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Greatest Hits
     

Greatest Hits

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by Lenny Kravitz
 

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It's not all that hard to forge a fusion of hard rock, funk, and pop, but adding enough personality to make that fusion hold together and soar is another matter entirely. For the past decade, Lenny Kravitz has made a mission out of that sort of boundary blurring, and the results, as chronicled on this 15-song best of, are as fascinating as they are fun. Boasting an

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It's not all that hard to forge a fusion of hard rock, funk, and pop, but adding enough personality to make that fusion hold together and soar is another matter entirely. For the past decade, Lenny Kravitz has made a mission out of that sort of boundary blurring, and the results, as chronicled on this 15-song best of, are as fascinating as they are fun. Boasting an even mix of his in-your-face attitude -- as evidenced on "Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead" and his hit cover of the Guess Who's "American Woman" -- and his velvety smooth croon -- best conveyed by the steamy "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" -- this collection shows Kravitz to be both aware of his roots and able to transcend them. The career-spanning disc offers ample time to appreciate both Kravitz's depth as a songwriter, evident on the never-before-released "Again," and the musical virtuosity displayed by his handling of virtually every instrument heard in these grooves. He's still a work in progress, but Lenny Kravitz has earned the right to look back at his impressive accomplishments -- and that's a view any fan of no-holds-barred classic rock will appreciate as well.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lenny Kravitz's greatest gift is that he's a master synthesist, pulling together different sounds and styles from eras past to create a sound that isn't necessarily blazingly original, but fresh due to his craft and sheer mastery of the studio. Since he was an unabashed classicist, his records often suffered the brunt of nasty criticism, but they were often very good, particularly early in his career before he indulged in the mannerisms of guitar-blasting stadium rock. Even if Circus and 5 were sunk by their own bloat, they still had good singles, as did those early albums, so the 2000 collection Greatest Hits is a terrific encapsulation of Kravitz at the peak of his talents. Certainly, there are some fan favorites missing, and the non-chronological sequencing is maddening (two of his three worst singles are within the first three songs), but it does boast the magnificent new single "Again," along with such seminal Kravitz moments as "Are You Gonna Go My Way," "Mr. Cabdriver," "Stand By My Woman," "Always on the Run," "Believe," "Let Love Rule," and "It Ain't Over Til It's Over," which is enough to make this a first-class greatest-hits compilation. After all, it doesn't just have all the main songs, it also illustrates that he indeed is a master synthesist.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724385031625
catalogNumber:
50316
Rank:
3956

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lamar Alsop   Viola
Abe Appleman   Strings
Julien Barber   Viola
Elena Barere   Strings
Barry Finclair   Strings
Jean Ingraham   Strings
Regis Landiorio   Strings
Richard Locker   Cello
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Paul Peabody   Strings
Sue Pray   Viola
Mark Orrin Shuman   Viola
Richard Sortomme   Strings
Dale Stuckenbruck   Strings
Joel Pitchon   Strings
Richard Sarpola   Bass
Fred CZotkin   Viola

Technical Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Producer
Kevin Halpin   Engineer
Henry Hirsch   Engineer
Steve Rinkoff   Drum Technician
Kenny Asher   String Conductor
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Eika Aoshima   Inlay Photography
Jean Baptiste Mondino   Inlay Photography
Ruven Afanador   Inlay Photography
Mark Seliger   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Melanie Nissen   Inlay Photography
Matt Knobel   Engineer
James Calderarro   Inlay Photography
Per Gustafsson   Inlay Photography
Elena Charlap   String Contractor

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Greatest Hits 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Lenny Kravitz' songs and this compilation of his greatest hits is terrific. I especially love his new hit, ''Again''. His style is second to none.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am about as ''Old School Rock'' as anyone can get. From Aerosmith to Zepplin, from 80's Hair Rock to 60's Freedom Rock and all the Classic Rock in between. I can hang with the best Rock Trivia writers and I have found Lenny to be one to know his stuff. His marvelous music, voice and lyrics are a glimmer of hope to my generation that our music doesn't die. Keep up the great work Kenny! Long Live Rock!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen to Believe and the song will not be out of your head it is just amazing. Lenny knows how to play the Guitar all right THIS ALBUM IS A MUST HAVE FOR ALL FANS OF LENNY BUY NOW !!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was given to me after I commented I loved ''Fly Away'' to a friend. I was afraid that would be the only song I liked. I was wrong, I enjoy the whole CD!
Dancemom More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. I was never a big fan of Lenny's, but after seeing him at Irving Plaza this fall, I came away duly impressed, and with a newfound respect for his versatility as a performer. This CD is a nice mix of piano infused love songs, gritty "New Yawk" inspired funk (Mr. Cabdriver), and good old classics like "Let Love Rule." A great compilation for die hard Lenny Kravitz fans and Newbies alike. One caveat, though - if you are planning on listening to this with your kids, this may not be suitable for the under 10 crowd due to mature language. Otherwise, it's pure Rock N Soul!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that this is one of the best cds that ever came out, ''i belong to you '' is one of nicest and sweetest songs that i have ever heard... what i'm trying to say is that this cd is my favorite so far!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one cd i can listen to over and over anywhere...at home... in the car...at work...It's like listening to all of his 5 cds in one. surely to some, the greatest hits cd came out too early (since he only has 5 cds under his belt and a few commercially known songs), but i think it's a great recap of all his work within the past decade (and a lil more).
Olmanzangetsu-05 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of his politics but his musical talent is undeniable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great, nothing compares to him! I personnally think this CD is one of his best works yet! I recommend it to any Lenny fan!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i feel as though lenny has that flair and style like jimi hendrix . lenny has a way of getting his music out there and they wanted him to be a r&b artist but i'm glad lenny stuck to his own style greatest hits is a very good album it's the kind you can sit and listen to over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago