Greatest Hits - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Hard Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Greatest Hits
Photographers: Shigeo Kikuchi; Christine Marie ; Ed Colver; John Scarpati; Gabrielle Geiselman.
Showing an admirable restraint considering their era's glut of unnecessary best-of collections, Social Distortion waited nearly three decades to release their first, and in true punk-rock form, they keep it at a brief 11 tracks and include only the best. GREATEST HITS is a lean affair as career retrospectives go, so hardcore fans may be a little let down by the lack of deep cuts or rarities included. For new or casual fans, there is no better place to start for this radio-friendly punk institution.
With only two cuts from their first record--"Mommy's Little Monster" and "Another State of Mind"--the band seems to be downplaying their roots in punk ferocity and concentrating more on their middle period when they ably absorbed combined rockabilly and country sensibilities. "Story of My Life" and "Ball & Chain" are both included from their self-titled 1990 LP, as is "Ring of Fire," a So-Cal punk reading of the Johnny Cash classic that pits the band as his heir. It is Ness's charisma and world-weary baritone that manage to find comfort in simple melodies despite life's ravages. Even on the later output--such as the post-alternative explosion misstep WHITE LIGHT, WHITE HEAT, WHITE TRASH and SEX, LOVE AND ROCK 'N' ROLL--their first release after the death of their original guitarist, Dennis Danell--Ness's voice cuts through the sometimes tired by-the-numbers barrage, simultaneously rattling and soothing the listener's ear. GREATEST HITS includes the best of these moments when Ness's intense vocal timbre and gifts as a storyteller intersect.
- Country of Origin
- Time Bomb Recordings
- Studio / Live
- Social Distortion
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Another State of Mind
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Mommy's Little Monster
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Prison Bound
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Story of My Life
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Ball and Chain
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Ring of Fire
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Bad Luck
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] When the Angels Sing
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] I Was Wrong
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Reach for the Sky
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Far Behind
- RED Distribution
- 47m 1s
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