Poison’s Greatest Hits: 1986–1996 is the first greatest hits compilation CD from the glam metal band Poison. The album was released on November 26, 1996 by Capitol Records. Blues Saraceno replaced Richie Kotzen as lead guitarist after the last album Native Tongue and The Greatest Hits features two bonus new tracks with Blues Saraceno on lead guitar: “Lay Your Body Down” and “Sexual Thing”.
The compilation charted at number 2 on The Top Catalog Albums chart and includes most of Poison’s hit singles which all charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream rock charts. The compilation was certified Gold in 1999 and by 2005 the album had gone double platinum. It was also certified CAN gold.
“Nothin’ but a Good Time” 3:43
“Talk Dirty to Me” 3:44
“Unskinny Bop” 3:47
“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” 4:17
“Fallen Angel” 3:55
“I Won’t Forget You” 3:35
“Ride the Wind” 3:51
“Look What the Cat Dragged In” 3:09
“I Want Action” 3:05
“Life Goes On” 4:47
“(Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice” 4:40
“Cry Tough” 3:36
“Your Mama Don’t Dance” 3:00
“So Tell Me Why”” 3:22
“Something to Believe In” 5:30
“Sexual Thing” 3:34
“Lay Your Body Down” 5:26
Bret Michaels – lead vocals, rhythm guitars, harmonica Bobby Dall – bass, piano, backup vocals Rikki Rockett – drums Blues Saraceno – lead guitar for the new tracks, 17 + 18 C.C. DeVille – lead guitar for tracks 1 – 6 + 8 – 16 Richie Kotzen – lead guitar for track 7
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Poison is an American rock band which achieved commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s and has sold over 45 million records. The band has charted ten singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. The band’s breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986, followed by Open Up and Say… Ahh!, which was certified 5× platinum in the US. Their third consecutive multi-platinum selling album was Flesh & Blood.
In the 1990s following the release of the band’s first live album, Swallow This Live, the band experienced some line up changes and the fall of pop metal with the grunge movement. But the band’s fourth studio album, Native Tongue, still achieved Gold status and the band’s first compilation album, Poison’s Greatest Hits: 1986–1996, went double platinum.
In the 2000s with the original line up reformed for a greatest hits reunion tour in 1999. The band began the new decade with the release of Crack a Smile… and More!, followed by the Power to the People album. They released the album, Hollyweird, in 2002 and in 2006 the band celebrated their 20-year anniversary with The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock tour and album, which was certified Gold and marked Poison’s return to the Billboard top 20 charts for the first time since 1993. Band members have released several solo albums and starred in reality TV shows. After 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing.
Since their debut in 1986, they have released seven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio.
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