Reissue label drops ball. Thanks to some significant differences in track selection, Castle's Long Stick Goes Boom: The Anthology isn't quite the equal of Arista's Definitive Collection, released three years prior. During the first half of the '80s, Krokus were semiregular occupants of the lower reaches of the U.S. mainstream rock chart. Since this compilation was released in the U.K., it doesn't emphasize the group's stateside successes, since roughly half of the group's chart entries -- including the early singles "Burning Bones" and "Winning Man" -- are not included. Another unfortunate thing is that three of the songs -- "Long Stick Goes Boom," "Lay Me Down," and "Eat the Rich" -- are live performances, which defeats the purpose of having the best representation/introduction possible.
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman