ignored album "Cyberpunk," and it only includes one new song--a surprisingly good remake of Simple Minds' "(Don't You) Forget About Me" [useless fun fact: Billy Idol almost sang the original version back in 1985]--but the album is full of hits. That in itself is impressive since most greatest hits albums are nothing but a few stellar singles with some also-rans pasted on for effect, but it's doubly so in Idol's case since a lot of Idol's minor hits are just as good as his bigger ones. If you already own all of Idol's albums, you shouldn't waste your money on an album that only has one new song, but for those just getting into Idol, this is an excellent place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure unadulturated bliss, April 30, 2001
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Back in the '80s I wasn't really into Billy Idol's music. It wasn't until VH1's Behind the Music episode on Billy that made me gave Billy's music a chance. His greatest hits is a solid compilation of all his hits plus a killer cover of Simple Mind's "Don't You [Forget About Me]". The live acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" is just amazing. It rocks out just as much as the studio version. "Rebel Yell" is probably my all-time favorite Billy Idol song. He has a snarl that just cannot be imitated. "Sweet Sixteen" is a awesome ballad while "White Wedding" brings back memories when music videos were actually entertaining. Even "Mony Mony" sounds good on this cd and that isn't one of my favorite songs from Billy. All his songs on this cd doesn't sound dated and actually sounds invigorating in this day and age of teen pop and rap/metal. This is one of the best greatest hits cds I have heard in a long time and usually there are a few tracks that I don't like but on Billy Idol's greatest hits, every track is a real winner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Idol Worthy, September 26, 2004
This review is from: Billy Idol - Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
When the mid-eighties needed a picture perfect rock star to help them keep an edge, the photogenic Billy Idol was exactly what they had in mind. Having slowly drifted from punk rock to pop punk, the Elvis lip curl and spiky hair suddenly transformed Billy from Generation-X footnote to International Stardom. It goes without saying that most of Idol's albums (save for "Rebel Yell") were typically average affairs, what really mattered were the hook laden singles. As soon as Idol and secret weapon super guitarist Steve Stevens figured out that lightning guitar licks and bubblegum catchy songs were their strongest suit, they were unstoppable.

To that end, it's no surprise that Billy's first number one was the dancey remake of Tommy James' "Mony Mony," or that his first Top 40 solo hit, "Hot In The City," owes a considerable debt to the Loving Spoonful's "Summer In The City." Billy was smart enough to match charm with his menace, and that meant "Dancing With Myself" and "White Wedding" were equal parts comic book dangerous to dance floor catchy. Idol and Stevens didn't limit themselves to the dance floor, either. "Rebel Yell" and "Cradle Of Love" kick serious butt, and the neo-balladry of "Flesh For Fantasy" and "Sweet Sixteen" showed a sensible and sensitive side.

This "Greatest Hits" CD pretty much puts everything onto one disc (I prefer the studio version of "Mony Mony," even if the live version was the American hit). The interesting inclusion of "LA Woman" (Billy had a small part in Oliver Stone's "The Doors" movie) and a remake of Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me" are just gravy to the package. The price is right, as well! As a document of 80's hitmakers, "Billy Idol's Greatest Hits" is well above average.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Music, August 30, 2003
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Had this Billy Idol collection come out in 1991 instead of 2001, it probably would have sold a couple of million copies easy, instead of barely nicking the Billboard album chart. From 1981 to 1990, Idol - with his his spiked hair and exaggerated sneer - made punk palatable to the masses via a series of entertaining videos that were featured on MTV. With images ingrained in the viewer's head, the music from these videos subsequently crossed over to radio.
Idol got his professional start in the music business with the punk band Generation X and it is his bopping remake of their "Dancing With Myself" - from his 1981 ep DON'T STOP - that starts off this collection. Also included here from DON'T STOP is his studio rendition of the Tommy James and the Shondells' hit "Mony Mony" (I prefer Idol's livelier, live version that topped the charts - from 1987's otherwise unvital VITAL IDOL - to this enclosed version).
It was with 1982's BILLY IDOL album that Idol emerged as a major video and radio personality with the sassy "Hot In The City," and, especially, the gothic "White Wedding" (the latter is represented by its less satisfying single edit). 1983's REBEL YELL was Idol's most varied album ever as well as his most hit-filled, with the guitar-driven title track, the eerie "Eyes Without A Face," the earnest, pure pop "Catch My Fall," and his most punkish solo recording "Flesh For Fantasy."
1986's WHIPLASH SMILE - Idol's homage to Elvis Presley - gave us the hits "To Be A Lover," "Sweet Sixteen," and "Don't Need A Gun," while 1990's CHARMED LIFE gave us Idol the rocker with scorching takes on the original "Cradle Of Love" and the Doors' "L.A. Woman." 1993's CYBERPUNK was a noisy mess (and Idol's last studio album to date) and its lone representative here "Shock To The System" is the weakest track on this set.
GREATEST HITS concludes with an unnecessary acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" (I'd have rather seen Idol's haunting CHARMED LIFE single "Prodigal Blues" and/or his riproaring theme for the hit film SPEED included here instead) and a faithful remake of the Simple Minds' hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)." "Don't You" was originally intended for Idol back in 1985 when it was included in the BREAKFAST CLUB film and it is easy to see why Simple Minds got the nod after Idol declined, as Idol and Simple Minds' singer Jim Kerr have extremely similar voices (Idol's being a bit higher and raspier). It is great to have Idol finally tackle it himself as the song suits him well.
With GREATEST HITS, we finally got a decent Billy Idol collection here in the US (the British got IDOL SONGS - which was comprised of his first 11 singles - in 1988). These recordings serve as a great reminder of the fun Idol's unique personality brought to MTV and the radio during the '80s and early '90s. They still sound particularly nifty in the car.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD THAT TRULY DESERVES THE TITLE 'VITAL IDOL'!, December 25, 2002
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In a decade where the music scene consisted of more one hit wonders than anything else, was were great artists like Michael Jackson, The Police and Billy Idol made fame. I'm going to say it now that I have never been a huge fan of 80's music. Personally I think it was the decade where the music industry just fell apart. It was no longer about the music only the image and unfortunetly that pop culture philosophy still plagues the music industry today! However one of the few good things that came out of that hideous decade of music was Billy Idol. A punk-rocker in exile from the late 70's now trying to make a commercial impact. Using musical influences from the past and adding them to his punk rock origin Idol managed to create an awesome sound totally his own (with the help of guitarist Steve Stevens of course). The result was shocking and Idol became a dominant musical force in the 80's.
Even to this day the music still stands strong. Which is suprising considering how dated the era is, that this music hailed from. Still this is the type of cd that everyone should have. It's simply a strong collection of songs that are totally enjoyable. The entire cd covers Billy's career from his debt EP 'DON'T STOP' to his last album 1994's CYBERPUNK. Dance rock hits like DANCING WITH MYSELF, MONY MONY and HOT IN THE CITY are still excellent crowd pleasers at dances. Whereas rockers like WHITE WEDDING, CRADLE OF LOVE, TO BE A LOVER and REBEL YELL are defining moments in rock history. Idol also proved he could do more than just 'rock' he could also do some fine love ballads like EYES WITHOUT A FACE, CATCH MY FALL, and SWEET SIXTEEN. FLESH FOR FANTASY is the ultimate cruising tune. Idol even had a small portion of his failed CYBER PUNK album shown here with the amazing rocker SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM. Other tracks like a mildly successful 1986 follow up single DON'T NEED A GUN, a cover of the Doors classic L.A. WOMAN, a live acoustic version of REBEL YELL and a new recording of the 80's classic DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) are nice additions but could have made way for stronger tracks from his self titled 1982 debut ( SHOOTING STARS, COME ON COME ON, HOLE IN THE WALL etc;) and the Rebel Yell album (BLUE HIGHWAY?). These are still great tracks regardless if they pale in comparison to the classics.
Overall Billy Idol's Greatest Hits is an essential recording that no music listener should be without. Even the casual listener should enjoy this collection of rock songs, dance grooves and restful ballads that have made Billy Idol's career so diverse. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jam-packed with delights, April 20, 2001
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The most amazing thing about this collection is the way in which these songs feel rooted to a very specific time and yet do not seem dated. Each of these sixteen songs shows that there was some genuine talent behind the somewhat cartoonish image (an image that to Idol's credit he seems to recognize is a bit cartoonish as well). The harder songs (especially "Flesh For Fantasy") still kick hard while the softer songs (particularly "Sweet Sixteen") remain truly affecting. It's also nice to see some of the less popular (though still very interesting) singles like "Catch My Fall" and "Don't Need A Gun" get their due. Even "Shock To The System" (from the ill-advised Cyberpunk album) holds it own here. Then there is an intriguing cover of "Don't You Forget About Me," the song (written by Idol's long-time producer Keith Forsey) that made Simple Minds a house-hold name back in 1985. While a brand new song written by Idol himself would have been nice, this recording is still welcome, and it's a nifty way for Idol to salute the era in which he found his greatest fame while still showing himself to be a performer whose best days are not entirely behind him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you're after a Billy Idol Compilation....(This is the Best!!!), August 26, 2005
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During the 80's, Billy Idol was a commercial force to be reckoned with, releasing a series of tracks that seemed to fit in perfectly with the New-Wave & Album Rock radio orientated tracks, that seemed to make up a large part of the commercial music charts. Mixing a punk attitude with the catchy hooks of rock, and the accessibility of Pop, he had a series of singles that frequently entered the singles chart in the U.S. (with some small success in the U.K.), and such was his ubiquity, that several tracks made their way onto a fair few American 80's films, and music compilations.

His was a sound that successfully mixed a confident swagger, with the rowdy and brash bravado of his more Punk-rock orientated tracks ("Rebel Yell", "Mony Mony"), alongside more theatrical and stylish New Wave/Pop crossover songs ("Dancing with Myself", "Sweet Sixteen", "Hot in the City"), and always clever enough to remember that at least one anthemic ballad should be included on every album ("White Wedding", "Eyes Without a Face"). And as the record companies have noticed that the new current bands these days, are frequently referencing 80's music in their songs, (or indeed 80's act's rejoining), that the timing is perfect for a compilation that highlights the best tracks from one of the 80's biggest hitters.

Billy Idol's career didn't really revolve around albums, (he wasnt much of a album artist), and instead, was a much more potent force as a singles artist. And it's here that the compilation purely concentrates on, offering a short, sharp & sweet culmination of his career, in a compilation that pretty much includes all the essential singles, that document his career. And Unlike a lot of the other 80's artists that you may have had a fondness for, Billy's music has dated incredibly well. For proof of this, stick on "Hot in the City", "Eyes Without a Face" or "Dancing with myself" to hear a sound that is quite clearly 80's in sound and instrumentation, yet still has that emotional attachment/connection that it had the first time around. Maybe this is due to the fact that some of these singles are still in rotation to some degree, in various forms of media/Music. And so, maybe this means that we never truly got a chance to forget about them??? But what is clear, is that when listened to, they still contain the rebellious nature and appealing blend of pop hooks, punk attitude and rock bluster to hit all the right buttons. And thankfully some care has been taken with the compiling of this compilation, as unless you are a die-hard fan, there isn't really anything noticeably missing here. There is an live acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" on the last half of the album, and although it'll never replace the studio version (also on this disk), shows that Billy could deliver the goods, Live. (although it probably would have worked better, being stuck as the last track on the compilation, rather than second from last). And my only real compliant would be that one of my favourite tracks "Don't you (Forget about me)", is a newly recorded version. Why???.....the original was utterly sublime, and although this new recorded version is still excellent, you can hear that it's ever so slightly more uptempo than the original, and remains slightly inferior to the original version.

But that is a small point, and its surprising, just how well his works stands up, after digging this superb compilation out and listening to it, some 4 years since the last time it heard it. If you (Like me), just want a compilation of all the hits without having to dip into the studio albums, you really should make this the only Billy Idol purchase you'll need. It is arguably the finest of the small amount of compilations that have been released for him, and will completely satisfy anyone, either new to, or looking to revisit his work. highly recommended!!!
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