Music Review: Motley Crue – Greatest Hits

Motley Crue
Greatest Hits
U.S.: CD | MP3
UK: CD | MP3
Eleven Seven Music
Release date: December 5, 2011 (UK)

This year marked 30 years since the release of Motley Crue‘s debut album Too Fast For Love. After that record hit in 1981 the years have been packed with tragedy and infamy (with a sex tape or two thrown in) for the Crue. But in that time they, somehow, continued to make great music, most of which is compiled on this Motley Crue: Greatest Hits package.

The tracks are in chronological order beginning with the untamed “Too Fast For Love” to the more production heavy efforts of the fabulous “Dr. Feelgood” and “Home Sweet Home.” All of the most famous songs are on here and even the not-so-famous and more recent works like “Afraid,” “Saint Of Los Angeles,” “Sick Love Song,” and “If I Die Tomorrow.” Even those people with only a passing knowledge of Motley Crue would at least be familiar with a handful of tracks. Everybody knows “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” and “Shout At The Devil”!

One obvious point is that this is not a complete history of Motley Crue. This is a collection by the original members (Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars) and although there are two albums that continue to divide opinion there is still no sign of the John Corabi-voiced album Motley Crue nor New Tattoo with Randy Castillo on drums.

In another slightly strange decision, Motley Crue: Greatest Hits contains tracks that were originally only available on previous greatest hits albums. But although there is no new or exclusive material (with the exception of an unremarkable remix of “The Animal In Me”), it is still a very good collection and great representation of the Crue’s music.

Like I said, there is nothing new here. However, at 19 tracks Motley Crue’s Greatest Hits would make a great gift for the hard rock fans in your family. A reminder, as if you needed one, of how good Motley Crue has always been.

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