Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled [Bonus Track]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This best-of collection follows one of rock's most fascinating, uncompromising female artists on pretty much every step of her path -- which certainly ranks among the more individualistic trails blazed in recent memory. The greatest-hits component of the package contains 14 diverse tracks, from radio staples like "Come to My Window" and "I Want to Come Over" to selections that attest to Etheridge's flair for melding hard-rock energy with singer-songwriterly finesse, as on her blazing cover of Tom Petty's "Refugee." It's intriguing to follow Etheridge's evolution as a performer, from the windswept strummer who turned out "Ain't It Heavy" to the older and wiser -- yet a ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This best-of collection follows one of rock's most fascinating, uncompromising female artists on pretty much every step of her path -- which certainly ranks among the more individualistic trails blazed in recent memory. The greatest-hits component of the package contains 14 diverse tracks, from radio staples like "Come to My Window" and "I Want to Come Over" to selections that attest to Etheridge's flair for melding hard-rock energy with singer-songwriterly finesse, as on her blazing cover of Tom Petty's "Refugee." It's intriguing to follow Etheridge's evolution as a performer, from the windswept strummer who turned out "Ain't It Heavy" to the older and wiser -- yet a bit more vulnerable -- woman who crafted "Breathe." The set is fleshed out by a passel of newly recorded tunes, notably a wrenching cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" -- the song Etheridge chose for her first public performance, on the 2004 Grammy Awards, after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The new originals, clearly influenced by that experience, hone in on Etheridge's innate strength, especially "I Run for Life," an unshakably affirmative song that's buoyed by a soaring melody that ranks with the best of her catalog. The personal touch of those compositions is matched in the disc's packaging, which includes song lyrics rendered in Etheridge's own handwriting. The Road Less Traveled is a true survivor's road map -- one that fans are sure to pull out until it's dog-eared.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Talk about the human condition. When Melissa Etheridge released Lucky in early 2004, it was in celebration of a new romance and her status as a veteran singer/songwriter. Sadly, just a few months later, she announced she had breast cancer. But then, almost exactly a year after Lucky's release, Etheridge was on-stage at the Grammys singing a powerful version of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Her bold, and bald, performance proved that cancer wasn't Melissa Etheridge's goodbye. But it also gave hope to anyone experiencing the same ordeal. Etheridge celebrates her career again with 2005's Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled, which joins highlights and singles from her albums to unreleased material and a rousing studio version of "Piece of My Heart." The cover shot's great, an update of 1992's Never Enough depicting a short-haired Etheridge and her trusty Ovation, and so is her cover of the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers classic "Refugee," which builds from a raw acoustic track to a full-blown rock band/backup singer belter. From there the set continues chronologically. The breathy keyboards of "Similar Features" date it to 1988, but "Like the Way I Do" and "Bring Me Some Water," its fellow singles from Etheridge's self-titled debut, are shots of bluesy, brassy rock & roll that renew amazement in Etheridge's unchecked passion as a vocalist. Actually, this collection could consist of "Bring Me Some Water" 17 times in a row and still be awesome. Brave and Crazy's gently evocative "You Can Sleep While I Drive" plays out like a little movie, while the 1993 hit Yes I Am is represented by three slicker yet still strong tracks. Later albums like Breakdown and Your Little Secret get one song each. While she's always been brave, it's clear as Road Less Traveled plays out that Etheridge became less crazy as the 1990s unfolded. She adjusted the swagger of her earlier records with turns toward conventional album-oriented rock and lighter, more tasteful singles "Come to My Window," for example. But her songwriting always endured, as the previously unreleased "This Is Not Goodbye" and "I Run for Life" show. Both inspired by her cancer, the former is an elegiac meditation on mortality while the latter celebrates recovery, endurance, and belief. Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled is a comprehensive, entertaining, and ultimately redemptive collection from a woman who truly deserves it. [The 2007 reissue includes one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602517807396
  • Catalog Number: 001174002
  • Sales rank: 361,182

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Refugee (3:36)
  2. 2 Similar Features (4:48)
  3. 3 Like the Way I Do (5:26)
  4. 4 Bring Me Some Water (3:54)
  5. 5 You Can Sleep While I Drive (3:18)
  6. 6 No Souvenirs (4:36)
  7. 7 Ain't It Heavy (4:25)
  8. 8 I'm the Only One (4:16)
  9. 9 Come to My Window (3:36)
  10. 10 If I Wanted To (3:56)
  11. 11 I Want to Come Over (5:28)
  12. 12 Angels Would Fall (4:39)
  13. 13 Lucky (4:00)
  14. 14 Christmas in America (4:21)
  15. 15 Piece of My Heart (4:24)
  16. 16 This Is Not Goodbye (3:35)
  17. 17 I Run for Life (4:22)
  18. 18 I Need to Wake Up (6:05)
  19. 19 I Need to Wake Up
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melissa Etheridge Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    melissa rocks

    loved it Ijust replaced my original copy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    This is the first greatest hits albumn I have ever purchased that is actually packed with greatest hits - no filler tracks - just great Melissa tracks that you will know the lyrics to every song!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Love it so much when I lost my first CD, I bought it again. She

    Love it so much when I lost my first CD, I bought it again. She is such
    a talent. Ditto - Melissa rocks!

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