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A Good Retrospective With Some Flaws...,
This review is from: The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar Hits (Audio CD)
Pantera was one of the most influential bands of the metal genre (sadly, they won't be anymore with Dimebag...RIP brother Dime), and one of the most creative and heavy of its kind. They encompassed what metal fans loved, and Vinnie Paul's excellent drumwork and Dimebag's genre-influencing mastery of the guitar led Pantera to greatness, along with Phil Anselmo's trademark bark/bite vocals and Rex's nice, thumping bass. FAR BEYOND THE GREAT SOUTHERN COWBOYS VULGAR HITS is a good collection retrospective, but one that has some flaws to it. While the first half of the disc includes some very good Pantera classics, the second half leaves much room for improvement.
Aside from including great songs like the punishing "Mouth For War", the instantly memorable "Cemetary Gates", the downright brutal "I'm Broken", and the drilling "Drag The Waters", there are some songs left off that would have more than made the collection essential. "F***ing Hostile" was one of the best songs from VULGAR, and it's absence, along with "Floods", "Suicide Note Pt. 1", "A New Level", "Strength Beyond Strength" and "The Badge" are felt. All these could have made the collection a 3-disc set instead of what we are left with here. Some albums could have had better representation on this collection, and the inclusion of "Cat Scratch Fever", while admirable, doesn't fit. The bonus DVD isn't a bad catch at all, showcasing the Pantera music video collection for those of us who can't catch it on MTV2.
So for those interested to hear Pantera's sound who don't already know it by now, this collection is a solid introduction to the group, but it won't fill the void. If you really want to hear the groups evolution, start with COWBOYS FROM HELL and work your way up to REINVENTING THE STEEL. So while this collection is essential for casualgoers, the hardcore fans should probably stick with the albums...but get this collection for the bonus DVD.