The Greatest Hits, So Far

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The Greatest Hits, So Far
Greatest hits album by Public Image Ltd
Released 24 September 1990 (USA)[1]
9 October 1990 (UK)
Recorded 1978-1990
Genre Post-punk, alternative rock
Length 65:17
Label Virgin
Producer Dan Hersch
Public Image Ltd chronology
9
(1989)
The Greatest Hits, So Far
(1990)
That What Is Not
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]

The Greatest Hits, So Far is Public Image Ltd's greatest hits album. It compiled all of the band's singles from 1978's "Public Image" to 1990's "Don't Ask Me", a new track that, as a single, reached #22 in the UK and #2 on the US Modern Rock chart. "This Is Not a Love Song" is not represented in its original single form, but as the remake from This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get.

"I wanted 28 tracks," John Lydon told Select, "but you have to be reasonable, I suppose. Virgin only wanted eight – 'Ooh, that's all we can get on one album' – and I thought, 'Hold on, I've been on your label 12 years and you only want eight songs? Fuck off!' I refused to deal with them until they came round to my way of thinking. I relished the chance to see what things like 'Warrior' would sound like next to 'Death Disco' and 'Memories', to see if there was any vein running through them. And I was very pleased: there is. They sound like a solid piece of work. They could all have been done at the same time. All musically different, but the attitude is predominant. So I'm pleased with myself."[4]

The title suggests there would be more to come, and there was - but PiL released only one more studio album (1992's That What Is Not) before taking a twenty-year hiatus. A more comprehensive PiL compilation, the 4-disc Plastic Box, was released in 1999.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Public Image" (from Public Image: First Issue)
  2. "Death Disco" (7" mix of the track from Metal Box)
  3. "Memories" (from Metal Box)
  4. "Careering" (from Metal Box)
  5. "Flowers of Romance" (from The Flowers of Romance)
  6. "This Is Not a Love Song" (from This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get)
  7. "Rise" (new remix of the track from Album)
  8. "Home" (from Album)
  9. "Seattle" (from Happy?)
  10. "The Body" (extended version of the track from Happy?)
  11. "Rules and Regulations" (from Happy?)
  12. "Disappointed" (extended version of the track from 9)
  13. "Warrior" (remixed version of the track from 9)
  14. "Don't Ask Me" (new track, also released as a single)

Reception[edit]

"Side one provides a chilling testimony to the boy Lydon's vengeful slaying of his own two-chord punk-monster creation," noted Charlie Dick in Q. "The big commercial hits… take up side two while the second disc exorcises the older and wiser Antichrist's assault on stadium rock."[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cocatalog.loc.uk United States Copyright Office website
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Q, November 1990
  4. ^ Select, December 1990
  5. ^ Q, November 1990