There's more than one B.B. King best-of out on the racks, but this 1998 issue, Greatest Hits [MCA], updates his chart achievements and puts them together in a modern, 16-track package for both the novice and casual modern blues listener…
Hit songs of a decade that influenced the shape of popular music as we know it from homegrown British stars to those that made ripples from across the pond. Rock and rollers, crooners, souls stars, pop princes and princess and a whole lot more.
The best hits of a rock'n'roll from the greatest legends of the 50th. A rock'n'roll, the main world music of the 50th years, having appeared on dance floors and in airs, instantly I blew up rather quiet bog reigning then a rhythm and blues, a country and other. At concerts the public at last started rising with chairs and to arrange violent dances, girls for the first time started squealing and making a declaration of love to idols, and musicians - to move on a scene. And not so, as if they have all body in plaster, and is opened, is free and, according to hypocrites, in general even it is indecent.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2000 compilation All Time Greatest Hits suffers from the same ailments that plague many compilations of its time, but there is one problem in particular that hurts it: instead of offering all of the "all time greatest hits" on one disc, the compilers pulled their punches, overlooking a few big songs while occasionally substituting live or acoustic versions for the original studio versions. That means that this is a Skynyrd compilation without the famed original recording of "Free Bird" – a live version is here instead. It doesn't really matter that it's a good version, taken from 1976's One More from the Road, or that the live version actually charted in the Top 40; nor does it matter that "All I Can Do Is Write About It" is a good acoustic version originally released on the eponymous 1991 box set, because this is a collection made for a general audience. It should, therefore, have the versions that a general audience knows best. Apart from that, and the usual nitpicking over songs that should have been included ("Workin' for MCA," "Don't Ask Me No Questions," etc.), this remains a solid collection, containing most of the Skynyrd material that a casual follower could want.
The first-ever compilation of Stephanie's big '80s hits for MCA, all taken from first generation masters and copiously annotated! Includes I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love; I Feel Good All Over; (You're Puttin') a Rush on Me ; her remake of The Wiz favorite Home; Stand Back; Secret Lady , and more.
Hits of Shakin' Stevens is a detailed single disc featuring 16 tracks the rock & roll revivalist recorded for Epic in the '80s. Anyone looking for a comprehensive collection of his best recordings should pick this up as it features the original versions of "This Ole House," "You Drive Me Crazy," "Oh Julie," and the Dave Alvin penned "Marie Marie".
Had Elvis Presley done nothing else but record "That's Alright, Mama," his place in pop music history would be secure. With his first regional hit, Presley fused rhythm and blues with country, put a handsome white face out front for audiences to see, and in so doing legitimized beat music for white audiences. It is no understatement to call Presley the chief catalyst of the rock-and-roll era…