Additional personnel includes: Gibby Haynes, Ty Coon (vocals); Louis Svitek (acoustic guitar); Mike Scaccia (guitar); Duane Buford (keyboards); William Rieflin (drums, background vocals); Rey Washam, Jeff Ward, Max Brody (drums); Michael Balch (programming); Joe Kelly (background vocals).
Engineers include: Jeff Newell, Paul Manno, Ministry.
Additional personnel: Al Jourgensen (vocals, guitars, slide guitar, programming); Ty Coon , Gibby Haynes (vocals); Mike Scaccia, Louis Svitek (guitar); Duane Buford (keyboards); Paul Barker (bass guitar, programming); Max Brody (drums, programming); Bill Rieflin (drums, background vocals); Rey Washam, Jeff Ward (drums); Michael Balch (programming).
Presenting tracks dating back to1988, when Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen decided to get hyper-aggressive with his increasingly metal-tinged industrial music, GREATEST FITS is an aptly named collection, since it offers a sampling of the band's fiercest work (up to 2001). Although the classic transitional albums THE LAND OF RAPE AND HONEY and THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO TASTE, where Jourgensen abandoned his early-'80s dance-pop sound, are underrepresented, there's no shortage of distorted vocals, crushingly heavy guitar riffs, and machine-gun-like beats here.
With the exception of the scathing opening track, "What About Us?," (featured in the film A.I.), GREATEST FITS moves in (roughly) chronological order. "Stigmata" is a vitriolic primal scream synced up to keyboards, while "Thieves" focuses its anger to laser-like precision, a surgical strike powered by relentless guitars. Other highlights include the gleefully absurd "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (with vocals by Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes), a pummeling 12" mix of "Reload," and a potent cover of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut." Although, GREATEST FITS makes for a solid introduction to latter-day Ministry, those seeking more should look to the group's mid-to-late '80s albums to discover the sound that inspired Nine Inch Nails and numerous other industrial acts.
Q (8/01, p.153) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[They] took heavy metal to boot camp, returning it lean, disciplined and well-drilled in the pummelling repetition of industrial dance music..."
NME (Magazine) (7/28/01, p.41) - 7 out of 10 - "...Like disgustingly expensive disaster movies, it's all big dumb fun..."