Greatest Hitz (Limp Bizkit album)

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Greatest Hitz
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Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 2005
Recorded1997–2005
Genre
Length71:11
LabelFlip/Geffen
Limp Bizkit chronology
The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
(2005)
Greatest Hitz
(2005)
Collected
(2008)

Greatest Hitz is the first compilation album by American rap rock band Limp Bizkit. Released in 2005, it is a retrospective compiling material from the band's albums Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, Significant Other, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water and Results May Vary.

Production and content[edit]

Greatest Hitz was announced for release as early as 2001.[1] While recording the albums Results May Vary and The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1), the band continued to work on the compilation.[2][3] A companion DVD, Greatest Videoz, was also released.

Greatest Hitz contains material from the band's albums Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, Significant Other, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water and Results May Vary, as well as new songs, including "Home Sweet Home/Bittersweet Symphony", a mashup of "Home Sweet Home" by Mötley Crüe and "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve.[4][5]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The music of Greatest Hitz has predominately been described as nu metal[6] and is noted for "kinetic, frenzied energy".[7] On this compilation, DJ Lethal functions as a sound designer for the band, shaping their sound. According to Lethal, "I try and bring new sounds, not just the regular chirping scratching sounds. [...] It's all different stuff that you haven't heard before. I'm trying to be like another guitar player."[8]

Wes Borland's guitar playing on this compilation is experimental and nontraditional, and is noted for creative use of six and seven-string guitars;[9] the songs from Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ feature him playing without a guitar pick, performing with two hands, one playing melodic notes, and the other playing chord progressions.[8] His guitar playing on this album also makes use of octave shapes, and choppy, eighth-note rhythms, sometimes accompanied by muting his strings with his left hand, creating a percussive sound.[10] Borland's guitar playing also has unevenly accented syncopated sixteenth notes to create a disorienting effect, and hypnotic, droning licks.[10]

Durst's lyrics are often profane, scatological or angry.[11] Much of Durst's lyrical inspiration came from growing up and his personal life,[8] his breakup with his girlfriend inspired the Significant Other songs "Nookie" and "Re-Arranged".[12]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]
Martin Charles Strong7/10 stars[4]

Greatest Hitz peaked at number 47 on the Billboard 200.[13] Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said, "None of [Greatest Hitz] has aged well – as a matter of fact, it's aged incredibly quickly, sounding older than alt-rock hits from the mid-'90s – but that's almost beside the point, because this does its job well, and listeners who want to have some Limp Bizkit in their collection will find this to provide them with more of what they want than any other Bizkit dizc."[5] In The Essential Rock Discography, Martin Charles Strong gave the compilation a 7 out of 10 rating;[4] as of 2012, the album has sold over 3,500,000 copies worldwide, including 750,000 in the US.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Counterfeit"Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ (1997)4:48
2."Faith" (George Michael cover)Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$2:26
3."Nookie"Significant Other (1999)4:26
4."Break Stuff"Significant Other2:46
5."Re-Arranged"Significant Other5:54
6."N 2 Gether Now" (feat. Method Man)Significant Other3:55
7."Take a Look Around"Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000) / Mission: Impossible 2 (soundtrack)5:19
8."My Generation"Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water3:41
9."Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)"Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water3:33
10."My Way"Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water4:33
11."Boiler"Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water5:44
12."Eat You Alive"Results May Vary (2003)3:57
13."Behind Blue Eyes" (The Who cover)Results May Vary4:29
14."Build a Bridge"Results May Vary3:56
15."Why"Previously Unreleased4:05
16."Lean on Me"Previously Unreleased4:27
17."Home Sweet Home/Bittersweet Symphony" (Mötley Crüe and The Verve cover)Previously Unreleased / mashup of "Home Sweet Home" by Mötley Crüe and "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve3:42
Total length:71:11

Personnel[edit]

Tracks 1–11

Tracks 12–17

  • Fred Durst – vocals, guitar, banjo
  • Mike Smith – guitar
  • Brian Welch – guitar on "Build a Bridge"
  • Sam Rivers – bass guitar
  • John Otto – drums, percussion
  • DJ Lethal – turntables, keyboards, samples, programming, sound development

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Borland bids adieu to Bizkit". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network. 69 (737): 6. October 29, 2001.
  2. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (August 16, 2004). "Wes Borland Back With Limp Bizkit". MTV News. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  3. ^ Moss, Corey (2005-02-25). "Fred Durst Says Sex Video Stolen From His PC". MTV. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  4. ^ a b c Strong, Martin Charles (2006). "Limp Bizkit". The Essential Rock Discography (8th ed.). Open City Books. p. 638. ISBN 1-84195-860-3.
  5. ^ a b c Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Greatest Hitz - Limp Bizkit". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  6. ^ Apter, Jeff (2009). Never Enough: The Story of The Cure. Music Sales Group. p. 468. ISBN 0-85712-024-7.
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Three Dollar Bill Y'All - Limp Bizkit". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  8. ^ a b c Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 21–51. ISBN 0-312-26349-X.
  9. ^ Kitts, Jeff; Tolinski, Brad (2002). "Lords Of Hard Rock: Wes Borland". The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 3–4. ISBN 0-634-04619-5.
  10. ^ a b Hurwitz, Tobias; Riley, Glenn (June 1, 2002). "Rhythm guitar riffs in the style of Wes Borland". 7-String Guitar. Alfred Music Publishing. pp. 30–2. ISBN 0-7390-2807-3.
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water - Limp Bizkit". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  12. ^ Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 79–95. ISBN 0-312-26349-X.
  13. ^ "Greatest Hitz - Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 December 2011.