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Korn - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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First installment of the track-suited inventors of nu-metal’s greatest hits. It draws on their back catalogue, from the1994 self titled debut; right through to 2003’s ’Take A Look In The Mirror’. ’Greatest Hits Vol.1’ displays the originsof the downtuned early 90’s metal sound that went on to influence countless acts. It also includes covers of material by Pink Floyd and Cameo.

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  • I’ve been a big Korn fan from the moment I first heard their music and I have never been disappointed by any one of their releases. This is an excellent greatest hits collection and there is not a single bad song on it. The only reason this doesn’t rate 5 stars is that there are a few songs missing that definetly should have been included. They also seemed to favor material from their more recent recordings rather than their older stuff but that is only a minor complaint.

    The two new songs, “Word Up!” & “Another Brick In The Wall”, although both being covers, are excellent. They really take each song and make it their own.

    After that, we are treated to 3 songs from “Take A Look In The Mirror”; “Did My Time”, “Right Now”, & “Y’all Want A Single”. Again, all excellent choices from this album.

    Up next is two songs from “Untouchables”; “Here To Stay” & “Alone I Break”. I’m not complaining, but “Thoughtless”, should have been on this collection to.

    Then we have four songs from “Issues”; “Make Me Bad”, “Trash”, “Somebody Someone” & “Falling Away From Me” These are all good songs but considering the lack of songs from their earlier albums, we probably could have done without at least one of them.

    Off of “Follow The Leader”, we have the two big hits; “Got The Life” & “Freak On A Leash”. These were the songs that helped them gain incredible popularity and as such, deserve to be on this collection.

    “Life Is Peachy” is woefully underepresented by “Twist” & “A.D.I.D.A.S.” They could have included more songs off this underrated record.

    “Korn”, their debut album is represented by “Blind”, “Shoots And Ladders”, & “Clown”. No arguments there although there is still some good songs missing.

    “Freak On A Leash (Dante Ross Remix)” is an alright remix of a great song, but it is hardly essential. They should have left it off in favor of one of the many missing songs.

    For hardcore Korn fans, the bonus DVD, “Live At CBGB’s” is excellent. And the two new songs and the remix are all worth getting as well.

    For listeners new to Korn, this is an excellent place to start because there is not a single bad song on here and it will allow you to sample songs from all of their albums, which is good because all their albums are a little different.

    All in all, a superb best of package.

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Korn is great. One of, if not, the best metal band. However, i noticed this “Greatest Hits” is missing important songs. For example, Grammy-Nominated “No Place To Hide” from “Life is Peachy” and “Thoughtless” off “Untouchables” did not make this disc. But it does include some of their best songs like “blind”, “here to stay”, “freak on a leash” (dante ross mix is genious). If you are a new Korn listener, be aware that some of their best did not make this collection.

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Definitly one of the best cd’s I own. Great song after great song, this one is a must have

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The time is right for Korn’s first greatest hits album. It is the right time because 2004 is Korn’s 10 year anniversary. 1994 saw the first release of Korn’s six great albums, an album which essentially created a genre (nu-metal). Now that’s something to celebrate!
    However the time is also wrong. Korn HAVE evolved over the course of their ten year career, with albums like “Follow the Leader” (which melded rap and rock) and “Untouchables” (a heavier, robust sound). However, Korn’s latest studio album (“Take a Look in the Mirror”) saw the band going back to their roots (and sounding like their first two albums, “Korn” and “Life is Peachy”). So, this retrospective (which goes in reverse chronological order) proves that Korn haven’t really gone anywhere in their career.
    With that said, this is a great compilation. As previously mentioned, it goes in reverse chronological order; starting with two new covers that the band recorded in early 2004 and ending with their 1994 self-titled debut (an album that many believe to be the best hard rock album of all time.)
    The first song, a cover of Cameo’s rap hit “Word Up”, is an instant hit. The cover, which is actually not all that far removed from the original, is very catchy. It has Manson-esque vocals and has a good beat. The next song, “Another Hole in the Wall”, is a heck of a lot better than I thought it was going to be. With the dark theme and shout-along-chorus, Korn make it seem like they were almost meant to play this song. Guitarist Head does a great job of reciting the guitar solo, and the song ends with a bone-chilling whisper of “Goodbye world, goodbye.”
    The next set of songs comes from 2003’s “Take a Look in the Mirror.” “Ya’ll Want a Single” is a bit of a weird transition from “Another Brick in the Wall”, but it is nonetheless a very enjoyable song that needs to be on here. It has a bobbing beat that at times is almost rap influenced. “Right Now” and “Did My Time” are not only personal favorites, they are great representations of the band (dark, angry and agressive).
    The next cuts come from 2002’s “Untouchables.” Only two songs are represented from that album. “Alone I Break” is the closest thing to a ballad Korn have ever made (it includes Blue Man Group-esque drums), while “Here to Stay” (one of Korn’s most popular singles) is almost the exact opposite. It’s ultra-heavy guitars, “boom-boom” beat, relateable lyrics and mosh-worthy bridge make this another personal favorite.
    The next four tracks come from 1999’s “Issues.” It’s pecilular why “Issues” should get the most space on the CD, especially seeing how Korn omitted “Thoughtless” (their third single from “Untouchables”) in favor of “Trash” (a song that was not a single.) But, oh well. “Issues” was a very underrated album; it deserves four songs on here. “Trash” is a creepy song with sick and twisted lyrics, “Falling Away From Me” is a moshpit ready hit single with big guitars, and “Somebody Someone” and “Make Me Bad” are both very catchy, as well.
    It’s also a bit strange why Korn’s most popular album, “Follow the Leader”, which went quintuple platinum, only has space for two songs on here. While a third song (“Children of the Korn”, maybe) would have been welcome, the two songs, “Got the Life” and “Freak on a Leash” are both excellent songs and fan favorites. “Got the Life” includes a “gluey” bassline and a disco beat influenced chorus. “Freak on a Leash” is a good example of how Johnathan Davis can go from calm to absolutely crazy.
    The next two songs (again, only two!) are from “Life is Peachy.” My favorite song from this album (“Good God”) is missing, but the two songs that are represented are, again, great songs. “Twist” is a 49-second scat-laden riot and “A.D.I.D.A.S.” is a perverted sing-along song.
    The next three tracks are from Korn’s self-titled debut. Nothing can be said about them that hasn’t been said before. They are classics to the metal scene. Note, however, that these last five songs sound quite similar to the songs from “Take a Look in the Mirror.”
    The CD ends with the Dante Ross remix of Freak on a Leash. There are numerous songs (rarities and demos) that could and should have been substituted for this song. However, don’t quibble over it too much. It is a good remix (one that you could almost dance to) and the end is a good place for it.
    So, in conclusion, this album is a great compilation of tried and true classics. It’s a must for all of the children of Korn (especially hardcore fans and completionists.) If nothing else, atleast buy this for the two cover songs and the mini-concert DVD (“Live at CBGB’s in New York”).
    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Korn are here to stay (as the title, “Greatest Hits, Vol. 1″ suggests). I just hope they will evolve a little more in the second half of their career.

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Korn’s been around the music scene for a long time now, with their debut album released ten years ago. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, but since then Korn has only gotten bigger and bigger. Some people started getting into them when they got widely popular, and then there are some like me who were there right when the first album came out and they didn’t have too many songs playing on MTV or the radio. Korn’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ has been in the making for years, and it is finally out. A band like Korn deserves to have their own Greatest Hits album, and it is finally here.

    The album works backwards, from their most current work (“y’all want a single”) to their very first single (“blind”). The album contains 19 tracks, and three of those are extra songs, including a remix of “freak on a leash.” At first, I thought it’d be better for them to start with their earliest work and then go from there, as you’d be able to see how much their music has evolved, but when I listened to the album in whole, I really liked how it was constructed. The album contains all of the popular hits that we’ve heard many times on the radio or have seen music videos for.

    I think this album really does the band justice, even though there are songs that I wished had made it onto the album that didn’t. That’s the nature of these “Greatest Hits” albums. They can only really include the well-established songs rather than the overlooked ones. All of the famous hits are here: y’all want a single, right now, did my time, alone I break, here to stay, trash, somebody someone, make me bad, falling away from me, got the life, freak on a leash, twist, a.d.i.d.a.s., clown, shoots and ladders, and blind. The album also includes, “word up,” “another brick in the wall” and “freak on a leash (Dante Ross mix).” You can also expect a bonus DVD that includes some live performances.

    Korn’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ is a great representation of all of the years that this great band has provided us with excellent music. It’s nice to see that after all of these years that they’re still going strong. I still don’t know if they’ll ever top their first album, but they always put out great music. While other bands come and go, Korn is definitely here to stay, and they won’t be forgotten. -Michael Crane

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now