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Curtain Call: The Hits
Greatest hits by Eminem
Released December 6, 2005
Recorded 1997–2005
Genre Midwest hip hop, hardcore hip hop, horrorcore
Length 77:55
Label Aftermath, Interscope, Shady
Producer Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jeff & Marky Bass, Mike Elizondo, The 45 King, Mel-Man
Professional reviews
Eminem compilation chronology
The Singles
(2003)
Curtain Call:
The Hits

(2005)
Eminem Presents:
The Re-Up

(2006)

Curtain Call: The Hits is a 2005 greatest hits compilation album by the rapper Eminem. It collects Eminem's most popular songs, as well as four new tracks; a live version of "Stan" featuring Elton John, plus new songs "Fack", "When I'm Gone" and "Shake That" featuring Nate Dogg, the later two released as singles and top ten hits. It was released on December 6, 2005 under Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. It reached #1 on several charts, including the UK and the US. A special edition was also released which included a second CD, named 'Stan's Mixtape', which included a selection of seven songs not included on the main album.

Contents

History

The album debuted #1 in the UK Albums Chart, after two sales days, in a similar fashion to his previous album Encore. It also gave Eminem his fifth straight #1 album in the U.S. and U.K including 8 mile.

The booklet in the album contains pictures from throughout Eminem's career, including him performing at the Grammy Awards of 2001 with Elton John, a group shot of D12, an image from the video for "Superman", the cover of The Marshall Mathers LP, and images previously featured in the booklets from his past albums.

The song "Fack" is a new song and makes subtle references to the show South Park, by having the word "Fack" instead of Fuck like Eric Cartman of the series does. It also talks about an episode where a Gerbil is shoved up Mr. Slave's ass.

Artwork

The album front cover shows Eminem (not recognizable) standing on stage in a suit being surrounded by red roses on the stage floor. The back cover basically shows the same, though more focused on the roses. This is more or less the same as in the "When I'm Gone" music video. Opening the CD reveals two pictures of Eminem, one (on the left) where he is sitting at a desk with a lot of paper notes (probably lyrics) surrounding him and a man in a business suit talking to Eminem, presumably a record label manager. The right picture shows a tattoo of a portrait of Eminem's daughter Hailie Jade on his right arm. Below the portrait the text "Bonnie & Clyde" is visible.

Flipping the album open even further reveals both CDs. Removing the first CD reveals a reversed "E" and the text "Curtain Call" accompanied by the explanation of a curtain call: "n: an appearance by actor or performer at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience [syn: bow]". Removing the second CD (Stan's Mixtape) reveals Eminem pointing a gun directly at the viewer, where the picture is focused on the gun and Eminem's face is blurred, though still easy to recognize.

The booklet has the same cover as the album. The first page shows a black and white picture of Eminem performing live and being surrounded by smoke from a smoke machine. The second page gives information about the first four songs on the album, acommpanied by three small pictures of which one is from The Marshall Mathers LP, one from The Slim Shady LP and the other showing Eminem wearing a black t-shirt with the text "Runyon Ave". In that last picture he holds a Detroit Police Department sign with the text "Slim Shady / D12 313 87", imitating a mug shot.

The third page shows Eminem in a sporting outfit, as known from the movie 8 Mile where he was known as "Jimmy". The third page also contains the information about the fifth, sixth and seventh song. The fourth page is a full picture of Eminem sitting on the ground in an alley while it is raining heavily.

On the fifth page there are three small pictures of Eminem rapping in a recording studio. The bigger picture (below the information about the eighth song) shows Eminem sitting behind a large panel of studio controls with Dr. Dre looking at Eminem from the other side. Then comes a picture of D-12 with Eminem kneeling in front, showing D12 brass knuckles. In front of them there's a large row of 40 ounces.

The seventh page shows a close up of Eminem showing regular brass knuckles. Songs nine to thirteen are on page eight with a small picture of Eminem in a suit reading a news paper. On page nine and ten, where the rest of the songs are mentioned, Eminem is surrounded by dozens of beautiful women in black underwear.

Most notable are page eleven and twelve, where the songs of Stan's Mixtape are mentioned, but also shows a picture of Eminem and Elton John performing "Stan" live. The last two pages show Eminem in Shady Ltd. clothing in the back of an SUV with Proof sitting next to him. On the right page the album's "cast" is mentioned. The CD and especially the booklet basically take you through Eminem's career, from his debut to his own clothing line and this greatest hits compilation.

Track listing

All songs written by Eminem.

# Title Note(s) Length
1. "Intro (Curtain Call)"     0:34
2. "Fack"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Additional production by Luis Resto
  • Recorded by Mike Strange, Tony Campana
  • Mixed by Eminem, Mike Strange & Steve King
  • Keyboards by Luis Resto
  • Bass, guitar by Steve King
3:26
3. "The Way I Am"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Mixed by Eminem
  • Recording, mix engineers: Richard "Segal" Huredia, Urban Kris
  • Assistant engineer: Thomas Rounds
  • Bass, guitar by Mike Elizondo
  • Keyboards by Mike Elizondo, Tommy Coster, Jr.
4:51
4. "My Name Is"  
  • Produced by Dr. Dre
  • Mixed by Dr. Dre
  • Mix engineer: Richard "Segal" Huredia
  • Contains an interpolation from "I Got The", performed by Labri Siffre
4:29
5. "Stan (Feat. Dido)"  
  • Produced by The 45 King
  • Co-produced by Eminem
  • Mixed by Eminem
  • Recording, mix engineer: Richard "Segal" Huredia
  • Bass by Mike Elizondo
  • Guitar by Sean Cruise
  • Contains elements from "Thank You", performed by Dido
6:44
6. "Lose Yourself"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Additional Production by J. Bass
  • Recorded by Steve King, Mike Strange
  • Mixed by Eminem & Steve King
  • Drum programming by Eminem
  • Guitar, bass, keyboards by J. Bass
  • Keyboards, programming by Luis Resto
5:26
7. "Shake That (Feat. Nate Dogg)"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Additional production by Luis Resto
  • Recorded by Mike Strange, Tony Campana
  • Mixed by Eminem & Steve King
  • Keyboards by Luis Resto
  • Bass, guitar by Steve King
4:34
8. "Sing for the Moment"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Co-produced by J. Bass
  • Recorded by Steve King
  • Recording of Joe Perry's guitar by Marti Frederiksen
  • Mixed by Steve King
  • Assistant Engineer: Mike Strange
  • Drum Programming by D.J. Head
  • Keyboards, guitars, bass by J. Bass
  • Guitar Solo by Joe Perry
  • Contains elements from "Dream On", performed by Aerosmith
5:40
9. "Without Me"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Co-produced by J. Bass], Urban Kris
  • Additional production by D.J. Head
  • Recorded by Steve King
  • Additional recording by Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri
  • Mixed by Dr. Dre
  • Assistant engineers: Alex Reverberi, Mike Strange
  • Keyboards, guitars, bass by J. Bass
  • Contains adapted elements from "Buffalo Gals", performed by Malcolm McLaren, Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn
4:51
10. "Like Toy Soldiers"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Additional Production by Luis Resto
  • Recorded by Steve King, Tony Campana, Mike Strange
  • Mixed by Eminem & Steve King
  • Bass, guitar by Steve King
  • Keyboards by Luis Resto
  • Contains interpolation from "Toy Soldiers" performed by Martika
4:56
11. "The Real Slim Shady"  
  • Produced by Dr. Dre & Mel-Man
  • Mixed by Dr. Dre
  • Recording, mix engineer: Richard "Segal" Huredia
  • Bass, guitar by Mike Elizondo
  • Keyboards by Tommy Coster, Jr.
4:45
12. "Mockingbird"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Additional production by Luis Resto
  • Recorded by Steve King, Tony Campana, Mike Strange
  • Mixed by Eminem & Steve King
  • Keyboards by Luis Resto
4:11
13. "Guilty Conscience (Feat. Dr. Dre)"  
  • Produced by Dr. Dre & Eminem
  • Mixed by Dr. Dre
  • Mix Engineer: Richard "Segal" Huredia
  • Narration by Mark Avery
  • Contains an interpolation from "Go Home Pigs", from film Getting Straight
3:20
14. "Cleanin' Out My Closet"  
  • Produced by Eminem & J. Bass
  • Recorded by Steve King
  • Mixed by Steve King
  • Assistant engineers: Mike Strange
  • Keyboard, guitar, bass by J. Bass
  • Additional drum programming by D.J. Head
4:59
15. "Just Lose It"  
  • Produced by Dr. Dre & Mike Elizondo
  • Recorded by Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri, Steve Baughman, Steve King, Tony Campana , Mike Strange
  • Mixed by Dr. Dre
  • Assistant engineers: Michael Sroka, Ben Jost, Rouble Kapoor, Scott Hays
  • Guitars by Mike Elizondo
  • Keyboards by Mike Elizondo, Mark Batson
  • Contains interpolations of "U Can't Touch This" performed by MC Hammer
  • Contains lyrical excerpts from "Lose Yourself"
  • Contains lyrical excerpts from "Without Me"
4:09
16. "When I'm Gone"  
  • Produced by Eminem
  • Additional production by Luis Resto
  • Recorded by Mike Strange, Tony Campana
  • Mixed by Eminem, Mike Strange & Steve King
  • Keyboards by Luis Resto
4:41
17. "Stan (Feat. Elton John)" (live) 6:20

Track listing

# Title Note(s) Length
1. "Dead Wrong Rmx (Feat. The Notorious B.I.G.)"  
  • Produceed by Chucky Thompson, P. Diddy & Mario "Yellow Man" Winans
 
2. "Role Model"    
3. "Kill You"    
4. "Shit on You (Feat. D12)"    
5. "Criminal"    
6. "Renegade (Feat. Jay-Z)"    
7. "Just Don't Give a Fuck (Feat. Frogg)"  
  • Produced by Marky & Jeff Bass
  • Additional Production by Eminem
 

Clean version

A clean version is also available. It removes both "Intro" and "Fack" and moves "My Name Is" to track one. The tracks appear exactly how they appeared on the clean versions of their respective albums. So tracks like "The Way I Am" and "Stan" still leave words like "shit" and "ass" in.

Personnel

  • Jeff Bass – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards,
  • Karin Catt – Photography
  • Larry Chatman – Project Coordinator
  • Lindsay Collins – Studio Coordinator
  • Tom Coster, Jr. – Keyboards
  • DJ Head – Drum Programming
  • Dr. Dre – Producer, Mixing
  • Mike Elizondo – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Producer
  • Eminem – Producer, Executive Producer, Drum Programming, Mixing
  • The 45 King & Louie – Producer
  • Marti Frederiksen – Engineer
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardener – Mastering
  • Scott Hays – Assistant Engineer
  • Richard "Segal" Herredia – Engineer
  • Mauricio Iragorri – Engineer
  • Ben Jost – Assistant Engineer
  • Rouble Kapoor – Assistant Engineer
  • Steven King – Bass, Guitar, Engineer, Mixing
  • Anthony Mandler – Photography
  • Jonathan Mannion – Photography
  • Joe Perry Project – Solo Instrumental
  • Kirdis Postelle – Project Coordinator
  • Luis Resto – Keyboards, Programming, Producer
  • Tom Rounds – Assistant Engineer
  • Les Scurry – Production Coordination
  • Mike Sroka – Assistant Engineer
  • Urban Kris – Assistant Engineer
  • Nitin Vadukul – Photography

Chart certifications

  • US - 3x Platinum (3,010,516+)
  • Brazil - Gold (55,000)
  • UK - 3x Platinum (900,000)
  • Austria - Gold (35,000+)
  • Australia - 3x Platinum (210,000+)
  • France - 2x Gold (186,000)
  • Korea - Gold (20,691)
  • Europe - 2x Platinum (2 million)
  • Switzerland - Gold (20,000)
  • Ireland - Gold Platinum (105,000)
  • Denmark - Platinum (40,000)
  • Japan - Platinum (425,938)
  • New Zealand - 4x Platinum (60,000+)
  • Canada - 3x Platinum (335,000)
  • Greece - Gold (10,000)
  • Sweden - Gold (30,000)

Album chart positions

Year Chart Position
2005 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Billboard 200
2006 Australian ARIA Albums Chart
2005 Ireland IRMA Album Charts 1
2006 Norwegian Albums Chart "VG-Lista" 2

Singles chart positions

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Tracks Top 40 Mainstream Rhythmic Top 40 Pop 100 UK Top 40
2005 "When I'm Gone" #8 #96 #22 #13 #18 #7 #4
2006 "Shake That" #6 - #11 #13 #8 #6 -

External links

References

Preceded by
Now 20 by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 18, 2005 – December 31, 2005
Succeeded by
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
Preceded by
Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna
UK number one album
December 3, 2005 – January 7, 2006
Succeeded by
First Impressions of Earth by The Strokes
Preceded by
Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
December 12, 2005 – December 18, 2005
January 2, 2006 – January 8, 2006
Succeeded by
Reach Out: The Motown Record
by Human Nature
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