It continues to be one of the most popular 'best of' packages, at times selling close to 500,000 copies globally per year. The album has been reissued several times and was digitally remastered for compact disc by Legacy Recordings, issued on August 1, 2006, with a bonus track. In Japan, the album has been reissued as Open Arms: Greatest Hits with the song "Open Arms" appearing as the first song on the album. A second Journey compilation album, Greatest Hits 2, was released in 2011.
Developed during live performances, an early version of the suite was premiered several months before studio recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band's road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout.
Chronicle, Vol. 1 is a singles collection with thirteen A-sides and seven B-sides. Compared to the two previously released Creedence Gold compilations, Chronicle Vol. 1 includes all of the group's charted hits.
It is the best-selling album in the band's catalog, making 8x multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The compilation was ranked at number 59 in the updated version of Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all time. It has sold 6,357,000 copies in the US since 1991 when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard.
The songs included were chosen by the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and represent eight of the band's nine studio albums. In addition to a two-disc set, the album is also available in both "deluxe" and "collector's" editions with a DVD featuring varied live content from the previously released Led Zeppelin DVD. A 4-LP vinyl package was also released on 26 August 2008.
On 8 November 2007, a temporary XM Satellite Radio station, XM LED was made to promote the album.
Queen's Greatest Hits was an instant success, peaking at number one on the UK Album Chart for four weeks. It has spent over 500 weeks in the UK Charts, and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK, selling over 6 million copies there. It is certified 8x Platinum in the United States, and is Queen's most commercially successful album worldwide with over 25 million copies sold, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The group released the debut single from the album, titled "Play Ball", on 7 October 2014. The song has been a commercial success, reaching the top 40 charts in various nations such as France and Switzerland.
Rock or Bust peaked at #1 in 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany and Sweden. It reached the top 5 in a further 12 countries, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy.
It should not be confused with a 1971 release by the Peter Green incarnation of the band, also titled Greatest Hits, but containing an entirely different tracklisting. The 1988 album in fact omits anything before 1975 including "Albatross", one of the band's biggest hits.
The album has proven to be a major success since the time of its release. Although it only peaked at No. 14 in the US album chart, it sold steadily and has to date been certified octuple platinum for shipping 8 million copies there. In the UK it reached No. 3 upon release and has returned several times to the UK album chart—as recently as April 2013. It has been certified triple platinum for shipping 900,000 copies there. The album has sold approximately 20 million copies worldwide.
The album contains two new tracks, "As Long As You Follow", and "No Questions Asked". The track listing for the US release differs slightly from that of other territories.
The 2008 reIssue by Capitol Records included a reuseable, eco friendly, shopping bag.
As with that record, the band made use of studio effects and synthesizers for Wish You Were Here. Additionally, the band brought in guest singers to supply vocals to some tracks, which had been another feature from their previous album.
After reportedly having been duped by Klein to unknowingly sign over the recording copyrights to all of their material from 1963 to 1970, The Rolling Stones left Decca and formed their own label, Rolling Stones Records, with a new distributor. They recorded Sticky Fingers throughout 1970, releasing it the following spring. Although Klein—and now ABKCO—no longer had The Rolling Stones as clients, their fruitful catalogue was ripe for the picking and, thus, Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was quickly compiled as a double album greatest hits package.
While the album carries most of the band's biggest hits during their first decade, it does drop a few of them to include standout tracks such as "Play With Fire", "Under My Thumb" and "Gimme Shelter" giving listeners a more well-rounded impression of The Rolling Stones' music in this era.