November 09, 1999
Warner Bros.
Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Metal, College Rock

Album Review

Perry Farrell has been the singer of two groundbreaking, influential bands -- Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros -- so it was only fitting that a best-of should be issued. The 1999 16-track compilation Rev included highlights and rarities from both outfits, as well as a pair of new solo tracks. While most of the expected songs are featured ("Mountain Song," "Stop," "Pets," "Tahitian Moon,"), the track listing ultimately leaves out many highlights: "Ain't No Right," "Classic Girl," "Meija," and "Cursed Male" are all noticeably absent. Longtime fans will want Rev since it includes several hard-to-find tracks -- a 12" remix of "Been Caught Stealing," a few cover songs (the Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love," the Bernstein/Sondheim composition "Tonight"), and an original only previously available on the Private Parts soundtrack, "Hard Charger." Unfortunately, the two all-new Farrell solo tracks aren't as stellar as you'd expect. Always one to inject new musical forms and ideas into his sound, Farrell tackles electronic/drum'n'bass on the title track (which features restrained guest appearances by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante), as well as a vapid, totally deconstructed rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." While Rev serves its purpose as a decent introduction for newcomers, longtime fans will sense it could have been a whole lot better.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Rev
  2. Whole Lotta Love
  3. Been Caught Stealing [12" Remix Version]
  4. Jane Says
  5. Stop!
  6. Mountain Song
  7. Summertime Rolls
  8. Kimberly Austin
  9. Tonight
  10. Tahitian Moon
  11. Pets
  12. Cursed Male
  13. 100 Ways
  14. Hard Charger
  15. Ripple
  16. Satellite of Love
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