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Album Review

The Reverend Horton Heat (the collective name for Jim Heath on guitar and vocals, bassist Jimbo Wallace, and either Taz Bentley or Scott Churilla behind the drums) cut three fine albums for Sub Pop Records between 1992 and 1994, and a pair of so-so records for Interscope in 1996 and 1998. The bad news is, 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection features 14 tunes from Heath and Company's Interscope period, with one track from their final Sub Pop album (originally distributed by Interscope) included for seasoning. As you might expect, this is a far-from-definitive Reverend Horton Heat compilation, though in all fairness this disc is a better buy than either It's Martini Time or Space Heater, the below par albums which generated the bulk of the material here, since the best cuts from both albums make it onto this set (which was compiled by Heath himself). The remastering for this set sounds great. Heath lays out all sorts of frantic overdriven guitar leads throughout, and "That's Showbiz" is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek look at the downside of the musician's life, but the first three Reverend Horton Heat albums had the best songs, and the band always rocked harder with Taz on the drum kit, which makes this disc a fine look at a band's lesser days, and that's about all.

Customer Reviews

'Best of'...I don't think so

If you want the best of the Rev..check out 'Holy Roller' it covers just about all of the Rev's best stuff from their early albums.

Not so good

There's much better songs to add here. There's also a better "best of" album in stores released in 97. But if you're sticking with Itunes then bu all means get any other album than this.

Paltry sampling of the Rev.

This "Best of" only samples two albums (of nine) from the Reverend Horton Heat's illustrious career. I wouldn't recommend this for first-timers, as many of the truely great Rev tunes are missing. Where are the greats from the Sub-Pop catalog? Or how about recent favorites, like "Galaxy 500"? For the uninitiated, "Holy Rollers" is a more appropriate starting point. For the fans, you probably already have these tunes on the original two albums.


Born: 1959 in Corpus Christi, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Reverend Horton Heat is perhaps the most popular psychobilly artist of all time, his recognition only rivaled by the esteem generated by the genre's founders, the Cramps. The Reverend (as both the three-man band and its guitar-playing frontman were known) built a strong cult following during the '90s through constant touring, manic showmanship, and a twisted sense of humor. The latter was nothing new in the world of psychobilly, of course, and Heat's music certainly kept the trashy aesthetic...
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