(2015) With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective

Creed

... read moreArriving over a decade after the simple single-disc Greatest Hits, With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective triples its predecessor by offering three distinct thematic discs in its march through the past. First up is "Best Of: The Singles," a 16-track collection of the songs that made it onto charts all...

02:35′:01″ 35 Songs

Disk 1

1
My Own Prison (Radio Edit)
Creed
4:17
2
Torn (Radio Edit)
Creed
5:22
3
What's This Life For
Creed
3:32
4
One (Radio Edit)
Creed
4:35
5
What If (Radio Edit)
Creed
4:52
6
Higher
Creed
4:41
7
With Arms Wide Open (New Version With Strings)
Creed
3:52
8
Are You Ready?
Creed
4:44
10
Bullets
Creed
3:49
11
One Last Breath (Radio Version)
Creed
4:01
12
Don't Stop Dancing
Creed
4:32
13
Weathered (Edit)
Creed
4:53
14
Overcome
Creed
3:47
15
Rain (Pop Mix)
Creed
3:18
16
A Thousand Faces (Radio Edit)
Creed
4:05

Disk 2

1
To Whom It May Concern
Creed
5:11
2
Is This The End (Scream Edit)
Creed
6:15
3
Bound And Tied
Creed
5:39
4
Young Grow Old
Creed
4:47
5
Silent Teacher
Creed
3:44
6
I'm Eighteen
Creed
3:12
7
Roadhouse Blues (Live At Woodstock, New York/1999)
Creed
5:51
8
Riders On The Storm
Creed
6:18
9
Blistered (Demo)
Creed
4:07
10
More Than This (Demo)
Creed
3:27
11
Why (Demo)
Creed
3:24

Disk 3

1
My Sacrifice (Live Acoustic)
Creed
4:47
2
My Own Prison (Acoustic Version / Extended)
Creed
5:04
3
Don't Stop Dancing (Acoustic Version #3)
Creed
3:43
4
With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version)
Creed
3:58
5
What’S This Life For (Alternate Version)
Creed
4:25
6
Rain (Live Acoustic)
Creed
3:33
7
My Own Prison (Live Acoustic)
Creed
4:46
8
With Arms Wide Open (Live Acoustic)
Creed
4:04
9
Overcome (Live Acoustic)
Creed
4:26
Released 01 January 2015, ℗ 2015 The Bicycle Music Company

Review

Arriving over a decade after the simple single-disc Greatest Hits, With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective triples its predecessor by offering three distinct thematic discs in its march through the past. First up is "Best Of: The Singles," a 16-track collection of the songs that made it onto charts all around the world. Of their 18 singles, only two are missing -- "Riders on the Storm," from a 2001 tribute to the Doors, and "Hide," which was only a single in Australia -- and they're by and large presented in their radio edits (although one of these, "Higher," is called a "Top 40 Version," and "Rain" is in its "Pop Mix"). The only real departure from this template is "With Arms Wide Open," which is presented in a "New Version with Strings," the only brand-new addition to the collection, so it serves as fan bait while also possibly confounding casual fans who want to have the original hit versions of all the singles. Then again, those listeners probably won't have much use for the other two discs in the collection, which amount to a CD of "Rarities & Demos" and a CD of "Acoustic." Bonus tracks, live cuts, covers (including two Doors songs), and other oddities provide the bulk of the second disc, while most of the third is devoted to live acoustic versions, none of them sourced and sometimes present in shaky fidelity that is nevertheless acceptable because those performances are more interesting than the ones with crisper audio. All and all, it's hard not to shake the notion that this is a set for fans who used to collect all of Creed's singles and now just want to have them in a handy set, either for reasons of nostalgia or devotion. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine