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Heartbreak Station Play

After successful albums that effectively followed contemporary hard rock trends, Cinderella reached back into the Stones and Aerosmith songbooks and created a sneering, raunchy hard rock album that was artistically their finest moment, even if it didn't reach the same commercial heights as its predecessors. But the sales figures don't matter (it only sold a million copies); Heartbreak Station shows that Cinderella has more genuine rock & roll grit than most of the metal bands of the late '80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Long Cold Winter Play

Long Cold Winter is a transition album for Cinderella, mixing pop-metal tunes with better hooks than those on Night Songs with a newfound penchant for gritty blues-rock à la the Stones or Aerosmith. The ballads -- the grandiose "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" and the excellent, lower-key "Coming Home" -- are what made the album Cinderella's most commercially successful, but the effective combination of pop hooks and tough, swaggering rock & roll on songs like "Gypsy Road" and "Fallin' Apart at the Seams" prevents the album from becoming simply a vehicle for hit singles and keeps it interesting. Not all of the songs are memorable, but most of them are. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi

Still Climbing Play

Cinderella returned from their self-imposed exile in late 1994 with Still Climbing, a gritty record that shows them building upon the bluesy hard rock of Heartbreak Station. Arguably, it boasts a more consistent song selection and tougher sound than Heartbreak, yet radio and MTV were resistant to the band's classic good-times-and-hard-rockin' attitude and the record disappeared soon after its release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Video Hits Play

This video complement to the Cinderella best-of album Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits presents ten music videos by the group including all eight of its Billboard Hot 100 chart singles, the non-chart single "Shake Me," and the album track "The More Things Change." The first three videos, "Shake Me," "Nobody's Fool," and "Somebody Save Me," all from Cinderella's debut album, Night Songs, and all directed by Mark Rezyka, share a concept involving the Cinderella fairy tale, at least to the extent of featuring two "step-sisters" who follow the band around to its live performances, video shoots, and studio work. Things change drastically with director Nick Morris' videos for "Gypsy Road," "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)," and "The Last Mile," all from the second album, Long Cold Winter. Morris takes the group to Cancun, Mexico, to perform before the Mayan ruins for "Gypsy Road" and up to a mountainous location in Northern California for "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)," while "The Last Mile" finds the musicians on-stage and on the road. Marc Reshovsky and Chris Painter's "Coming Home," also from Long Cold Winter, is a story video featuring actors intercut with a band performance. A straight live shoot accompanies "The More Things Change," from Heartbreak Station, and the other two videos from the third album, "Shelter Me" and "Heartbreak Station," both directed by Jeff Stein, are the most ambitious. The former is set at a telethon peopled by such celebrities as Little Richard and Dweezil Zappa, while the latter finds the band playing at an old train station and on an old train. The DVD also contains a commentary track on which bandmembers Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham struggle to find things to say about the videos. They laugh at some of the settings ("Where are we, on Mars?"), make fun of their own hairdos ("What was I thinking with those bangs?"), and generally marvel at reliving the experience of making the videos ("It's weird watchin' this stuff"). Brittingham in particular seems to focus on the difficulties of shooting, from suffering Montezuma's Revenge to cold temperatures on some of the locations. The DVD also includes an edited version of the home video Tales From the Gypsy Road, which includes interviews, performance footage, and trips back to small clubs the band used to play, and a short "making of" documentary about the "Heartbreak Station" video. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Icon Play

Part of Universal's budget-priced Icon series, this 11-track Cinderella retrospective does a nice job of hitting all of the obvious high notes like "Shake Me," "Nobody's Fool," "Heartbreak Station," "Somebody Save Me," "Gypsy Road," and "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)," and peppering them throughout as opposed to just front-loading the radio hits. While 2006's 30-track Gold reigns supreme as the most exhaustive overview to date, Icon offers up a great set of CliffsNotes for newbies and casual fans, though there's not much to differentiate it from previous single-disc compilations like Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits and 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cinderella. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cinderella Play

The Millennium Collection: The Very Best of Cinderella gathers highlights from the hair metal group's body of work, including "Nobody's Fool," "Shake Me," "Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone," "Coming Home," and "The Last Mile." Choice album tracks, radio favorites, and their hit from the Wayne's World soundtrack, "Hot and Bothered," make up the rest of this overview. While it's not as extensive as Looking Back or Bad Attitude, The Very Best of Cinderella is a concise, affordable hits collection from one of the most popular hard rock bands from the late '80s. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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