Singles 1996-2006

The Singles 1996-2006

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by Staind
     
 

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Thanks to their power ballad "It's Been Awhile," it'd be easy for some listeners to forget that Staind got their big break thanks to none other than Fred Durst, the king of lunkheaded mook rock at the turn of the millennium. Not that "It's Been Awhile" was fun -- like all post-grunge hard rock of the late '90s/early 2000s, it was

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Thanks to their power ballad "It's Been Awhile," it'd be easy for some listeners to forget that Staind got their big break thanks to none other than Fred Durst, the king of lunkheaded mook rock at the turn of the millennium. Not that "It's Been Awhile" was fun -- like all post-grunge hard rock of the late '90s/early 2000s, it was humorless and earnest, intent on catharsis -- but it had a strong hook that tempered the gloom and helped them cross over, even if their lead singer/songwriter, Aaron Lewis, remained fueled by angst even after selling millions. Released in 2006 -- five years after "It's Been Awhile" and a year after their fifth album, Chapter V, topped the Billboard charts without leaving much of a lasting impression -- the 15-track Greatest Hits downplays their early, churning Alice in Chains fixation and emphasizes songs in the vein of "It's Been Awhile." Not that the metal is completely absent -- their first single, the grinding "Mudshovel" is here, for instance -- but brooding ballads are pushed front and center; there are no less than four acoustic tracks tacked on the end of the record (including a cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," which does produce the mild revelation that Roger Waters' narcissistic rock opera did indeed influence Lewis' lyrical outlook). In this context, such singles as "Price to Play" -- which aren't quite rock, yet not quite ballads -- sound akin to power ballads, which helps make this a good overview and introduction for those who were won over to the band via their big hit, yet for those who remember that Staind was once a protégé of Durst & Co., they'd be better off sticking with their old copy of Dysfunction.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075679455826
catalogNumber:
94558
Rank:
20531

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Staind   Primary Artist
Tony Reyes   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Roger Waters   Composer
Johnny April   Composer
Tony Adams   Drum Technician
David Bottrill   Producer
Jerry Cantrell   Composer
Terry Date   Producer
David Gilmour   Composer
Sean Kinney   Composer
Layne Staley   Composer
Aaron Lewis   Composer
Mike Inez   Composer
Fred Durst   Producer
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Josh Abraham   Producer
Staind   Composer,Producer
Bill Sheppell   Producer
Jon Wysocki   Composer
Mike Mushok   Composer
Jeff Gilmer   Producer,Engineer
Alex Kirzhner   Art Direction
Ian Keith   Guitar Techician
Chris Ballini   Guitar Techician
Pete Ricci   Bass Technician

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The Singles 1996-2006 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great CD. It has alot of older songs and some new. I loved their rendition of Comfortably Numb!! Great stuff!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has a nice track listing that spans the band's nearly 10 year career. It even includes the FVT version of 'Outside' that in some ways started it all. The CD also includes four extra tracks that are well worth the listen. This CD is a nie addition to your Staind collection or a good way to introduce your friend to the band. Deffinitley go pick it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song on here is great. The lyrics are really good and so is the music. If you want to get into Staind's music, start here. Play the samples.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Staind is one of the few bands around to have true talent live and on CD. This is a great CD putting together their singles as a collectable for old fans and as an appetizer for new fans. The live acoustic songs on this cd are amazing and show each member's unique talents. A must buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having following this group for several years, I STILL am amazed by them everytime I see them and hear their music. Their Greatest Hits album is a total work of art. Their sound is original and mesmerizing. Aaron Lewis' voice is truly angelic in all its haunting darkness. Combined with the intensely beautiful instrumentals, their music is like nothing else out there today. This Greatest Hits album is a total "must have" for even those who are new to their music. They will be hooked forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is awesome for someone that is a true staind fan. With the starting track of Come Again, to the mellow its been awhile. They also do 3 cover songs at the end of the album and they totally blew me away, especially the pink floyd cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow... It's what you have to say after to listening to the new cd.. I can't stop listening to the cd... The cover songs on the cd are amazing.. I recomend everyone going out to buy this cd.. They picked the best song to put on this cd ... I love how some of the songs are in acustic... This is by far the best Hits cd I've ever owned!! Go buy it today!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Go buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to hear some of stainds' live music on this cd, sounds great. I'm buying it today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your a staind fan this is the album for you. All the best ones back to back to back!! Go get it, you'll agree!!! love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ATTENTION all staind lover and fans, THIS IS A CD YOU MUST HAVE!!!! This a CD that has the BEST of Stainds songs all in one!!! The DVD is great!! You must purchase this amazing CD!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago