A greatest hits album...for an outstanding band. You'd think it'd be one of the better song collections out there, wouldn't you? It doesn't fall too short, but there is much more missing from it then there should be. Hell, there should be nothing missing; this is Sublime. And Sublime has always been what they've dubbed themselves so deservingly.
The casual listener won't be as dissapointed as a more hardcore fan would be, there are some very good songs represented here. But I would not reccomend it to anyone who hasn't heard much of the bands other work. With a total of ten tracks, Sublime's 'Greatest Hits' is not what I think anyone expected. Their debut album featured twenty-one truly amazing songs (four of which are on Greatest Hits), and IMO could have been a hits collection on its own. But then you'd be missing out on a dozen awesome songs from the self titled and 'Robbin' The Hood'; which you would anyway, by purchasing this. I think twenty songs minimum
is suitable for the bands collection.
There is no way I could talk to you about Sublime and call this release a good selection. The real cons of the album totally crash it and burn it: Where are all the songs from RTH? Yeah, Pool Shark and Saw Red are great, but wheres 'Steppin' Razor' or 'STP'? And why did I first look at the tracklisting and not see 'Same In The End'? 'D.J.s'? 'Ball and Chain'? Nothing but singles and radio songs on here.
Again, I will not reccommend this to a new listener...If your a real collector, I supposed you could still buy this at an internet retailer, but good luck tracking it down in stores. So if you come across 'Sublime: Greatest Hits' somewhere, just put it down and pick up 40 Oz.'s instead. This one only gets a 2 because of the actual songs; all ten of them.
Vocals/Guitar: Brad Nowell
Bass: Eric Wilson
Drums: Bud Gaugh
Sampler/Back Vocals: Marshall Goodman