Greatest Hits

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724385031625
  • Catalog Number: 50316
  • Sales rank: 7,748

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Are You Gonna Go My Way (3:30)
  2. 2 Fly Away (3:41)
  3. 3 Rock and Roll Is Dead (3:23)
  4. 4 Again
  5. 5 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over (3:55)
  6. 6 Can't Get You off My Mind (4:34)
  7. 7 Mr. Cab Driver (3:49)
  8. 8 American Woman (4:21)
  9. 9 Stand by My Woman (4:16)
  10. 10 Always on the Run (3:57)
  11. 11 Heaven Help (3:10)
  12. 12 I Belong To You (4:17)
  13. 13 Believe (4:50)
  14. 14 Let Love Rule (5:42)
  15. 15 Black Velveteen (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lenny Kravitz Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sting

    I'm not a big fan of his politics but his musical talent is undeniable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice Mix!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He knows Rock!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fan of LK

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jimi hendrix j.r

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a One Hit Wonder

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    greatest hits ever

    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!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LENNY IS AWESOME!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Lenny CD

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A SMASH FROM THE LEN

    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 !!!!!!!

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