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If your looking for somewhere to start,this is the place,a concise collection of the best Molly Hatchet tracks.On their day i believe Hatchet were as good as Skynyrd and tracks such as Gator Country/Boogie No More & Fall Of The Peacemakers prove it,Throw in other such as Whisky Man/Bounty Hunter/Flirtin With Disaster etc then the disc cant fail.It was a bit naughty using live versions of tracks that Jimmy Farrar sang on and the 2 'New Tracks' struggle to live up to the history,but its not enough to dock a star,the expanded version added 3 extra tracks with a long overdue recognition of the 'Creeper' as one of the bands finest songs,given the disc is approx 70 mins,its a pity that the instrumental 'Both Sides' from 83's no guts no glory disc has been left off,but you cant have everything,this is the perfect place to start yer love affair with the band.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 April 2009
I have just purchased this version, after buying the cassette back in 1991 when I was at school. Thought I`d see if I still loved it! And the simple truth is yep, Molly Hatchet were great...the additional songs to the old tape I had are "The Creeper", "Satisfied Man" and a song I`ve always hated, "It`s All Over Now". They add nothing to this collection and frankly, they diminish my enjoyment and mean I have to press the skip button more than once. So, my advice is forget those songs, and you won`t be missing much were you to give "Shake The House Down" a miss either; "Ragtop Deluxe" is the better of the "new" songs.
This collection is ALL about the early Molly for my money, which quite frankly I think is so damned close to Southern rock heaven. Most of the original Molly Hatchet are long gone from this world - just what is it about Southern Boogie and dying? - but they left some great tunes, I think I might even say they were better than Skynyrd. I`d pick VanZant`s lyrics over Danny Joe Brown`s, but the music is just heavy enough and so vacuum-packed full of solos, that it`s hugely apparent that Molly Hatchet never got the acclaim they warranted, in the US or Europe. Even after a good few years of not listening to these songs, they all came flooding back, the brilliant "Gator Country", the moving "Fall Of The Peacemakers", the drama of "Edge Of Sundown", the visceral power of "Beatin` The Odds" and "Bloody Reunion", the air-guitar inducing "Boogie No More" and the classic Southern boogie of "Whiskey Man" and "Bounty Hunter".
The music hasn`t aged and I strongly recommend this as an essential part of the guitar-driven rock canon. A much missed, much underrated band.
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on 1 June 2006
Although these guys could never maintain a high level throughout each of their albums like skynyrd did, and as such never made a huge comercial impact, they are truly a great band to listen to - their style of music seems to be both fun in places and dark in others. In terms of southern rock, molly hatchet are certainly heavier than people like alman brothers or skynyrd, and actually i think this makes them really interesting.

as for the cd, i have no quibbles with the casing, leaftlet thing etc, all is of good quality, and the music itself is great.

Highlights for me include Gator Country, Flirtin' with disaster, Bloody Reunion, Boogie no more and the creeper, with 'Gator...' and '...Creeper' being probably my personal favourites.

in summary, if you like bluesy southern rock with a bit of an edge, with obvious rock and even metal influences throughout, with air guitar possibilites, then look no further than this - i have only recently been listening to this band yet they seem to have great talent and their music is rocking. Get this cd!!!
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on 25 January 2002
Sadly, this band is not particularly well known but they are the best Southern Rock band since the demise of Skynyrd. This is a compilation of some of the best of their early albums (75-85) and these were some of the greatest music on the planet at the time.
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on 13 October 2014
Brilliant collection of classic Southern Rock. Highly recommended listening for any Skynyrd, Allmans, fans
looking for a reminder of how good this music is.
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on 29 March 2014
classic southern boogie with heaps of rock added. A band that never got the recognition that skynyrd received, agree with other reviewers wrote, buy and enjoy.
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on 17 March 2013
Saw them play at Rock of ages in Germany and the cd does not dissapoint in any way. Great music
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on 5 July 2014
Good not great compilation, should've more from first three albums.
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on 13 March 2016
Great
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on 29 November 2012
I have always liked Molly Hatchet but the sound quality on this leaves a lot to be desired eg the volume varies track by track and the mix on certain tracks is very hit and miss ( ie the bass is prominent on some tracks and not on others ) . I guess this is in part due to the age of some of the recordings but modern techniques should be able to overcome that .
The range of songs chosen is good albeit " greatest hits " is something of a misnomer ( they never really troubled the charts ) but for a newcomer this is a good place to start - despite the imperfections noted above .
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