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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.
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on April 22, 2005
the ultimate collection from ted nugent is easily the best compilation from this great guitarist from detroit.it contains all his great hits from the 70's likestrangelhold,stormtroopin,snakeskin cowboys,just what the doctor ordered,free for all,hammerdown,paralyzed,take it or leave it,wango tango.ted's guitar smokes in each and every song in this brlliant compilation which contains some of the best hard rock music ever.the best part of this superb compilation is the excellent remastering which leaves this cd much better than his other compilation out of control.very highly recommended.
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on June 5, 2015
I did not listen to Ted Nugent in the 70s, but I knew he was a wildman and recognized a few of his songs. When I saw the album for 5 bucks, I decided to add it to my archives. The entire album was better than I expected, especially the song "Stranglehold".
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on November 25, 2012
First off I must admit I like Ted's earlier stuff the best. From the 60's to the early 70's. That said, this is a very good collection of his music. Ted has always been about ear splitting Rock-n-Roll. If you dig Ted, this is for you. Most all his best stuff and the recording is well done.
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on April 4, 2015
Okay, here's the deal; Ted Nugent IS a one trick Pony. However, it was one hell of a trick in his heyday and this set covers exactly that. Maybe they could have compiled one more disc for the next 30 or so years but I really don't see why. Ride this one trick pony when he was young and in his prime!!!!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon November 11, 2012
The two CD compilation The Ultimate Ted Nugent released by Sony in 2002, is essentially a collection of 32 of the "best" songs from Nugent's recordings on Epic Records, during his most commercially successful period from 1975 through 1981.

The song selection heavily favors Nugent's first three solo records, with seven songs from Ted Nugent (1975), six from Free for All (1976), and six from Cat Scratch Fever (1977). There are three songs from Weekend Warriors (1978), four from State Of Shock (1979), and two each from Scream Dream (1980), and the live albums Double Live Gonzo! (1978), and Intensities of 10 Cities (1981).

Based on popularity, it's hard to argue too much with the songs selected from Nugent's studio albums, as many of them are classics. With about 136 minutes of content, the collection could have included a couple of more songs, particularly from Double Live Gonzo! which is perhaps slightly underrepresented. The addition of "Gonzo", or one of the Amboy Duke tunes "Hibernation", or "The Great White Buffalo", from Double Live would have been a little more representative.

If you are a major fan of the Nuge, you should probably focus on getting the individual Epic albums, which are now mostly available at budget prices. The Ultimate Ted Nugent is however, an excellent introduction to those interested in the phenomenon that was Ted Nugent. At a time when disco and soft rock ruled the airwaves, Nugent was at the forefront of the American heavy metal scene, blazing a sonic trail with his Byrdland guitar, and his loud, irreverent, and braggadocios attitude. A one of a kind, Nugent talked big, but backed it up for the most part, until he kind of ran out of musical ammo in the early 80's.
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on January 28, 2014
The Ultimate Ted Nugent falls short of its billing for a couple of reasons. First of all, even if the sound is very good, there are no liner notes -- just shots of Ted doing his guitar-face on-stage, plus pictures of his Epic albums. Second, this concentrates just on his Epic recordings, without dipping into the Amboy Dukes or anything from the Atlantic releases post 1982. Now for the material that it does cover for this time period is actually really good which does include some live performances. Hopefully we will see a greatest hits release that includes his post Epic career.
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on July 8, 2002
Get your "Ted-mojo" satisfied right here, right now.
Ted was one of the best 70's hard rock musicians and this set is testament to that fact, jack! The remastering is superb. The song selection concentrates on his best albums. This blows away the old 2 cd box set "Outta Control". If most of your Nugent collection is dusting away on lp...this is the place to start. Grab your old air guitar out of the closet and get ready to jam.
"Got you in a stranglehold baby, gonna crush you face"....classic!
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on May 26, 2006
I thought the $25 price for a cd these days seemed steep. But, if you're a true metal head, and love the Nug, you have to have this CD. Every cut on this 2 disc set, ROCKS THE HOUSE!!! Don't stop. Buy it. You won't be disappointed. Wish I were getting a kick back for this review. I'd be rich.

-bl
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VINE VOICEon February 15, 2008
The path of Ted Nugent from Detroit guitar slinging madman to consummate 70's rock showman to conservative redneck reality-show clown is one of rock's more interesting tales. As frontman for the Amboy Dukes (and nothing from them on this set), he established his rep as a guitarist with flash and style, and as soon as he went solo, his rep for unparalleled mayhem in concert soon pushed him to superstar status. Starting with Ted Nugent, he slung inventive riffs and a love for volume into songs that became Detroit legends. "Stranglehold" was the big airplay banger, for its fiery instrumental work.

The second album found Nugent struggling with his bandmates. A control freak and firmly anti-drugs, members of the Ted Nugent band were frequently on a revolving door. Free-for-All enlisted a then unknown Meat Loaf to do a great amount of the vocals. The classic riff-rockers "Dog Eat Dog" and the title track were the best things here. Derek St Holmes from the first album mended his ways with Nugent and agreed to come back for album number three.

That was Nugent's watershed moment. Cat Scratch Fever was the tipping point, with a top 40 single and his highest charting studio album. It was also about now that Nugent was slipping into his Loincloth phase, shooting flaming arrows into his stage props and entering the stage on a swinging rope. None of that deters from the power of this album, with the title track, "Out of Control," the cautionary drug anthem "Death By Misadventure" and the great instrumental "Homebound" all here. It also marks Nugent's first major stupid sex-song, "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang."

The band changed again - with St Holmes out for Weekend Warriors. Not as strong as the earlier albums, his persona was beginning to overpower his music. Only the power-pop centric title song was really up with his best work. State of Shock was a bit rawer, with the title track and "Paralyzed" both strong. But then Scream Dream pretty much put an end to Nugent's streak. When the best song on your album is almost a parody of yourself, you know the book is about finished. "Wango Tango" is both horrible and hilarious, with chirpy girl singers backing up Nugent as he speed-raps his way through some of the stoopidest lyrics about Cars-Girls-Getting Some ever. After that, CBS dropped him, and Nugent jumped to Atlantic for a series of lesser albums and diminishing returns, none of which made this collection.

However, some of the live work did. Ted Nugent live was always crazier than studio Ted, and when he wanted to establish just how powerful he was, he followed Kiss, Skynyrd and Peter Frampton into the realm of definitive live albums. Double Live Gonzo! matched "Cat Scratch Fever's" chart peak and Intensities in 10 Cities upped the ante by offering all new material. The good is that "Jailbait" (from Cities) is really hot-licks Nuge, the bad is that "Yank Me Crank Me" continues the sexist swill but still has a sense of humor, the ugly is that "Flying Lip Lock" offers no redeeming qualities whatsoever. "Ultimate" ends on the high-note, "Baby Please Don't Go," with Nugent blasting through Big Joe Williams' blues classic and a staple from Nugent's early triumphant live days.

Overall, a good collection of a seventies wild-man. A couple key tracks missing are "Great White Buffalo" from "Double Live Gonzo" (could have easily bumped "Lip Lock") and "Journey to The Center of Your Mind." Your need to have this probably depends on if you're a seventies guitar rock-helmet and your copies of Kiss Alive! or getting worn out.
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