20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection

Aerosmith - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Aerosmith (2007)

Aerosmith - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Aerosmith (2007)
Classic Rock, Hard Rock | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Covers | 60 min | 165 MB
Label: Geffen/Universal | Rel: 2007

Those who do not pay much attention to record company affiliations should be warned that this discount-priced album, billed as the "best of Aerosmith," represents only their most popular recordings made for Geffen Records between 1987 and 1994. That said, it represents them well, including all 11 of Aerosmith's Top 40 hits from the period ("Angel," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Love in an Elevator," etc.), plus the track "Deuces Are Wild" from the album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience. This, of course, was the period when the bandmembers were collaborating with such songwriting hacks as Desmond Child, Holly Knight, and Jim Vallance to considerable commercial effect, maintaining the comeback they had launched with Run-D.M.C.'s remake of "Walk This Way." Those who do not pay much attention to sonic trends in the record industry should be warned that while the album was "96k/24-bit mastered from the original master tapes by Erick Labson," Labson's mastering approach responds to the tendency toward preparing music for its compression into MP3 files for digital downloading more than for old-fashioned CD audiophile listening; Labson has adopted a "push up all the faders" sound that is overly loud and poorly detailed; the late Bruce Fairbairn, original producer of these recordings, must be turning over in his grave.
Billy Idol - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (2014)

Billy Idol - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (2014)
Pop Rock, Punk, New Wave | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:43:52 | 103 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: Capitol Records | Release Year: 2014

This budget-priced Billy Idol compilation pales in comparison to lengthier collections like 2008’s Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself and 2001’s Greatest Hits, but there are enough of the big hits here ("Eyes Without a Face," "White Wedding, Pt.1," "Rebel Yell," "Dancing with Myself") to warrant at least one thumb up.
Freddy Fender - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (2001)

Freddy Fender - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image) + CUE + LOG | Covers | 221 MB
Genre: Country/Pop/Rock | Label: MCA | Catalog Number: 088170190-2
RAR 5% Rec. | FilePost + Rapidshare | Release Date: Apr 24, 2001

Freddy Fender's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection isn't particularly exhaustive, weighing in at only 12 tracks, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, since these songs provide a nice snapshot of the vocalist at his peak. His very biggest songs, including "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," are here, along with several country Top Tens that crossed over into the pop charts – namely "Secret Love," "You'll Lose a Good Thing," "Vay Con Dios," and "Livin' It Down." Though Fender did record other noteworthy material, much of it is noteworthy only after you've become a fan, and the conciseness of this collection makes it preferable for most listeners that just want the hits.–by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aerosmith - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best Of Aerosmith (2007)

Aerosmith - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best Of Aerosmith (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 467 Mb | Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 52 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Arena Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock | Geffen Records #B0001101-02

Those who do not pay much attention to record company affiliations should be warned that this discount-priced album, billed as the "best of Aerosmith," represents only their most popular recordings made for Geffen Records between 1987 and 1994. That said, it represents them well, including all 11 of Aerosmith's Top 40 hits from the period ("Angel," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Love in an Elevator," etc.), plus the track "Deuces Are Wild" from the album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience. This, of course, was the period when the bandmembers were collaborating with such songwriting hacks as Desmond Child, Holly Knight, and Jim Vallance to considerable commercial effect, maintaining the comeback they had launched with Run-D.M.C.'s remake of "Walk This Way"…
Eric Clapton - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Eric Clapton (2002) [Reissue 2007]

Eric Clapton - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Eric Clapton (2002) [Reissue 2007]
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 353 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 132 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Blues Rock, Rock | Label: Polydor/Universal, #:B0007824-02 | 2007 | 0:48:22

Eric Clapton's 2004 installment in Universal's never-ending 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection is an excellent distillation of his signature songs of the '70s. While it focuses on his solo recordings, it's not limited to them, throwing in two cuts from Derek and the Dominos – "Layla," of course, plus "Bell Bottom Blues" – which help complete the portrait of Clapton in the '70s. While there's a hit or two missing, they're not ones that will be missed and what is here is the cream of the crop of the first decade of Clapton's solo career.
Styx - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Styx (2002) [Reissue 2006]

Styx - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Styx (2002) [Reissue 2006]
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 368 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 137 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Rock, Progressive Rock | Label: A&M Records, #:B0007723-02 | 2006 | 0:49:45

Assembled with the cooperation of the band, Styx's entry in Universal's 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection series of discount-priced best-of's, surveys the group's tenure at A&M Records, where they scored most of their popular success. Of course, the early hit "Lady," recorded for RCA-distributed Wooden Nickel Records (and thus in the vaults of rival major label BMG), is not included. Neither are the Top Ten hit "Don't Let It End," or the Top 20 hit "Renegade" (mistakenly called a Top Ten hit in the liner notes). But the rest of Styx's big A&M hits – "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Come Sail Away," "Mr. Roboto," "The Best of Times," "Babe," "Show Me the Way" – are on the disc, along with several Top 40 entries and the popular album track "Boat on the River," from 1979's Cornerstone LP. –William Ruhlmann
Marvin Gaye - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2 The '70s (2000) [Reissue 2007]

Marvin Gaye - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2 The '70s (2000) [Reissue 2007]
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 277 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 116 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans Included
Soul, R&B, Funk | Label: Motown Records, #:B0007762-02 | 2007 | 0:41:54

Marvin Gaye's 1970s recordings reflected his growing awareness of social issues–"What's Going On," "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"–coupled with a freewheeling sexuality ("Let's Get It On," "Come Get to This," "I Want You"). On both counts, Gaye was out in front of the times, and helped shape the discussion during that turbulent time. This set does a good job of briefly limning the highlights of Gaye's '70s work; coupled with the 20th Century Masters companion volume of his '60s hits, it gives a fair if less than definitive overview of one of pop's most prolific and important hitmakers. –Daniel Durchholz
Marvin Gaye - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 1 The '60s (1999) [Reissue 2007]

Marvin Gaye - 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 1 The '60s (1999) [Reissue 2007]
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 233 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 94 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans Included
Soul, R&B, Funk | Label: Motown Records, #:B0008571-02 | 2007 | 00:32:00

Like most entries in Universal Music's Millennium Collection (previously the province of MCA Records), The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 1: The '60s is a solid budget-line collection containing 11 of his biggest hits from the '60s, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Pride and Joy," "Ain't That Peculiar, "Stubborn Kind of Fellow," "Can I Get a Witness," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," "Hitch Hike," and "You're a Wonderful One." There may be a few hits missing and serious listeners will probably like a more extensive compilation, but this is nevertheless an excellent bargain for its price. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Cher - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Cher (2000)

Cher - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Cher (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 247 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 85 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 20 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Rock | Geffen Records #B0007794-02

You might have thought that, since the 1998 merger of MCA and PolyGram, creating Universal Music, brought the hits Cher scored in the 1970s and '80s for Kapp, MCA, Casablanca, and Geffen under one roof, the next time they got around to doing a best-of they would combine all those catalogs. No such luck. In the wake of Cher's 1999 comeback with "Believe," Geffen issued its own comp, If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits. So, when MCA came to compile The Best of Cher as part of the midline-priced 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection series, they simply took the 1974 MCA Greatest Hits album, stripped off two B-sides, and added the 1979 Casablanca disco hit "Take Me Home"…
Donna Summer - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Donna Summer (2003) {Remastered}

Donna Summer - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Donna Summer (2003) {Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 358 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 121 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 57 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Disco, R&B, Funk, Soul, Dance, Pop | Mercury Records #4400636092

Donna Summer's contribution to Universal's mid-priced 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection series is a decent, concise look at the queen of disco's career, including such natural choices as "Love to Love You Baby," "I Feel Love," "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff," and "On the Radio," as well as early-'80s hits like "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Love Is in Control." 1995's Endless Summer remains the best single-disc introduction, since it covers more territory, presents a more rounded look, and includes many other singles that charted, but this works perfectly for those who want to stick to the basics.