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Greatest Hits 1986-1996 Import

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With over 17 million albums sold since '86, Poison returns with 16 of their greatest hits, plus 2 new tracks: "Sexual Thing" and "Lay Your Body Down." Includes the #1 hit "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" (MTV's record-breaking most requested video), "Unskinny Bop," the ballad "Something to Believe In," the party song "Nothin' But a Good Time," "Fallen Angel" and "Your Mama Don't Dance." All tracks digitally remastered; features liner notes and annotation by Bret Michaels and rare photos. Servicing to classic rock, AOR and college formats.

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Pop pundits might contend that a Poison greatest-hits collection should be an EP. Yet despite jeers from critics, these glam-metal pretty boys produced big hits, filled arenas, and fueled MTV in the late '80s. And the opening track on this 18-cut compilation sets the record straight: "Nothing but a Good Time," indeed. From down 'n' dirty rockers such as "Talk Dirty to Me," "Look What the Cat Dragged In," and "I Want Action," to mega-ballads "Something to Believe In" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," this is a treat for those who like big hair and bigger hooks. Included are two previously unreleased songs, "Sexual Thing" and "Lay Your Body Down," the latter a lush, likable five-minute power ballad. One complaint: the song-by-song notes by singer Bret Michaels somewhat lack the pizzazz one anticipates from a band with such a colorful comportment. --Katherine Turman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B000002UH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on February 3, 2004
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There's one in every family. You know, the kid who isn't that talented or intelligent, but manages to make it big time. In the hair band era, Poison was that kid. None of the songs on this disc are epic, but I bet that anyone reading this review can sing at least one of Poison's songs word-for-word.
Their songs are just infectious. From "Unskinny Bop" to "Nothin' But a Good Time," Poison cranked out hits that just wouldn't go away. You were forced to tap your toes or bang your head to every song they put out. "Talk Dirty To Me" set teenagers across the globe into giddy abandon. Every song, with just a couple of exceptions, was pure, out-and-out fun. Poison looked like they had fun playing the stuff and the fans had fun listening to it.
The exceptions were "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Something To Believe In." These songs showed that even the happiest kids on the block had a heart.
Later songs(post "Flesh and Blood")seemed to signal the end of the fun days of Poison. As a matter of fact, "Flesh and Blood" was probably the last good album these guys put out.
Listen to this album if you're still trapped in the boring gloom-and-doom days of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Poison knows how to have a good time, and this disc will definitely pick you up.
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Poison never has and never will get critical praise, but they should. These guys have released tons of great FUN rock n' roll over the past 14 years...and they're not done yet. The guys had an awesome tour last summer that averaged well over 10,000 a show and are hitting the road again this summer. This album is a great warm-up for the Poison concert experience. Who cares if you like big hair? There are some great rock tracks on this Greatest Hits album. (Besides, the total glam image only lasted for their debut album anyway). The #1 Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Nothin But a Good Time, Fallen Angel, Talk Dirty to Me, ect. To me those songs will NEVER get old...and I can't wait for NEW material from the band. Keep checking the internet...God knows you won't hear of any new Poison release on the channel formerly known as Music Television. Kids out there need to discover Poison and music that you can have a good time to...this rap rock garbage just doesn't cut it.
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In the past twenty years, few bands have been as beaten, kicked and ripped apart as much as Poison. Right from the start they were absolutely reviled and HATED by the critics. Throughout their tenure they were the popular whipping boy of many a rock magazine. They were bashed by musicians and critics alike for their lack of technical skills, songwriting, and just plain cheesiness.

But unlike, say, Radiohead, Poison was never meant to be a band of the critics. Poison was always a band of the people. Despite extremely harsh reviews, the fans bought their records. For a short time, during the second-half of the 80s and into the early 90s, Poison sold millions and millions of albums. And a decade later, fans still wanted to hear the classics. In 1999 when Poison embarked on a reunion tour, the band played to sold-out arenas, as though it were 1990, at a time when people heard the word Nirvana they thought of only the Buddhist state of spiritual enlightenment. Add to this the fact that Poison's "Greatest Hits" has sold over one million copies in the US alone and if you go to any bar in America, you're just as likely to hear "Fallen Angel" and "Every Rose Has it's Thorn" as anything else. In short, despite being lambasted from day one, Poison wrote good, fun, catchy tunes that struck a chord with blue-color, middle-America.

Poison is a band you either get or don't get. It would be easy to dismiss the band right off the bat...but that would be too easy, simplistic, and immature. Brett Michaels explains Poison's appeal as he writes in the liner notes of Poison's "Greatest Hits," "with Poison, rock n' roll has always been a lifestyle, based part in reality and part in escapism." Poison is in many ways the ultimate escapist band...
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Like I said the best from the best, Poison is my favortite "hair" band from the 80's and they were the best at what they did, make people rock and listen to some of the best music then and now! Poison is still going strong and if you like the 2 unreleased songs, then buy their new album thats coming out in 2000 sometime. Last note is that Poison RULES! -Cheers Sean
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By A Customer on December 22, 2000
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This album is great. It hilights the career of one of the greatest bands to ever walk the face of the earth. I honestly can't say enough about Poison. Greatest Hits 1986-1996 is an excellent retrospective of their career. The album begins with the party rock anthem Nothin but a Good Time, this can be easily interpreted as Poison's answer to Rock and Roll All Nite by that other makeup wearing band. The next songs are two of their biggest hits, the song that put them on the map, Talk Dirty to Me, and Unskinny Bop. The next song is their biggest hit, Every Rose Has It's Thorn. The power ballad went to number one in 1988. It really is a great song. Fallen Angel is another party rock stadium ready anthem. I Won't Forget You is a power ballad off of their debut album. Stand is the only song representing the Native Tongue album which featured Richie Kotzen on guitar. This song like the whole album was nothing really exctitng. Ride the Wind is off of Flesh and Blood, it stays in the same style Poison's know for, and Cc DeVille's solo is excellent. The next songs are the concert favorites Look What the Cat Dragged In and I Want Action. These anthems are excellent songs that have stood the test of time. The next songs are both from Flesh and Blood. Life Goes On is another excellent power ballad and Sacrifice is a great rocker. Their first single Cry Tough is next. Even though the single bombed it still deserves a place on this album because it is an excellent song. The next track is a cover version of Your Mama Don't Dance which Poison made famous. The guitar solo in that song like every other Poison song featuring CC is amazing.Read more ›
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