The ANTHRAX "Icon" compilation (Island/UMe) sold 64 copies (not a typo) in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.That's one per state and an extra in some NFL cities.
But then again, this isn't the first "Best of" Anthrax has put out, nor is it very comprehensive. 11 tracks? That's it? Thankfully it doesn't contain any of their lame ballad-type songs like Only. But it does contain all their popular covers, not just Antisocial but also Got the Time and Bring the Noise. I like all three of those songs, but c'mon, man...
Antisocial is the only thing from State of Euphoria? I loved that whole record. Got the Time is the only thing from Persistence of Time? No Keep it In the Family? No In My World? No Belly of the Beast?
The Anthrax fan doesn't need this record, and the casual listener would be better off picking up Return of the Killer A's or Anthrology: No Hit Wonders.
I'm just thankful that Greater of Two Evils record exists. It's kind of a "best of" record, but with new, even heavier recordings. That record rocks.