"The material here is all 5 star, but it's missing too many essential songs for me to rate the album as a whole a 5. "Night Songs" and "Push Push" from the debut and "Fallin' Apart At The Seams" and "Long Cold Winter" from their second album are missing here. Also, there's only 1 song from the underrated Still Climbing. However, the songs from Heartbreak Station are well chosen and the inclusion of "Move Over" (from the charity album Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell), "Hot & Bothered" (from Wayne's World), and a new song "War Stories" are very good. If you're new to Cinderella this is definitely the place to start. If you're a casual fan, it's probably all you'll need. Also check out the Live cd. Cinderella are one of the best live bands I've ever seen and the song selection is great."
The Fairy Tale Is Finally Over
J. Wright | San Diego, CA United States | 09/16/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you like Cinderella (big hair pop metal / rock), this one pretty much covers it for you. All the big hits for the band grace this album. Some folks don't care for Cinderella, but they're actually quite enjoyable to listen to, some rockers, some ballads and some pop-ish stuff thrown in the mix, as well. The raspy crooning goes over pretty good on most of their tunes and their guitar work is decent.Cinderella made their debut in the MTV generation 80's and got some good airplay with Nobody's Fool and Shake Me. Somebody Save Me followed on the same album. Their second release brought Gypsy Road, Don't Know What You've Got and Coming Home - all very good songs. Later on, Cinderella started to "peter" out and only had a few good ones through the late 80's: Through The Rain, Hot and Bothered and The More Things Change.I doubt we'll see much (at least worthwhile) stuff out of Cinderella - their fairy tale is finally over. However, if you want a compilation CD from a decent pop metal band like these guys put together with Cinderella, this is the one to pick up."
Cinderella: Bluesy Hair Metal
Joe White | Layton, Utah United States | 06/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Take the bluesy swagger of Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones, add a guitar sound similar to AC/DC's, throw in the sleaze metal of Motley Crue and pour it into a bag, shake it up and you get bluesy hair metal band Cinderella. The recipe works. Some highlights on this wonderful "best of" collection include:"Shake Me" - This song is very AC/DC-ish in style, nothing complicated on the guitar here, just a good, hard rocker. "Nobody's Fool" - "Nobody's Fool" really shows Cinderella's range as musicians. This is an excellent Def Leppard-like ballad. "Gypsy Road" - This is a swaggering rocker, sounding maybe a bit like Aerosmith and Motley Crue at times. Great song, maybe Cinderella's best. "Coming Home" - Cinderella at their best. This is an excellent ballad played with an acoustic guitar and may be my favorite Cinderella song. Very emotional and very moving.This is one of the better compilation albums I've heard and, unlike many so-called "best of" albums, Once Upon A... is pretty much complete. Every song that should be on it is on it. So, if you are a casual Cinderella fan (like me), Once Upon A... is probably what you are looking for."
The Best Blue Hair Band of the 80's(No, Really!)
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 02/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Cinderella" is usually laughed off as "one of those silly, talentless hairbands" of the 80's. Don't count them out just yet. Sure, they didn't have as much success as Bon Jovi or Def Leppard, but Cinderella stuck out when other bands were trying to all sound alike. They might have gotten a little too bluesy for mainstream hairband fans near the end, but "Heartbreak Station" gave these guys some credit as a legitimate rock n' roll band. Besides, Led Zeppelin, who was looked upon as gods in the heyday of hair, are also considered a blues act.Anyway, this album is a nice addition to anyone's 80's rocker collection. "Shake Me," "Nobody's Fool" and "Shelter Me" are all here. So is "Don't Know What You Got(Till It's Gone)" and a whole plethora of Cinderella hits. They never dominated the charts, but Cinderella definitely left their mark on the 80's. Give this one a try."