It's hard to believe that it's been nearly three decades since a former Montrose keyboardist and guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne's band formed Night Ranger. To celebrate the pop-metal group's silver anniversary, Hits, Acoustic and Rarities is an alternative look at some of the group's best songs. "Sister Christian" pops up here twice, once as a re-recording and again in acoustic form. Other favorites such as "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" (which also appears twice in various forms), "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Sentimental Street" are also included. However, most notably absent from the session is the band's '80s feel-good pop anthem "The Secret of My Success," the theme song from the movie of the same name starring Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater. Aside from this woeful omission, Hits, Acoustic and Rarities is a nice package for fans who want to hear the band performing its best moments in alternate forms.
AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston