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Red White & Crue - Motley Crue

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Motley Crue / Box set / Audio CD released 2005-02-21 at Commercial Marketing

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      27.10.2008 10:57
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      Peaks and Troughs. But well put together, and contains so many classics it's worth getting a copy.

      This is the most recent and and the most definitive Motley Crue compilation available.

      It's a two disc album. The tracklisting is chronological, therefore the majority of the band's classics, and arguably best work, is on the first disc. The second disc contains singles from the band's not so glamorous years - the 90's and beyond.

      Disc one is excellent. Starting with early classic Live Wire and ending on the world famous Dr Feelgood which showcases Motley Crue at their peak. A fantastic song to end the first disc on. Inbetween there are 18 songs to rock along with. Standout tracks include the ballad You're All I need (about killing a girlfriend!), the HUGE single Girls, Girls, Girls and Kickstart My Heart, which is a high energy hair metal gem, all about Nikki Sixx's heroin overdose. Nice.

      The low points for me on the first disc are mainly found in the earlier records where Motley were still finding their feet. Tracks like Black Widow are a little hard going. And the production on the earlier stuff sounds pretty tame up against the glossy later material.

      Disc 2 is pretty hit and miss. It starts with the lame cover of Anarchy In The UK (which was recorded as a bonus track for a previous Best Of album) then moves on to Primal Scream which has some some great guitar sounds on it so I always like this. 3rd up is the '91 remix of Home Sweet Home, which is Motley's 'Bon Jovi' moment. An over-produced classic ballad.

      But then it's time to hit the skip button through below par tunes (some with Vince Neil's replacement - John Corabi) from the 90's, with the occasional more enjoyable track like Generation Swine which reminds you of the snotty Motley of old, until you get to the 3 'new' tracks specially recorded for this compilation.
      The 1st is another hard to stomach cover of Street Fighting Man. The second is If I Die Tomorrow and is absolutely excellent. With an updated sound and some super-heavy guitars it's the best Motley song for at least 15 years. Great stuff. But then it's followed up by the album closer - Sick Love Song which seems to see the band regressing again. Most frustrating.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Live Wire
      2 Piece Of Your Action
      3 Toast Of The Town
      4 Too Fast For Love
      5 Black Widow
      6 Looks That Kill
      7 Too Young To Fall In Love
      8 Helter Skelter
      9 Shout At The Devil
      10 Smokin' In The Boys Room
      11 Use It Or Lose It
      12 Girls, Girls, Girls
      13 Wild Side
      14 You're All I Need
      15 All In The Name Of...
      16 Kickstart My Heart
      17 Without You
      18 Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
      19 Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
      20 Dr. Feelgood

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Anarchy In The U.K.
      2 Primal Scream
      3 Home Sweet Home
      4 Hooligan's Holiday
      5 Misunderstood
      6 Planet Boom
      7 Bittersuite
      8 Afraid
      9 Beauty
      10 Generation Swine
      11 Bitter Pill
      12 Enslaved
      13 Hell On High Heels
      14 New Tattoo
      15 If I Die Tomorrow
      16 Sick Love Song
      17 Street Fighting Man