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INXS hailed from the pubs of Australia, which is part of the reason the band never comfortably fit in with new wave. Even when they branched out into synth pop on their early recordings, they were underpinned by a hard, Stonesy beat and lead singer Michael Hutchence's Jagger-esque strut. Ultimately, these were the very things that made INXS into international superstars in the late ... Read more in Amazon's INXS Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00006L72T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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INXS - Definitive (Mercury 063355-2) - EAN: 044006335520 - This album by the Sydney-formed act who shot to fame in the mid-1980's offers two previously unreleased tracks - 'Salvation Jane' and 'Tight'. Twelve of the tracks featured here were UK top 30 hits and this limited edition version features a bonus disc which includes a further nine tracks.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Mcnally on 20 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
definitive my xxxx. Too many good songs are missing from this collection. while i welcome the cover of born to be wild, which
micheal hutchence certainly was! there are many classics tracks that are missing. This cd should have been called 'a popular collection of the most well known' not 'definitive' as such songs as 'don't change' and 'the one thing' to name but a few are missing. As an introduction to inxs or for a less ardent fan than i suppose it is ok. Come on record companies give the fans of Inxs a proper 'definitive collection'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 21 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Fickle human beings as we are, when my workplace didn't have radio I cursed the bosses for their small-mindeness; yet when my workplace did I cursed the stations for playing some tracks to the brink of death, whilst others would rarely be heard. Playlist? Heavy Rotation? Pay-ola more likely!
But I have to say I took little notice of INXS until the radio stations convinced me they were well worth listening to. No, INXS' records were not played to death, quite the reverse, they were nuggets of gold on a seashore full of sand, so when they were played they were a joy to hear rather then a hated dirge.
And the best thing about this band was, the more I heard their songs on the airwaves, the better they became, and the delight led to the purchase of this CD to enable constant enjoyment rather then as-and-when the radio station decided we would hear them.
No one can deny Michael Hutchence was one of rock's all-time best front men, but he had one heck of a band there to give him the confidence to get out there and strut his stuff, and truckloads of classic tracks without anything lacklustre or inferior to be embarrassed about.
Yes, the title of this CD is misleading, it is a great selection of their best, but never Definitive. But hang on, I had to review this one as there is no space for the 'Limited Edition' copy I have here. This is a 2 CD set, and the second has, as the sticker on the box says, a 9 track 'Limited Edition disc which includes live hits, classic videos and bonus features.'
Yes, a pretty good package, aimed not only to dip the newcomer's toe into INXS' waters, but also a crafty one for the long-time fans to buy for the Limited Edition disc, too. Tracks on this 2nd disc are: Mystify live, Suicide Blonde live, New Sensation, Tight, Precious Heart, I'm So Crazy, Suicide Blonde video, Need You Tonight and Mystify video. But if you need these tracks make sure the seller has the double CD version rather then just the one disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "emma_0910" on 14 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Simply, the "Definitive INXS" album includes some of the most vibrant and influential songs of their career.
Although not much is heard of this band at the present time their career spanning over 25 years has become a great mixture of all the music industry has to offer.
This album including the great key tracks: "Need You Tonight", "New Sensation" and "Disappear" - which truely show their style, flare and individuality - is a collection of all the truely miraculous compositions and representive of the INXS rollercoaster.
Since their formation in 1979 and from their hits in Australia, America, the UK and around the world - their music has taken on a different and completely magical critical element. How does a band become truely great? No-one can quite answer this question, but platinum selling albums such as "Kick" and sell-out world tours has to be an indication that this is perhaps a major step towards this.
All I have to say about this album is that it introduced me into the world of INXS and other greats - such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones - and for this I will be forever indebted.
Buy this album if you like the greats, or if perhaps like me you seek a truly rewarding musical experience!! Enjoy!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
The only other album I own by INXS, apart from this 'best of' compilation is "Kick" and the two combined probably supply as much INXS as I could ever want to own. The Sydney-based band have produced some fantastic songs over the years but, while I can listen to this and thoroughly enjoy it, they will never be one of my favourite bands. This collection, at twenty-one songs, provides an excellent overview of their career up until the death of charismatic lead singer Michael Hutchence in 1997 (their first studio album was released in 1980, although it wasn't until their fifth album, 1985's "Listen Like Thieves", that they would taste widespread success) and certainly features all of their best known and loved songs and a few that they probably shouldn't have bothered including - the superfluous and horribly ordinary cover of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" for one.

There are plenty of massive hits to be enjoyed here. "Need You Tonight", one of their most memorable tracks, has an immense riff and the beats are tight and smart, "What You Need" is a piece of catchy Eighties pop with light, breezy verses and slamming, crashing choruses, "Disappear" follows the same formula with the same success, the overblown "Baby Don't Cry" features an orchestra, making them sound like they've collaborated with Tears For Fears and "Elegantly Wasted", which I hated when I first heard it, is now oddly appealing. The piano-led "Mystify" is another commercially-appealing, hook-laden piece of pop, "Suicide Blonde" is decent albeit a bit samey, but the dramatic, magnificent "Never Tear Us Apart" remains Hutchence and INXS' finest hour and, if you needed one reason to buy an INXS album, it should be that song.
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