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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
No rocker since Elvis has sneered better than Billy Idol. And what better way to pay tribute to the platinum-coiffed Brit punk than with this Greatest Hits package. In addition to quintessential Idol classics such as the slam-dance-inspiring "Dancing with Myself," the naughty rock anthem "White Wedding," the tear-jerking ballad "Eyes Without a Face," and the comeback hit "Cradle of Love," this rockin' collection features a live, acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" and a previously unreleased version of Idol singing "Don't You Forget About Me," a song he was offered before it became a smash hit for the Simple Minds. With a rebel yell, this collection will leave any true...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
No rocker since Elvis has sneered better than Billy Idol. And what better way to pay tribute to the platinum-coiffed Brit punk than with this Greatest Hits package. In addition to quintessential Idol classics such as the slam-dance-inspiring "Dancing with Myself," the naughty rock anthem "White Wedding," the tear-jerking ballad "Eyes Without a Face," and the comeback hit "Cradle of Love," this rockin' collection features a live, acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" and a previously unreleased version of Idol singing "Don't You Forget About Me," a song he was offered before it became a smash hit for the Simple Minds. With a rebel yell, this collection will leave any true Idol fan crying, "More, more, more!"
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Billy Idol's recording career did such a fast fade in the early '90s that his beleaguered record label Chrysalis since absorbed by Capitol didn't even put out a best-of in the U.S. Idol Songs: 11 of the Best was an interim report issued in Great Britain in 1988. But the rise of the '80s rock radio format and Idol's own interest in a comeback make this belated hits collection timely. With one caveat, it is a well-chosen collection of the singer's most successful recordings. The exception, oddly enough, is his biggest hit, "Mony Mony," which is presented in a 1983 studio version rather than the 1987 live take that topped the charts. The annotations claim "This version was never released as a single." Actually, it was -- as Chrysalis 2543 -- but it flopped. Otherwise, all of Idol's big hits are here, among them "Cradle of Love," "Eyes Without a Face," "To Be a Lover," "Rebel Yell," and "White Wedding," each of which reached the Top Ten on one side of the Atlantic or the other. Also included are an "unplugged" live version of "Rebel Yell" and a newly recorded cover of the 1985 Simple Minds hit "Don't You Forget About Me," which was co-written by Idol's producer, Keith Forsey. The only omitted chart singles are "Prodigal Blues," a track from Idol's 1990 album Charmed Life, and "Speed," the title song from the 1994 film; both missed the American pop charts. In his day, Idol seemed to some a commercial sellout of the punk ideal, having abandoned Generation X for a slicker image and sound. In retrospect, he seems more like a logical successor to the kind of portentous baritones who preceded him, particularly Jim Morrison and David Bowie, while Forsey's new wave/disco sound, anchored by guitarist Steve Stevens, holds up well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352881222
  • Catalog Number: 28812
  • Sales rank: 8,139

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dancing With Myself - Generation X
  2. 2 Mony Mony - (alternate take)
  3. 3 Hot In The City
  4. 4 White Wedding (Part I)
  5. 5 Rebel Yell
  6. 6 Eyes Without A Face
  7. 7 Flesh For Fantasy
  8. 8 Catch My Fall
  9. 9 To Be A Lover
  10. 10 Don't Need A Gun - (single edit)
  11. 11 Sweet Sixteen
  12. 12 Cradle Of Love
  13. 13 L.A. Woman - (single edit)
  14. 14 Shock To The System
  15. 15 Rebel Yell - (live, acoustic version)
  16. 16 Don't You (Forget About Me) - (previously unreleased)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Idol Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Generation X Track Performer
Steve Stevens Guitar
Mark Younger-Smith Guitar
Technical Credits
Keith Forsey Programming, Producer, Mastering
Paul Atkinson Executive Producer
Julian Beeston Programming
Ben Edmonds Liner Notes
Robin Hancock Producer
Brian Reeves Engineer
Robert Fisher Art Direction
Kevin Bartley Mastering
Robby Krieger Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i LOVE Billy!

    billy idol is a must have for any punk rocker! i got into him in like 3rd grade & i can't get enogh. i love his album Whiplash Smile. it's one of my faves. but don't get me wrong, they ALL rock! BILLY FOREVER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What can I say? Billy Idol is a god.

    I grew up on the brink of the 90s but I gotta tell you, Billy Idol was a big part of my life. My cousin would play tons of music when I was a kid and I would dance to so many different artist, Billy being one of them. Now that I'm older, I can appreciate his music, his voice in ways I couldn't then. This is a CD that has every single bit of him, from the rebel to the romantic. It's a must for any Idol fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I grew up listening to this kind of music

    oh god, i remember being five and dancing to Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol but never really understanding any of his music. Which was a real shame. but i recomend anyone to listen to his music!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd ever

    i would suggest this cd to everry1 who likes punk rock. i really enjoy lstening to it. if u r reding this billy idol, let me say i love your music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    billy idol

    if you havent heard ''white wedding'' or ''dancin with myself'' you havent lived! i just recently got into billy idol, and now i cant get enough!

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