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The Bangles Greatest Hits

5 Ratings: 1.6
1990 audio CD release

Weighing in at 14 tracks, Greatest Hits is a good, basic collection of the Bangles' biggest singles, containing all the hits, including the previously non-LP "Hazy Shade of Winter," plus a couple of album tracks and, for the dedicated, a new cover of … see full wiki

Tags: Music, Pop, Rock, 1980s
1 review about The Bangles Greatest Hits

Lots of filler makes this one a medicore collection at best.

  • May 10, 2009
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It is true that The Bangles produced a couple of the best and brightest pop singles of the 1980's.  In all they had a total of 7 or 8 songs that made Billboard's Hot 100.  But to me it is a bit of a stretch to justify a "Greatest Hits" package for this group.  There is simply too much filler on this disc for me to get excited about it.  The bottom line in that I would never listen to the entire disc from start to finish.  

"Manic Monday" was clearly one of the great hit singles of the '80s.  Aside from that there are only three other tunes on the disc I really liked.  "Eternal Flame", "If She Knew What She Wants" and the remake of Simon and Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" are all very enjoyable pop tunes.  But I never quite understood why "Walk Like An Egyptian" became the group's biggest hit.  I cannot put my finger on it but the song does absolutely nothing for me.  Beyond that I find the balance of the tracks on this compilation, whether they hit the charts or not, to be very ordinary. 

 Now I have been a collector for more than 40 years.  I try to acquire the best available collection of each artist.  In addition to my vast collection of CD's and vinyl albums I also maintain a very large collection of 45's.  With some exceptions the 45's are usually by those artists who did not have enough hit records to justify a "Best of" or Greatest Hits" compilation or in some cases like this one have a collection available I am not particularly interested in owning.   In the case of The Bangles I think I'm gonna stick with my old 45's.

Lots of filler makes this one a medicore collection at best. Lots of filler makes this one a medicore collection at best.

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