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The Best Of Rick Springfield

March 23, 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 22, 1999
  • Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 1:00:50
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  • ASIN: B00136Q4V4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,697 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Let me tell you something about Rick Springfield: His music sounds much better than I remember it. Back in 1983, I agreed to go with my sister to see Rick in concert at the Blossom Music Center in Richfield, Ohio. And there may have been other members of the male species attending, too. But not many. That was definitely a woman's night out.
But years later, as I listen to this collection, I am amazed at how well crafted Rick's pop rock really was. The songs are definitely aimed at the teenage market: "Jessie's Girl," "I've Done Everything for You," and "What Kind of Fool am I" deal with teenage love and heartbreak with emotional clarity and classic pop tunefulness. After I played this CD once, I was singing "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," and "What Kind of Fool am I" for weeks. Especially the latter song.
If you liked the catchier music of the early 1980's, then you couldn't go wrong picking this CD up.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on February 28, 2000
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If you are looking for the best of Rick Springfield, search no further. With the exception of the 1978 song, Bruce, everything popular from Rick Springfield is included on this disc. If you want individual cds, start with Working Class Dog or Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet--you can't go wrong with either. If you want Rick's early material prior to 1981, you might try finding the Australian import that has all of his early work AND his post-1981 work (except Karma). THAT's a greatest hits! To be honest, most of Rick's cds are middle of the road. I have Tao, Rock of Life and Karma, and none of them match Working Class Dog, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet or Living in Oz. Stay away from the Hard to Hold soundtrack. So, his greatest hits is the perfect disc to have for those who aren't staunch Springfield fans.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jdmyers716@webtv.net on June 24, 1999
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In an era of sampling and remakes, it is refreshing to hear this collection of Rick Springfield hits. This CD brings back memories of why pop music of the 80s was and still is fun. Springfield wrote or co-wrote almost all the songs on this collection. "Human Touch," "Love Somebody," "Affair of the Heart," and the timeless "Jessie's Girl" remind us of the 70s and 80s when truly talented musicians cared about lyrics as well as melody. Springfield and Springsteen we need more like you!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on January 3, 2005
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Four things prompted me to get this collection. One, the fact that I'm an 80's music guy. Two, its inclusion in the 13 Going On 30 soundtrack, three, I remember a girl I knew in high school, Stacey Perkins, telling me she was really into Rick Springfield, and four, the release of his latest album, Shock Denial Acceptance Anger. Even though Rick Springfield became lumped in the 1980's hard-rock/pop genre like Canadians Loverboy, he was already a big star in his homeland Australia during the 1970's until his work in General Hospital put his music career on hold. However, with the 80's, he was reinvented and went full throttle with a sound best described as jamming and grinding hard rock with some keyboard meshed within. With his heartthrob looks, he was clearly marketed towards the teen girls back then.

From Working Class Dog, came his best known song, so quintessentially 80s in sound, and so full of yearning with that couplet "I wish that I had Jessie's Girl/Where can I find a woman like that?" The guitars and the synth solos inbetween verses brings things back.

Also from that album is the hard-driving rock/post-punk of the Sammy Hagar-penned "I've Done Everything For You" which has the accusatory "you've done nothing for me" aimed at some girl who's all money and jiving. "Love Is Alright Tonight" which mentions the album's title, has a similar sound.

From Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, comes the Top Ten "Don't Talk To Strangers" whose mid-paced, reflective melodies, and electric piano reminds me of Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby." Notable line: "Love hurts when only one's in love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on April 16, 2006
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I'm sure when most people think of Rick Springfield they think one-hit-wonder. "Jessie's Girl" was indeed one of the best songs of the 80's. Even I wasn't expecting to know much when I got this, yet track after track I kept saying, "I know this song", and usually knew it well. My personal favorites here would have to be "Love Somebody", "I've Done Everything For You", "Don't Talk To Strangers", and the great "Affair Of The Heart". Many others are as good, and the only song here I don't like much is "Celebrate Youth". There's just no hook on that one. Maybe it was just the era, but Rick had the ability to sound new wave on one song, pop on another, and just rock on many. After a listen to this collection, I think it's easy to see he was at least a ten-hit-wonder.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DP on November 6, 2000
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This is the most complete chroncle of Rick Springfield's creative output from the 1980's. It compiles 16 tracks from 6 albums and contains five top ten hits. It is a mix of well crafted pop ballads and rock and roll tunes that propelled the singer to international superstardom.
Rick became a teen idol of sorts in 1981 when he exploded onto the top music scene with his platinum album "Working Class Dog" and his signature hit, the #1 classic "Jessie's Girl," which earned him a grammy award for best hard rock performance male in 1981. Despite the accolades and the chart successes, Rick was pigeonholed as a teeny-bopper hit maker and heartthrob. In his career, he became a slave to style and fashion over substance and in the interim, his talent was unfortunately overlooked.
In actuality, placing his good looks and successful acting career aside, Rick was a fine pop singer and songwriter who wrote some of the most catchy pop tunes of the decade. His homeland of Australia awarded him with one of their many coveted awards as top guitar player in the early 80's. Rick was more than a MTV ready pinup. He was a consummate musician who knew how to rock!
I saw Sammy Hagar interviewed recently who alluded to Rick's fine craftmanship with his guitarwork on the top 10, "I've Done Everything For You." Hagar wrote and performed the track previously and admitted that Rick's version was the better of the two! His guitar work and soaring vocals on "Love Is Alright Tonite" serves as another radio friendly pop ditty that graced the top twenty from his breakout album.
Rick emerged in 1982 with "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet" collection which boasted another success in top 10 "Don't Talk To Strangers.
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