The Very Best of Winger

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Winger wasn't the worst of the poppy hair metal bands of the late '80s/early '90s, but they were the brunt of more jokes than any of their peers. Perhaps that was because Mike Judge seized the opportunity to use them as a visual and verbal punchline throughout the run of Beavis & Butt-Head, but it's more likely because of the group's fondness for a bombastic melodic hook and of Kip Winger's model good looks and dazzling Colgate smile (well, there's also the matter of lyrics like "I'm only seventeen/I'll give you love like you've never seen," which are just ripe for lampooning). Such an atmosphere led to a never-ending series of prods and jabs, making easy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Winger wasn't the worst of the poppy hair metal bands of the late '80s/early '90s, but they were the brunt of more jokes than any of their peers. Perhaps that was because Mike Judge seized the opportunity to use them as a visual and verbal punchline throughout the run of Beavis & Butt-Head, but it's more likely because of the group's fondness for a bombastic melodic hook and of Kip Winger's model good looks and dazzling Colgate smile (well, there's also the matter of lyrics like "I'm only seventeen/I'll give you love like you've never seen," which are just ripe for lampooning). Such an atmosphere led to a never-ending series of prods and jabs, making easy Winger jokes very hard to resist (witness the above, if you need proof), but the fact of the matter is, they weren't that bad; they were even pretty good, as Rhino's exhaustive 16-track collection, The Very Best of Winger, proves. They weren't necessarily the best of the bunch, and they never transcended the genre, but they did have some good hooks, a good guitarist in Reb Beach, nice chemistry within the band, and a knack for a power ballad, which resulted in three classics of the genre -- the cheerfully sleazy jailbait paean "Seventeen," "Madalaine," and "Headed for a Heartbreak," one of the best power ballads of its time. Unfortunately, the reverse chronological sequencing of this collection makes you dig to hear these attributes (it opens with the new track "On the Inside," written around the time of Pull, and works its way backward like it was the pop-metal equivalent of Memento). Even with this nasty fault, it's does contain Winger at their best, complete with good liner notes from Dave Ling and an introduction from Kip Winger, and it does demonstrate that the jokes, no matter how much fun they are to make, are not entirely warranted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227839628
  • Catalog Number: 78396
  • Sales rank: 8,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Winger Primary Artist
Michael Davis Horn
Alex Acuña Percussion
Reb Beach Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Botti Horn
Hae Young Ham Strings
Beau Hill Background Vocals
Maria Kitsopoulos Strings
Ira McLaughlin Background Vocals
Rod Morgenstein Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Sandra Park Strings
Paul Taylor Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Kip Winger Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Nate Winger Background Vocals
Paul Winger Background Vocals
Rebecca Young Strings
John Roth Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Frank Latorre Harmonica
Paul Taylor Choristers Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Winger Composer
Reb Beach Composer
Beau Hill Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jimmy Hoyson Engineer
Bill Inglot Reissue Producer, Remastering, Reissue Sound Supervisor
Mike Shipley Producer, Engineer
Kip Winger Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements
Julie Vlasak Art Direction
Steve Woolard Liner Notes, Discographical Annotation
Emily Cagan Producer
Pete Cotutsca Illustrations, Cover Illustration
Dave Ling Liner Notes
Cory Frye Editorial Research
Paul Taylor Choristers Arranger
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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