Night Ranger was a solid pop-rock band that charted hits from 1982-1988. This album compiles all of those songs, although some of them never saw the happier side of the Top 40 charts. The big tunes are here, such as "When You Close Your Eyes" (a personal favorite), "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "Four In The Morning." Also included are "Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight," "The Secret of My Success," and "Rock In America." Needless to say, Night Ranger was billed as a rock act (and some of the tunes here attest to that), but they flourished with power ballads. The granddaddy of them all, "Sister Christian," is also on this album, but it wouldn't be a greatest hits package without it.
If you like your rock a little bit heavier than REO Speedwagon but not quite as heavy as Def Leppard, Night Ranger will suit all of your needs. They are a product of the 80's and deserve any accolades that they've received for being as such. I highly recommend this album to fans of Night Ranger as well as anybody who enjoys tunes from bands like Survivor, Bad English, and any of the power ballads that ruled the 80's.
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Night Ranger's career was certainly buttressed by MTV, which made the San Francisco Bay Area group a video staple in the early '80s. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" stands as a fine piece of '80s hair metal, with bassist Jack Blades chunk-a-chunking his pickups to create that rock-locomotive sound. The band slows things down with "Sister Christian," a not-so-powerful power ballad that gave Night Ranger another significant single. Packaging a select portion of their catalog under theGreatest Hitsbanner is a bit of a stretch, though. Blades didn't even stick around for long, breaking away to join former Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent in Damn Yankees. For true devotees of '80s metal,Night Ranger's Greatest Hitsis a must-have; for everyone else, enjoyment will last as long as a Night Ranger video.--Steve Gdula