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  • Audio CD (September 15, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Red Pajamas
  • ASIN: B000000DM7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Still best remembered for his evocative "City Of New Orleans," which brought Arlo Guthrie his long single hit, the late Steve Goodman was a gifted songwriter, affecting singer, and spirited acoustic guitarist who forged a link between the urban troubadors of the '60s and the "sensitive" singer-songwriters of the '70s. The elfin Chicagoan could tug heart strings as well as the latter camp (try his version of "The Dutchman," or fine originals like "Banana Republics" and "Yellow Coat"), but Goodman was never content to brood over mere heartbreak. His recordings and solo live performances were ripe with humor, from lively updates of old rags and Tin Pan Alley tunes ("It's A Sin To Tell A Lie") to topical parodies ("Lincoln Park Pirates," "Chicken Cordon Bleus," and the ultimate country song, "You Never Even Call Me By My Name," written with John Prine), and this generous two CD anthology captures it all, culling studio and stage tracks from throughout his career. --Sam Sutherland

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After hearing just one album, I knew I was hooked.
TX Dave
You have to be a true Cub fan as well as a baseball fan to really appreciate this CD!
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Great selection of both studio and live performance recordings!
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Surbaugh on May 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This may be the best "compilation" album of all time. It captures the refined purity of lyrics and music on the studio disc, and the unbelievable connection Steve made with audiences through his music and humor on the live disc.
I am not the least bit objective about Steve Goodman; we were friends together at the University of Illinois ("City of New Orleans" was the Illinois Central train we most frequently rode between Champaign and Chicago), and I was one of his strongest supporters when he started his professional career in 1969. I was actively involved in organizing his "memorial concert", and I would sell his CD's door-to-door if I could.
If you do not buy this CD, you will miss the essence of one of the greatest songwriters, best performers, and sincerest human beings that ever graced the cover of an album, or walked on earth.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Frobish on December 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first got turned on to Steve Goodman as a kid listening to WGN and Chicago Cubs games when they would play "Go Cubs, Go!" before the games on the radio broadcasts. Of course, "The Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" was always a perennial favorite as well in the Chicago area. I kind of accidentally rediscovered him when I recently heard David Allan Coe's version of "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" for the first time in years. For anyone who has ever listened to Steve's music, you realize that it's habit forming and one album just isn't enough. However, this album comes about as close as possible. Disc #2 is especially great stuff as it is all live performances of his more satirical/comedic songs. He is one of the most undeservedly unknown singers/songwriters/entertainers of all time and the world is a worse place for having lost him at such an early age. Even if you have never heard of Steve before (which is unlikely or you wouldn't be reading this!), do yourself a favor and add this set to your collection - it's worth it at twice the price!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joe Brodnicki on February 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Back in the days of vinyl (c. 1978), my brother and I had a steady practice in stealing albums we liked from one another. I waited to lift "The Essential Steve Goodman" unitl the day I moved 1,000 miles away and wore several copies of it out.
Steve Goodman's music is still fresh years after his death. "No Big Surprises" captures the warmth and humor of the artist in a series of live and studio cuts. For Goodman fans, many of the studio cuts are alternate takes of previously released material along with some previously unreleased material. These takes give a different flavor to the songs, making this far more than a re-packing of popular material.
The live material is priceless. They capture the energy, creativity, spontanaity, and personality of Goodman.
The recordings were selected for their ability to capture the essence of the performaer and some aren't the highest quality. Having said that, all are of passable quality and any defects are more than compensated for by the quality of the performance.
My wife and I don't share a lot in common musically, but we both were riveted to our first listening of his CD. We laughed and cried out loud. This material that goes beyond the folk genre and capture everyday a slices of America. The liner notes are also a moving tribute to Steve Goodman.
I've never been so moved by a recording.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mention Steve Goodman's name to any number of people, and chances are that you will get blank stares in return. Mention some of his songs (City of New Orleans, for example) and you get a flicker of recognition. Steve's forte was crafting the consummate "simple song." He was able to tap into those things that lie at the root of all of us.
This anthology captures the essence of Steve Goodman through two separate means. On the one hand (disc one), we are given a sample platter of studio works. We are treated to a well-selected array of his songs as songs. We hear his craft for the right lyric in the right melody. However, we also have disc two--the live songs. In my opinion, it is through live performance that Steve Goodman's quality, charm, and talent shine through. His love of performing oozes off of the second disc, often bursting through the necissarily sterile-ish-ness of the studio to new levels of interpretation and feeling.
This collection is a perfect starting point for those who wish to discover this oft undiscovered gem.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Caruso on August 1, 2001
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Mention Steve Goodman's name to any number of people, and chances are that you will get blank stares in return. Mention some of his songs (City of New Orleans, for example) and you get a flicker of recognition. Steve's forte was crafting the consummate "simple song." He was able to tap into those things that lie at the root of all of us.
This anthology captures the essence of Steve Goodman through two separate means. On the one hand (disc one), we are given a sample platter of studio works. We are treated to a well-selected array of his songs as songs. We hear his craft for the right lyric in the right melody. However, we also have disc two--the live songs. In my opinion, it is through live performance that Steve Goodman's quality, charm, and talent shine through. His love of performing oozes off of the second disc, often bursting through the necissarily sterile-ish-ness of the studio to new levels of interpretation and feeling.
This collection is a perfect starting point for those who wish to discover this oft undiscovered gem.
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