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Night Songs

cinderella.jpgLately, I've been picking up compilation albums by my favorite bands. Friday, I purchased Cinderella's 2005 release Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits. Let me just say I love this album. True, the disc is only the best known hits, but I am digging the re-mastered sound and the booklet that accompanies the album is top notch.

The track line-up looks like this:

1. Night Songs
2. Shake Me
3. Nobody's Fool
4. Somebody Save Me
5. Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin' Apart At The Seams
6. Gypsy Road
7. Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
8. The Last Mile
9. Long Cold Winter
10. If You Don't Like It
11. Coming Home
12. The More Things Change
13. Shelter Me
14. Heartbreak Station
15. Winds Of Change
16. Blood From A Stone
17. Hot And Bothered

Now, I've said it before and I'll say it again: "Nobody's Fool" is the best power ballad of the genre as Cinderella stands head and shoulders above many of their contemporaries. While "Nobody's Fool" is their calling card, the band's greatest song is probably "Night Songs," not coincidentally the debut track to this compilation.

While this may be the best compilation album I own, save for Motley Crue's Red, White and Crue, I can see how some casual fans wouldn't see the need for such a disc. A lot of Cinderella fans already own the 1997 release Once Upon A... and Rocked, Wired and Bluesed: The Greatest Hits doesn't offer much variation in tracks. Also, there's no previously unreleased songs or other hidden gems. Still, if you're a collector like me, you try to purchase a band's entire discography.

A major part of this compilation is the lovely book, filled with personal reflections and photos from the band. An added bonus is an iron-on transfer of the cover of Long Cold Winter. I've never seen a studio release come with an iron-on logo, but the very concept just oozes glam.

This new acquisition to my collection leaves me coveting Cinderella - Rocked, Wired & Bluesed - The Greatest Video Hits. This DVD collection includes the videos for:

1.Shake Me
2.Nobody's Fool
3.Somebody Save Me
4.Gypsy Road
5.Don't Know What
6.You Got (Till It's Gone)
7.The Last Mile
8.Coming Home
9.The More Things Change
11.Shelter Me
12.Heartbreak Station

This, I think, looks like a great way to blow a Saturday afternoon.

So, do you have a favorite compilation album?


Reader Comments (6)

A fine band unfairly lumped in with the whole 'hair' thing when they had a much more bluesy feel to their music. That's a great compilation of their stuff as well!

As for my favourite comilations that's a tough one. Can't narrow it down exactly but how about...

Thunder - Their Finest Hour (and a bit)
Led Zeppelin - Early Days/Latter Days
Motorhead - Best Of (2cd comp that came out a few years ago)
and for an oldie but goldie how about
Thin Lizzy - The Adventures Of Thin Lizzy
March 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBill
I have the DVD Allyson, and I must say it is a must own. It has every Cinderella video you can think of. Great stuff!

I love this band!
March 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHard Rock Hideout
I normally avoid compilations because if I really like the band then I want the whole studio album.
March 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
Right now I'm working on Winger's "Demo Anthology" which is what I think the Greatest Hits album (ok, add a few live tracks) should have far so good. :)
March 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChessie >^..^<
I got Cinderella "Rocked, Wired, & Bluesed" a while ago!!! It is awsome!! It is a great compilation! Some of my other favorite compilations are:
-Def Leppard "Rock Of Ages:The Definitive Collection"
-Whitesnake "Here I Go Again:The Whitesnake Collection"
Both of those are 2-disc sets!!
There are many other great compilations to!!
Like "The Very Best Of Dio"!!
March 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I dig the WASP compilation First Blood, Last Cuts.
Scorpions Deadly Sting The Mercury Years and
Judas Priest Metal Works
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkknutsen

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