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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Perfect World
There are often times where I absolutely wonder why so many acts today like Britney Spears, Usher and Beyonce', seem to be more about the image over the music. It is definitely a sad case. That is why I would rather prefer listening to guilty pleasures of the past, because the music was a bit more organic back in the 80's. One of my favorites of course that still sticks...
Published on May 23, 2006 by Michael Kerner

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3.0 out of 5 stars All songs are edited
Here is the good about the album: The songs are great. The songs selected are very good it has something from every album but the Plan B album. The remastering is good too. I have all the albums and loved them as a kid growing as I do now in my 30's. It's great to have them all together. Also I will say kudos for including Back in Time from the B2theF soundtrack. The...
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All songs are edited, October 6, 2009
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Here is the good about the album: The songs are great. The songs selected are very good it has something from every album but the Plan B album. The remastering is good too. I have all the albums and loved them as a kid growing as I do now in my 30's. It's great to have them all together. Also I will say kudos for including Back in Time from the B2theF soundtrack. The Crusin' song is on there too (edited).

Here is the bad:

The fact that they crammed all 21 of them onto 1 cd stinks. All the solos and great instrumental parts of the songs have been taken out. They should have done 2 discs in order to include the complete songs. I still have the time flies GH from '96. It only has 12 songs as I recall but they are unedited and the complete versions of the songs with solos. So I'll hang onto that. I realize they cd is 80 mins with 21 songs this is great but with the solos gone it's not a great as it could have been.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Perfect World, May 23, 2006
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
There are often times where I absolutely wonder why so many acts today like Britney Spears, Usher and Beyonce', seem to be more about the image over the music. It is definitely a sad case. That is why I would rather prefer listening to guilty pleasures of the past, because the music was a bit more organic back in the 80's. One of my favorites of course that still sticks in my head is Huey Lewis & The News. Since their 80's days, they have been gone but definitely not forgotten within their music and the appeal of a great song. They have also had a mostly good greatest hits record a decade ago with Time Flies in 1996, but that collection could've had more to offer. Now another record might take its place as a really better greatest hits record.

Huey Lewis & The News 2006 Greatest Hits record is a bit more than what the previously hits had to offer. The compilation does really showcase what made this 80's group had definitely delivered, great music and good appeal with pop, soul & R&B. The compilation is restored and remastered very well and includes a lot of the groups biggest 80's hits like I Want A New Drug, Heart And Soul, If This Is It, the #1 Back To The Future Track The Power Of Love, the bluesy Workin' For A Livin'. The album also adds on very well by including tracks surprisingly overlooked from the last greatest hits record like the upbeat Hip To Be Square, Jacob's Ladder and Perfect World. The album also delivers Huey's duet with Gwenyth Paltrow on the Smokey Robinson cover of Crusin'. Although the album overlooks a few minor tracks like Bad Is Bad, the collection is purely definitive.

All in all, there have been very few good records out there right now, but Huey Lewis & The News Greatest Hits is a definite buy for die hard fans of this 80's gem, or for anybody who hasn't heard the original heart of rock and roll. I absolutely suggest this record.

Album Cover: A-

Songs: A-

Price: B+

Remastering: A

Overall: B+
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punchy, Heavy, Crisp Remastering Makes This A 5-Star Release!, May 23, 2006
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Jason W. Bellenger (Byron Center, Michigan, USA) - See all my reviews
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Finally!

Following in the steps of recent `Greatest Hits' offerings by Pat Benatar (2005), J. Geils Band (2006) and Poison (2006), Capitol Records finally issues a more up-to-date hits collection from the guys from San Francisco. After the disappointing 1996 `Best Of' issue many fans were hoping for a more complete single disc retrospective. Finally, it's here!

While this release has it's flaws it is simply the best single disc Huey Lewis & The News offering on the market today. Nearly every track has received a stunning remastering treatment by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering Studios, Hollywood. This guy has done a brilliant job with these recordings! Never have these songs sounded so clear and full! I'm so excited to be able to listen to these songs for the first time in this new upgraded sound. Check out "Hip To Be Square"! This song has never had so much kick! The remastering alone makes this compilation worth owning! It sounds much better than the 1996 hits offering.

On a side note, the liner notes state that only tracks 1-13, 16, 17, & 19-21 were remastered. That means tracks 14 ("It's Alright"), 15 ("Cruisin'"), and 18 ("But It's Alright") were not remastered by Robert. This is fine, considering the "Cruisin'" track is from 2000, not really in need of a remaster. "It's Alright" from 1993 is an a cappella track, so any audio upgrades are probably hard to hear. Nonetheless, "But It's Alright" from 1994 has been upgraded as well. The sound is an obvious improvement over the '94 release.

Capitol was quite generous with this release, including a total of 21 Huey Lewis & The News hits, ranging from their very first Top Ten smash - 1982's "Do You Believe In Love" - to Huey's #1 Adult Contemporary smash from 'Duets' - 2000's "Cruisin" (with Gwyneth Paltrow). I was most excited to see the latter track make an appearance here. The real treat, however, is to finally have a remastered "Back In Time" on CD format. (I have been waiting for this one for a few years now!) The somewhat rare track, which was featured in the movie `Back To The Future' and left off the `96 compilation, makes a much-anticipated appearance here. Additionally, "Jacob's Ladder" - a #1 single in early `87 - gets a spot here. Also, making appearances now are hits such as "Hip To Be Square" (#3 in `86), "Perfect World" (#3 in '88), and "But It's Alright" (#54 in `94) -- all of which were missing from the `96 collection!

The liner notes include recent commentary by Huey Lewis himself, Jimmy Kimmel, and Paul Libaratore. Additionally, Billboard chart positions (Pop, Rock, AC) of the tracks and the albums from which they are pulled are included. Several photos spanning the band, single sleeves, and album covers adorn the recording package.

The problem with the `Time Flies' package is that the label tried shoving 4 new songs on a hits package. It limited the amount of hits that could make the cut. This new 2006 `Greatest Hits' fixes that problem for the most part.

However, this release does have it's faults. Missing tracks from the collection include "Walking On A Thin Line" (#18 in `84), "Give Me The Keys (And I'll Drive You Crazy)" (#47 in `89), "It Hit Me Like A Hammer" (#21 in `91), and "(She's) Some Kind Of Wonderful" (#44 in `94). Also missing are any songs from the band's 1980 self-titled debut and 2000 'Plan B' release. However, only so many songs can fit on a `Greatest Hits' 1-disc set, so I would imagine picking which songs to leave out would have been difficult. The label, for the most part, decided to focus more so on the chart hits, and it works fine for this release.

I considered knocking the compilation down a star for missing two Top 25 hits, but in the end the inclusion of several key tracks (i.e. "Back In Time" and "Cruisin'") and a generous 79 minutes of music make up for what's missing. Top that with the stunning mastering job and it easily replaces the `Time Flies: The Best Of Huey Lewis & The News' disc. Now it would be nice if we could get Capitol to issue a DVD companion - featuring their ENTIRE video history in remastered 5.1 sound - and a remastered reissue of the entire News' catalogue. (A limited edition CD/DVD issue does exist. The DVD, unfortunately, contains only 10 select, random videos from their catalogue!)

Now, from the liner notes, I have provided a complete listing of the single versions featured on this release:

01 The Heart Of Rock & Roll [single edit]
02 I Want A New Drug [single edit]
03 The Power Of Love (from 'Back To The Future') [single edit]
04 Jacob's Ladder [single remix]
05 Stuck With You [single edit]
06 Doing It All For My Baby
07 If This Is It
08 Do You Believe In Love
09 Heart And Soul
10 Back In Time (from 'Back To The Future')
11 Perfect World [single edit]
12 I Know What I Like [single edit]
13 Trouble In Paradise [live in San Francisco, CA, 2/21/85]
14 It's Alright
15 Cruisin' [edit] (Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis)
16 Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do
17 Small World (featuring Stan Getz) [single edit]
18 But It's Alright
19 Hip To Be Square [single edit]
20 Couple Days Off [single edit]
21 Workin' For A Livin'
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...Solid Collection of Hits for the Neophyte Fan, June 1, 2006
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This much needed update of 1996's TIME FLIES... kicks off with "The Heart of Rock & Roll," one of five chart hits from their multi-platinum album SPORTS. [Curiously, "Walking on a Thin Line" didn't get included.] During the Eighties, Huey Lewis & The News were all over the radio and MTV. Their two most successful albums, SPORTS and FORE!, both hit No. 1 and nearly half of their hits on this collection are from those two albums.

How does GREATEST HITS differ from TIME FLIES...? For starters it drops the four tracks that were recorded specifically for TIME FLIES.... Moreover, they add the singles "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do" (from PICTURE THIS), "Hip To Be Square," "Jacob's Ladder" and "I Know What I Like," (all from FORE!), "Perfect World" and "Small World" (both from SMALL WORLD) and "Couple Days Off" (from HARD AT PLAY) along with the duet with Gwyneth Paltrow, "Cruisin'," from the movie "Duets." [The only missing hit--other than "Walking on a Thin Line--is 1991's "It Hit Me Like a Hammer," their final Top 40 hit.] All told, this is a very satisfying and enjoyable collection of hits. The only thing that would have made it better was if it was two discs.

A couple of years ago, Blender magazine placed "The Heart of Rock & Roll" No. 6 on the list of "50 Worst Songs Ever." Methinks the editors at Blender had their collective heads up their $#%@. While Huey Lewis & The News were never critis' darlings, they were popular for a reason--their music was good. Period. [Hardcore fans will want the CD/DVD collection which includes nine videos.] (Running Time - 79:19) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all around package, June 24, 2006
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Purchasing this retrospective on Huey Lewis and The News has been one of the best CD purchases I have made in quite some time. Writing a review for an item like this is simple. It is quite apparent that this project was taken very seriously by all those involved, and the presentation all around is slick and professional.

First, the packaging is exquisite. Featuring liner notes by Lewis himself, a fun trip down memory lane by superfan Jimmy Kimmel (who apparently regularly hosts The News on his talk show), and then a critical analysis by journalist Paul Liberatore, the buyer is afforded a little perspective on the impact of the band over the years...from its lead singer, from a fan and then from a critic's point of view. All three essays show that Huey Lewis and The News effected a lot of people through the years and provided great memories through their music, concerts, and of course, their classic early-era MTV videos.

Secondly, the songs have never sounded better. I owned several vinyl albums by this band back in the 1980s and the remastering job on this CD is excellent...the songs have a great bounce and sound thick coming through the speakers. Moreover, the song selection is near perfect, and superior to their old greatest hits compilation released in the mid-1990s. I rediscovered "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do," one of their earliest singles and a song worthy of the larger audience it receives here. Also very enjoyable was late-era News material, especially the late '80s tunes "Perfect World" and "Small World," and the early '90s hits "But It's Alright," "Couple Days Off" and "It's Alright." My only concern with the song selection was that a couple of my old favorites were omitted (probably due to time constraints), including "Walking on a Thin Line" and 1991's "It Hit Me Like a Hammer." But with iTunes, I simply downloaded those two songs and added them to the album on my iPod.

Another note on the packaging---there are tons of great pictures of the band included...from their MTV days, old album and single covers and more, which makes the listen that much better. The release date and chart position for every song is also included, and it reminded me just how many radio hits this band had in their time.

Once again, this is one of the best purchases I have made in a while. "Greatest Hits" is the perfect summer soundtrack and has allowed me to take a stroll down memory lane, remembering the days when I was kid and listening to this music the first time around. There is another version of this album where the CD is packaged with a bonus DVD featuring the band's music videos, but the VH1 Classic channel has been airing many Huey Lewis and The News videos lately that I didn't feel it necessary to buy. After enjoying this CD as much as I have, I am now regretting not picking it up for posterity.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like Huey Lewis and The News?, July 30, 2010
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Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Crusin is not the "Duets" version, it's shorter!, June 14, 2009
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Juliet A. Yaques (Tallahassee, FL USA) - See all my reviews
Just want to make folks aware that if you are expecting the full "Duets" version of Crusin', don't buy the one on this album. It's a shorter edited version that seems to just fade away in the middle of the song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?, December 7, 2006
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Paula (California, USA) - See all my reviews
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Huey Lewis & The News is a great band. The music is just upbeat and fun. I graduated high school in 1985 and I remember all through the 80s liking these guys whenever I heard them. These guys are just plain cool - clean cut, upbeat, fun, good-looking, and their music is excellent. I just love their style of music and Huey's voice is great. Their later stuff is fine too, but I'm mostly familiar with their 1980s stuff as I was a young adult then. I can't really think of another band with quite the same sound as these guys and they are just great.

I recommend this CD because it is very positive, fun, and upbeat music to listen to. What's not to like?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very complete :-), May 28, 2006
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Little Miss Cutey (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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I've been a fan of Huey Lewis and the News since I was in my teens. They are still such a great band. While I have a few of their cd's, I wanted this one so ALL of my favourite songs of theirs are on one cd.

To me there are heaps of standout songs, but my favourite one by far is If This Is It. I also really love Stuck With You, I Want A New Drug and Hip To Be Square. These guys still have it going on and there are some great jams here. If you are a fan of them already, you'll love this cd; if you don't know a lot of their music, then this is a great place to learn.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Know What I Like, June 19, 2006
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W. Grandy (windsor, nova scotia Canada) - See all my reviews
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Some greatest hits packages open with a big splash - others with a big silence. This believe it or not comes in the latter category. It's a fantastic compilation of hits by Huey Lewis and crew. Horns aplenty and good ol' rock and roll. After 3 weeks it is no. 100 on Billboard charts which is a real shame. Highlights are Bruce Hornsby's 'Stuck On You', 'Power Of Love' 'Heart Of Rock And Roll' and many many more. The only dud for me was 'But It's Alright'. 'Trouble In Paradise' is the only live cut and has unbelievable sax. 'Cruisin' with Gwyneth Paltrow is a surprisingly good cut. 'Its Alright' is totally different and 'Small World' features Stan Getz.

Over 79 minutes of pure entertainment.
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