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Yeah vol. 1 is what introduced me to CCR in high school
Makes them seem like they're an even better group than they are, which is the main objective of any compilation. Of the other comps you and Nick mentioned, I'd definitely agree with "The Great 28" and "The Immaculate Collection". Those "Gold" comps are generally very well put together but being 2 discs, a lot of them can also be somewhat inconsistent (especially on disc 2). Other great series include the Ken Burns jazz series (which accompanied the documentary series) the Chess "His Best" series (and the "Chess Box" series), the Proper Box series and the Rhino hits comps (Rhino was arguably the king of single-disc hits comps back in the day) but how many of these can really be considered "definitive" is debatable.
I also have to say that despite its popularity, "Legend" is a weakass Marley comp which is missing most of his best songs in favor of his some of his corniest. Ditto with the "Strictly Commercial" Zappa comp.
Other "definitive" comps (not necessarily my favorites):
Sly & The Family Stone - Greatest Hits
James Brown - Star Time
Lee Perry - Arkology
The Who - Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy