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Greatest Hits

March 27, 2001 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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By B. Baldwin on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
All of Idol's best are represented here from his first EP, Don't Stop, to his last album, Cyberpunk. This collection also contains an acoustic version of Rebel Yell recorded live in December 1993, with Steve Stevens on guitar, playing his heart out. It sounds as if not a day had passed since the original studio recording. Also included is Billy's version of Simple Minds' 80's Anthem "Don't You Forget About Me" from the move "The Breakfast Club". Again Stevens helms the guitar & the version is very faithful to the original while still distinctly "Idol". The song was written by Keith Forsey, Idol's long-time producer & was originally offered to Billy but was not recorded back in 1984/85, for reasons unknown.
All of the songs have been "24 Bid Digitally Remastered" and sound fabulous. Kudos to Capitol Records for giving this Artist the treatment he deservs. Idol helped define the 80's MTV Generation & is still a powerful force in the industry as his version of "Don't You" will attest. An album of all new material is expected by year's end & if the last track on this album is any indication we have alot to look forward to......This is an essential purchase for any Idol fan/80's Music fan-
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Although a 1988 Import, "Idol Songs", has been easy to find since its release, this is Billy Idol's first US compilation. All the big hits are here, although the version of "Mony Mony" is NOT the live version that went to #1 (Idol's only #1 single) in 1987 but the studio version from Don't Stop that received just as much airplay as the live version. The live version is on "Idol Songs" as well as a various artists compilation called Rockin 80's Vol. 2 on Madacy. Tacked on to this compilation are a great acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" and a not-quite-as good version of the Simple Minds #1 "Don't You Forget About Me", which was orginally written for Idol. The sound on this CD is superb and they've included up-to-date liner notes, as well. A must for Billy Idol newbies and for die-hards who want to have a career spanning compilation.
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You will really enjoy this CD. It has good tunes and great sound quality. I had never purchased a Billy Idol album/CD before, and watching the TV show "Rock Star" with its several Billy Idol selections done by the competitors made me realize how good Billy had been (where did he go?)and how many catchy dance tunes he gave us (thanks Billy). This old gal was dancing with herself in the kitchen and enjoying every minute of it. Enjoy.
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Most of us know Billy Idol from a few songs, most notably "Rebel Yell," "Dancing With Myself," "White Wedding," "Eyes Without a Face," and his remake of Tommy James and the Shondells' "Mony Mony". All of those hits are included, but so are less-popular but equally great songs such as the haunting "Sweet Sixteen" and the open-road scream of "Don't Need a Gun". The album, which is conveniently in chronological order, wisely does not venture too heavily into Idol's impressive but commercially-ignored album "Cyberpunk," and it only includes one new song--a surprisingly good remake of Simple Minds' "(Don't You) Forget About Me" [useless fun fact: Billy Idol almost sang the original version back in 1985]--but the album is full of hits. That in itself is impressive since most greatest hits albums are nothing but a few stellar singles with some also-rans pasted on for effect, but it's doubly so in Idol's case since a lot of Idol's minor hits are just as good as his bigger ones. If you already own all of Idol's albums, you shouldn't waste your money on an album that only has one new song, but for those just getting into Idol, this is an excellent place to start.
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When the mid-eighties needed a picture perfect rock star to help them keep an edge, the photogenic Billy Idol was exactly what they had in mind. Having slowly drifted from punk rock to pop punk, the Elvis lip curl and spiky hair suddenly transformed Billy from Generation-X footnote to International Stardom. It goes without saying that most of Idol's albums (save for "Rebel Yell") were typically average affairs, what really mattered were the hook laden singles. As soon as Idol and secret weapon super guitarist Steve Stevens figured out that lightning guitar licks and bubblegum catchy songs were their strongest suit, they were unstoppable.

To that end, it's no surprise that Billy's first number one was the dancey remake of Tommy James' "Mony Mony," or that his first Top 40 solo hit, "Hot In The City," owes a considerable debt to the Loving Spoonful's "Summer In The City." Billy was smart enough to match charm with his menace, and that meant "Dancing With Myself" and "White Wedding" were equal parts comic book dangerous to dance floor catchy. Idol and Stevens didn't limit themselves to the dance floor, either. "Rebel Yell" and "Cradle Of Love" kick serious butt, and the neo-balladry of "Flesh For Fantasy" and "Sweet Sixteen" showed a sensible and sensitive side.

This "Greatest Hits" CD pretty much puts everything onto one disc (I prefer the studio version of "Mony Mony," even if the live version was the American hit). The interesting inclusion of "LA Woman" (Billy had a small part in Oliver Stone's "The Doors" movie) and a remake of Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me" are just gravy to the package. The price is right, as well! As a document of 80's hitmakers, "Billy Idol's Greatest Hits" is well above average.
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