Top positive review
Great compilation of their early career.
on 1 October 2012
There should be a part 2 which covers the albums from 'Crank' to 'Psycho Narco', so hopefully that will come one day. This showcases their earlier material. Unfortunately the debut 'Blood, Fire & Love' (in my opinion) was poorly produced and didn't convey their live sound which is what made them the awesome band that they were and you can hear a massive difference between tracks such as 'Detroit' and 'Power' to those off the Soul Destruction album, like 'Free n Easy' and 'Devil's Toy'.
The inclusion of a Metal version of 'Blood, Fire & Love', an acoustic of 'Hell To Pay' (better than the album version and complete with some excellent harmonica) plus covers of the Pistol's 'Bodies', Neil Young's 'Keep On Rockin' in the Free World' and a live version of BTO's 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet' from the live EP that followed their debut album all add something a bit different to this collection.
The Almighty did one or two decent ballads, but I would have dropped 'Little Lost Sometimes' for the rip-roaring beat-driven 'Crucify'.
There are some tracks off the 'Powertrippin' album which should have made it onto this Greatest Hits, notably 'Over The Edge' and 'Jesus Loves You ... But I Don't', but of course there's only so much space you have on a single CD.
By all means get this to save yourself creating your own compilation for the car, but perhaps do yourself a favour and just go buy the entire back catalog. Each one has a different style and sound, but all are worthy of your music collection and a decent reminder of the British rock scene of the late 80's to the mid 90's before grunge killed it all.
Ricky Warwick has plenty of solo material available too and is currently playing and recording with Thin Lizzy.