Very Best Of Mick Jagger CD (2007)

Artist: Mick Jagger

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by rmf on 12/9/2007

This is a compilation of Mick Jagger's efforts without the Stones. Some movie work, the Peter Tosh "You got to Walk...", and the Bowie "Dancing in the Streets" collaborations. There are four overlaps with his previous "Wandering Spirit". The production is good, as you might expect. There's an eclectic and prestigious collection of backup musicians. Definitely worth a listen for the Jagger fan.

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Arguably the most iconic rock star ever, Mick Jagger has gathered no moss during his intervals off from fronting The Rolling Stones. On The Very Best of Mick Jagger, his distinguished solo work is compiled and examined for the first time ever on an anthology spanning over thirty years of highlights, with all tracks selected by Jagger himself. In addition to the audio CD, the collectible Limited Deluxe Edition also features a bonus DVD with a newly filmed interview, videos, TV performances and more.

The single-CD song retrospective reaches as far back as 1970 to include the Jagger/Richards-penned classic “Memo From Turner” that Mick recorded - without his Glimmer Twin Keith Richards - for the soundtrack to the 1970 cult film Performance, in which he also starred. The most recent track, “Old Habits Die Hard,” also points to Jagger's film career - it first appeared on the soundtrack (produced by Jagger and former Eurythmic Dave Stewart) of the 2004 film Alfie, and it won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.”

Other highlights include three previously unreleased songs, two of which are demos from the Rick Rubin-produced sessions for Jagger's '93 solo LP Wandering Spirit. One of them, “Charmed Life,” features Mick's daughter Karis on backing vocals, and was remixed for this collection by producer Ashley Beedle. The other, a rousing take on Sonny Boy Williamson's “Checkin' Up On My Baby,” came out of a day spent jamming with L.A. blues band The Red Devils. Dating back 20 years earlier, the third track making its recording debut is “Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup).” Produced by John Lennon, it was cut in Los Angeles in 1973 with a stellar backing band including guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Jesse Ed Davis, keyboardist Al Kooper, bassist Jack Bruce, drummer Jim Keltner and Harry Nilsson on background vocals.

Also featured are two hit collaborations on classic Motown songs, including Jagger and Peter Tosh sending up The Temptations' hit “(You Got To Walk And) Don't Look Back,” recorded for Tosh's 1978 album Bush Doctor (on Rolling Stones Records). Jagger's 1985 duet with David Bowie on “Dancing In The Street” - originally immortalized by Martha and the Vandellas - was released as a single as part of Live Aid's fundraising campaign (the memorable video premiered at the Philadelphia Live Aid concert).

The balance of the album's seventeen tracks are pulled from Jagger's four solo albums - She's The Boss (1985), Primitive Cool (1987), Wandering Spirit (1993), and Goddess In The Doorway (2001). Highlights include “God Gave Me Everything,” which Jagger cowrote with Lenny Kravitz; “Joy,” on which Bono contributes a guest vocal, and the hit singles “Let's Work,” “Just Another Night,” “Lucky In Love” and “Sweet Thing.”

The bonus DVD features a new interview in which Jagger reflects on his solo career, seven music videos, a 1978 Saturday Night Live performance with Peter Tosh and more.


Label Msi Music
SKU 205116144
UPC 081227464028
UPC 14 00081227464028
Format CD
Release Date 10/2/2007
Author Mick Jagger
Associated Artist/Work Bowie, David
Associated Artist/Work Jagger, Chris
Associated Artist/Work Jimmy Rogers All-Stars (The)
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Rolling Stones (The)
Associated Artist/Work Stewart, Dave
Associated Artist/Work Stewart, Dave (Guitar, Producer
Associated Artist/Work Stewart, Dave (Songwriter/Produ
Artist Influence Arthur Alexander
Artist Influence Bo Diddley
Artist Influence Buddy Holly
Artist Influence Chuck Berry
Artist Influence Elvis Presley
Artist Influence Howlin' Wolf
Artist Influence Little Richard
Artist Influence Major Lance
Artist Influence Muddy Waters
Artist Influence Otis Redding
Artist Influence Sam Cooke
Artist Influence Smokey Robinson
Artist Influence Solomon Burke
Artist Influence Wilson Pickett
Artist Contemporary Bill Withers
Artist Contemporary Bryan Ferry
Artist Contemporary David Bowie
Artist Contemporary Eric Burdon
Artist Contemporary Faces
Artist Contemporary Ian McLagan
Artist Contemporary Iggy Pop
Artist Contemporary James Brown
Artist Contemporary Joe Cocker
Artist Contemporary Joe Satriani
Artist Contemporary Keith Richards
Artist Contemporary Paul McCartney
Artist Contemporary Paul Rodgers
Artist Contemporary Peter Wolf (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Rod Stewart
Artist Contemporary Roger Daltrey
Artist Contemporary Ron Wood
Artist Contemporary Rory Gallagher
Artist Contemporary Sting
Artist Contemporary The Black Crowes
Artist Contemporary The Pretty Things
Artist Contemporary Tina Turner
Artist Follower Blur
Artist Follower David Johansen
Artist Follower INXS
Artist Follower Oasis
Artist Follower Paul Weller
Artist Follower Paul Westerberg
Artist Follower Primal Scream (Group)
Artist Follower Robert Palmer
Artist Follower Supergrass
Artist Follower The Afghan Whigs
Artist Follower The Black Crowes
Artist Follower The Georgia Satellites
Artist Follower The Saints (Australia)
Artist Follower Wilco
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Jerden; David Bianco; David Tickle; Ed Stasium; Errol Thompson; Geoffrey Chung; Mark Saunders; Henry Hirsch; Jon Bavin; Manu Guiot; Max Heyes; Richard Chycki; Stephen Benben; Steve McLaughlin; Bob Clearmountain; Bob Rosa
Producer Robbie Shakespeare; Marti Frederiksen; Mick Jagger; John Lennon; Alan Winstanley; Clive Langer; Jack Nitzsche; Bill Laswell; Matt Clifford; Peter Tosh; Lenny Kravitz; Rick Rubin; David A. Stewart; Michael Barbiero; Nile Rodgers; Steve Thompson; Robbie Sha
CatalogID 170310320322
Lable Name Rhino/Warner Bros. (Label)
Released 10/02/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 3s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227464028
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, Clavinet, drum machine, percussion, background vocals); Peter Tosh (vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp, Clavinet); David Bowie (vocals); Marti Frederiksen (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jeff Beck (guitar, acoustic guitar); Mikey Mao Chang (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, Moog synthesizer); Jimmy Rip (guitar, percussion); Danny Kortchmar, David A. Stewart, Donald Kinsey, Earl Slick, Frank Simes, G.E. Smith, Ally McErlaine, Paul "The Kid" Size, Jesse Ed Davis , Kevin Armstrong, Pete Townshend, Robbie Shakespeare, Brendan O'Brien (guitar); Craig Ross (acoustic 12-string guitar); Lenny Kravitz (electric guitar, drums, tambourine, background vocals); Ry Cooder (bottleneck guitar); Steve Knightley (cello); Lester Butler (harmonica); Courtney Pine, David Sanborn, Trevor Lawrence, Bill Evans , Bobby Keys (saxophone); Luther Fran?ois (soprano saxophone); Stan Harrison (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jon Faddis (trumpet); Robert Lyn (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ); Billy Preston (piano, Clavinet, organ); Benmont Tench (piano, organ); Matt Clifford (piano, synthesizer, background vocals); Rob Rio (piano); Chuck Leavell (organ); Mike Rowe, Denzil Miller, Greg Phillinganes, Keith Sterling, Al Kooper, Pat Seymour, Phillip Ashley, Steve Nieve, Richard Cottle (keyboards); Guy Fletcher , Herbie Hancock, Ron Magness, Rabbit, Bill Laswell (synthesizer); David Bianco (Moog synthesizer); Wally Badarou (Synclavier); Neil Conti, Curt Bisquera, Chris Sharrock , Jim Capaldi, Jim Keltner, Omar Hakim, Anton Fier, Simon Phillips , Sly Dunbar, Bill Bateman, Ian Thomas (drums); A?yb Dieng (shaker); Pedro Ortiz, Lenny Castro, Ray Cooper , Sticky , Jimmy Maelen, Larry McDonald (percussion); Keith Diamond, Olle Romo, Ned Douglas (programming); Jeff Pescetto, Cindy Mizelle, Craig Derry, Royce Nelson, Brenda King, Harrison College Choir (Barbados), Harry Nilsson, Karis Jagger, Sweet Singing Cava Leers, Helena Springs, Jocelyn Brown, Lynn Davis , Ruby Turner, Tessa Niles, Jean McClain, Bernard Fowler (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Red Devils.
Audio Mixers: Lenny Kravitz; David Bianco; Henry Hirsch; Jack Joseph Puig; Michael Barbiero; Steve Thompson ; Tom Lord-Alge; Bob Clearmountain.
Audio Remasterer: Stephen Marcussen.
Audio Remixers: Karl Pitterson; Roy Cicala; Ashley Beedle.
Liner Note Author: Robin Eggar.
Recording information: Blue Wave Studios, St. Philip, Barbados (1973-1992); Dynamic Sounds, Kingston, Jamaica (1973-1992); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (1973-1992); Joe Gibbs Studio, Kingston, Jamaica (1973-1992); Roxie Studios, New York, NY (1973-1992); The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA (1973-1992); Wisseloord Studios, The Netherlands (1973-1992).
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh.
Arrangers: Robbie Shakespeare; Jack Nitzsche; Peter Tosh; Lenny Kravitz; Jimmy Rip.
Mick Jagger never achieved much commercial success with his solo material (certainly nothing that touched the hem of his work with the Rolling Stones), but across four solo albums and a number of singles and outtakes he managed to put together a respectable body of work. That work is well selected and represented on 2007's THE VERY BEST OF MICK JAGGER, the singer's first solo collection.
In contrast to the Stones' gritty, blues-drenched rock, Jagger's solo work has always been unabashedly pop, and that tendency is evident on VERY BEST. From the disco-inflected "Just Another Night" to the bouncy call-to-arms "Let's Work" to his duet with David Bowie on "Dancing In the Streets," Jagger delivers polished products that are as edible as candy. In addition to his chart hits, the set features a few choice rarities, including 1970's "Memo to Turner," and a blues-drenched cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Checkin' Up On My Baby." A DVD featuring interviews, videos, and live performances, rounds out the package.
Artist Overview
When Mick Jagger famously declared he didn't want to be singing "Satisfaction" at the age of 40, he probably didn't dream that he would still be performing it well into the 21st century--or that he would make solo records. Nevertheless, in 1985, tensions within the Rolling Stones led members to branch out, and Jagger enlisted some of his peers in rock royalty (including Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck) to make SHE'S THE BOSS. It didn't break much new ground, but the album rocked like the best of late-era Stones. On subsequent solo releases, Jagger broke away from the Stones formula a bit more but retained the unpredictable verve that made his band instantly legendary.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.120) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Mick Jagger is one of rock's greatest singers and songwriters....He has written and recorded superb work outside the double-guitar tangle of the Rolling Stones, and this collection proves it..."
Disc 1
1 God Gave Me Everything
2 Put Me In The Trash
3 Just Another Night
4 Don't Tear Me Up
5 Charmed Life [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
6 Sweet Thing
7 Old Habits Die Hard
8 Dancing in the Street
9 Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup) [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
10 Memo From Turner
11 Lucky In Love
12 Let's Work
13 Joy
14 Don't Call Me Up
15 Checkin' Up on My Baby - (previously unreleased)
16 (You Got to Walk And) Don't Look Back
17 Evening Gown
Product Attributes
Artist Jagger,Mick
Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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