The Best Of Extreme - An Accidental Collision Of Atoms

February 15, 2000 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Label: A&M
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 A&M Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:07:35
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  • ASIN: B001NYVZY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Karl John Krumrey IV on February 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Extreme was one hell of a band, make no mistake. Gary Cherone (Van Halen III aside) was and still is one of the most talented singers ever to grace a record, Nuno Bettencourt's guitar work rivaled, and at times exceeded that of his idols, Eddie Van Halen and Brian May, Pat Badger was a phenom on bass, doubling Nuno's parts with ease, and Paul Geary... well, I'll leave him alone but their second drummer, Mike Mangini, is simply one of the greatest skin-pounders today.
So why was this band almost completley overlooked, save for two songs (More than Words and Hole Hearted) that barely showcased their real talent? Who knows, the music industry works that way. This CD is a nice introduction to the REAL Extreme, but it's simply not enough, for the casual fan or the dedicated one. There's no new or unreleased material at all, save a much-needed remix of Cupid's Dead, so people who already own the original albums (and most extreme fans already do) have no use for this collection.
As for new fans, they'd be better off buying either Pornograffitti or III Sides for an introduction. Yes, both these albums had mainstream hits that are on this collection, but the fact is Extreme made ALBUMS, not SINGLES. Extreme's songs were designed with an entire concept in mind, as opposed to just one or two hits surrounded by filler. Each album was a completley different work, and this 'Best of' collection is very incoherent, as the original song contexts are lost.
Not to say there isn't a lot of great material on here. These songs are fantastic, because the band was fantastic. But this compilation is unneccesary. If you want a better intro to Extreme, buy either Pornograffitti or III Sides to Every Story, then move on to their remaining two albums.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John S. Harris VINE VOICE on March 2, 2000
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Murphy's 1st Law of Rock and Roll: The best bands with the best records will languish in relative obscurity to the general public. In the case of EXTREME, this "Best of..." compilation only makes us miss them even more. This is a GREAT band that never got the recognition it deserved, save for the brisk sales of their second album, driven by the ballad "More than Words". Ironically, they were dismissed bysome critics as pop-metal balladeers because of that song, which was a grave injustice. This CD is a good introduction to this band for the otherwise uninformed (or misinformed). But to truly appreciate the breadth of the songwriting and performing skills of EXTREME you need to buy the entire catalog of 4 studio CD's. Many of the Van Halen fans who booed at Gary Cherone getting the Lead Singer job were only familiar with Cherone through "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted". But those of us more familiar with his range as a singer ("Get the Funk Out") and songwriter/lyricist saw some potential in his selection. As a live act, the Cherone-led Van Halen was the best live Van Halen concert I've seen/heard in the 12 times I've seen that band, in all its incarnations.
I already own every song on this "Best Of..." disc, so a few bonus unreleased tracks would have been nice. But the song selection on this CD provides a pretty good overview to introduce new fans. This band can rock/funk as good as any band out there, past and present.
And Extreme guitarist god Nuno Bettencourt is married to Suze DeMarchi, former lead singer of the now-defunct Australian band Baby Animals. Check out the two discs by that band, and grab Suze's solo disc "Telelove", which features the songwriting and producing hand of her hubby Nuno. Some if not all of those 3 discs are available through Amazon.com
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This "Best of Extreme" is simply awesome from Hard Rock to some Classical touches here and there. Members of this group Patrick Badger (bass guitar, vocals), Nuno Bettencourt (guitar, piano, keyboards, percussion and vocals), Gary Cherone (lead vocals), Paul Geary (drums, percussion and vocals) and Mike Mancini (drums) were way ahead of their time. A style that is distinctly their own, hard to soft sounds come from this phenomenal rock band.
Some stand outs need to be mentioned - "MORE THAN WORDS" classic tune with great lyrics - "CUPID'S DEAD" non-stop rhythm with a beat - "PLAY WITH ME" with a heads-up classical touch - "HOLE HEARTED" cause' there's a hole in my heart that can only be filled by you!
Music junkies, don't miss the most overlooked band of the '90s. After the first track you will be convinced this is one of the greatest rock bands of the last decade.
Total Time: 67:38 on 13 Tracks/ A&M Records Inc - 069 490 556 2 (2000)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Morrison Lewis on February 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
No single CD can manage to capture all that there is to Extreme, but I am of the opinion that this CD comes about as close as one can possibly expect. Extreme was a phenomenal rock band inspired by great artists such as British rock act Queen. With a style purely their own, they are unafraid to show their soft sides, their hard sides, and a bit of political commentary. Sampling from their four previous albums, the compilation covers some of the best songs in their catalog. Soft favorites such as "More than words" and "Hole Hearted;" Along with harder, fatser songs, such as "Decadence dance," "Play with me," and "Cupid's dead" make this a good starting place for anyone new to the music of Extreme. However, some of their best songs are missing: "Mutha," "There is no God," "Color me blind," And many other great songs are missing. However, this flaw is less aparent on this compilation than most. An Accidental Collision of Atoms will definitely whet your whistle for one of the greatest rock bands of the '90s.
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