The Psychedelic Furs - Greatest Hits
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Media Type: CD
Artist: PSYCHEDELIC FURS
Title: GREATEST HITS
Street Release Date: 01/30/2001
Most great rock has embraced the influences of the past with a contemporary urgency and seldom an eye on the future. And if Richard Butler and the Psychedelic Furs took critical heat for fusing the pulsing darkness of the Velvet Underground with Iggy Pop edginess and a few mid-'70s U.K. art-rock flourishes (most notably Berlin-period Bowie and Roxy Music), they were only doing what rock artists had already been doing for decades; their chief sin seemed to be doing it in an era when musicians seemed expected to reinvent themselves every six months. This single disc effectively documents the Furs' canon from the droning menace of "Sister Europe" (from their highly recommended debut album) through the original, nonsoundtrack version of "Pretty in Pink," and on to an increasingly pop-influenced body of '80s work ("Love My Way," "Heaven," "The Ghost in You"). Ironically, as they distanced themselves from the late-'60s through mid-'70s influences they'd been criticized for aping, their sound took on the synth- and production-heavy trappings of '80s pop clichés. -Jerry McCulley
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compilation I think most, if not all fans will like. I have the original 2001 release of this set, so the sound is pretty good. I had liked a few of their songs for many years, but they have several here, on one CD, that many are sure to enjoy.
So, if you remember hearing "LOVE MY WAY" or "HEARTBEAT", you may also like "GHOST IN YOU", a "haunting" song with some great lyrics.
This CD definitely belongs in anyone's '80s CD library!
Having said this, "Greatest Hits" does a decent job of covering some of the best from roughly 12 years of The Furs' offerings. Of course the obligatory hits like "Pretty in Pink" and "The Ghost in You" are included, but I was disappointed to see that nothing from "Book of Days" was found herein. Instead, the final Furs album, "World Outside," is given precendence. From "World Outside" are included "Sometimes," "Until She Comes," and "There's a World Outside." These are all great choices, but it sure would have been great to at least have "Should God Forget" from "Book of Days." This seems like a no brainer to me.
The previous hits package, 1989's "All of This and Nothing," featured the stellar "No Easy Street" as well as "Imitation of Christ","Highwire Days," "She is Mine," and the title track. All of these are sorely lacking from "Greatest Hits." "Greatest Hits," however, provides such gems as "Mr. Jones," "Here Come Cowboys," and "Heartbeat" that were dubiously left off of the former.
To sum it all up, "Greatest Hits" is a pretty decent collection of the band's finer moments, but it is by no means wholly representative. I'd recommend, of course, buying their entire collection, but I realize this takes time and money. I would suggest buying "All of This and Nothing" to complement "Greatest Hits," especially since it usually can be had for less than $5. There's no doubt that many of the tracks will be redundant, but each collection features several that the other lacks.
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