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Greatest Hits Vol.1/Live at CBGB

Year: 2004
Format: CD+DVD
Label: EPIC/Immortal
Genre: [Nu-Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.5

There aren't many bands that can bring something new to the music scene... Korn is one of the few pioneers of new subgenres. Actually Korn is the main reason, why there is such a genre today known as Nu-Metal. Although, I'm not a fan of the genre, I quite like Korn (for their creativity). Also, I love variety, so it's great to listen Korn for a change. Usually pioneering bands aren't as fortunate as Korn (they never gain popularity). However, record execs didn't notice the potential of Korn immediately (it took two years for Korn to get signed).

As this is one of those "Greatest Hits" albums, there's nothing surprising about it content-wise. However, there are quite a few good songs missing from this collection (especially from Untouchables). As the hardcore fans probably already own the whole Korn discography, there's some new recorded performances included on this album. Namely there are two covers (Cameo's Word Up and Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall). Also a remix of Freak on a Leash has been included (previously unreleased in U.S.)

Production on this album is quite good. The sounds are apposite (for the most part). Nevertheless, some sounds could have been better (for example, some overly distorted parts sounded too harsh). It's quite unfortunate that the production is inconsistent (songs have been collected from different albums with different producers and engineers). Especially, some of the older songs weren't mixed as well as the new ones. Mastering, on the other hand, has been done quite well (slight distortion occurred only few times).

The first pressing of this album also contains a bonus DVD (live at CBGB). The DVD contains a short 35 minute gig at CBGB. The production on the DVD is very good (picture is very clear)... Only complaints regard the bass sound, which got distorted every now and then (a mastering error).

All in all, this is a good collection... I recommend it to all fans of Korn and/or Nu-Metal.

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- MAGE (13.10.2004)


Davis, Jonathan: Vocals and Bagpipes
Welch, Brian (Head): Guitars
Silveria, David: Drums
Fieldy: Bass
Shaffer, James (Munky): Guitars

Baby Nathan: Additional Vocals on A.D.I.D.A.S.
Producer: Kwatinetz, Jeff & Katsis, Peter
Mixing by: Alge, Tom Lord; Filipetti, Frank; Wallace, Andy; O'Brien, Brendan; Johnson, Chuck; Kaplan, Richard & Robinson, Ross
Mastering by: Unavailable
Korn - Greatest Hits Vol.1/Live at CBGB CD+DVD Cover Image
01. Word Up!
02. Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 1, 2, 3)
03. Y'all Want a Single
04. Right Now
05. Did My Time
06. Alone I Break
07. Here to Stay
08. Trash
09. Somebody Someone
10. Make Me Bad
11. Falling Away From Me
12. Got the Life
13. Freak on a Leash
14. Twist
15. A.D.I.D.A.S.
16. Clown
17. Shoots and Ladders
18. Blind
19. Freak on a Leash (Dante Ross Mix)

Live at CBGB DVD

01. Right Now
02. Here to Stay
03. Did My Time
04. Got the Life
05. Freak on a Leash
06. Falling Away From Me
07. Blind
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