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Greatest Hits

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Billy Idol's recording career did such a fast fade in the early '90s that his beleaguered record label Chrysalis (since absorbed by Capitol) didn't even put out a best-of in the U.S. (Idol Songs: 11 of the Best was an interim report issued in Great Britain in 1988.) But the rise of the '80s rock radio format and Idol's own interest in a comeback make this belated hits collection timely. With one caveat, it is a well-chosen collection of the singer's most successful recordings. The exception, oddly enough, is his biggest hit, "Mony Mony," which is presented in a 1983 studio version rather than the 1987 live take that topped the charts. (The annotations claim "This version was never released as a single." Actually, it was -- as Chrysalis 2543 -- but it flopped.) Otherwise, all of Idol's big hits are here, among them "Cradle of Love," "Eyes Without a Face," "To Be a Lover," "Rebel Yell," and "White Wedding," each of which reached the Top Ten on one side of the Atlantic or the other. Also included are an "unplugged" live version of "Rebel Yell" and a newly recorded cover of the 1985 Simple Minds hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)," which was co-written by Idol's producer, Keith Forsey. The only omitted chart singles are "Prodigal Blues," a track from Idol's 1990 album Charmed Life, and "Speed," the title song from the 1994 film; both missed the American pop charts. In his day, Idol seemed to some a commercial sellout of the punk ideal, having abandoned Generation X for a slicker image and sound. In retrospect, he seems more like a logical successor to the kind of portentous baritones who preceded him, particularly Jim Morrison and David Bowie, while Forsey's new wave/disco sound, anchored by guitarist Steve Stevens, holds up well.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Dancing With Myself EP Version
00:04:50

Nigel Walker, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Idol, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer - Tony James, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Generation x, MainArtist - Rick Isbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Chimes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2018 Kobalt Music Group Ltd.

2
Mony Mony
00:05:01

Ritchie Cordell, ComposerLyricist - Tommy James, ComposerLyricist - Billy Idol, MainArtist - Keith Forsey, Producer - Bo Gentry, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Bloom, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Hot In The City Remastered
00:03:33

Billy Idol, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

4
White Wedding Pt. 1 / Remastered 2002
00:04:12

Billy Idol, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2002 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Rebel Yell Remastered
00:04:46

Steve Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Norberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Idol, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer - Phil Feit, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gregg Gerson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1999 Capitol Records LLC

6
Eyes Without A Face Remastered
00:04:57

Steve Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Robert Norberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Idol, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1984 Chrysalis Records Ltd.

7
Flesh For Fantasy Remastered
00:04:37

Steve Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Billy Idol, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer - Bob Norberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1983 Chrysalis Records Inc.

8
Catch My Fall Remastered
00:03:41

Steve Stevens, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Robert Norberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Wittman, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Idol, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Webster, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Thommy Price, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Forsey, Producer - Bob Norberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Hellman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Judi Dozier, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Frondelli, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1999 Capitol Records, LLC

9
To Be A Lover Remastered
00:03:52

Booker T. Jones, ComposerLyricist - Billy Idol, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Bell, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Don't Need A Gun Single Edit / Remastered
00:05:23

Billy Idol, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Sweet Sixteen Remastered
00:04:14

Billy Idol, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Cradle Of Love Remastered
00:04:38

Billy Idol, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Werner, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

13
L.A. Woman Single Edit / Remastered
00:04:03

Billy Idol, MainArtist - JOHN DENSMORE, ComposerLyricist - Jim Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Ray Manzarek, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Krieger, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

14
Shock To The System Remastered
00:03:36

Billy Idol, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ROBIN HANCOCK, Producer - Mark Younger-Smith, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

15
Rebel Yell Acoustic Live On KROQ, 1993/Digital Remaster 2001/24 Bit Mastering
00:05:35

Steve Stevens, ComposerLyricist - Billy Idol, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

16
Don't You (Forget About Me) Remastered
00:04:52

Billy Idol, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Forsey, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Schiff, ComposerLyricist - Brian Reeves, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Billy Idol's recording career did such a fast fade in the early '90s that his beleaguered record label Chrysalis (since absorbed by Capitol) didn't even put out a best-of in the U.S. (Idol Songs: 11 of the Best was an interim report issued in Great Britain in 1988.) But the rise of the '80s rock radio format and Idol's own interest in a comeback make this belated hits collection timely. With one caveat, it is a well-chosen collection of the singer's most successful recordings. The exception, oddly enough, is his biggest hit, "Mony Mony," which is presented in a 1983 studio version rather than the 1987 live take that topped the charts. (The annotations claim "This version was never released as a single." Actually, it was -- as Chrysalis 2543 -- but it flopped.) Otherwise, all of Idol's big hits are here, among them "Cradle of Love," "Eyes Without a Face," "To Be a Lover," "Rebel Yell," and "White Wedding," each of which reached the Top Ten on one side of the Atlantic or the other. Also included are an "unplugged" live version of "Rebel Yell" and a newly recorded cover of the 1985 Simple Minds hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)," which was co-written by Idol's producer, Keith Forsey. The only omitted chart singles are "Prodigal Blues," a track from Idol's 1990 album Charmed Life, and "Speed," the title song from the 1994 film; both missed the American pop charts. In his day, Idol seemed to some a commercial sellout of the punk ideal, having abandoned Generation X for a slicker image and sound. In retrospect, he seems more like a logical successor to the kind of portentous baritones who preceded him, particularly Jim Morrison and David Bowie, while Forsey's new wave/disco sound, anchored by guitarist Steve Stevens, holds up well.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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