The Very Best of Winger

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The Very Best of Winger
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Greatest hits album by Winger
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded 1988 - 2001
Genre Hard rock[1]
Heavy metal[1]
Pop metal[1]
Length 73:48
Label Atlantic, Rhino Entertainment
Producer Beau Hill, Mike Shipley, Kip Winger
Winger chronology
Pull
(1993)
The Very Best of Winger
(2001)
IV
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of Winger is a compilation album of material from the U.S. hard rock/heavy metal band Winger, released by the label Atlantic Records and the company Rhino Entertainment in October 2001.[1]

Most of the songs on the album were collected from the first three Winger studio albums: Winger (1988), In the Heart of the Young (1990) and Pull (1993). However, one new recording called "On the Inside" was featured, and a Japanese bonus track from the Pull album called "Hell to Pay" also was included. According to Kip Winger, "On the Inside" was a leftover riff from the Pull sessions that he and Reb Beach worked into a complete song for the release of this compilation.[2]

Paradoxically, the album has a track listing essentially in reverse chronological order, with the more recently finished the song the earlier it appears.[1]

Reviews[edit]

Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine lauded the release for the publication Allmusic, stating that it proved that the group has had "some good hooks, a good guitarist in Reb Beach, nice chemistry within the band, and a knack for a power ballad". He additionally praised the album's detailed liner notes. The critic noted that among heavy-sounding "bands of the late '80s/early '90s... they were the brunt of more jokes than any of their peers", most notably on the subversive program Beavis and Butt-Head. However, in Erlewine's view, that didn't change Winger's ability to generate multiple "classics", which the album collects.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "On the Inside" (Kip Winger, Reb Beach) – 4:24
  2. "Blind Revolution Mad" (Winger, Beach) – 5:26
  3. "Down Incognito" (Winger, Beach) – 3:48
  4. "Spell I'm Under" (Winger) – 3:56
  5. "Who's the One" (Winger, Beach) – 5:46
  6. "Junkyard Dog (Tears on Stone)" (Winger, Beach) – 6:55
  7. "Hell to Pay" (Winger, Beach) – 3:24
  8. "Can't Get Enuff" (Winger, Beach) – 4:24
  9. "Under One Condition" (Winger, Beach) – 4:30
  10. "Easy Come Easy Go" (Winger) – 4:06
  11. "Rainbow in the Rose" (Winger, Beach) – 5:34
  12. "Miles Away" (Paul Taylor) – 4:15
  13. "Seventeen" (Winger, Beach, Beau Hill) – 4:12
  14. "Madalaine" (Winger, Beach) – 3:47
  15. "Hungry" (Winger, Beach) – 4:01
  16. "Headed for a Heartbreak" (Winger) – 5:15

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Erlewine, Stephen T. Winger - The Very Best of Winger at AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Metal Sludge Rewind with Kip Winger". Metal Sludge. Archived from the original on January 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01.