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In Britain they were meaty-fisted glam rockers who eventually vanished up a gum tree of their own artistic pretentions. In America they were a bizarrely dressed Brit thing that threatened a major funk-rock breakthrough with the pumping "Makes You Blind." And in 1976, the Glitter Band were caught so neatly between the two poles that nobody could ever have guessed what their ultimate fate would be. So play it safe with a greatest-hits set that really was all things to everyone. Released just as the Glitter Band set about breaking from master Gary Glitter and shortening their name to the retrospectively daft G Band, The Glitter Band's Greatest Hits is an 11-song sampler that mashes monster hits with mighty conceits and paints a delicious picture of the band's true genius. The early smashes are incontrovertible -- "Angel Face," "Just for You," and "Let's Get Together Again" thump and bump like the best of the mothership, with earthquake handclaps, honking saxes, and choruses so massive you could mistake them for the Himalayas. The later ones, too, have a magic you can't deny -- the yearning "Goodbye My Love," the beach buoyant "Love in the Sun," the heartbroken "The Tears I Cried." Add the rollicking "Tell Him," the Glitter Band's prototype of the Exciters cover that would give Hello its debut hit, and you have a handful that not only justifies the album's title, but made it a damn near essential purchase. But the versatility that truly made the Gllitter Band glitter lies between both the singles and the styles, and that's the collection's true value: the grandiose rock & roll covers that lurked like land mines in the heart of their regular albums, the serious statements they buried away on B-sides, the stately ballads that made singer Gerry Shepherd melt with passion. Greatest Hits delivers one of each and, though that's not enough, they're great choices regardless. An anthemic take on Brian Hyland 's "Sealed With a Kiss" is cut so far from the glitter mold that you think for a moment that the record changed without you noticing. "Alone Again" breaks the bitterest heart with its undisguised longing. And you really should blindfold the funk fan of your choice, then play him "Makes You Blind" -- you can bet your life he'll be guessing a distinctly better-than-Average and maybe-not-so-White Band. And though the context may never have been repeated, at least he'd be half right.

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