Saturday, October 23, 2021

Various Artists - Dead! The Grim Reaper’s Greatest Hits


AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny.

Not to be confused with a best-of celebrating the career of Grim Reaper, the famously fugly hair metal band so memorably eviscerated by Beavis and Butthead, Dead! The Grim Reaper's Greatest Hits instead compiles 24 early rock & roll classics exploring/exploiting death. Cataloging biker tragedies (Twinkle's "Terry"), pill-popper overdoses (Walter Jackson's "The Bed"), and watery graves (the Rivaires' "Death of a Surfer"), the disc embraces mortality and music in all its forms, spanning from girl group pop to trucker country and proving as indiscriminate as death itself. Sometimes sappy (Mark Dinning's "Teen Angel"), sometimes electrifying (Jack Kittel's "Psycho"), and sometimes eerily portentous (Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve"), Dead! is above all well executed (pun intended), boasting the encyclopedic scope and attention to detail for which Ace is famed. L'chaim!



1. Twinkle - Terry

2. Shangri-Las, The - Give us your blessings

3. Reynolds, Jody & The Storms - Endless sleep

4. Woods, Donald / Vel-Aires, The - Death of an angel

5. Goodees, The - Condition red

6. Cross, Jimmy - I want my baby back

7. Jan & Dean - Dead man's curve

8. Husky, Ferlin - The drunken driver

9. Leyton, John - Johnny remember me

10. Wilson, J. Frank / Cavaliers, The - Last kiss

11. Lee, Dickey - Patches

12. Think - Once you understand

13. Riviaires, The - The death of a surfer

14. Sullivan, Carolyn - Dead!

15. Kittel, Jack - Psycho

16. Everly Brothers, The - Ebony eyes

17. Barnes, Betty - Requiem (for a girl born of the wrong times)

18. Jan & Dean - A Beginning From An End

19. Peterson, Ray - Tell Laura I love her

20. Fox, The - The dream

21. Dinning, Mark - Teen angel

22. Martin Sisters, The - Mother mother (I feel sick)

23. Jackson, Walter - The bed

24. Luman, Bob - Let's think about living

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