The Very Best of Winger

The Very Best of Winger

by Winger


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The Very Best of Winger

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2001
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227839628
catalogNumber: 78396
Rank: 2812

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,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

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