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Greatest Hits (W/2 New Tracks) [Best of]

Robbie/Paisley B Williams Audio CD
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1. Old Before I Die
2. Angels
3. Lazy Days
4. Let Me Entertain You
5. Millennium
6. No Regrets
7. Strong
8. She's The One
9. Rock DJ
10. Kids
11. Supreme
12. Let Love Be Your Energy
13. Eternity
14. The Road To Mandalay
15. Feel
16. Come Undone
17. Sexed Up
18. Radio
19. Misunderstood

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UK edition replaces the International track, 'Better Man' with 'Lazy Days'. Former Take That member Robbie Williams, with the help of 16 top ten singles and five number one albums, has become one of the biggest superstars in the Universe (America is the only country that does not bow down and honor him!). For those who want to know what all the fuss is about, this release features a selection of hit singles pulled from his albums Life Thru a Lens, I've Been Expecting You, Sing When You're Winning and Escapology. For the converted, there are two non-album tracks recorded especially for this release: 'Radio' and 'Misunderstood'. 19 tracks total including 'Let Me Entertain You', 'No Regrets', 'She's The One' and 'Angels'. EMI.

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS Greatest Hits (2004 UK edition CD album featuring 19 classic tracks which span Life Thru a Lens Ive Been Expecting You Sing When Youre Winning & Escapology including the previously unreleased Radio and Misunderstood picture sleeve & extensive photo booklet!)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From now on I only have to carry 1 cd with me! Feb. 22 2005
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I go on a trip I bring along all of my Robbie Williams cd's - I enjoy them that much. With this compilation now I don't have to! His other albums are amazing - specifically The Ego has landed and I highly recommend buying them as there are a lot of gems. This compilation has the best of the best on it and it's not to be missed! Essential for any Robbie Williams fan or someone who just wants to check his music out. You won't regret buying this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie's Greatest almost perfect! May 9 2009
Format:Audio CD
I am surprised that Robbie is not as well known in the USA and Canada as he is in the United Kingdom. My friends enjoyed his songs but admitted that they had never heard of him! Loved the Greatest Hits, even if some of his lyrics are a little naughty and certain words seem to be thrown in only for their shock value, he is a talented performer with an interesting engaging personality.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely One Of The Most Essential Greatest Hits Of All Time! Nov. 2 2004
By Busy Body - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Robbie Williams is unquestionably the biggest male British popstar of the past ten years. Since his debut single released in 1996, he has consistently made top chart hits with six (including this) UK No.1 albums and six UK No.1 singles. His studio albums are guaranteed multi-million sellers whilst his live shows sell out in a matter of minutes. He is an entertainer in the traditional sense of the word, and America, boys and girls, is missing out big time! Mr. Williams has tried more than once to crack the States and failed, but luckily for us Brits he's returned again to reclaim his UK King of Pop crown. Basically, the man is a national treasure and after millions of column inches of tabloid-fodder, the music has always shone through.

Robbie's debut album "Life Thru A Lens" did nothing for months and months in the charts, and then it stormed up the charts in 1998 when one song was released: Angels. Robbie Williams owes his entire career to that song. It is a modern day classic and now highly regarded as one of the best songs ever composed, recently topping a poll of the best songs never to make No.1. When I first heard that Robbie was releasing a Greatest Hits album, it wasn't a question of if I would buy it, but more of a question of when! This is the ultimate pop Best Of album of the year for the British public. Most households should own a copy of this album, and you can bet your bottom dollar that by Christmas, most of them will. This will sell millions.

The Greatest Hits is arranged in chronological order, with all Robbie's biggest hits arranged in terms of release. Up first we have the four major singles from Robbie's aforementioned debut album. The first is "Old Before I Die," which peaked at No.2 in April 1997, followed by "Lazy Days," which was No.8 in July 1997. Then comes that classic "Angels," which peaked at a criminal No.4 in December 1997. The song has actually, however, spent a calculate total of 27 weeks on the UK chart! Then comes another pop rock classic, "Let Me Entertain You." The video to this song is just so sexy and the song was a No.3 hit in March 1998.

By this point in his career Robbie was a revived star. After quitting Take That, the UK's biggest-ever boyband, less that three years earlier, he was having bigger success as a solo star - something unheard of. He released his second solo album, "I've Been Expecting You," in September 1998, and it features 4 massive hits that are on this Greatest Hits album. The first is "Millennium," which was also Robbie's first UK No.1 single in September 1998. This Bond-inspired classic showed Robbie as the ultimate male entertainer, which he continued with "No Regrets," which peaked at No.4 in December 1998. This beautiful ballad speaks of a disastrous relationship, contrasted perfectly with the next song, "Strong," which was also a No.4 hit in March 1999. Robbie speaks here of how he's not an invincible human being, despite what his fans think. "She's The One" is up next and became Robbie's second UK No.1 in November 1999. This is a really beautiful ballad, trademark Robbie and rounded out his second album in style. Check the video too!

Robbie's third album, "Sing When You're Winning," was released in August 2000 and was yet another No.1 multi-million seller. The first single was called "Rock DJ," and is yet another classic pop song! The song was a massive, huge hit with such a controversial video. Apart from looking utterly gorgeous stripping in it, it was controversial when he takes his skin off in a room with women skating around him! As predicted, it was a No.1 hit, and his third in total. "Kids" was the next single, and peaked at No.2 in October 2000. This duet with Kylie Minogue (whose career had recently been revived also) was a pop-duo made in heaven! "Supreme" peaked at No.4 in December 2000, whilst the upbeat "Let Love Be Your Energy" was a No.10 hit in March 2001. "Eternity" was a Double A-Side with "The Road To Mandalay," both of which feature on this Greatest Hits. The songs went to No.1 in July 2001, becoming Robbie's fourth UK No.1 single. The former is a gorgeous and understated ballad, whilst the former is light pop fluff for a summer's day.

Robbie's fourth studio album, "Escapology" was released in November 2002, and was yet another UK No.1 album, and also the biggest selling album of 2002. To achieve that, with only around five weeks before the end of the year was amazing. It also helped that EMI had just paid him '80 million to stay with them! The album's first single, "Feel," was rather different to what Robbie had done previously, but equally as good, peaking at No.4 in December 2002. "Come Undone" was another big hit for Robbie with a controversial video, peaking at No.5 in April 2003 whilst the vicious "Sexed Up" charted at No.10 in November 2003.

OVERALL GRADE: 10/10

The Greatest Hits album also has two new songs, the funky "Radio," which became Robbie's sixth UK No.1 and the new single "Misunderstood," which will likely follow into similar success. This Greatest Hits album has left quite a few songs off, too, most notably "Freedom" and "South Of The Border" from Robbie's debut album, and his massive Christmas 2001 UK No.1, "Somethin' Stupid," which was a duet with the icon Nicole Kidman, taken from Robbie's Big Band album "Swing When You're Winning," which, yes, you guessed it, was another massive No.1 album! Guy Chambers was the mastermind behind the lyrics and melodies of Robbie's biggest hits, and now that he's left him, we'll see where Robbie stands in the future. In the meantime we can enjoy this essential Greatest Hits.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Greatest Hits - Sexy Cover, Too! Nov. 21 2004
By Busy Body - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Robbie Williams is unquestionably the biggest male British popstar of the past ten years. Since his debut single released in 1996, he has consistently made top chart hits with six (including this) UK No.1 albums and six UK No.1 singles. His studio albums are guaranteed multi-million sellers whilst his live shows sell out in a matter of minutes. He is an entertainer in the traditional sense of the word, and America, boys and girls, is missing out big time! Mr. Williams has tried more than once to crack the States and failed, but luckily for us Brits he's returned again to reclaim his UK King of Pop crown. Basically, the man is a national treasure and after millions of column inches of tabloid-fodder, the music has always shone through.

Robbie's debut album "Life Thru A Lens" did nothing for months and months in the charts, and then it stormed up the charts in 1998 when one song was released: Angels. Robbie Williams owes his entire career to that song. It is a modern day classic and now highly regarded as one of the best songs ever composed, recently topping a poll of the best songs never to make No.1. When I first heard that Robbie was releasing a Greatest Hits album, it wasn't a question of if I would buy it, but more of a question of when! There are two versions of the Greatest Hits, with two different covers - one of Robbie's face and the other of him with his shirt open revealing that gorgeous hairy chest! Guess which one I bought!

The Greatest Hits is arranged in chronological order, with all Robbie's biggest hits arranged in terms of release. Up first we have the four major singles from Robbie's aforementioned debut album. The first is "Old Before I Die," which peaked at No.2 in April 1997, followed by "Lazy Days," which was No.8 in July 1997. Then comes that classic "Angels," which peaked at a criminal No.4 in December 1997. The song has actually, however, spent a calculate total of 27 weeks on the UK chart! Then comes another pop rock classic, "Let Me Entertain You." The video to this song is just so sexy and the song was a No.3 hit in March 1998.

By this point in his career Robbie was a revived star. After quitting Take That, the UK's biggest-ever boyband, less that three years earlier, he was having bigger success as a solo star - something unheard of. He released his second solo album, "I've Been Expecting You," in September 1998, and it features 4 massive hits that are on this Greatest Hits album. The first is "Millennium," which was also Robbie's first UK No.1 single in September 1998. This Bond-inspired classic showed Robbie as the ultimate male entertainer, which he continued with "No Regrets," which peaked at No.4 in December 1998. This beautiful ballad speaks of a disastrous relationship, contrasted perfectly with the next song, "Strong," which was also a No.4 hit in March 1999. Robbie speaks here of how he's not an invincible human being, despite what his fans think. "She's The One" is up next and became Robbie's second UK No.1 in November 1999. This is a really beautiful ballad, trademark Robbie and rounded out his second album in style. Check the video too!

Robbie's third album, "Sing When You're Winning," was released in August 2000 and was yet another No.1 multi-million seller. The first single was called "Rock DJ," and is yet another classic pop song! The song was a massive, huge hit with such a controversial video. Apart from looking utterly gorgeous stripping in it, it was controversial when he takes his skin off in a room with women skating around him! As predicted, it was a No.1 hit, and his third in total. "Kids" was the next single, and peaked at No.2 in October 2000. This duet with Kylie Minogue (whose career had recently been revived also) was a pop-duo made in heaven! "Supreme" peaked at No.4 in December 2000, whilst the upbeat "Let Love Be Your Energy" was a No.10 hit in March 2001. "Eternity" was a Double A-Side with "The Road To Mandalay," both of which feature on this Greatest Hits. The songs went to No.1 in July 2001, becoming Robbie's fourth UK No.1 single. The former is a gorgeous and understated ballad, whilst the former is light pop fluff for a summer's day.

Robbie's fourth studio album, "Escapology" was released in November 2002, and was yet another UK No.1 album, and also the biggest selling album of 2002. To achieve that, with only around five weeks before the end of the year was amazing. It also helped that EMI had just paid him £80 million to stay with them! The album's first single, "Feel," was rather different to what Robbie had done previously, but equally as good, peaking at No.4 in December 2002. "Come Undone" was another big hit for Robbie with a controversial video, peaking at No.5 in April 2003 whilst the vicious "Sexed Up" charted at No.10 in November 2003.

OVERALL GRADE: 10/10

The Greatest Hits album also has two new songs, the funky "Radio," which became Robbie's sixth UK No.1 and the new single "Misunderstood," which will likely follow into similar success. This Greatest Hits album has left quite a few songs off, too, most notably "Freedom" and "South Of The Border" from Robbie's debut album, and his massive Christmas 2001 UK No.1, "Somethin' Stupid," which was a duet with the icon Nicole Kidman, taken from Robbie's Big Band album "Swing When You're Winning," which, yes, you guessed it, as another massive No.1 album! This version features Spanish versions of a couple of the songs and is a worthwhile addition to any fan's collection!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After you hear this, you won't be asking "WHO?" anymore June 18 2005
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Robbie Williams has got to be the best kept secret outside of the UK. Since leaving the group "Take That", he has notched hit after hit, but try as he might, he just can't scratch the diamond surface of the USA.

Largely ignored by the mainstream pop crowd, Robbie sings to ears that won't hear, and shows his videos to eyes that won't see. A word of advice to music fans - try this album! Borrow it if you must, but give this album a shot.

Listen to the excellent ballad "Angels", and then hop to "Millenium", "She's the One", "Feel", "Eternity" and "Misunderstood" which is new on this album. Go back to "Old Before I Die", "Let Me Entertain You", "Strong" and "Kids" then start dancing around to "Rock DJ" and the quirky "Radio".

Every song deserves to be on a greatest hits album, the one glaring and unfortunate omission being the duet "Something Stupid" with Nicole Kidman.

Don't take my word for it - let Robbie entertain you today.

Amanda Richards, June 18, 2005
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Naughty boys need love too Dec 29 2004
By Douglas King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
He may be an expatriate boy-bander, but Robbie Williams shares much more in common with pop vocalists like Elton John and George Michael than he does with, say, Justin Timberlake. For the most part, Robbie's music is well-crafted, tuneful and catchy, the songs made more for the long haul than they are eager to jump on every pop music trend. Robbie's persona is always cheeky and ironic, and yet if you pay close attention to the lyrics of most of his songs, they're full of yearnings for love, peace and self-acceptance. That's what makes Robbie Williams interesting and enigmatic: this combination of the rabble-rousing bad boy and the sensitive, poetic soul. Overall, this is a very worthwhile collection for any pop music fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest singer ever ... but it doesn't matter! May 16 2005
By Kasper Michelsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are greater singers than Robbie Williams, there are more talented musicians - but few - very few - has the ability to do a simple pop-song that'll go straight to your head and remain there. Don't underestimate the power of pop: It might not be very refined, but it's all the more enjoyable! And if you want pop, Robbie Williams is perhaps the best Britain has offered in the last 10 years.

This collection gives a chronological overview of his first 5 albums (not all of which have been released in the States). A chronological ordering does not always work very well - in this case, however, is does the job pretty good, though. Still, I'd have vouched for a slightly different set-list, but of course with a compilation CD there'll always be slight disagreements on what should have been included, and what shouldn't.

None of the tracks on this CD are less than good - some are excellent, most are very good, and then there are a couple of good songs, that just doesn't quite stand up to the rest. Opener Old Before I Die is one of them - and opening a CD with a week song is never wise. Second up is Lazy Days, another of the albums weekest tracks. This is perhaps only natural, as this is where we see Robbies career take off, but that shows the weekness of the strictly chronological arrangement. From here things lighten up - Angels has more or less become Robbies anthem, the song is very simple but at the same time incredibly strong. It might be one of the most important british pop-songs of the 90'es!

Let Me Entertain You is actually pretty much a song about what the Robbie Williams phenomenon is all about. Undeniable and catchy. Millenium is another Robbie Williams classic, uptempo and extremely catchy. More somber is No Regrets - according to Robbie with his own favorite lyric line 'I didn't loose my mind, it was mine to give away' - a reflection on what happened during the time upto his exit from boyband Take That. The song is also a collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, an interesting combination, and though the song is not the most accesible on the album, it's an excellent track. More easygoing is pop-rocker Strong and the ballad She's The One, both of which show's his and his writers' undeniable flair for an easy pop-song.

The bouncy Rock DJ introduces a new sound - and first single from his third album. From this point, some songs are starting to be slightly experimental in their sound, moving father from classical pop-rock sound. This deffinitely improves the standard of the music. Kids, dueting Robbie with Kylie Minogue, is perhaps not very experimental, but to match these two stars, both of whoem are huge at this time right after Kylie's 98 comeback, is very clever, and the song is a solid rocker. Supreme features a sample of Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive', another clever move to promote the song to be a massive hit. Not that it's bad, quite the contrary, this is indeed an excellent song. The same is true for the more plain Let Love Be Your Energy - only a minor hit, this song has a fantastic melody - it's to some extent a return to the early Robbie Williams sound, which might be the reason it didn't become a major hit - but it's much better than most of the early material. The same is true of ballad Eternity, which is a very fine love song. The Road To Mandalay double-A-sited with Eternity, and is certainly a less obvious single release. An interesting song, though, hinting at Robbie's next move towards a cameo-career as swinger/crooner. No songs are included from the Swing When You Are Winning album, however.

Feel, lead single from the most recent album, takes us another notch up in musical quality. This song is by far the best Robbie has ever done, and is an extremely intense song. The lyrics are brilliant, and the song is a masterpiece and deserves a status as a modern day classic. Robbies voice is perfect for this piece. Next up, Come Undone and Sexed Up from the same album, and likewise two songs that are far better than what Robbie has done before. The last two songs, that are new for this album, underscore the fact that Robbie is on his way up, and may not have peaked. Radio takes what's needed from the 80'es sound, and offers a solid lead single, while Misunderstood, lead single from Bridget Jones movie soundtrack, is a beautiful power-ballad as good as any. Both tracks were major hits, and avoided the fate often destined for new-on-compilation tracks - that they are below-standards of the old material.

A final note - I miss a couple of songs, most importantly the Nicole Kidman duet Somthin' Stupid - it's very odd that the Swing When You're Winning record doesn't contribute a single song! - and also I miss Something Beautiful from the latest Escapology album. Of course, the cut had to be made somewhere, as there is only room for 80 minutes on a CD. I would have left out Old Before I Die and included Something Beautiful, but that's my oppinion. I also would have made a slight change in track ordering and thrown Let Me Entertain You and Let Love Be Your Energy in as first and second track on the disc, and moved Lazy Days in aster Something Beautiful as track 12 and 13. Of course, that would have messed up with the chonology, but it would have offered a better album in my oppinion.

Still, this is a nearly perfect compilation of an artist that everyone should acknowledge as one of the most important of the late 90'es and early 2000'es. This is where you should start, and I can hardly think of anybody that would go wrong with this CD. I'm confident you'll love it if you have just the slightest flair for pop music.

Overall rating: 10 / 10
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