Jesse Colin Young, alone and with the Youngbloods, made as much of a mark with his songwriting as with his hits, and was emblematic of the laid-back blend of folk, country, and rock that thrived in the '70s. Greatest Hits presents many of Young's and the Youngbloods' best-known songs, but isn't a true greatest-hits collection because the recordings aren't the original recordings. Aside from three new songs, all of the tracks are re-recordings, some of which were made in collaboration with Young's sons. One of the new compositions, "Aloha E," is a well-meant but platitudinous response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The original Youngbloods reunite for remakes of three of their hits, including the epochal '60s anthem "Get Together." These new renditions are perfectly acceptable in terms of performance and recording quality, and are not strict replicas of the originals (which is either good or bad, depending on what the listener is looking for). Like many such re-recording projects necessitated by a career's worth of masters being owned by different labels, Greatest Hits is a solid effort as long as buyers know what they're getting.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams