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The Psychedelic Furs - Greatest Hits

The Psychedelic FursAudio CD
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The Psychedelic Furs have earned tremendous respect from critics and fans alike for their music’s mix of punk rock, poetic lyricism and seductive rhythmic hooks. Fronted by vocalist and chief songwriter, Richard Butler, The Furs built a reputation as one of the most riveting musical forces to come out of the early 80s post-punk, new wave era. The band charted big hits with "Love My ... Read more in Amazon's The Psychedelic Furs Store

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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B000056VJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Most great rock has embraced the influences of the past with a contemporary urgency and seldom an eye on the future. And if Richard Butler and the Psychedelic Furs took critical heat for fusing the pulsing darkness of the Velvet Underground with Iggy Pop edginess and a few mid-'70s U.K. art-rock flourishes (most notably Berlin-period Bowie and Roxy Music), they were only doing what rock artists had already been doing for decades; their chief sin seemed to be doing it in an era when musicians seemed expected to reinvent themselves every six months. This single disc effectively documents the Furs' canon from the droning menace of "Sister Europe" (from their highly recommended debut album) through the original, nonsoundtrack version of "Pretty in Pink," and on to an increasingly pop-influenced body of '80s work ("Love My Way," "Heaven," "The Ghost in You"). Ironically, as they distanced themselves from the late-'60s through mid-'70s influences they'd been criticized for aping, their sound took on the synth- and production-heavy trappings of '80s pop clichés. -Jerry McCulley

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits October 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This beautifully packaged Greatest Hits single cd set is a 17 song career overview picked by none other than Tim Butler of the Furs. Contains all the Johnny Rotten com '80's Butler sneers and the classics one expects when using "Greatest Hits" as a title. Plus, a previously unreleased live version of "Only You and I" and interview w/Richard Butler & John Ashton. For the casual fan, newcomer or one in need of a quick fix - this is perfect. For the seasoned veteran, I'd suggest the in-depth 2 disc set, "Should God Forget. A Retrospective." "Greatest Hits is basically a shorter version of "Should God Forget (note same covers/different colors).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-remastered January 4, 2005
By t7890
Format:Audio CD
It's terrible when they take good music and "remaster" it, or remake it to sound like current commercial music. Electric noise, excessive bass/treble are emphasized here. Vocals and clarity are de-emphasized. It's a good collection of songs, but the remastering ruins it. Instead get the collection "All of This and Nothing".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A curious overview July 13, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For a single CD compilation "Greatest Hits," this does little to freshen the band's previous greatest hits package, 1988s "All of this and Nothing." The classic Furs cuts are here, but for a survey of anything after 1988, this offers a poor compilation of what's best from "Book of Days" and "World Outside." Those curious about the Furs would do better to invest in the 1997 Sony/Legacy "Should God Forget." As close to a box set as your going to get,this 2-CD retrospective has all the essential Furs hits of "Greatest Hits," some great previously unreleased gems, and the decent cuts from the Furs most recent studio work. Rumor has it the band is in the studio recording a new album (6/01), and their recent US tour (2001) has Richard Butler in fine vocal form and appearing to enjoy being on the road again. Bandmates John Ashton and Tim Butler are a tight ensemble. Whatever CD you chose, the Furs have been an overlooked and underappreciated band of the 80s. Long live the Furs!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All That Money Wants February 11, 2006
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It's a given that 2-disc compilations cost more than a single disc package, but The Psychedelic Furs are deserving of a double disc "hits" collection (***Note*** "Should God Forget" is a double set, but includes many live tracks, alternate takes, and lesser known tracks). If the executives at the helm felt this was too cost prohibitive, an alternative strategy the record label could have employed would be to release a single disc compliation for the casual listener and a more comprehensive double set for the more serious listener. This has been done before: see David Bowie's "Best of Bowie" for example.

Having said this, "Greatest Hits" does a decent job of covering some of the best from roughly 12 years of The Furs' offerings. Of course the obligatory hits like "Pretty in Pink" and "The Ghost in You" are included, but I was disappointed to see that nothing from "Book of Days" was found herein. Instead, the final Furs album, "World Outside," is given precendence. From "World Outside" are included "Sometimes," "Until She Comes," and "There's a World Outside." These are all great choices, but it sure would have been great to at least have "Should God Forget" from "Book of Days." This seems like a no brainer to me.

The previous hits package, 1989's "All of This and Nothing," featured the stellar "No Easy Street" as well as "Imitation of Christ","Highwire Days," "She is Mine," and the title track. All of these are sorely lacking from "Greatest Hits." "Greatest Hits," however, provides such gems as "Mr. Jones," "Here Come Cowboys," and "Heartbeat" that were dubiously left off of the former.

To sum it all up, "Greatest Hits" is a pretty decent collection of the band's finer moments, but it is by no means wholly representative.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing against the band but... January 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I like the band but at this point they have more greatest hit packages and retrospectives than actual CD's... At this point it makes more sense to buy the original CD's.
This is starting to get silly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music on a Good (Albeit Flawed) Compilation December 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Psychedelic Furs came out of the echoey soundscapes of post-punk and later ascendended into new wave stratosphere. This collection traces their career's steps: from their Bowie/Roxy Music begginings to the consolidation of their idiosyncratic sound to their hollow pop days and to their "redemption."

The first few tracks are exemplary of their earliest output. "Sister Europe" could've been on any late-70s Bowie album. Heck, Richard Butler even sounds just like Bowie on this song! The track's production, courtesy of Steve Liliwhite, is of the gloomiest and most reverb-rich sort. Again, think Berlin-era Bowie. "Mr. Jones [Single Version]" is a brash number, punkish-almost, and grounded on an immensely catchy riff. "Dumb Waiters" is the kind of track that reveals a Roxy Music fixation. It uses a sax riff that's at the forefront of the mix, and its atonal repetition keenly invokes a spaced-out atmosphere. "Pretty in Pink," sadly, isn't the poppy film version. This one is a bit more jagged, but it's not the best known one. Alas, the film's fans will be more than disappointed at the compiler's choice.

Tracks 5-10 see the development of a more "80s" sound. The Furs manage to create some truly outstanding bits of music during this phase of their career. Again, the atmosphere that these songs create are amazing. Butler's vocals also act as their own instrument. Pop genius in the context of swirling soundscapes? Oh yeah. This is their zenith, and every selection from this era is a winner.

11-12 come from the much-maligned "Midnight to Midnight" album. The production on that album, rather than being multilayered or atmospheric, feels hollow and fleeting. The liner notes show how the band disdains that effort as overproduced and quickly made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Track flow issues but still a great collection
I really like the Psychedelic Furs popular songs. I also like a good flow in a greatest hits collection. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dizzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Butler's Raspy voice - great music
Like Louie Armstrong, sometimes a raspy voice perfectly suits the vehicle that delivers it. Richard Butler also has a very distinct voice which suits the music of the Furs very... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stewart Combs
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Royalty
The furs were evocative and deep in their melodies and their message. They definitely set a specific mood. Good stuff.
Published 14 months ago by diane lord
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun
Takes me back to the fun New Wave days of the 80s. I remember the fun of that decade. Psychedelic Furs were always a fav of mine!
Published 18 months ago by Bronsons4Christ
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' The Psychedelic Furs
I haven't heard some of these songs in years and was very pleased to hear them again. I miss the 80's and the quality of the music. Thank you
Published 19 months ago by Averyms
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Music - A Must Have!
Any fan of the 80's will love The Psychedelic Furs. I had to add this to my collection and it wouldn't be complete without it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Fan!!
5.0 out of 5 stars great find!
I was very happy to find this collection on Amazon. Not only do I have my favorite Psychedelic Furs songs in my library now, but I can access them any time through the Cloud. Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. Manzella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation
I enjoyed listening to the furs along time ago. It brings back alot of good memories listening to some of there best hits on one CD. Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by Gary S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cobraken
The CD was ok, seems like it only had 1 hit song on it. The rest were songs I had never heard. Oh well.
Published on January 21, 2010 by Kenneth Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value!
This CD is a great value and I recommend it for the price and sound quality.
Published on November 11, 2009 by Juan De Los Santos
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