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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good compilation, could've been better, February 24, 2005
This review is from: The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar Hits (Audio CD)
Like many Pantera fans are saying on here, this compilation is missing some essential Pantera songs (especially "F*cking Hostile") in favor of some surprise appearances (i.e. "I'll Cast a Shadow") and rarities ("Cat Scratch Fever", "Hole in the Sky" and a live version of "Where You Come From".)

In addition, some songs are on here that probably shouldn't be. Take "Planet Caravan", for instance. Though it's a single, it wasn't written by Pantera (it's a Black Sabbath cover) and it doesn't sound like what Pantera normally sound like (it isn't a good representation of the band.)

Also, "The Great Southern Trendkill" (a very overlooked album) is only represented by one song on here. "TGST" was as good of an album as "Reinventing the Steel", thus it deserves more than one song (maybe "Floods" and/or the Grammy nominated acoustic ballad "Suicide Note Pt. 1".)

But, most of the Pantera classics are here ("Cowboys From Hell", "Mouth For War", "Walk", "Revolution is My Name".) Plus, most of the songs that ARE here are pure gold, and, "Planet Caravan" aside, no Pantera greatest hits collection would be complete without any of these songs.

"Cowboys from Hell" is an instant classic that defined Pantera.

"Cemetery Gates" is sort of a morbid power ballad, but it does have it's heavy points. Plus, near the end, Phil yells in a falsetto voice.

"Mouth for War", "Vulgar"'s lead single, begins with a great opening guitar riff and drum work, which speed up as the song progresses, before falling into a groove.

"Walk" has a famous and mighty catch staccato riff which runs throughout the whole song, and pauses (only briefly) for a speaker shredding guitar solo.

"This love" has melodic verses, which lead in nicely to the still brutal choruses.

"I'm Broken" has chunky, meaty, catchy riffs and a good guitar solo.

"Becoming" opens with machine gun riffs and drums, "boom ba boom" sound. Towards the end, Vinnie Paul drives the beat with fast double-bass work. "

"5 Minutes Alone" boasts bobbing, grinding riffs, and Phil's howl will stick in your head for hours.

"Planet Caravan" is as aforementioned, a Black Sabbath Cover. Probably the most melodic song Pantera ever recorded, with a spacey atmosphere and vocals and soft percussion. It is distinguishable from but also remains true to the original.

"Drag the Waters" layers "chug chug" riffs on top of each other, and the drum's have a cowbell, which is a clever inclusion.

"I'll cast a shadow" a shadow begins as a brutal and pounding song that smacks you around, but after the midpoint, it goes downhill.

"Goddamn electric" has a bobbing beat with pounding drums and another good guitar solo.

"Revolution is My Name" is probably the catchiest song from "Reinventing the Steel", and is a hit single. It has crunchy guitars, catchy drum beats, and two winding guitar solos. Phil howls throughout most of this song, but near the end he says one spoken word: "Revolution".

The DVD is a nice touch. It could have included a brief history of the band (like the C.D. booklet does), but for those of you who like Pantera's music videos (and are tired of waiting for MTV to play a Pantera music video) won't be disappointed with this DVD.

So, this compilation has it's ups and downs, but it's--overall-- a good selection and representation of Pantera. You might want to get this just for the aforementioned rarities, because Pantera only has five C.D.'s, and five isn't that many. So, my advice to you is why not get all of them? If you insist on not getting all five, just get "Vulgar Display of Power" and "Far Beyond Driven". These albums are almost greatest hits albums in themselves.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2007 4:09:52 PM PDT
jsun says:
Did you know that Hole in the Sky is a Black Sabbath song too?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 4:12:36 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 4:12:47 PM PDT
A. Stutheit says:
Yep.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 7:37:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2009 7:39:25 PM PDT
Hole in the Sky and Planet caravan are both Black Sabbath songs. You obviously didn't know that. Pantera openly said many, many times that Black Sabbath was one of their greatest influences. They even included that fact in their song, "Goddamn Electric." (To walk through the world. . . by ones self, you cant be protected . . . your trust is in whiskey and weed and Black Sabbath . . . its goddamn electric)

Black Sabbath was the single largest influence on all of heavy metal. They were heavier and darker than anything else out there, and the original thrash metal bands, along with many others who were kids at the time, took notice and it shaped their musical tastes and entire careers.

that being said, any Black Sabbath fan will tell you that Pantera's cover of Planet Caravan on Far Beyond Driven was almost as perfect as it can get. It was so well done, and so true to the original, that it sends shivers down your spine. The song was purely sublime, when done either by Sabbath or Pantera. Any fan of wither band should be more than a little wow'd by how well Pantera pulled this off, with the vocals by Anselmo adding even more to the track that Ozzy did in the original.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2009 6:34:45 PM PDT
A. Stutheit says:
Pantera is my favorite band of all time, so of course I knew that "HITS" and "PC" are Black Sabbath covers. And who doesn't know that BS are about the most influential metal band ever?! I collected a C.D. of rare Pantera songs long ago. And if you're looking for other Pantera cover songs, be sure to check out "Electric Funeral" and "Badge."
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