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With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective

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Arriving over a decade after the simple single-disc Greatest Hits, With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective triples its predecessor by offering three distinct thematic discs in its march through the past. First up is "Best Of: The Singles," a 16-track collection of the songs that made it onto charts all around the world. Of their 18 singles, only two are missing -- "Riders on the Storm," from a 2001 tribute to the Doors, and "Hide," which was only a single in Australia -- and they're by and large presented in their radio edits (although one of these, "Higher," is called a "Top 40 Version," and "Rain" is in its "Pop Mix"). The only real departure from this template is "With Arms Wide Open," which is presented in a "New Version with Strings," the only brand-new addition to the collection, so it serves as fan bait while also possibly confounding casual fans who want to have the original hit versions of all the singles. Then again, those listeners probably won't have much use for the other two discs in the collection, which amount to a CD of "Rarities & Demos" and a CD of "Acoustic." Bonus tracks, live cuts, covers (including two Doors songs), and other oddities provide the bulk of the second disc, while most of the third is devoted to live acoustic versions, none of them sourced and sometimes present in shaky fidelity that is nevertheless acceptable because those performances are more interesting than the ones with crisper audio. All and all, it's hard not to shake the notion that this is a set for fans who used to collect all of Creed's singles and now just want to have them in a handy set, either for reasons of nostalgia or devotion.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
My Own Prison (Radio Edit)
00:04:13

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

2
Torn (Radio Edit)
00:05:22

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

3
What's This Life For
00:03:31

Creed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 The Bicycle Music Company

4
One (Radio Edit)
00:04:34

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

5
What If (Radio Edit)
00:04:52

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

6
Higher (Top 40 Version)
00:04:42

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

7
With Arms Wide Open (New Version With Strings)
00:03:55

Creed, MainArtist - John Kurzweg, Producer - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 The Bicycle Music Company

8
Are You Ready?
00:04:46

Creed, MainArtist - John Kurzweg, Producer - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 The Bicycle Music Company

9
My Sacrifice (Radio Edit)
00:04:18

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 Wind-Up Entertainment Inc.

10
Bullets
00:03:51

Creed, Producer, MainArtist - John Kurzweg, Producer - Mark Tremonti, Composer, Author - Scott Stapp, Composer, Author - Kirk Kelsey, Producer

℗ 2001 The Bicycle Music Company

11
One Last Breath (Radio Edit)
00:04:01

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

12
Don't Stop Dancing
00:04:31

Creed, Producer, MainArtist - John Kurzweg, Producer - Mark Tremonti, Composer, Author - Scott Stapp, Composer, Author - Kirk Kelsey, Producer

℗ 2001 The Bicycle Music Company

13
Weathered (Edit)
00:04:51

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

14
Overcome
00:03:47

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Bicycle Music Company

15
Rain (Pop Mix)
00:03:19

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

16
A Thousand Faces (Radio Edit)
00:04:05

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

DISC 2

1
To Whom It May Concern
00:05:11

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

2
Is This The End (Scream Edit)
00:06:15

Creed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 The Bicycle Music Company

3
Bound And Tied
00:05:36

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

4
Young Grow Old
00:04:46

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

5
Silent Teacher
00:03:45

Howard Benson, Producer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Plotnikoff, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer - Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, Composer, Author - Scott Stapp, Composer, Author

℗ 2009 Wind-Up Records, LLC

6
I'm Eighteen
00:03:11

Glen Buxton, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Dunaway, ComposerLyricist - Alice Cooper, ComposerLyricist - Creed, MainArtist - Michael O. Bruce, ComposerLyricist - Neal A. Smithh, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

7
Roadhouse Blues (Live At Woodstock, New York/1999)
00:05:53

JOHN DENSMORE, ComposerLyricist - Ray Manzarek, ComposerLyricist - Robby Krieger, ComposerLyricist - James Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Creed, MainArtist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

8
Riders On The Storm
00:06:18

JOHN DENSMORE, ComposerLyricist - Ray Manzarek, ComposerLyricist - Robby Krieger, ComposerLyricist - James Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Creed, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Elektra Entertainment Group

9
Blistered (Demo)
00:04:08

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

10
More Than This (Demo)
00:03:27

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

11
Why (Demo)
00:03:24

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

DISC 3

1
My Sacrifice (Live Acoustic)
00:04:46

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

2
My Own Prison (Acoustic Version / Extended)
00:05:02

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

3
Don't Stop Dancing (Acoustic Version #3)
00:03:41

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

4
With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version)
00:03:53

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

5
What’s This Life For (Alternate Version)
00:04:22

Creed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

6
Rain (Live Acoustic)
00:03:29

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

7
My Own Prison (Live Acoustic)
00:04:46

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

8
With Arms Wide Open (Live Acoustic)
00:04:03

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

9
Overcome (Live Acoustic)
00:04:24

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

10
One (Live Acoustic)
00:04:58

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

11
Torn (Live Acoustic)
00:06:01

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

12
Higher (Live Acoustic)
00:04:28

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

13
To Whom It May Concern (Live Acoustic)
00:03:03

Creed, MainArtist - Mark Tremonti, ComposerLyricist - Scott Stapp, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

Album review

Arriving over a decade after the simple single-disc Greatest Hits, With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective triples its predecessor by offering three distinct thematic discs in its march through the past. First up is "Best Of: The Singles," a 16-track collection of the songs that made it onto charts all around the world. Of their 18 singles, only two are missing -- "Riders on the Storm," from a 2001 tribute to the Doors, and "Hide," which was only a single in Australia -- and they're by and large presented in their radio edits (although one of these, "Higher," is called a "Top 40 Version," and "Rain" is in its "Pop Mix"). The only real departure from this template is "With Arms Wide Open," which is presented in a "New Version with Strings," the only brand-new addition to the collection, so it serves as fan bait while also possibly confounding casual fans who want to have the original hit versions of all the singles. Then again, those listeners probably won't have much use for the other two discs in the collection, which amount to a CD of "Rarities & Demos" and a CD of "Acoustic." Bonus tracks, live cuts, covers (including two Doors songs), and other oddities provide the bulk of the second disc, while most of the third is devoted to live acoustic versions, none of them sourced and sometimes present in shaky fidelity that is nevertheless acceptable because those performances are more interesting than the ones with crisper audio. All and all, it's hard not to shake the notion that this is a set for fans who used to collect all of Creed's singles and now just want to have them in a handy set, either for reasons of nostalgia or devotion.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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