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WWE Anthology-Impressive music compilation from the WWE!
on 15 January 2003
The long-awaited WWE Anthology CD set is here! Spanning from the early "Federation Years", then onto the "Attitude Era" and finaly up to the present day "WWE Era", this 3 CD set features over 80 tracks of wrestler entrance themes and tv and PPV music. But what's it like? Well, for starters the CD is considerably cheap and it comes in a box set that flips open to reveal the 3 different CDs inside. There's also a leaflet listing the tracks with photos from all the eras and if you turn it over it can be used as a poster.
CD 1 features tracks from the early "Federation" days when the company was more child-friendly. It has an image of Hulk Hogan tearing off his shirt on the CD, and it's a nice trip down memory lane if like me you were watching the product during this time. All the classic tunes are here: "Real American" (Hulk Hogan's theme), Ultimate Warrior's theme, and even the theme from the WWF-funded Hulk Hogan movie No Holds Barred. Newer fans may scoff at and be unimpressed with some of the more cheesier songs (such as The Honky Tonk Man's "Cool, Cocky, Bad", which is so bad it's funny), but if you're a fan of this era, then you should enjoy this disc (apart from Bertha Faye's song, which is really dire).
CD 2 features songs from the "Attitude Era", and has Triple H (I think) making the "crotch-chop" DX sign on the CD. This disc features 35 songs, many of which have been released before, although many of these previous tracks have been jazzed up a little (some are better, Kurt Angle's is ruined though). Oddly enough, the tracks "Corporate Ministry", and Sable's and Dude Love's tracks aren't featured on this disc (they're on CD 1 instead), even though Sable is pictured in the leaflet as part of the "Attitude" section. The bad songs on here are the themes for Mark Henry, The Dudley Boyz, and Rikishi.
CD 3 is the WWE as it is now. The only bad songs on here are the themes for D-Von Dudley, Torrie Wilson and The Undertaker's latest theme. I didn't like Trish Stratus' and Stephanie Mcmahon's new themes when I first heard them on tv, but after listening to them here in full, I found that they were quite catchy.
Overall, this is a great CD set, although it's not perfect. It depends on your personal taste, but I found that I didn't enjoy all the songs, and the error with putting "Attitude Era" tracks on the "Federation Years" disc was rather foolish on the WWE's part. But there's still plenty to enjoy, and this is still remains the best WWE music compilation release yet.