The Essential Red Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When it comes right down to it, Sammy Hagar doesn't have all that many hits -- he's hit the Billboard charts about 30 times as a solo artist since leaving Montrose in the late '70s, and about ten of those are ones that you'd want to hear again, particularly when you take into account that such classic anthems as "Three Lock Box," "I've Done Everything for You," and "Heavy Metal" didn't hit the charts, but covers of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" and latter-day nonentities like "Serious Ju Ju" actually did. In other words, it seems like it'd be pretty easy to put together a definitive single-disc collection of his solo work, even if...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When it comes right down to it, Sammy Hagar doesn't have all that many hits -- he's hit the Billboard charts about 30 times as a solo artist since leaving Montrose in the late '70s, and about ten of those are ones that you'd want to hear again, particularly when you take into account that such classic anthems as "Three Lock Box," "I've Done Everything for You," and "Heavy Metal" didn't hit the charts, but covers of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" and latter-day nonentities like "Serious Ju Ju" actually did. In other words, it seems like it'd be pretty easy to put together a definitive single-disc collection of his solo work, even if you threw in Montrose's "Bad Motor Scooter" for good measure because, let's face it, that was a Sammy cut anyway. Previous compilations like Unboxed or The Best of Sammy Hagar were constrained by label restrictions, since they only featured songs from his Geffen and EMI recordings, respectively, but Hip-O's 2004 effort The Essential Red Collection was supposed to solve this problem by cross-licensing between the two labels, and adding "Bad Motor Scooter," too. Alas, it falls short of being definitive, lacking such staples as "Cruisin' and Boozin'," "Baby's On Fire," "I Don't Need Love," and, worst of all, "Three Lock Box," whose absence is even more glaring considering that the immortal lyric "Suckers walk/Money talks" is highlighted in the liner notes. In their place is a handful of lesser-known, latter-day post-"Give to Live" hits, plus two unreleased cuts from 1974, which, as collector bait goes, aren't bad, but their presence eats up space that would have been better served by real hits. Nevertheless, this is the closest listeners have come to a definitive Sammy collection, and if you have this, along with either Unboxed or The Best of Sammy Hagar, you sure could compile a killer play list for your iPod. But some won't want to work that hard, and would have preferred it if The Essential Red Collection did all the legwork, not just because all of the hits would be in one place, but because it'd be a better comp for it. Final note: when you look at the cover, please remember that there's only one pickup on Sammy's guitar because there's only one way to rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498626856
  • Catalog Number: 000276002
  • Sales rank: 10,354

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Motor Scooter - Montrose (3:41)
  2. 2 Thinking of You (3:42)
  3. 3 Call My Name (3:03)
  4. 4 Red (4:04)
  5. 5 I've Done Everything for You (3:03)
  6. 6 Heavy Metal (3:49)
  7. 7 I'll Fall in Love Again (4:10)
  8. 8 There's Only One Way to Rock (4:14)
  9. 9 Fast Times at Ridgemont High (3:34)
  10. 10 Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy (3:30)
  11. 11 Two Sides of Love (3:41)
  12. 12 I Can't Drive 55 (4:12)
  13. 13 The Girl Gets Around (3:21)
  14. 14 Winner Takes It All (3:58)
  15. 15 Give to Live (4:23)
  16. 16 Eagles Fly (4:59)
  17. 17 High Hopes (5:18)
  18. 18 Little White Lie (2:53)
  19. 19 Marching to Mars (5:06)
  20. 20 Mas Tequila - Waboritas (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Hagar Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Producer, Audio Production
Sammy Hagar Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Montrose Producer
Ted Nugent Liner Notes
Gary Glitter Composer
Jim Peterik Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer
Mike Leander Composer
Carter Producer
Mike Clink Producer, Audio Production
Jesse Harms Producer, Audio Production
Donn Landee Engineer
Keith Olsen Producer, Audio Production
Ted Templeman Producer
Eddie Van Halen Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
John Carter Composer
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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