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Ted Nugent - Not Quite Ultimate, But Pretty Good
on May 31, 2013
"Ultimate Ted" is a 2 CD collection of many of Nugent's best tracks. This is a pretty good collection, but focuses on a very limited period of his career (albeit his most successful), from 1975 to 1981. There is nothing from his Amboy Dukes years nor anything post "Intensities In 10 Cities". On the plus side most of what is represented is a great sampling of Ted at the peak of his powers. You get all the hits plus choice album cuts from his most successful period. The sound of the album is great, and for plain old brainless heavy rock, it does not get much better, although Ted's material does show a certain degree of "sameness" after a while. I do question why "Great White Buffalo" was left off though, especially when several other tracks from "Double Live Gonzo" are included. "Buffalo" should be a part of this collection. Latter day hits like "Little Miss Dangerous", "No No No", "Fred Bear" and others are not represented either. Ted could really use a "Ultimate Collection II" to cover the 30 plus years of his career not covered in this collection. All that being said, this is currently the best Ted compilation out there, so if you want an overview, this is the one to get until a sequel or box set is put together.