“Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits” by Cinderella

Artist: Cinderella
Title: “Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits”
Label: Mercury/Universal Records
Release Date: 1/25/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

The release of this CD by Cinderella comes to us 7 years after their last hits compilation. Most of the material is the same with the exception that this piece also adds a couple of tracks from “Still Climbing” the bands last studio effort. As someone who always enjoyed the Blues Rock styling of the band it was nice to see a new collection with a couple of more tracks be released. I also felt that this one sounded a little cleaner on the production end with the songs sounding more in your face than before. There is a chance that this is a bit remastered but I did not see anything to note that. Cinderella was a terrific group who showed that not all of the bands that came to be in the “Hair Metal” 1980’s were jokes. The music was well constructed and the choruses often memorable. When they first surfaced there was a big AC/DC reference to them and personally I never quite saw that. Perhaps a certain aspect of Kiefer’s voice led this to be the case. They were a staple on MTV at the time and gave the audience hit after hit. Tom Kiefer was not only a great songwriter but also a kick ass guitarist. His voice was soulful and rugged and brought a unique style to the bands music. The lineup has remained the same with Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar and Fred Coury and perhaps this is another one of the reasons they come across so well after so many years.

Since this is a hits package it is a little difficult to say what is “best” on the CD. Overall I think fans will enjoy most of it and anyone who wants good Rock and Roll can appreciate it as well. It seems as though all of my personal favorites appear such as “Coming Home”, “Nobody’s fool” and “Night Songs”. I was disappointed that tracks like “Push, Push” were omitted especially since that did not make the first compilation. This is a great introduction to a great band. A DVD of the bands videos is also available and it bears the same title. It might have been a smart idea to make this one release or dualdisc. Check both of these out when you can as you will not be disappointed. Take a trip back to the not so distant past with Cinderella.

Track Listing:
1. Night Songs
2. Shake Me
3. Nobody’s Fool
4. Somebody Save Me
5. Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart At The Seams
6. Gypsy Road
7. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
8. The Last Mile
9. Long Cold Winter
10. If You Don’t Like It
11. Coming Home
12. The More Things Change
13. Shelter Me
14. Heartbreak Station
15. Winds Of Change
16. Blood From A Stone
17. Hot And Bothered

Official Web site: www.Cinderella.net

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