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Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (Eco Friendly Packaging) [Enhanced, Extra tracks]

Melissa EtheridgeAudio CD
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What’s the 4th Street Feeling?
“4th Street is in Leavenworth,” says Melissa Etheridge.
That’s her home town in Kansas, pop. 25,000, known mostly for its prison and Army base.
And it’s the place evoked in the title, and title song, of 4th Street Feeling, the 12th studio album of her singular, 25-year recording career.
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  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000ND91RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Refugee
2. Similar Features
3. Like The Way I Do
4. Bring Me Some Water
5. You Can Sleep While I Drive
6. No Souvenirs
7. Ain't It Heavy
8. I'm The Only One
9. Come To My Window
10. If I Wanted To
11. I Want To Come Over
12. Angels Would Fall
13. Lucky
14. Christmas In America
15. Piece Of My Heart (live at the Grammys)
16. This Is Not Goodbye
17. I Run For Life
18. I Need To Wake Up

Editorial Reviews

Already an international musical superstar, Melissa Etheridge's profile was raised to an even higher level in the past year with her courageous battle against breast cancer, an amazing show-stopping performance on the Grammyc Awards and by being honored as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. This special Greatest Hits CD is the first comprehensive collection of songs recorded during Melissa's remarkable musical journey, drawn from the earliest roots of her career to the brand new track 'I Run For Life', just recently recorded. It features 4 newly recorded songs including the current hit single, 'Refugee', a cover of the Tom Petty classic, as well as fan and radio favorites. Island. 2005.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travels Through A Career October 6, 2005
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Melissa Etheridge has always wore her heart on her sleeve. Whether be with her sexuality or her battle with cancer, she has left herself out there for all the world to see. Coming from Kansas, she shares the same meat and potatoes approach to music as fellow Midwestern rockers Bob Seger and John Mellencamp. Her songs have personal lyrics built around arena friendly riffs. Her self-titled debut album still remains her best and the three tracks included her are superb. "Like The Way I Do" is a bluesy rocker that shows Ms. Etheridge's great sense of building tension in a song, "Similar Features" has a slick keyboard riff while "Bring Me Some Water" is her greatest hit and one of the best rock songs from the 80's. The album contains a few new tracks for fans who have all her albums. There is a studio version of "Piece Of My Heart" that is good, but it would have been nice to include her Grammy performance with Joss Stone as that was an uplifting, almost spiritual performance. Her take on Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's "Refugee" is the best of the new tracks.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seventeen songs for seventeen years November 4, 2005
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Picking songs for a "Greatest Hits" album is always tough for veteran performers like Melissa Etheridge, and although these are great choices, there are deserving songs that didn't make the cut. Songs that come to mind are "Your Little Secret", "Breathe", "This Moment" and "Nowhere To Go".

Twelve of the tracks are from seven of her eight albums (with nothing from "Skin" making the list), two are covers, one is a Christmas song and the other two are new material.

The two covers are "Refugee", originally by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart", both very well done.

The Christmas song "Christmas in America" is about celebrating Christmas while loved ones are away at war, and the tearful "This is Not Goodbye" was written while she was undergoing chemo and observing the effect it had on her partner.

The other new song "I Run for Life" was written for Ford's "Race for the Cure" project for breast cancer, and is about surviving, living with cancer, and preparing oneself to face the disease.

This album reflects a history of the life of this great performer, and is highly recommended for all Melissa Etheridge fans.

Amanda Richards, November 5, 2005
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not definitive: Selling Melissa short July 8, 2007
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Melissa Etheridge is, simply stated, one of the most important female artists of the last two decades. She not only made it as a woman rocking on her own terms, she also put her sexuality on the line and then made her personal battle with cancer into a public crusade. These qualities frame her as a person and are important markers of her integrity.

But more importantly, she has made some brilliant music with at least two five star albums. Both the debut and her breakthrough, "Yes I Am," are must-own records. Naturally, they are the two CD's from which the lion's share of "The Road Less Traveled" is culled; six of the 18 songs here. Add the six songs that are previously unreleased, and that leaves only six songs culled from the rest of Melissa's library.

The diference between this and the previous version is the addition of the Oscar winning "I Need To Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth." The CD booklet is gone to make it more environmentaly friendly and the plastic jewel box is replaced by a recycled paper shell with foam tray. While it changes the packaging, it doesn't change the fact that there are too many ommissions here to make it listener friendly.

This presents a problem. It leaves off such terrific popular favorites and singles. "Dance Without Sleeping," "Your Little Secret," "Breathe" and the entire contents of "Skin" wind up being neglected. That is not to say that "The Road Less Traveled" is a poor collection; it's just that it is not as thorough as it could have been.

As for the new material, it's all good stuff. Melissa's covers of Tom Petty's "Refugee" and (finally!) a studio version of Janis Jopin's "Piece Of My Heart" are, alone, worth the price of the disc.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece Of Her Heart, Body, Mind & Soul October 15, 2005
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It seems only fitting that Melissa Etheridge would be releasing her first career retrospective in the month of October. Was it intentional? By music industry standards, the fall season is the time of year to show off all of their biggest stars, and in the world of rock and roll, they don't come much bigger and better than Etheridge. By asking if releasing this album in October was intentional, I'd say yes for two reasons; 1) the aforementioned hot season for big releases and 2) October is breast cancer awareness month, and for those of you who may be living under a rock, Etheridge is a breast cancer survivor, who finished rigorous chemotherapy earlier this year. Her brave performance of Janis Joplin's "Piece Of My Heart" on the Grammy Awards last February will stand out as one of the finest live performances in television history. Melissa, still bald from her final chemo treatment, set the stage on fire and opened the doors for many other women suffering from this dreaded disease, and showed that bald can be beautiful. Why does it always take a celebrity to make us feel good or bad about ourselves? I suppose it's the world we live in today, and pop culture rules. But whether or not Etheridge intended to send a message, she did, and there are millions of women and men waiting in line to thank her.

Melissa Etheridge was born in the heart of the Midwest (Leavenworth, Kansas) on May 29, 1961. About the time Janis Joplin was catching fire, Etheridge was just entering grammar school. After Joplin's untimely death at age 27 in 1970, it wasn't long before Etheridge had contracted Joplin fever. To her, and millions of others, Janis Joplin's music was extremely infectious. Joplin's music hit Melissa in the gut, as well as her heart and soul.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gotta love Melissa!! She enjoys her music and it shows in the energy she puts into it.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia C. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super A+ seller. Album a disappointment.
Published 2 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa writes beautiful music with so much soul
Her music is so soul-searching. She is the best
Published 3 months ago by maura c. nickle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love loved it
I saw her recently perform at the Ridgefield play house in Ct and loved it...bought back some great memories.she rocks and stills has it...u go girl...
Published 4 months ago by Gina Coloni
5.0 out of 5 stars album name says all
The GREATEST HITS & there will be countless more before this force of nature is through.
a GODDESS of courage strength who have inspired countless young women to live there... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ms walker
5.0 out of 5 stars melissa ethridge
Melissa has always sung her heart out. this "greatest hits" cd will be played all the time here. I hope she continues to give us music like she has done in the past.
Published 4 months ago by Kathy M. Flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This DVD is great any Melissa fan would love it
I know I sure did. its a must have = )
Published 5 months ago by Kim mRosell
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Singer
Purchased this CD and must admit I did enjoy most of the songs, some were a bit to slow for me. I did purcahse mostly for one song "I'm the only one". Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jacquelene Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars She's amazing
I love her lyrics, her music...and this CD has so many of, what I think, are her greatest songs! I listen to it all the time.
Published 12 months ago by Amber S. Bartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa Etheridge Greatest Hits
Excellent. Highly recommended to all Etheridge fans. Like having all my favorites on one CD. I'm a big fan of eco-friendly packaging.
Published 12 months ago by L Stephenson
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