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Best Of Chris Isaak

Chris IsaakAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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Chris Isaak’s longstanding desire to musically salute his inspirations was fast-tracked when he read a 2000 interview with the great Sun Records producer Sam Phillips that appeared in the Oxford American. Near the end of the Q&A, Phillips was asked if any contemporary recording artists grabbed his attention. His response blew Chris away. “I don't keep up with the business ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Isaak Store

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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000E5N63E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. San Francisco Days
2. Somebodyís Crying
3. Wicked Game
4. Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
5. Let Me Down Easy
6. Two Hearts
7. King Without A Castle
8. Only The Lonely
9. Speak Of The Devil
10. Blue Spanish Sky
11. You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love
12. Canít Do A Thing (To Stop Me)
13. Letís Have A Party
14. Dancin'
15. Blue Hotel
16. Please
17. I Want You To Want Me
18. Forever Blue (Acoustic Version)

Editorial Reviews

Chris Isaak begins his third decade as one of the most distinctive recording artists- and the epitome of modern cool-with his first career-spanning retrospective. Best of Chris Isaak CD features every hit, led by "Wicked Game," and including many fan favorites such as "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," plus four previously unreleased tracks.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An intoxicating mix of Elvis Presley's early rockabilly and Roy Orbison's haunted crooning, Chris Isaak has maintained a sizable following over 21 years and nine albums despite having only one real pop hit, "Wicked Game." While all of his albums are inconsistent, they each contain plenty of highlights, making this 18-track Best Of long overdue.

Isaak wrote most of the songs on his albums except for the Baja Sessions project. Sometimes he's subtle ("Blue Spanish Sky," "Let Me Down Easy"), sometimes he rocks ("You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love," "Blue Hotel"). Occasionally, he builds from restrained to rowdy within the same recording ("Somebody's Crying," "Please") or breaks the musical mold completely, as with the sexy growler "Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing." Almost always, though, he sings about heartbreak.

Along with the aforementioned Isaak classics, Best Of includes four previously unreleased tracks. The bluesy brooder "King With A Castle" and the boisterous relationship ender "Let's Have A Party" are nice additions to the Isaak catalog, and an acoustic version of "Forever Blue" is even lovelier than the original, but a live, noisy cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" fails to approach the standard of the other enclosed recordings.

While far from a staple on the pop charts, the versatile Isaak has occasionally charted on other radio formats, with "Don't Make Me Dream About You" hitting at Modern Rock and his cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" making an impact at Adult Contemporary. Both are unfortunately omitted here.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented musician... and funny too! May 16, 2006
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I'm a latecomer to the music of Chris Isaak. Sure, I saw the video for "Wicked game" and thought it was good, but I never bought any albums until about a year ago. While going through a break up, I was seeking out music to drown my sorrow, and was given the suggestion to check out Isaak. I bought one album, and after a couple of listenings, went back and bought three more. I swear, he was writing about my particular situation in several songs. For those that wish to know that they are not alone when feeling the pain of unrequited love, or if you feel that you were "done wrong" by your girl, these are your songs. Besides the subject matter, it doesn't hurt that the band can actually play, and Isaak can actually sing. In a world of manufactured "stars", it is nice to know that some musicians can actually do music.

As for the DVD part of this combo set, it is very well done. Technically, it is basic 2.0 stereo, which was a bit of a let down in a world of 5.1 surround sound, but this is not a limitation. I played the disc in 2.0 and it sounded pretty good. I then set my receiver to Dolby Pro-Logic II, and the sound got even better. It might not be true 5.1, but the music engulfed me and was very balanced from all of the speakers. In short, as I said, the rendering is not a limitation for listening enjoyment. One very unusual thing for a music DVD is the inclusion of Isaak's commentary for each song. I thought this might be some ego driven thing, but no. Chris Isaak is very funny. He has a dry, self-depreciating style of humor that is devoid of ego. The music alone is great, but the commentary is also terrific. Besides the commentary during the songs, also check out the "preamble", where Isaak very cleverly makes light of the production value.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Of? May 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Best of collections are so subjective. What is `best of' by my standards isn't what others might find an artists' best work. Obviously Isaak can't have a `greatest hits' collection - b/c it would unfortunately be a cd single.

`Best of Chris Isaak' isn't definitive, but it's a good start. Isaak is a talented vocalist and guitarist - yet somehow remains under the radar. I blame radio for their single-mindedness in programming practices. You'd think "Wicked Game" would have bought him some leeway - but it did not.

Most of his albums have a decent representation here, but again, it's not definitive. As many good songs that are on here, there are an equal number of great things left off. Again, though subjective, what would make it a `best of' for me are numerous - but some of the highlights would have been "Lie to Me", "Don't Make Me Dream About You", "Another Idea", "Wrong to Love You", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Talk to Me" (and that's just for starters).

You know - this probably could have been a double disk.

Since it's not my `best of' selections - I'll give him four stars. But for the consumer who hasn't owned any of his work, this would be the purchase for them.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recordings plus videos: Isaak excels at both! June 19, 2006
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An intoxicating mix of Elvis Presley's early rockabilly and Roy Orbison's haunted crooning, Chris Isaak has maintained a sizable following over 21 years and nine albums despite having only one real pop hit, "Wicked Game." While all of his albums are inconsistent, they each contain plenty of highlights, making this 18-track Best Of long overdue.

Isaak wrote most of the songs on his albums except for the Baja Sessions project. Sometimes he's subtle ("Blue Spanish Sky," "Let Me Down Easy"), sometimes he rocks ("You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love," "Blue Hotel"). Occasionally, he builds from restrained to rowdy within the same recording ("Somebody's Crying," "Please") or breaks the musical mold completely, as with the sexy growler "Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing." Almost always, though, he sings about heartbreak.

Along with the aforementioned Isaak classics, Best Of includes four previously unreleased tracks. The bluesy brooder "King With A Castle" and the boisterous relationship ender "Let's Have A Party" are nice additions to the Isaak catalog, and an acoustic version of "Forever Blue" is even lovelier than the original, but a live, noisy cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" fails to approach the standard of the other enclosed recordings.

While far from a staple on the pop charts, the versatile Isaak has occasionally charted on other radio formats, with "Don't Make Me Dream About You" hitting at Modern Rock and his cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" making an impact at Adult Contemporary. Both are unfortunately omitted here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ON time and exactly what I was looking for.
Published 9 days ago by Bill Moser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great CD
Published 9 days ago by Areida Foskey
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the song Wicked Game and this album has some ...
I love the song Wicked Game and this album has some other winners on it. He's one-of-a-kind, and has some good solid rock songs too, and I wish there were more artists like this. Read more
Published 10 days ago by dhinged
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great CD!!
Published 25 days ago by Pamela LaBree
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice music. Easy listening.
Wonderful singer. Has a lovely voice and he is so young. It is so amazing.
Published 27 days ago by silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Isaak is absolutely terrific. I am sad that it has taken me ...
Chris Isaak is absolutely terrific. I am sad that it has taken me so long in my life to "discover" him. I had heard of him, but nothing about him. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Kevan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, just what I needed, fast delivery, good value.
Published 1 month ago by V12
5.0 out of 5 stars Woohoo
LOVE this cd. Good buy.
Published 1 month ago by Leesa Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful compilation
wonderful compilation of a great singer's best songs. Chris Isaak has such range and colorfulness in his music this is great music for everyone. His music is soulful and catchy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nan the Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
Great album. Great singer.
Published 1 month ago by Garmo
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