Red, White & Crüe [Single Disc]

Red, White & Crüe [Single Disc]

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… See more details below

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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 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
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. [In fall 2005, a more singles-oriented single-disc version of Red, White & Crüe

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602498711606
catalogNumber:
9871160

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Performance Credits

Mötley Crüe   Primary Artist
Scott Coogan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Vince Neil   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer
John Corabi   Composer
Scott Humphrey   Composer,Producer
George Marino   Mastering
Bob Rock   Producer,Engineer
Tom Werman   Producer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Mick Mars   Composer
Nikki Sixx   Composer,Producer
P.R. Brown   Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Simple Plan   Composer
Eric Helmkamp   Engineer
Rebeca Carranza   Tape Archivist
Jeff Verner   Executive Producer

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