Greatest Hits (Lenny Kravitz album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Lenny Kravitz
Released October 24, 2000 (U.S.)
Recorded 1989-2000
Genre Funk rock, hard rock, psychedelic soul, rhythm and blues
Length 62:25 (main edition)
68:43 (limited tour edition)
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny Albert Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
5
(1998)
Greatest Hits
(2000)
Lenny
(2001)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Again"
    Released: September 14, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [2]
Robert Christgau (dud) [3]

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, released on October 24, 2000. The album featured an unreleased track for promotion called "Again" which became a hit, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, following a very successful string of hits from the album 5.

Kravitz reported in an interview for VivaMusic.com[4] that the selection of the songs were led by his record company, Virgin Records, which only chose the songs that were successful on the charts. The tracks were sequenced by Kravitz's engineer, Henry Hirsch.

The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on the UK Album Chart. As of March 2008, Greatest Hits has sold 4.5 million units in the U.S, approximately 21 million in worldwide sales, the biggest selling album in Lenny's career to date. The album is amongst the top-selling albums of the decade.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

Track listing[edit]

Original edition[edit]

# Title Original album Writer(s) Production credits Time
1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz, Craig Ross Lenny Kravitz 3:30
2. "Fly Away" 5 Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:41
3. "Rock and Roll Is Dead" Circus Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:22
4. "Again" Previously unreleased Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:45
5. "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" Mama Said Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:55
6. "Can't Get You Off My Mind" Circus Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:33
7. "Mr. Cab Driver" Let Love Rule Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:49
8. "American Woman" Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (Original Soundtrack) / 5 (Re-release) B. Cummings, M.J. Kale, G. Peterson, R. Bachman Lenny Kravitz 4:21
9. "Stand By My Woman" Mama Said Lenny Kravitz, Henry Hirsch, S. Pasch, A. Krizan Lenny Kravitz 4:16
10. "Always on the Run" Mama Said Lenny Kravitz, Slash Lenny Kravitz 3:57
11. "Heaven Help" Are You Gonna Go My Way Gerry DeVeaux, Terry Britten Lenny Kravitz 3:10
12. "I Belong to You" 5 Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:17
13. "Believe" Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz, Henry Hirsch Lenny Kravitz 4:50
14. "Let Love Rule" Let Love Rule Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 5:42
15. "Black Velveteen" 5 Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:48

Japanese edition[edit]

The Japan release has the song "Is There Any Love In Your Heart" appended as track 12. The tracks otherwise remained the same.

Greatest Hits: Limited Tour Edition[edit]

On November 8, 2005, the album was re-released due to Kravitz's 2005 Tour, including the songs "Dig In" and "Where Are We Runnin'?", from his latest albums, Lenny and Baptism respectively.

CD

# Title Original album Writer(s) Production credits Time
1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz, Craig Ross Lenny Kravitz 3:30
2. "Fly Away" 5 Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:41
3. "Rock and Roll Is Dead" Circus Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:22
4. "Again" Previously unreleased Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:45
5. "Dig In" Lenny Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:43
6. "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" Mama Said Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:55
7. "Can't Get You Off My Mind" Circus Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:33
8. "Mr. Cab Driver" Let Love Rule Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:49
9. "American Woman" Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (Original Soundtrack) / 5 (Re-release) B. Cummings, M.J. Kale, G. Peterson, R. Bachman Lenny Kravitz 4:21
10 "Where Are We Runnin'? Baptism Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 2:40
11. "Stand By My Woman" Mama Said Lenny Kravitz, Henry Hirsch, S. Pasch, A. Krizan Lenny Kravitz 4:16
12. "Always on the Run" Mama Said Lenny Kravitz, Slash Lenny Kravitz 3:57
13. "Heaven Help" Are You Gonna Go My Way Gerry DeVeaux, Terry Britten Lenny Kravitz 3:10
14. "Is There Any Love in Your Heart?" Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz, Craig Ross Lenny Kravitz 3:40
15. "I Belong to You" 5 Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:17
16. "Believe" Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz, Henry Hirsch Lenny Kravitz 4:50
17. "Let Love Rule" Let Love Rule Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 5:42
18. "Black Velveteen" 5 Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:48

DVD

# Title Original album Director Time
1. "Always on the Run" Mama Said Jesse Dylan 3:30
2. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" Are You Gonna Go My Way Mark Romanek 3:41
3. "Fly Away" 5 Paul Hunter 3:22
4. "American Woman" Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (Original Soundtrack) / 5 (Re-release) 3:45
5. "Dig In" Lenny Samuel Bayer 3:55
6. "Where Are We Runnin'?" Baptism Philip Andelman, Lenny Kravitz 4:33

Promotion[edit]

"Again" was released as the promotional single for this compilation, along with a music video. The single reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming Kravitz's highest-charting song since "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over".

Personnel[edit]

  • Lenny Kravitz - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, sitar, bass, drums
  • Richard Locker
  • Barry Finclair
  • Elena Barere
  • Lamar Alsop
  • Richard Sortomme
  • Jean Ingraham
  • Eugene Moye
  • Regis Iandiorio
  • Julien Barber

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[6] Platinum 50,000x
Belgium (BEA)[7] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[8] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[9] Gold 25,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[10] Gold 20,587[10]
France (SNEP)[11] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[12] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Italy (FIMI)[13] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[14] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[15] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[16] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[17] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[18] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[19] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Uruguay (CUD)[22] Platinum 6,000x
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[23] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r503138
  2. ^ Browne, David (2000-12-01). "Greatest Hits Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Lenny Kravitz". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Grammy Awards!". Lenny-Kravitz.com. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  6. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Lenny Kravits in the field Interpret. Enter Greatest Hits in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  7. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2008". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. 
  9. ^ "Danish album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". IFPI Denmark. 
  10. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  11. ^ "French album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lenny Kravits; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  13. ^ "Certificazione Album fisici e digitali settimana 43 del 2012" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  15. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  16. ^ "Polish album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  17. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select the "Chart", enter ' in the field "Year". Select ' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  18. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2001" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  19. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Lenny Kravits; 'Greatest Hits')". Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Greatest Hits in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  22. ^ "Priemos – 2001" (in Spanish). Cámara Uruguaya del Disco. 
  23. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2004". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.