For four years, the U.K. compilation The Heart of Rock & Roll: The Best of Huey Lewis & the News was the only hits collection available on the San Franciscan bar band, and in some ways it's a better overview than the American retrospective, Time Flies. Although it does include a live version of "Workin' for a Livin'" and overlooks "Doing It All for My Baby" and "I Know What I Like," it contains several key tracks that aren't on Time Flies: "Hip to Be Square," "Back in Time" (which is only available on the Back to the Future soundtrack), "Jacob's Ladder," "Perfect World," the We Are the World track "Trouble in Paradise," and the terrific LP cut "Some of My Lies Are True." These tracks are added to the familiar hits to make The Heart of Rock & Roll a more thorough retrospective, and, in many ways, a better introduction than Time Flies.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine