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listen  7. Nasty, Nasty 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (July 3, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00005LNHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love the MP3 cd, listen to it all the time.
Randall von Schoeler
One of the best bands to come out of the 80's early style metal, like Y & T and KEEL.
Mike
I would highly suggest any eighties metal fan to add this one to their collection.
Debra L. Boufflers

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Crooked Reign on December 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This quintet from Portland, OR should have been massive. Very hard to find material by them, and this collection is definitely worth the $$. A pretty good choice of cuts from their 4 albums, although obviously could have had more ("The strong will always rock" for one). Like most people who have bought this album, I used to have their tapes and records in the 80s but have long since lost them. Upon getting this release, I can't help but wonder "why didn't these guys hit it big?"
With great hard rock vocals from Jamie St. James, and the intricate interplay between the two outstanding guitarists (current KISS confidant Tommy Thayer and returned Rose City resident Jef "Woop" Warner), this band had ALL the elements to be gigantic. Patrick Young's basslines are perfect..sometimes AC/DC-esque, sometimes some odd flair thrown in to keep you saying "hmmmm." Drummer Pete Holmes doesn't really go off like he can in the studio, but that was the case for a lot of drummers in that era.
The strongest part of this band is their sound as a whole...and the tunes ROCK. Stylisticly, they are heavy, with the famous German producer at the knobs for their first album, but as they progressed, their range widened and they released some GREAT straight ahead hard rock.
Anyway, this is a band worth listening to. In fact, it's probably a good thing they didn't make it big, otherwise they'd probably have the same lack of respect that most of that era's bands enjoy. By the way, LOTS of guys who did make it big don't hesitate to sing the praises of this great band - Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora, and many more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on July 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to begin by saying that this is a great compilation of the 4 Black 'N Blue albums from the 80s. If you're looking to re-live the glory days when music was still good, this collection is a must. Maybe it's just me, but I don't care as much for the Gene Simmons produced albums as it appears their style had changed significantly and not for the better. Overall, there isn't a bad song on this compilation. My favorites include "Rockin' On Heaven's Door", "Hold On To 18", "Wicked Bitch", "Without Love", "Miss Mystery", and "Chains Around Heaven." All of those are from the first 2 albums, self-titled and "Without Love." Don't miss out on this one...it's solid rock all the way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Despite hailing from Oregon, Black `n Blue was a pretty active player in the L.A. metal scene. They released four studio albums from 1984-88, but for whatever reason never quite found the success that their peers in Ratt and Motley Crue achieved. Musically the band had a sound that was equal parts Ratt and King Kobra. It was definitely L.A. hair metal, but instead of being overly sleazy it had an AOR polish. It's upbeat and melodic, and what it lacks in originality it makes up for in pure energy.

2001's Ultimate Collection features a whopping 20 songs - more than half of the band's studio output! If they had added another disc they could have covered the band's whole catalog. Still, the song count is pretty impressive when you consider that most "greatest hits" packages have at best a dozen tracks. The songs have been digitally remastered, which is a nice bonus. There is also a hefty band history in the booklet that gives some insight into this often overlooked band. All told, Ultimate Collection serves as the perfect introduction to Black `n Blue's music, and is ideal for newcomers. Longtime Black `n Blue fans will no doubt prefer buying the remastered studio albums or tracking down the limited edition box set.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina V. Spangberg on May 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Getting this album is second best to waiting (maybe in vain) for their first self-titled album to be re-released. It's pretty good to get 6 out of its 10 tracks represented on this compilation. Back when it came out, I was totally blown away by each track. They were my second favorite group for a long time, just because of that one album. When Without Love came out, I quickly shelled out the money for the record and I was sorely disappointed. Then came Nasty Nasty, which had only one or two decent songs on it and I gave up on them ever returning to their glory days.
As far as this collection goes, it's worth picking it up just for those six songs and I guess "Rockin' on Heaven's Door" is better than average. But the rest of it is simply bubble gum, beach rock, Def Leppard wannabe stuff. If they kept to the caliber of their first album, their career would have had a lot more longevity than it did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James P. Eckenrode on January 4, 2002
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There is really not much else I can add to the existing reviews. I have been waiting(impatiently) for someone to finally pick up the ball and release these songs in a digital format. I remember seeing the Japanese imports in England back in the early 90's, but at over $50.00 a whack there was no way I could afford them. So, like everybody else, I've had to rely on vinyl for the last decade. "Rockin' on Heaven's Door" is worth the price of admission alone. For a song that is going on 15 years of age, it still packs one hell of a punch. There is a small amount of cheese here, but overall this release sounds ten times better than the round of crap polluting the airwaves at the current moment. If you miss the days of quality songwriting and hooks the size of Texas, then this will put one HUGE smile on your face. Buy this and discover one of the 80's best kept secrets. You'll love it.
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