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Hollywood, California - April 17, 2006 - The central images from a Huey Lewis and the News music video are indelible -- singing heads sprouted from the sand, Lewis' head held in a sink of ice water, and Lewis' trademark baby blues. Capitol / EMI Music Catalog Marketing is proud to announce the May 23 release of Huey Lewis And The News: Greatest Hits and a limited edition CD/DVD package, Greatest Hits & Videos. The 21-track CD includes 20 Top 20 hits, among them 17 Top 10s and six #1 singles spanning the Grammy-winning band's career, from their first Top 10 single, 1982's "Do You Believe In Love" to 2000's #1 smash duet "Cruisin'." Greatest Hits & Videos pairs the CD with a DVD collecting nine of Huey Lewis and the News' biggest and best-remembered music video moments and a concert performance clip from 1982. All ten video cuts make their DVD debut, and both packages contain liner notes essays penned by Huey Lewis, comedian/TV host Jimmy Kimmel and writer Paul Liberatore. This summer, Huey Lewis and the News will co-headline a national Live Nation-presented concert tour with Chicago, with dates scheduled for more than 30 cities across the U.S.
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My order arrived promptly (within 4 days!!!!) and the condition was ALMOST perfect (description was "used-good"). I have never been disappointed with Amazon or their private sellers. Oh yeah, I will HIGHLY recommend this purchase, it is an essential addition to your Music/Video collections!
So needless to say much time has passed for me since high school and Huey's heyday, but what a great time it was for music. Huey Lewis was one of those bands I avoided until about late 1984 when Sports was the hottest album going next to some girl flash-in-the-pan named Madonna's self-titled album, (good stuff, too!). So after finally listening to I Want A New Drug and discovering it wasn't even a drug reference song (duh!) I decided to buy the LP. What a great decision! Early 1985, I bought my first CD player ($300 bucks!) and the CD. Then I found the other two CDs he had released and I have been a fan ever since. I even saw his Tour in 1989.
On this CD the only song from Huey's first album is the live version of Trouble In Paradise. Trust me, the live version is better than the studio version. It seemed Huey's first album was a bit faster tempo all the way around then his subsequent albums and it may be why the first album was a minor selling album. If you have the first album you'd here Some Of My Lies Are True and you might think you are hearing an early 80's punk band trying to play a ballad. LOL If you get the chance to hear Huey sing his songs from the first CD, live, you'd be in for a treat as he slowed them down a bit like the songs on Picture This and Sports as the group found their sound and beat and really put together some absolutely fun albums. I almost wish he would have pulled a Billy Joel (Songs in the Attic) and re-recorded his first album at a slower pace.
If you are in it just for the hit songs, then, THIS IS IT! There, I let you know. ;-)
If you are in it for a great collection, then you are Hip To Be Square.
If you just bought it for the videos but the CD also adds to your collection (like I did), then I am happy to be Stuck With You!
And you've just heard, The News! lol
As for the videos...
I'd like a whole collection of all the videos and maybe even the MTV concert he performed. Did you know, the very first live concert on MTV was Huey Lewis and The News? This was before Sports! It was the deciding factor for me that this band was great! They covered some great accapella, like Chain Gang and It's All Right. The odds at this point of a whole DVD of everything you ever wanted is probably just not going to happen. So, this will have to do! It is fun to see the old videos though and how us (the first MTV generation) had the chance to see our favorite bands in rotation and now to look back and wonder...what the hell happened to MTV? LOL I want my MTV! And I mean actual music television!
The bottom line is you can't beat the price for a DVD and CD set which has everything you would want and then some more. Great for parties and 80's reunions as well!
I bought this compilation just because i wanted the videos. They are great, funny and among the best music videos ever.
(of course, i do like the music too. )
Picture and Sound Quality are mostly good, considering they are about 30years old.
Unfortunately, just my favourite video (and i guess not just mine) "i want a new drug" has a somewhat dump, poor audio track, that is remarkably lower sound quality than the rest. (still OK, but could be better, i would rate it "B-")
But most important: All Huey Lewis Videos i care about are on this compilation, there is no omission.
The CD does contain more tracks than the DVD, but not every DVD-Track is also featured on the CD. I think this is a mistake. It's OK, if the DVD is a subset of the CD, bit the CD schould contain every song from the DVD.
Apart from that, it is a reasonable selection that deserves the title "greatest hits". (having 3 Huey Lewis Albums, the CD was only a bonus to me).
IMPORTANT DETAIL: Some of the Hits featured on the CD are the Single-Versions, not the (longer) Album releases. To mee, that suites fine, since i alredy own most of the songs on the respective Albums, so now i have both versions. A Bonus for collectors (and when this is your fist huey lewis record, you probably don't care for such details. The Songs are good in both versions)
The CD had a tiny black "scratch", some sort of production fault. the ripping to mp3/flac was without problems and the songs sound OK.
Because of the poor Sound Quality of the "I want a new drug" Video, and the facht, that "bad is bad" is only featured on the DVD, but missing on CD, i considered to ripp of one star. But Overall, the package is OK, satisfied my Needs, and is good value for maoney, so ist "five star minus"
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received it really fast... in excellent condition and it plays very well...