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Ultimate Collection [Original recording remastered]

Black 'N' BlueAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)


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listen  4. Wicked Bitch 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Without Love 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. I Want It All (I Want It Now) 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. I'll Be There For You 3:44$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 (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why weren't these guys huge? 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
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the most under-rated AOR band from the 80s` July 10, 2004
By Jesse
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Hefty "best of" collection 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, if just for a few songs 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very underrated band December 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I cannot lie. I bought this album back in the 80's only because the album cover was so cool and they looked like they could really jam. And you know what I was right this band is the of the best bands I have ever heard, and I cant believe they really never went as far as they should. Shows you how little the record companys know about music. Anyway its here and I stongly suggest purchasing it. If you liked the bands from the 80's you'll definitly love this band. I promise
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars [Darn] good 80's metal February 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I couldn't believe I could finally get this band on disc. I do have the debut, Without Love and In heat on cassette but had to upgrade to disc. This is well worth the money for this truly talented,underated 80's band. I liked the idea of getting a good mix of some of their best tunes like Hold on to 18, I'm the king, Nature of the beach, Nasty,Nasty and Does she or doesn't she (one of my personal faves). This band should've been as big as Ratt,Crue, Bon jovi etc. Musically and lyrically (these guys could really write some catchy hook laden tunes) they were a cut above the rest. I saw them open for KISS in 1985 (Philly) and they rocked. A shame it was pretty much over after Without love. I remember good times when I put this baby in and crank it. Hey, you will too, I guarantee it!! This is a must addition to any catalog. So open up a cold one and turn it up.....Enjoy!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Big Hair
What can you say Black n Blue are the classic 80's big hair sound. I love the MP3 cd, listen to it all the time.
Published 1 month ago by Randall von Schoeler
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!!
Listened to these guys in high school and they still rock. A wonderful album well worth the money. The cd is brand new and in great shape.
Published 2 months ago by jeff osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Aswsome Collection
I'm a huge 80's Hair Band Fan and this collection is great. A good sample from many of their CD's.
Published 14 months ago by Rick Grunwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Black 'N Blue deserves to be heard by, Jake R.
Black 'N BLUE has a song titled School of hard knocks and that's where they truly come from. St.James and Thayer are true work horses and nothing got them down,I mean nothing. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jake R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection from an underated band
This CD has 20 songs which is half of the output for Geffen and its on CD and remastered. One of my favorite underdogs of the 80's. Great songs! Read more
Published 21 months ago by MetalBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 80's
Bought this for my wife. She loved it. After listening to it I loved it too. The 80's Rocked. This CD has all the best songs from all there albums. Read more
Published on August 7, 2009 by Trey Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars The best almost unknown band
If you like 80's rock and have never heard of this band, give them a listen! This CD gives a good sampling from their four studio albums. Read more
Published on May 1, 2009 by Waynimal
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80's band that needs to come back!
With all the 80's bands returning to make music,(ie Whitesnake, Dokken, Def Lep), I think this band would be great to hear something new from. Read more
Published on July 13, 2008 by Metal B. Thyname
4.0 out of 5 stars Black 'N Blue - 'Ultimate Collection' (Hip-O Records)
Haven't listened to these '80's metal merchants in some time now. It's been SO long. 'Ulimate...' has twenty tracks of, I guess what is a pretty wide scale of their repertoire. Read more
Published on October 23, 2006 by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars On of the 80's best
Rock solid album!! Takes me back to the glory and grandeur of the metal hair bands.
Published on March 25, 2006 by Amazon Customer
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