1. (00:04:14) Molly Hatchet - Shake the House Down
2. (00:03:19) Molly Hatchet - Ragtop Deluxe
3. (00:03:40) Molly Hatchet - Whiskey Man
4. (00:02:59) Molly Hatchet - Bounty Hunter
5. (00:06:17) Molly Hatchet - Gator Country
6. (00:05:01) Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster
7. (00:04:10) Molly Hatchet - Bloody Reunion
8. (00:06:09) Molly Hatchet - Boogie No More
9. (00:07:09) Molly Hatchet - Dreams I'll Never See
10. (00:03:39) Molly Hatchet - Beatin' the Odds
11. (00:04:31) Molly Hatchet - Edge of Sundown
12. (00:08:05) Molly Hatchet - Fall of the Peacemakers
Playing Time.........: 01:23:12
Total Size...........: 386.24 MB
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Biography from Allmusic.com
Named after a legendary Southern prostitute who allegedly beheaded and mutilated her clients, Jacksonville's Molly Hatchet melded loud hard-rock boogie with guitar jam-oriented Southern rock. Formed in 1975, the group's lineup featured three guitarists -- Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland, and Duane Roland -- plus vocalist Danny Joe Brown, bassist Banner Thomas, and drummer Bruce Crump. The group recorded a self-titled debut album in 1978, which quickly went platinum; the follow-up, Flirtin' With Disaster, was even more successful, selling over two million copies. Brown left the group in 1980 after the constant touring became too tiresome; he was replaced by Jimmy Farrar for Beatin' the Odds, but Farrar's voice was less immediately identifiable, and Molly Hatchet's commercial appeal began a slow decline. The band experimented with horns on Take No Prisoners, but Farrar left for a solo career soon afterwards. Brown rejoined the band in 1982, but the ensuing album, No Guts...No Glory, flopped, and guitarist Hlubek insisted on revamping Molly Hatchet's sound. After The Deed is Done, a straightforward pop/rock album, the group took some time off in 1985 while its Double Trouble Live album, a collection of some of its best-known songs, was released. Molly Hatchet returned in 1989 without Hlubek for an album of straight, polished AOR, Lightning Strikes Twice. Not even the group's fan base bought the record, and they disbanded shortly afterward. Molly Hatchet reunited in the mid-'90s as an active touring outfit, releasing Devil's Canyon, their first record since Lightning Strikes Twice, in 1996. Continuing to recapture the style of their glory days, Silent Reign of Heroes followed in 1998, and Kingdom of XII appeared in early 2001. A slew of live recordings appeared during the next few years, and the band's studio follow-up, Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge, was released in 2005.
THE BAND: Original members - Danny Joe Brown (vocals, R.I.P.), Dave Hlubek (guitar), Steve Holland (guitar), Duane Roland (guitar), Banner Thomas (bass), Bruce Crump (drums & percussion).
If you grew up on the east coast in the 1970's and 80's, you probably experienced the southern rock movement first hand. Molly Hatchet fit nicely between the main players - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, 38 Special, Charlie Daniels Band, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker Band, etc. I won't dare compare them because I always felt as long as Danny Joe Brown was singing, Molly Hatchet could stand on their own. THE GOOD: As for the music, most of the early staples are here - "Bounty Hunter", "Gator Country", one of my favorite remakes in Gregg Allman's "Dreams I'll Never See", "Flirtin' With Disaster", "Whiskey Man", "Beatin' The Odds", "Fall Of The Peacemakers", etc. The digitally remastered sound is clean and sounds far superior to the original albums. THE NOT SO GOOD: Nothing wrong with only featuring the songs of Danny Joe Brown, but it's only 1/3 of the total picture. Even if they can't match Brown's presence on stage or in the recording studio, the 2 other singers deserve some credit (and they did have some good songs). Perhaps a 2-disc release is needed for the full effect... because Jimmy Farrar ("Beatin' The Odds") and Phil McCormack (1996-present) deserve some kind of mention. Even the live songs from Farrar's tenure are sung by Brown (this stunt reminds me of several of Iron Maiden's compilations - with Paul Di'Anno's songs being sung live by Bruce Dickinson). Even Sony's "Essential" release (a mere 14 tracks on a single disc) is lacking in the same respect. This "Greatest Hits" package takes songs from 4 studio albums... meaning there is no song representation from "Silent Reign Of Heroes", "Take No Prisoners", "Kingdom Of XII", "Lightning Strikes Twice", "Locked & Loaded", "Warrior's Of The Rainbow Bridge", and "Devil's Canyon". There's room on the disc for more songs... so with the unused space I would've liked to have seen a few semi classics that were missed - "Jukin' City", "Big Apple", "On The Prowl", "Sweet Dixie", and "Dead & Gone". Hatchet's early album artwork was always cool - thanks to Frank Frazetta lending some of his gorgeous old artwork. The album cover illustration on this "Greatest Hits" by Richard Kriegler is average at best. In my opinion, something from Frazetta was surely needed here. OVERALL: Decent collection of songs but it ultimately left me wanting more. "Greatest Hits" is nothing close to a career spanning package. This should be considered a "Volume I" compilation only. The songs from their 1st two albums are well represented, but there's too many songs from too many albums missing to make this a complete collection.