Excellent career-spanning 3CD compilation •
The best kept secret in pop/rock compilations is Universal Music Netherlands’ occasional ‘Collected’ career summaries. These continue in August with a three CD Huey Lewis and the News set .
Perhaps because these are never full international releases (and normally have to be bought as imports) the label has a knack of licensing the tracks that more mainstream compilations normally forego (songs from soundtracks, various artists compilations) and this set looks typically superb.
It goes right back to the beginning by including the A and B-side of the band’s first single in 1979 when they were called ‘American Express’ (on CD 3, the disc normally reserved for rarities) and brings the story right up to date with a couple of tracks from their last studio outing, 2010’s Soulsville. In between (on CD 1 & 2) is no less than every single the band every released, often in single edit form – for example the rare Jellybean single mix of Back in Time is included.
The third disc mops up plenty of rarities including a couple of tracks by US country/rock band Clover (when Huey Lewis was a member), the live Trouble In Paradise from the USA for Africa album, B-side Flip Flop & Fly, the band’s cover of Oh! Darling from the 1995 compilation album Come Together: America Salutes The Beatles and four extended versions that the label are claiming ‘unreleased-on-CD’. They are the Extended Version/Dance Mix of I Want A New Drug (the song that famously ‘inspired’ the Ghostbusters theme tune, the Jellybean Remix of both Heart and Soul and The Power Of Love and the Dance Remix of Hip To Be Square.