JJs Vinyl Madness Countdown #654
By Joliet Jake
February 1, 2018 3:44am CST
Greatest hits collections...I normally don't buy them these days. But this one...well, 5-6 years ago I bought a collection of albums (slightly over 600 for $200) from the parents of someone that died...and buried in that collection was a dozen or so albums I had sold back in 1986 or so. And back then I did buy greatest hits albums. Of course, I have all the songs on it on other albums from them...except one. One song on it is a non-album track released as a single...but not in the USA. 'My White Bicycle' reached #14 in the UK and #36 in Germany in 1975. The UK version has 'Miss Misery' (from the album 'Hair Of The Dog') as the 'B' side, while Germany has 'Too Bad, Too Sad' (from the album 'Razamanaz') on the flip side. Nazareth - Hot Tracks
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That became "the way" to sell "greatest hits" albums after the backlash over the radio edit days: put a "new" song (that may or may not become a great hit...) on there. Columbia Records could've made a fortune releasing a collection of Springsteen's non-album B-sides (many of which were better than the "hit" side). Anyway, good song, better than the one Queen did about a bicycle.
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Aerosmith kinda did that with 'Gems' in 1988 (basically a second 'greatest hits' package) with a sticker claiming it had the unreleased song 'Chip Away The Stone' on it...while technically it was, a live version had appeared 10 years earlier, and I had the 7" promo for it...and the flip side was the studio version.