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Best of Howard Jones

Howard JonesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HE1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What Is Love?
2. New Song
3. Pearl In The Shell
4. Always Asking Questions
5. Things Can Only Get Better
6. Like To Get To Know You Well
7. Life In One Day
8. You Know I Love You.. Don't You?
9. Hide And Seek
10. No One Is To Blame
11. Look Mama
12. The Prisoner
13. Everlasting Love
14. Lift Me Up
15. Tears To Tell
16. Two Souls
17. I.G.Y (What A Beautiful World)
18. City Song

Editorial Reviews

This is the only Howard Jones album you'll ever need. HoJo was a founder of early '80s synth-pop, which was as easy to sing to as it was to dance to. The rhythms on this record pop like new wave corn kernels in heated oil, tempered by Jones's high-strung vocals extending over the top. Jones makes good use of the bright synth piano patches available during that time, especially during "Things Can Only Get Better." "No One Is to Blame" is a solid ballad, just Jones and his keyboard. It's heartfelt and regretful--a little cheesy, but in a good way. --Beth Bessmer

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Howard Jones Compilation April 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When the name Howard Jones comes up, many people immediately will associate two terms with him: 1) Synth-Pop; 2) Keyboards. These terms are completely justified because this is essentially what makes up the core of Howard Jones' music. But one thing that isn't fair is to lump Howard with many of the other Synth-Pop artists of the 1980s. Howard's music might have been very much in the 80s mold, but his music would also provide some terrific lyrics. It's also worth noting that Howard's music isn't all keyboards. Howard has been known to integrate horns into his music - and at times takes on the piano instead of the Synthesizer (this was especially evident on his 1992 effort, "In the Running". All of these features are evident in Howard Jones' compilation "The Best of Howard Jones". This collection contains 18 songs (17 'hits' plus 1 new release) and covers material from Howard's peak of popularity - 1983 through 1993.

Five of Howard's albums are represented on this collection: "Human's Lib" ("What is Love?", "Pearl in a Shell", "New Song", "Hide and Seek"); "Dream Into Action" ("Things Can Only Get Better", "Life in One Day", "No One is to Blame", "Look Mama", "Like to Get to Know You Well"); "One to One" ("You Know I Love You.. Don't You", "No One is to Blame" - also found on this collection); "Cross that Line" ("The Prisoner", "Everlasting Love"); and "In the Running" ("Lift Me Up", "Tears to Tell", "Two Souls", "City Song"). Finally, Howard includes a new release that is unique to this collection - a cover of Donald Fagen's classic "I.G.Y". This was a song that Howard loved to perform live, so he does it justice by including it on this collection.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Synthesizers At Their Best June 20, 2002
By David
Format:Audio CD
Finally a greatest hits cd that's worth its mud. If you like 80's music then you'll love this complitation by Howard Jones. His use of the keyboard synthesizer is truly amamzing! And pretty much all of the songs on here are great as well. Everyone remembers the 1985 hit "Things Can Only Get Better", that's a song that all of us can relate too, especially when life isn't going that great. This greatest hits cd also offers the song "No One Is Too Blame" in its regular radio play version. His first cd "Dream Into Action" only has a remix slower version of "No One Is Too Blame" and I don't care for it that well. Anyway, I hope this review was helpfull. You should definetly but this cd, it's a must for any 80's music fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classy workmanship June 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I only bought this cd because i heard the song "what is love" on satellite tv and loved it.Howard jones is the best of pop from the 80's because he left out all the-now thought of as goofy looks and antics,sound.Very impressive use of the synth sounds that most artists caught on to only five years later.This cd can be put in and left to play all the way throught without skipping.That is a big plus for 21 year old wife loves the cd now proving that good music is good music regardless if britny spears giant cheeseball has people liking over produced machine composed music.No hi-tech music software can duplicate a class act Howard Jones tune...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best singers of the 1980s October 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are some songs that I like in this collection like "What Is Love?," "Things Can Only Get Better," "No ONe is To Blame," and "Everlasting Love." HOward Jones has always had a great voice and probably still does. His music is soulful and smooth. I was surprised to like the song, "I.G.Y (What A Beautiful World)," which became a personal favorite. The other songs in this collection like "New Song," "Pearl In The Shell," "Always Asking Questions," "Like To Get To Know You Well," "Life In One Day," "You Know I Love You.. Don't You?," "Hide And Seek," "Look Mama," "The Prisoner," "Lift Me Up," "Tears To Tell," "Two Souls," and "City Song" are only some of his greatest music. I don't think Howard Jones and his music or voice should ever be forgotten. I think his voice is timeless and his songs are classic love ballads.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOJO...a talent in an age of vision July 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
By the above, I mean the need for the visual, the image. Howard Jones brought these to the table as well. Spikey hair, veggie hippie who made videos that were inventive and quite entertaining. But in the end, it is all about the music, and here is where Howard Jones will leave a mark in history.

A brilliant keyboardist by all accounts, his ability to write pop songs with lyrics that are both thought provoking and optimistic, was an oddity in the age of Empty-V.

This collection is also a wonderful journey from a techo-pop masterpiece to an adult sounding and very satisfying stripped down version of the artist himself.

The album starts off with some of his best known material. Songs that will be embedded in the minds and souls of his fans. New Song is a colorful burst of individuality, and fun. This followed by the haunting melodies of What is Love (perhaps my favourite pop song of all time). Hide and Seek is a lovely exploration of spirituality, while Pearl in the Shell talks about overcoming fear.

Dream Into Action, which was Howard's second full length LP features some of his finest and most successful moments with Things Can Only Get Better and Life in One Day as the standouts. No One is to Blame, is the ultimate Hojo track. It is perfectly situated as a meeting place between the lyrical genius that he is, and the accomplished piano player he is as well. It also signalled things to come, as Howard grew farther apart from techno-pop into more acoustic lernings.

You Know I love you and All I want are tracks off his introspective One to One and are finely crafted pop songs.

Everlasting Love, The Prisinor and Lift me Up show Howard still making you think, but also show him at his musical best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Great CD!
Published 1 month ago by Christopher W Gapinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Everlasting Love
Great collection
Published 2 months ago by Brendon Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
If you like the 1980's music, you'll like this CD of Howard Jones, I love it!
Published 2 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars NO REGRETS!!
Published 3 months ago by xxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Jones
Good selection of 80's pop from one of the decades most overlooked artists. There are songs on here they you know, but don't realize it.
Published 4 months ago by Ray W. Black
3.0 out of 5 stars this is okay
I like Howard Jones one of the songs here is my favorite of all the collection some of the other songs are okay I think I have to give a good listen too more though. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura Dempsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good CD.
I am new to the voice of Howard Jones, but am enjoying this CD. Will listen to his music again.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Was really expecting to love this but didn't. Just didn't care for the "B" side tracks, kind of disappointed with the production.
Published 10 months ago by Kay Landmann
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
brought memories of a time long ago! good music, makes you feel alive and want to move. Howard Jones is definitely a spirited singer.
Published 11 months ago by Timothy Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
This is a fantastic CD. Howard Jones is brilliant and his music suits my style in its creativity and energy. I am glad it was available and the price was ideal. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Scott Sorenson
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