It is debatable whether the Greatest Hits II title is really justified in the UK, where Southern rockers Molly Hatchet have never really had any hits to speak of. It’s a generous package, though. Disc One is a selection of the band’s best material from the 90s onwards, while Disc Two is essentially “greatest hits live”.
In Southern rock terms, Molly Hatchet are at the musically aggressive, chauvinistically Southern end of the spectrum. Where Lynrd Skynrd have a couple of anthems extolling the virtues of the Southern states, such themes comprise about half of Molly Hatchet’s material. Musically too, they’re near-metal in their approach, with heavy riffs and screeching solos predominating. They have an ear for a good tune, though, and their latter-day material is actually better than one might expect.
If you don’t mind the macho lyrical content of songs such as Heart Of The USA, this is good, solid hard rock; unsubtle, but powerful. On the live discs, classics the likes of Bounty Hunter and Whiskey Man are given a pounding, the only drawback being Phil McCormack’s bearlike vocals, which have a tendency to become a bellow.