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Red, White & Crüe

Red, White & Crüe

3.8 5
by Mötley Crüe

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At points in their history, this hard-living foursome were -- with apologies to Paul Shaffer -- unquestionably the world's most dangerous band. Those glory days are revisited to fine effect on this double-disc retrospective, which is fleshed out with a passel of new recordings that indicate there's plenty of piss-and-vinegar left in the Crüe. The collection's first


At points in their history, this hard-living foursome were -- with apologies to Paul Shaffer -- unquestionably the world's most dangerous band. Those glory days are revisited to fine effect on this double-disc retrospective, which is fleshed out with a passel of new recordings that indicate there's plenty of piss-and-vinegar left in the Crüe. The collection's first disc contains most of the tunes that'll be familiar to non-diehards, from the vein-busting "Shout at the Devil" to the lasciviously playful "Girls Girls Girls." Disc 2, on the other hand, delves more deeply into the band's '90s work, digging out both relatively subdued tracks (a 1991 remix of their power ballad "Home Sweet Home") and modernized nuggets of antisocial behavior (like the clanging "Generation Swine"). The freshly minted originals have more in common with the latter -- particularly the sneering, infectious "Sick Love Song" -- while a cover of the Stones' "Street Fighting Man" proves the Crüe haven't lost their flair for boldly going where clearer heads might balk. As Mötley Crüe's history proves, clarity is rock's most overrated commodity.

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Despite not having had a hit since the late '90s, Mötley Crüe remained impossible to ignore. Tommy Lee's high-profile romances, court dates, and television appearances -- he got his own reality show -- kept the group theoretically active well past their creative due date, and Vince Neil appeared on VH1's Surreal Life, where he shed tears with MC Hammer and endured a celebrity "makeover" complete with a face-lift, while the rest of the band chronicled their decadent heydays in the best-selling tell-all book The Dirt. The two-disc Red, White & Crüe is a far better companion to that book than 2003's exhaustive two-installment, eight-disc retrospective, Music to Crash Your Car To (was it really necessary to hear three versions of ex-vocalist John Corabi's "Hooligan's Holiday"?), and despite the addition of three new cuts (only one, the blistering "Sick Love Song," manages to recapture the group's original intensity), it's the most definitive collection yet. At their best, the Crüe were the audio equivalent of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. "Live Wire," "Looks That Kill," "Kickstart My Heart," and even the monstrous "Walk This Way" rip-off "Dr. Feelgood" showed a group that not only loved the scene but lived it like Vikings storming a sleepy village. When they were hot they were smoldering, and despite the occasional embarrassing lyric like "forward my mail to me in Hell" ("Wild Side") and misguided attempts at jumping on the punk revival bandwagon ("Anarchy in the U.K.") and the nu-metal gurney ("Planet Boom"), Red, White & Crüe serves as a crystal-clear window into a blurry world that only the Crüe could have constructed.

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Release Date:
Hip-O Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mötley Crüe   Primary Artist
Vince Neil   Vocals
John Corabi   Vocals
Tommy Lee   Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Mick Mars   Guitar
Nikki Sixx   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Scott Coogan   Background Vocals
James Michael   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Steve Jones   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Mötley Crüe   Producer,Audio Production
Vince Neil   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer
Paul Cook   Composer
John Corabi   Composer
Scott Humphrey   Composer,Producer
Michael Lutz   Composer
John Lydon   Composer
Glen Matlock   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Bob Rock   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Audio Production
Randy Staub   Remixing
Tom Werman   Producer,Audio Production
David Wild   Liner Notes
Tommy Lee   Composer,Producer
Mick Mars   Composer,Producer
Nikki Sixx   Composer,Producer
P.R. Brown   Art Direction
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
James Michael   Composer
Simple Plan   Composer
Eric Helmkamp   Engineer
Jeff Varner   Executive Producer
Rebeca Carranza   Tape Archivist
Beau Fletcher   Engineer

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Red, White & Crüe 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this a pretty good cd. Although the new are songs are good, some of them dont quite capture the essence of the crue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
they are back, and better than ever. they play loud, aggressive rock n roll. i hope motley crue never changes. thanks for the songs vince, mick, nikki, and tommy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive been a Crue fan for years,and this two c.d. set puts the so called today rockers,wishing they had the stuff.Im a Big Music Lover,and like a lot of different types.But there is only One Motley Crue,so if you like cranking up the volume,and like to play air bass,with Nikki.Or jamming like Mick,on his electric slide.Or tapping those feet,when hearing the thumping of Tommy Lee on the drums.If you are old school,and like the good stuff,the Crue wont disapoint you.Im in my mid 40s,so if you like the so called stuff,of today,thats your choice.But groups like Motley Crue,are rare,but,they know how to make you feel good to be alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest greatest hits compilation from the self proclaimed bad boys of rock and roll is a 2 disc set consisting of 37 songs, 33 of which any self respecting Crue-head has already heard a million times, one rare classic from ’82, and three brand new tracks. The rare classic is a song called “Black Widow” from 1982 which has previously been unavailable on CD and really takes you back to the “Too Fast for Love” days. It’s about time they finally released this song. The first of the three brand new tracks is a slow song called “If I Die Tomorrow” which I could really do without. The second is a song called “Sick Love Song” which is halfway decent, and the third is a remake of the Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” which is okay. All in all, if you’re a hard rock fan, or a casual Motley Crue fan, who doesn’t own too many of their CDs/albums/tapes, this will make a great purchase. All the greatest hits are here. “Looks that Kill”, “Too Fast for Love”, “Shout at the Devil”, “Smokin’ in the Boys Room”, “Dr. Feelgood”, and “Primal Scream”, etc. all together on a 2 disc set is a pretty good bargain after all. However, if you’re a die hard Crue fan (like me) you might come away feeling cheated by having to fork over almost $20.00 for what amounts to only four songs that you don’t already own on other CDs (some both on Elektra and on Motley Records!!!). What I’d like to see Motley Crue do is release a live DVD/CD of vintage performances (like the US Festival for example). Now for that I’d gladly pay $20.00 or more. For the true Motley Crue fan “Red, White & Cue” is a rip off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Crüe compilation ever, it includes every single hit from their beginig 'til now. Their new song, If I die tomorrow, is an excellent ballad, sumarizing their carrier history and impacting moments in their lives... Also this albun debuted #6 at Billboard top 100 albuns. I saw them live in San Juan Pr, and they played most of their old stuff included in this albun...It was great to remeber those days back...