Greatest Hits (Bonnie Tyler 2001 album)

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Greatest Hits
Compilation album by Bonnie Tyler
Released September 14, 2001
Genre Rock
Length 75:06
Label Sanctuary Records, Sony
Bonnie Tyler chronology
All in One Voice
(1999)
Greatest Hits
(2001)
Total Eclipse Anthology
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits compilation album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released on 14 September 2001 by Sanctuary Records. The album features Tyler's major career hits and one of her latest recordings from the time, "Tyre Tracks and Broken Hearts".

Greatest Hits became a substantial hit in several European countries, and was certified Platinum by the IFPI Norway. It received a positive review from AllMusic and is among Tyler's best-selling compilation albums.

Background[edit]

Tyler had a photoshoot directed by Paul Cox, who was photographer for her 1995 album Free Spirit.[2][3]

"That was the last shot of the day. The record company wanted a picture of me lying on the floor with my hair all over the place. I don't think the photographer thought it was a very good idea, or myself, until the last roll of the day. We did this shot, and I laid on the floor on top of this satin sheet, and then he got on a ladder and just took the pictures... ...Ends up on the front cover."[4]

—Bonnie Tyler interviewed by Jonathan Ross

The album includes one of Tyler's latest recordings from the time of release, "Tyre Tracks and Broken Hearts". The song was written by Jim Steinman and Andrew Lloyd Webber and originally recorded for the concept album for the 1996 musical Whistle Down The Wind. Tyler performed the song live at Webber's 50th birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 1998.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Greatest Hits was given three and a half stars out of five from AllMusic. They stated that, "As long as it has "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "It's a Heartache," "Faster Than the Speed of Night," and "Holding out for A Hero" on it, any Bonnie Tyler compilation is going to earn a few stars, and this collection from Sanctuary is no exception."[6]

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Total Eclipse of the Heart"   Jim Steinman 4:25
2. "It's a Heartache"   Ronnie Scott, Steve Wolfe 3:30
3. "Holding Out for a Hero"   Steinman 5:50
4. "Lost in France"   Scott, Wolfe 3:50
5. "Faster Than the Speed of Night"   Steinman 6:45
6. "(The World Is Full of) Married Men"   Dominic Bugatti, Frank Muske 4:00
7. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"   John Fogerty 4:10
8. "More than a Lover"   Scott, Wolfe 4:16
9. "A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)"   Brook Benton, Clyde Otis, Luchi de Jesus 2:53
10. "Goodbye to the Island"   Scott, Wolfe 3:47
11. "Loving You's A Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)"   Steinman 7:47
12. "Straight from the Heart"   Bryan Adams 3:35
13. "Bitterblue"   Dieter Bohlen 3:50
14. "Piece of My Heart"   Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns 3:59
15. "Making Love (Out Of Nothing At All)"   Steinman 7:52
16. "My Guns Are Loaded"   Scott, Wolfe 3:47
17. "Tyre Tracks and Broken Hearts"   Steinman, Andrew Lloyd Webber 5:20
Total length:
75:06

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 5
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 6
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[10] 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[11] 15
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[12] 20
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 18

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[15] Gold 0[15]
France (SNEP)[16] Gold 100,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[17] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[18] Gold 40,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

  • Management – David Aspden
  • Mastering – Andy Pearce

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic album review. Retrieved 8 April 2013
  2. ^ "Greatest Hits" CD booklet, Sanctuary Records, 2001
  3. ^ "Free Spirit" CD booklet, Atlantic Records, 1995
  4. ^ Bonnie Tyler - Interview - Jonathan Ross (2001) on YouTube. Retrieved 8 April 2013
  5. ^ Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration on Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 April 2013
  6. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Bonnie Tyler – Greatest Hits [Sanctuary] – Album Review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – The Greatest Hits". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Bonnie Tyler: The Greatest Hits" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – The Greatest Hits". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – The Greatest Hits". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – The Greatest Hits". Portuguesecharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – The Greatest Hits". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – The Greatest Hits". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Bonnie Tyler | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  15. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  16. ^ "French album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Greatest Hits" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Greatest Hits" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2001" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Greatest Hits" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 August 2014.  Enter Greatest Hits in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go