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With the flamboyant vocals of Andy Bell and the songs and synths of ex-Depeche Mode/ex-Yaz member Vince Clarke, Erasure was sure to succeed. And that they did, taking synth-pop to the dance floor with the hits Chains of Love; A Little Respect; Stop!; Chorus; Take a Chance on Me , and Always . Those join Oh L'Amour; Freedom; Sometimes , and more indelible Erasure favorites-19 on one disc!

1. Oh L'Amour
2. Sometimes
3. Victim Of Love
4. Ship Of Fools
5. Chains Of Love
6. A Little Respect
7. Stop!
8. Blue Savannah
9. Chorus
10. Love To Hate You
11. Breath Of Life
12. Lay All Your Love On Me
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Voulez Vous
15. Always
16. Stay With Me
17. In My Arms
18. Freedom
19. Solsbury Hill
20. Oh L'Amour - August Mix

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000DD53E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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156 of 167 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Here's a dilemma: one of my favorite bands for the past two decades, one of the most enduring and wonderful electronic pop acts ever, releasing a sub-standard hits compilation. Yes, the music itself deserves 5 stars. But what's up with this release? I don't understand why it has been put together this way.
Since their first singles compilation ("Pop!"), Erasure have released 15 more singles. Why not follow the "Pop!" blueprint and simply release those 15 in chronological order? Why do we need this new "Hits!" disc? Think about it: Erasure's massive popularity has definitely waned in the past 10 years. Who is still buying their releases? Of course, its those of us who are diehard fans. And we should be presented with better product than this.
"Hits!" contains 20 tracks... 12 of which were already included on 1992's "Pop!" Of the past 15 Erasure singles released since "Pop," "Hits" provides six. SIX. How necessary was it to include three of the four "Abba-esque" tracks on this compilation? Some glaring omissions include the remixed "Who Needs Love Like That" (originally available only on the cassette-version of "Pop!"), the radio mix of "Rock Me Gently" (available only on a Czech single), the remixed version of "Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me" (U.S.-only single mix including an entire verse of the song not included on the "Cowboy" album version). And really, do any of us need another version of "Oh L'amour?" Why mess with an 80's synth classic?
The import version of "Hits!" is available with a second CD containing a "megamix" that is equally as frustrating. It contains 18 tracks and also has some missing gems. Why not replace the ballads and mid-tempo tunes (tracks 1 through 4) and replace them with some better remixes?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dogville on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Erasure first released a greatest hits 11 years ago in 1992 titles Pop 20 Hits. Come 2003, their record company releases their second compilation, but fans may be disappointed cos out of the 20 songs, 12 were available already on Pop 20.

The CD covers the hits from 1986 - 1992 comprehensively but misses a great deal of the later work from 1994 - 2003. I Say I Say I Say is represneted by only Always while Run To The Sun and I Love Saturday are glaringly missing. From Erasure, Rock Me Gently is not included. The biggest travesty is the omission of the excellent Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me from Cowboy.

There is a bonus CD of Erasuremegamix of 18 of the songs from Disc 1. Serves good as an icing on the cake but still, could have been better if this second CD is devoted to the 15 singles released after Pop 20. The record honchos should take a cue from Pet Shop Boy's recent anthology. This compilation just doesnt do much justice to the enegetic disposition of the band.
Buy the DVD instaead...it includes all their videos and much more extra footage.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Brady on April 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I know no one who loves Erasure more than I do. I am a die-hard fan, and buy everything they release. But I must say I am very disappointed in this . Having been released back in the fall of 2003 , I still found a "limited edition" of HITS! on the shelves of my local music store. That alone should tell you how their fan base has eroded over the years. It's a shame, really, because to my way of thinking they have released some of their best work in the last 10 or so years. It is miles ahead of their early work, in terms of production and musical quality. It is more mature and often more reflective. But to include most all of the songs found on POP! on this latest disc, at the expense of some of their later, better singles ( often singles that were remixed from their album versions - and THAT is what we Erasure fans want, hard to find things like single remixes, video remixes etc ) is just a travesty. The omissions have already been explained thoroughly in earlier posted reviews here so I won't go into specifics. But suffice to say there is SO MUCH MISSING here. And the "bonus" megamix is LAME. I hate to say so, and I am wondering if Andy and Vince heard it before they gave the go-ahead for its release. Otherwise, I see no point in its inclusion. It sounds like something you would have heard 20 years ago in a roller skating rink. It is just that bad. Sloppy edits, remixes that neither enhance nor serve the original versions... I could go on and on about why I dislike it so much. But I won't. As I said earlier, no one I know loves Erasure like I do. But I can't recommend this to fans new or old. They could have done so much better. I can however highly recommend the DVD companion to this set. Presented in it are videos that have never been on DVD, with great sound quality and a few bonus extras that are truly worth the name "bonus." Pity the CD version can not boast the same.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on June 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you are contemplating a choice between Erasure's "Hits" album and the older "POP!" collection, I'd actually give the nod to "POP!" The new set adds more from the Abba EP and removes several of the songs from "Pop!." The dropped songs included some essential (in my opinion, at least) songs like "Drama" and "Who Needs Love Like That." You lose 8 songs from "POP!" here for 7 alternates plus one unnecessary remix of "Oh L'amour," and this collection has, simply put, a less concise menu of Erasure at their best.

Since Vince and Andy were better at the singles than at the albums anyway, the finest of their singles truly sparkle as gold from the eighties. Given that their later output was lackluster at best (save "Always"), this is a bland primer for a fun band. And Erasure is pretty much a fun sugar-candy duo. With two notable exceptions, the best songs were campy or beat heavy hook records. Only with the environmental lyrics of "Chorus" or the call to arms of "A Little Respect" did the duo ever push towards anything really weighty. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mindless fun is better than no fun at all. But it was the early part of their career where Vince was still innovatively exploring the compositional range of the synthesizer. Which meant that, when he was on, he was brilliant, and Andy almost always found the kind of vocal exuberance to overcome any deficiencies (think "Love To Hate You"). It's also that after the album "Chorus" Erasure began to bog down. So unless you feel that "Always" and a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Solisbury Hill" are worth having over the deletion of eight other, superior Erasure songs, I'd recommend "POP!" over "Hits."
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