I don’t think that there’s ever been a greatest hits album in the history of the music business that didn’t rile up a couple of fans. Motley Crue, who was known as much for their off stage antics as their on stage ones, weighs in with this 17-track package, and it’s mostly the good stuff in here. There are some songs on here that most other reviewers thought didn’t belong, but I happen to like “Without You” and “Afraid.” There are a few clunkers on here, like “Glitter” and the re-tooled and nu-metal-ed “Shout at the Devil,” but overall it’s pretty hard to pick up a greatest hits package and just HATE it. Even the two new tracks (“Bitter Pill” and “Enslaved”) are great additions to the Crue legacy.
Just a few more nitpicking moments: First off, the track order is somewhat flawed. The songs are grouped together pretty well, though “Glitter” falls in between two of the Crue’s heaviest cuts – “Wild Side” and “Dr. Feelgood.” Also, the transition from “Without You” to “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” is jarring to say the least. Finally, someone should have spent a little more time on the artwork. It looks rushed.
If you’re really into Motley Crue, I’d recommend picking this one up for the two unreleased songs. If you’re not REALLY into Motley Crue, this does a good job of collecting the essential songs (except “Live Wire”). Personally, I’ve got a bunch of Motley Crue records, but I throw this one on when I’m feeling lazy.
Greatest hits? Mostly. Worth the admission price? Definitely.