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Collection of Roxette Hits: Their 20 Greatest Import

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Roxette's Greatest Hits collection includes 20 of their hits including "It Must Have Been Love", "Listen to Your Heart" and many more. Also included in this collection is a brand new Roxette songs, "One Wish".

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Imagine a poppier Pat Benatar fronting a more dance-oriented Berlin—big vocals, big beats, big guitars--and you're just about there. Like fellow Swedes ABBA in the 1970s and A-Ha in the 1980s, platinum pixie Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle generate a bright, glossy sound that transcends borders. In 20 years, they've sold 45 million albums and 25 million singles, including four number ones. A Collection of Roxette Hits overlooks their 1986 debut Pearls of Passion and 1997's Baladas en Español in favor of their biggest international triumphs. All told: 12 album cuts, four singles, two remixes ("Dressed for Success" and "It Must Have Been Love"), and two new tracks ("One Wish" and "Reveal"). There are no real surprises, but Roxette has a few tricks up their shiny sleeves, like the harmonica solo in "Dangerous" (1988's Look Sharp!) and the children's chorus on "Stars" (1999's Have a Nice Day). This hook-filled collection is a fine overview for both old and new fans alike. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. One Wish
  2. The Look
  3. Dressed For Success
  4. Listen To Your Heart
  5. Dangerous
  6. It Must Have Been Love
  7. Joyride
  8. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
  9. Spending My Time
  10. How Do You Do!
  11. Almost Unreal
  12. Sleeping In My Car
  13. Crash! Boom! Bang!
  14. Run To You
  15. Wish I Could Fly
  16. Stars
  17. The Centre Of The Heart
  18. Milk And Toast And Honey
  19. A Thing About You
  20. Reveal


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 16, 2007)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000H5TVO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like many former superstar acts, Roxette has taken to living off its past. "A Collection of Hits" is the duo's fourth greatest hits package in the past 12 years and third compilation since 2002. That makes this set less than worthwhile for fans who own the others, especially "The Ballad Hits" and "The Pop Hits." If you own those two albums, you won't need this new one (every hit song on this disc is covered by the others), unless you've 'just gotta have' the two new tracks featured on "Collection."

Speaking of the new cuts -- "One Wish" and "Reveal" are nothing stellar; they're passable fare, but you can save a bit of money by buying (and downloading) them through an online vendor.

However, "A Collection of Hits" is a great buy for the casual Roxette fan, or that person who stopped following them after their early 90s heyday in America. Unlike "Ballad" and "Pop" from a few years ago, "Collection" features only their best-known numbers from the past 20 years. If you've never looked into Roxette and want to see what the rest of the world has appreciated for two decades, grab this disc. Otherwise, pony up the extra cash for the more-complete, earlier greatest hits collections.
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Here are the songs that were all over the radio in the 80s and 90s...songs I grew up listening to and howling (er, singing) along to but never knew who sang them. I stumbled across this gem the other day and I can't stop listening to a few of the songs, especially Fading Like a Flower, Joyride, It Must Have Been Love, Dangerous, and Listen to Your Heart. Granted, a couple of these songs have been remixed into techno, but the originals are truly classics...you will be smiling after listening to it!
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Never heard of this group before (I'm almost 60 years old)and just happened to hear one of their songs in some movie I rented. Waited until the ending credits to see who sang the song, and it was the Roxettes. Ordered this CD and another by them and love them both! As usual with Amazon, I got great service and a great price.
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While Marie Fredrickson and Per Gassle seemed like two very different halves, as a whole, they made sense. There was no question that the Swedish duo known as Roxette (formed in 1986) were determined to conquer the pop rock charts with stylish exuberance. And they did. It was clear they knew the formula for creating good songs backwards and forwards. Their first US hit song "The Look" was one of the most memorable moments in late 80's music. After that, there was no stopping them as they followed up with the pounding rhythm of "Dressed for Success", the power ballad "Listen to Your Heart" (this one really tests Marie's dynamic vocal range) and the quirky rock melody "Dangerous". Their music crossed over to movies with the aching pop ballad "It Must Have Been Love" (from the "Pretty Woman" soundtrack), which, amazingly, still gets tons of airplay today. "Joyride" is what its title says, a fun listen of a pop rocker. "Fading Like a Flower" begins with a few gentle piano chords then roars into guitar. "Spending my Time" is another terrific power ballad; not quite as excellent as "It Must Have Been Love", but just as affecting. The lesser known material such as "How Do You Do!", "Almost Unreal", "Sleeping in My Car" and "Crash! Boom! Bang!" might not be chart hits, but they're the essential backbone to Roxette's music history. A sort of bonus song is "No Se Si Es Amor", the Latin language version of "It Must Have Been Love". After an absence from US charts came the half-mysterious, half-soaring pop song "Wish I Could Fly", a worthwhile effort. Even one of their early tunes "One Wish", leads the list. But really, it's all worth a listen.
While not as dense in content as "Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus", this one's still a very satisfying collection on one of pop music's most dynamic duos!
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By the time that Roxette's career blossomed, I'd largely lost interest in contemporary pop music beyond following artists that I was already familiar with, such as Madonna. I occasionally discovered other artists that I liked but mostly I ignored the pop music scene. Eventually persuaded to give Roxette a chance, I decided not to bother initially because I didn't want to pay the full price, but I seized the opportunity to buy this compilation when it was offered in a sale at a tempting price. Their sound is basically melodic pop/rock with an eighties/nineties edge.

Comprising Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, Roxette's main period of commercial success ran from 1986 to 1994. During that period, four of their singles (The look, Listen to your heart, It must have been love, Joyride) made the very top of the American pop charts with two others (Fading like a flower, Dangerous) just missing the top spot, peaking at number two. Their British hit record was less spectacular, with five singles making the top ten, the most successful (It must have been love) peaking at number three first time around, later making the the top ten again when re-issued following its use in a TV commercial. Of the six major American hits, it's worth noting that one of them (Listen to your heart) was initially only a very minor hit. Re-issued as a double A-side with Dangerous (another of those big American hits) following the British success of It must have been love, it made the UK top ten, but as I wasn't paying attention, I don't know which side was the most popular. Another of those big American hits, Fading like a flower, just failed to make the UK top ten.
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