“Greatest Hits” by Motley Crue

Artist: Motley Crue
Title: “Greatest Hits”
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Release Date: 11/17/2009
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

While the release bears the same exact title of a similar one from 2003, Motley’s Crue’s “Greatest Hits” package of 2009 has a number of tracks taken from that original version and swapped them out with stronger numbers that make this a truly kick ass compilation. This time around the release pays homage to the bands debut with only that recordings title track and then it’s straight into “Shout At The Devil” for three numbers before it touches lightly upon “Theatre Of Pain” with the two most known from the release. So far, so good, if you ask me – even if I was annoyed about their omitting some truly bona fide classics that as a long time fan of the band I cannot fathom the absence of on something that is designed to celebrate the bands “best” material. A double dose of “Girls, Girls, Girls” comes up next and then we find the albums strongest concentration focusing on their “Dr. Feelgood” recording. The good Doctor makes a house call with no less than five numbers and that makes perfect sense when you realize that the band is currently touring in celebration of that albums 20th anniversary. I didn’t mind this actually considering that recordings overall strength and continued positive impact on the band. The compilations of the past offer up their exclusive tracks with the new release and give us the numbers from both “Decade Of Decadence” and “Red, White & Crue”. It’s safe to say that if you have not yet purchased those releases and were planning on it to have those songs that you no longer need to do so and can just get this one to serve both ends. The group bypasses the Corabi effort entirely and drops in with something from “Generation Swine” and also leaves “New Tattoo” alone and feeling neglected. An observation might lead the casual viewer of the release to think that the band is bypassing any release that does not feature the original four members and instead just dishing out that which they had worked on. Perhaps this will lead us to a compilation release that presents everyone else who worked with The Crue on drums or vocals at one time or another. We close up with two from the bands most recent recording “Saints Of Los Angeles” with its title track and one more number which I felt was not among that albums best in and of itself. I would have opted for “Mutherfucker Of The Year” if I needed to pick one or maybe even “White Trash Circus” since those were better tracks.

The lack of any real depth to the enclosed booklet is a sore point for me, and to be brutally honest calling the two page foldout a “booklet” in the first place is rather insulting to those bands that really give us the goods in this area. We get the cover art of a recent band photo, the listings of where the tracks originally hailed from and then cover art from these albums to close it up – Nothing else. That was disturbing considering not only the visual nature of the band but also since they gypped us by offering a lackluster booklet on their “Red, White & Crue” Anthology package from 2005. They really could have stepped up to the plate by putting a few pages of color photos from each of the eras covered by the hits package. At the end of the day a fan who has all of their recordings doesn’t need to purchase this release at all but it does make a nice present to the younger generation of Metal Head who can use an education on what Motley was all about. If you are someone who knows a person like that in need of some Metal school then I suggest you pick this up. Should you be a Crue completist you might want it as well but outside of that mindset this is not a necessary album to own even though I was rather pleased with most of its content. You be the judge because in this economy a release like this could suffer more than thrive against its competition.

Track Listing:
1. Too Fast For Love
2. Shout At The Devil
3. Looks That Kill
4. Too Young To Fall In Love
5. Smokin’ In The Boys Room
6. Home Sweet Home
7. Wild Side
8. Girls, Girls, Girls
9. Dr. Feelgood
10. Kickstart My Heart
11. Same Ol’ Situation
12. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
13. Without You
14. Primal Scream
15. Sick Love Song
16. Afraid
17. If I Die Tomorrow
18. Saints Of Los Angeles
19. The Animal In Me (remix)

Official Website: http://www.motley.com

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