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Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996

Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996

November 14, 1996
4.3 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 14, 1996
  • Release Date: November 26, 1996
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:12:12
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  • ASIN: B0035MNB8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,981 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on February 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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Track listing[edit]
"Nothin' but a Good Time" - 3:43
From the album Open Up and Say... Ahh! (1988)
"Talk Dirty to Me" - 3:44
From the album Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)
"Unskinny Bop" - 3:47
From the album Flesh & Blood (1990)
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - 4:17
From the album Open Up and Say...Ahh! (1988)
"Fallen Angel" - 3:55
From the album Open Up and Say...Ahh! (1988)
"I Won't Forget You" - 3:35
From the album Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)
"Stand" - 5:11
From the album Native Tongue (1993)
"Ride the Wind" - 3:51
From the album Flesh & Blood (1990)
"Look What the Cat Dragged In" - 3:09
From the album Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)
"I Want Action" - 3:05
From the album Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)
"Life Goes On" - 4:47
From the album Flesh & Blood (1990)
"(Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice" - 4:40
From the album Flesh & Blood (1990)
"Cry Tough" - 3:36
From the album Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)
"Your Mama Don't Dance" - 3:00
From the album Open Up and Say...Ahh! (1988)
Original version by Loggins and Messina
"So Tell Me Why" - 3:22
From the album Swallow This Live (1991)
"Something to Believe In" - 5:30
From the album Flesh & Blood (1990)
"Sexual Thing" - 3:34
New song (1996)
"Lay Your Body Down" - 5:26
New song (1996)
New tracks[edit]
The album Crack a Smile...and More! featuring Blues Saraceno on lead guitar contained tracks recorded 1994-1995 but remained unreleased at the time of this compilation's release.
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