The Very Best of Testament

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's a very weird thing about thrash metal -- when it gets to a certain velocity and technical prowess, the guitars no longer sound like guitars, they sound like processed metallic machines. Which, of course, is part of the point, but it will often be slightly strange to listeners, even if they're hearing a band as acclaimed as thrash metal titans Testament. And that may be off-putting if they're coming in cold to Rhino's The Very Best of Testament. Regardless, this 2001 collection does an excellent job of summarizing their albums, featuring three cuts apiece from their first two albums, The Legacy and The New Order, two from Practice What You Preach, five ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's a very weird thing about thrash metal -- when it gets to a certain velocity and technical prowess, the guitars no longer sound like guitars, they sound like processed metallic machines. Which, of course, is part of the point, but it will often be slightly strange to listeners, even if they're hearing a band as acclaimed as thrash metal titans Testament. And that may be off-putting if they're coming in cold to Rhino's The Very Best of Testament. Regardless, this 2001 collection does an excellent job of summarizing their albums, featuring three cuts apiece from their first two albums, The Legacy and The New Order, two from Practice What You Preach, five from their 1992 crossover attempt, The Ritual, and a cut apiece from the live Return to the Apocalyptic City and 1994's Low. Not much here for collectors or the dedicated, outside of good sound, notes from Martin Popoff, and track-by-track analysis from guitarist Eric Peterson, but this does summarize their career quite well, even if it leans a little too heavily on The Ritual for some tastes -- and even with that crossover material in tow, the band's music still remains a daunting taste to acquire for outsiders.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227435929
  • Catalog Number: 274359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Haunting (4:17)
  2. 2 Burnt Offerings (5:08)
  3. 3 First Strike Is Deadly (3:43)
  4. 4 The New Order (4:27)
  5. 5 Into the Pit (2:47)
  6. 6 Disciples of the Watch (5:07)
  7. 7 Practice What You Preach (4:57)
  8. 8 Greenhouse Effect (4:55)
  9. 9 Signs of Chaos (0:30)
  10. 10 Electric Crown (5:30)
  11. 11 So Many Lies (6:05)
  12. 12 The Ritual (7:29)
  13. 13 Return to Serenity (6:30)
  14. 14 Over the Wall (5:29)
  15. 15 Dog Faced Gods (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Testament Primary Artist
James Murphy Guitar
Alex Skolnick Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Chuck Billy Vocals
Greg Christian Bass
Louie Clemente Drums
John Tempesta Drums
Paul Bostaph Drums
Technical Credits
John Aguto Engineer
Keith Blake Remastering
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Bill Inglot Producer
Alex Perialas Producer, Engineer
Tony Platt Producer, Engineer
Randy Wine Engineer
Liz Sroka Engineer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Ken Walden Engineer
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Cheryl Fugate Discographical Annotation
Martin Popoff Liner Notes
Michael Rosen Producer
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