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Best Shots Compilation

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Pat Benatar ~ Best Shots

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When Pat Benatar tore onto the scene in the late '70s, her stage presence and attitude were just as formidable as her talent. One of the new breed of women in rock, Benatar, a trained opera singer, assumed all of the rock poses from her male lead singer counterparts and delivered each song with a take-no-prisoners attitude. "Heartbreaker," her first single, was a big monster of locomotive hard rock. Its throaty, growling, and suggestive vocal style established Benatar as a contender in an arena championed by the likes of Robert Plant. Benatar also took cues from the hard rock catalog of tricks with "Hell Is for Children," building the song from a near-ballad into an all-out ballsy rocker. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" had her combining her edge with a knack for strong melodies. "Promises in the Dark" and "Fire and Ice" continued in the same vein with guitarist Neil Giraldo's furious fretwork holding up to Benatar's vocal pyrotechnics. Best Shots also chronicles the less stellar singles, with the annoying "Love Is a Battlefield," and "We Belong to the Night." Benatar's fire burned brightest in the beginning and it seems best to remember her that way. --Steve Gdula

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Is A Battlefield
  2. Promises In The Dark
  3. One Love
  4. All Fired Up
  5. We Live For Love
  6. Hell Is For Children
  7. Shadows Of The Night
  8. Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  9. We Belong
  10. Invincible
  11. Fire And Ice
  12. Heartbreaker
  13. Suffer The Little Children/ Hell Is For Children (Live)
  14. Painted Desert
  15. Outlaw Blues


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Chrysalis Records
  • ASIN: B000003JB5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent collection for any fan. I have been a Benatar fan for 20+ years and I love this set. Originally I was going to skip the "Best Shots" CD, because I all ready purchased the "Synchronistic Wanderings [BOX SET]". But then I was looking for the DVD and I ran across this. The CD contains 15 of Pat's incredible songs, such as, "Hell Is For Children" (which is not on the original release of "Best Shots"), "One Love", "Painted Desert", "We Belong" and others. The DVD is the "Choice Cuts" DVD. With the 25 videos, 4 extra concert videos, and both the audio and video option commentary form Pat and Neil. This is a must have for fans who do not have the "Best Shot" album yet or for the new Benatar fans coming in off of her new album "Go" which also ROCKS!!!!! So for the price of this set you really are getting the best of both worlds.
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Having just graduated high school when Benatar hit the scene with "Crimes of Passion," I was transfixed with her powerful voice and aggressive delivery. Listening to this great compilation, I'm as impressed as ever. A few notable tracks are not here - most importantly "You Better Run," and "Wuthering Heights," but nitpicks aside, this is a great disc.
Pat's classical opera training is quite evident in her amazingly powerful vocals. Quite unlike any rocker before or since. Husband Neil Gerardo's guitar work is of the highest order as well.
Worth noting is the fact that Benatar walked away from her career at the absolute height of her success to stay at home and raise her new daughter(s). She's recently returned with some new material, which demonstrates that her voice is as strong as ever. She deserves the greatest respect not only as an artist, but as a woman with the moral character and courage to do what few in show business ever do: put their careers on the back burner for their kids' sake. Hats off to a great artist, and more importantly, a great mother!
An essential CD for anyone without the original albums in their collection.
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Pat Benatar is the pinnacle of a woman rocker. She has a stunning voice that can hits those high notes with proficiency meanwhile she has all the grit and edge that a hard rock fan is seeking. This collection of her hits is a great introduction for folks that aren't overly familiar with her work. I am not one of those people. Although I like this CD, I miss a lot of the songs such as "You Better Run", "Sex as a Weapon", "Treat Me Right", all of which are just as important as "Heartbreaker" and/or "Love is a Battlefield." Two versions of Hell is For Children was unnecessary, but the unfamiliar last two tunes on the album, especially "Outlaw Blues" are excellent songs. A great introduction for potential fans, this CD is not quite enough for us diehard Pat Benatar fans.
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I have a soft spot for '80s music and Pat Benatar's music from that decade is no exception to that statement. After catching her on VH1's Behind the Music, I almost forgot how good her music sounded to me now. Pat Benatar is certainly one of the most influential female artists in rock 'n roll. Pat could rock just as hard as the boys can with songs like "Invicible" and "All Fired Up". However Pat wasn't all about rocking out. She also spoke out against child abuse in "Hell is For Children" which many conservatives mistakenly assumed the song had something to do with satanism and children. Then there is the tender ballad "We Belong" written by Lowen and Nevarro, which is probably one of my all time favorite Pat Benatar songs, next to "Shadows of the Night". The only two songs I wasn't really familiar with on this album were the last two tracks "Painted Desert" and "Outlaw Blues" but otherwise I remember hearing most of the songs on this album at one point of my life back in the '80s. How can anyone not have heard of "Love is a Battlefield" or "Heartbreaker"? Those songs were all over radio and still are today. They are timeless.
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Pat Benatar was the rock-chick of the 80's. I remember waiting for this album to come out to have all her hits in one place-well they weren't. Her top-50 hits LITTLE TOO LATE, YOU BETTER RUN, TREAT ME RIGHT, LOOKING FOR A STRANGER,& SEX AS A WEAPON AREN'T INCLUDED. they should have and other songs such as ONE LOVE, OUTLAW BLUES AND THE LIVE VERSION OF HELL IS FOR CHILDREN SHOULDA BEEN DROPPED. THANKFULLY THE ALL FIRED UP 2-DISC SET HAD IT ALL.BUT 5 YEARS AFTER THIS RELEASE.
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Not Best Shots but Best Bait and switch when you click on other pricing options. Didn't notice this at first but when you click on the other price option the cover photo changed.[And so did the cd] I wanted this cd for the song Painted Desert. But this is what I got. Not Happy !!!!
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Pat Benatar launched one of the most amazing careers in pop music in the last 25 years with a barrage of hits that just kept coming. Starting with songs like "Love Is A Battlefield", "Promises In The Dark', and "One Love", she forged her way up the charts and was one of the first female rockers who, Like Joan Jett, became main concert draws in the early 1980s. She delivered a hard rock sound that was combined with quite provocative and driving lyrics, which gave each of her songs a particular kind of punch which was both a crowd pleaser and a reason for her sustained success commercially.
She adopted a number of social concerns, for which she spoke very forcefully and effectively, including battered children and women's rights. In songs like "Hell Is For Children", she sang with great passion about the way in which children are victimized and emotionally damaged by violence. Pat left us with quite a legacy of hits, and included here are the above-mentioned songs as well as "We Live For Love", "Shadows OF The Night", "we belong", "Invincible", "Fire And Ice", "Heartbreaker", and "Outlaw Blues". This is a great compilation of her hits, and makes for a great listening experience. Enjoy!
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