Greatest Hits (Lenny Kravitz album)

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Greatest Hits
Lenny Kravitz - Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Lenny Kravitz
Released October 24, 2000 (U.S.)
Recorded 1988–2000
Length
  • 62:25 (main edition)
  • 68:43 (limited tour edition)
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny 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. Ironically, "Again" propelled the compilation to commercial success greater than any of his studio efforts.

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 number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number 12 on the UK Albums 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.

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".

Track listing[edit]

Original edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" Are You Gonna Go My Way 3:30
2. "Fly Away" Kravitz 5 3:41
3. "Rock and Roll Is Dead" Kravitz Circus 3:22
4. "Again" Kravitz Previously unreleased 3:49
5. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" Kravitz Mama Said 3:55
6. "Can't Get You Off My Mind" Kravitz Circus 4:33
7. "Mr. Cab Driver" Kravitz Let Love Rule 3:49
8. "American Woman" Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me / 5 (Re-release) 4:21
9. "Stand By My Woman"
  • Kravitz
  • Henry Hirsch
  • S. Pasch
  • A. Krizan
Mama Said 4:16
10. "Always on the Run"
Mama Said 3:57
11. "Heaven Help"
  • Gerry DeVeaux
  • Terry Britten
Are You Gonna Go My Way 3:10
12. "I Belong to You" Kravitz 5 4:17
13. "Believe"
  • Kravitz
  • Hirsch
Are You Gonna Go My Way 4:50
14. "Let Love Rule" Kravitz Let Love Rule 5:42
15. "Black Velveteen" Kravitz 5 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
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
  • Kravitz
  • Ross
Are You Gonna Go My Way 3:30
2. "Fly Away" Kravitz 5 3:41
3. "Rock and Roll Is Dead" Kravitz Circus 3:22
4. "Again" Kravitz Previously unreleased 3:45
5. "Dig In" Kravitz Lenny 3:43
6. "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" Kravitz Mama Said 3:55
7. "Can't Get You Off My Mind" Kravitz Circus 4:33
8. "Mr. Cab Driver" Kravitz Let Love Rule 3:49
9. "American Woman"
  • B. Cummings
  • M.J. Kale
  • G. Peterson
  • R. Bachman
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me / 5 (Re-release) 4:21
10. "Where Are We Runnin'?" Kravitz Baptism 2:40
11. "Stand By My Woman"
  • Kravitz
  • Hirsch
  • S. Pasch
  • A. Krizan
Mama Said 4:16
12. "Always on the Run"
  • Kravitz
  • Hudson
Mama Said 3:57
13. "Heaven Help"
  • DeVeaux
  • Britten
Are You Gonna Go My Way 3:10
14. "Is There Any Love in Your Heart?"
  • Kravitz
  • Ross
Are You Gonna Go My Way 3:40
15. "I Belong to You" Kravitz 5 4:17
16. "Believe"
  • Kravitz
  • Hirsch
Are You Gonna Go My Way 4:50
17. "Let Love Rule" Kravitz Let Love Rule 5:42
18. "Black Velveteen" Kravitz 5 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
4:33

Personnel[edit]

  • Lenny Kravitz – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, production
  • Richard Locker
  • Barry Finclair
  • Elena Barere
  • Lamar Alsop
  • Richard Sortomme
  • Jean Ingraham
  • Eugene Moye
  • Regis Iandiorio
  • Julien Barber

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[6] Platinum 50,000*
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 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Uruguay (CUD)[22] Platinum 6,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[23] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments 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.  Click on næste to go to page 05 if certification from official website
  10. ^ a b "Lenny Kravits" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. 
  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". Recorded Music NZ. 
  15. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  16. ^ "Polish album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 
  17. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select album under "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')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Greatest Hits in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  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.