Greg Kihn

Best of Kihn

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Greg Kihn's easygoing, hooky pop/rock sound was a fixture of the wonderful indie label Beserkley in the '70s and early '80s. His just-one-of-the-guys persona and firm grasp of songcraft made him a cult figure and occasionally a chart sensation. Best of Kihn (the U.S. reissue of 2000's Anthology: All the Right Reasons, which was released on Castle in the U.K. and had two fewer tracks) contains 22 of Kihn's gems and is drawn from his tenure at Berserkley, which lasted from 1976 to 1986 and produced 12 albums. Of course, his two chart smashes are included and are the undisputed highlights of the set: "Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write "Em)" are two pop/rock classics. The rest of the 20 tracks are fine rockers that guys like Huey Lewis wish they could have written. Kihn never really had a quality problem; he just lost his audience as they moved on to the next big thing. Each song here is as rock-solid as the next and it is a great collection, perfect to satisfy a craving for Kihn. This disc replaces Rhino's 1989 Greg Kihn collection, Kihnsolidation: The Best of Greg Kihn, as the best single-disc U.S. retrospective available.

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