Greatest Hits (Lenny Kravitz album)

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Greatest Hits
Lenny Kravitz - Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 2000 (US)
Recorded1988–2000
Length
  • 62:25 (main edition)
  • 68:43 (limited tour edition)
LabelVirgin
ProducerLenny 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
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[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. "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.

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 US 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.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Are You Gonna Go My Way"Are You Gonna Go My Way3:30
2."Fly Away"Kravitz53:41
3."Rock and Roll Is Dead"KravitzCircus3:22
4."Again"KravitzPreviously unreleased3:49
5."It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"KravitzMama Said3:55
6."Can't Get You Off My Mind"KravitzCircus4:33
7."Mr. Cab Driver"KravitzLet Love Rule3:49
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 Said4:16
10."Always on the Run"Mama Said3:57
11."Heaven Help"
  • Gerry DeVeaux
  • Terry Britten
Are You Gonna Go My Way3:10
12."I Belong to You"Kravitz54:17
13."Believe"
  • Kravitz
  • Hirsch
Are You Gonna Go My Way4:50
14."Let Love Rule"KravitzLet Love Rule5:42
15."Black Velveteen"Kravitz54:48

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.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Are You Gonna Go My Way"
  • Kravitz
  • Ross
Are You Gonna Go My Way3:30
2."Fly Away"Kravitz53:41
3."Rock and Roll Is Dead"KravitzCircus3:22
4."Again"KravitzPreviously unreleased3:45
5."Dig In"KravitzLenny3:43
6."It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"KravitzMama Said3:55
7."Can't Get You Off My Mind"KravitzCircus4:33
8."Mr. Cab Driver"KravitzLet Love Rule3:49
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'?"KravitzBaptism2:40
11."Stand By My Woman"
  • Kravitz
  • Hirsch
  • S. Pasch
  • A. Krizan
Mama Said4:16
12."Always on the Run"
  • Kravitz
  • Hudson
Mama Said3:57
13."Heaven Help"
  • DeVeaux
  • Britten
Are You Gonna Go My Way3:10
14."Is There Any Love in Your Heart?"
  • Kravitz
  • Ross
Are You Gonna Go My Way3:40
15."I Belong to You"Kravitz54:17
16."Believe"
  • Kravitz
  • Hirsch
Are You Gonna Go My Way4:50
17."Let Love Rule"KravitzLet Love Rule5:42
18."Black Velveteen"Kravitz54:48

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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[5] 2× Platinum 120,000^
Australia (ARIA)[6] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[7] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[8] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[9] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[10] Gold 25,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[11] Gold 20,587[11]
France (SNEP)[12] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[13] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Italy (FIMI)[14] Gold 50,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[15] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[16] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[17] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[18] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[20] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[21] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] 3× Platinum 3,900,000[24]
Uruguay (CUD)[25] Platinum 6,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[26] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 10,000,000[27]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r503138
  2. ^ Browne, David (2000-12-01). "Greatest Hits Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
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  5. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2008". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
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  12. ^ "French album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lenny Kravits; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  14. ^ "Certificazione Album fisici e digitali settimana 43 del 2012" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Greatest Hits in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  16. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". Recorded Music NZ.
  17. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  18. ^ "Polish album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  19. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Select album under "Chart", enter the certification year in the field "Year". Select the certification week in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  20. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2001" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  21. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Lenny Kravits; 'Greatest Hits')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Lenny Kravits – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Greatest Hits in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "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. 
  24. ^ Whitmore, Margo (22 May 2004). "Kravitz Dips Into Ideals For 'Baptism'". Billboard. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
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