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A great companion to the first set but lacks cohesiveness,
This review is from: Bob Seger - Greatest Hits 2 (Audio CD)
Although many, self included, liked Bob's first greatest hits collection, it overlooked so many key songs that I wondered why they did not shoot for a double CD release it the time as, unlike many other artists, Bob has huge hits and non-hit masterprices that could have made for an outstanding release.
While some key songs finally appear in this second volume, essential songs "Feel Like a Number" and "Even Now" are nowhere to be found, while there is a lot of filler that does not make for a fully satisfying purchase. My question to Capitol again would be why did they not use this opportunity to release a remastered 2CD set covering all of Bob's greatest hits (which would please those who only know Bob's hits) and some quality cuts that may not have made the charts or been released as singles?
The answer to my question is probably the almighty buck as volume one is a must, and fans will feel the need to buy the second volume to complement the missing material, maybe not knowing that key songs are still missing. The economics at work here are probably that the record company will make more money off two individual releases than releasing a 2 CD set, which are sold at much more reasonable prices these days.
If you can find this release at a reasonable price, you may want to buy it and grab the first greatest hits release to make your own hit-filled CD that may lack two (actually more as I can already think of a favorite of mine "Living Inside My Heart" from the movie "About Last Night") essential songs but at least you can bypass what I deem to be too much filler in this second release. The 2 new songs really did not do much for me and there are others that just don't cut it. I read somewhere that Bob did not include "Rambling Gambling Man" because he did not see it fitting in as part of this collection. If this is was indeed an intended omission due to flow, my thinking is that he should have worked harder on what is here as it not only lacks key releases, but it's greatest fault to me is not only the filler but the lack of cohesiveness.
This is not meant to knock Bob as I am a huge fan, and it's great to hear songs like "Beautiful Loser", "Katmandu", Shame On The Moon", "Fire Lake" again, but they missed the boat by not releasing a 2 CD set that would replace the first greatest hits, integrate what it originally overlooked, and provided some surprise gems. I am off to make my own copy.