The Very Best Of Dan Fogelberg
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The Very Best Of Dan Fogelberg

July 3, 2001

  Song Title
Nether Lands (Album Version)
Part Of The Plan
Heart Hotels
Longer (Album Version)
Hard To Say
Leader of The Band (Album Version)
Same Old Lang Syne (Album Version)
Run For The Roses (Album Version)
Make Love Stay (Single Version)
Missing You (Single Version)
The Language of Love (Album Version)
Believe in Me (Album Version)
Lonely in Love (Album Version)
She Don't Look Back
Rhythm Of The Rain (Album Version)
Magic Every Moment (Album Version)
A Love Like This (Album Version)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 3, 2001
  • Release Date: June 1, 2001
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:14:01
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  • ASIN: B00138KGT8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fogelberg is more than Ballads July 1, 2004
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When one thinks of Dan Fogelberg, one might think of sappy love ballads from the late 70s. This is an unfair reputation to Dan Fogelberg, who has had a very good career spanning three decades. On this collection, "The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg" we get a good sampling of some of the best material by Fogelberg. The best way I look at Dan Fogelberg's career is that he provides a more mature spin on the Folk Music from the late 1960s and early 70s, yet is the Prototype for the "Coffee House" music that is popular today. While Fogelberg is often seen with an acoustic guitar, there is plenty of piano and other instrumentation that is worth looking at as well. It is also worth noting that Fogelberg is an incredible songwriter. Many of his songs are terrific narratives in which he establishes a near virtual "visual" for the theme of the song.
There are really three Greatest Hits sets by Dan Fogelberg. On 1982's "Greatest Hits", Fogelberg's hits up until 1982 are included. All of the songs on "Greatest Hits" are included on "The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg" except for the song "The Power of Gold". "The Very Best" does include much of his post 1982 material. This material is not as commercial, but should not have its quality discounted. "The Very Best" doesn't nearly have the depth that his 4 CD boxed set "Portrait" has. All of the songs on "The Very Best" are also included on the "Portrait" collection. However it is worth noting that "The Very Best" seems to be the perfect medium between "Greatest Hits" and "Portrait". It really captures the essential Dan Fogelberg and provides a good profile for Fogelberg's 30+ year career.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Hits Are There, yes - but... November 16, 2001
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Dan Fogelberg, one of the greatest singer/songwriters alive, has been in this business for 30 years, and spent the first twenty of those signed to Epic, part of mega-label SONY. Unfortunately, SONY decided to terminate the contract in 1994 after Dan Fogelberg's later albums ceased to be the million-sellers they were used to (irrespective of quality content).
Anyway, this is why this "Best of"-Collection contains charting DF metarial from 1974 to 1993, not necessarily the best, but certainly the "best-known" of Dan Fogelberg. The CD basically contains the same songs released on SONY's 1982 "Dan Fogelberg's Greatest Hits" and adds some of the late 1980's and early 1990's (up to the "River of Souls" album) material. It is therefore an excellent introduction into Dan's musicical variety and songwriting abilities, be it ballads or rockers.
Anybody interested in Dan's work beyond the hits should check out the 4-disc "Portrait" release, of course, and make sure to get a hold of the (inpendently issued) CD's Dan has recorded after his SONY years.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mix Of Fogelberg's Best Work June 16, 2004
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Though I was a die-hard rock & roll fan at heart (listening to Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Deep Purple) in the 1970's, I couldn't help but notice a few of Dan Fogelberg's songs. Fogelberg, known mostly as a ballads kind of singer, had a few songs that really painted a nice picture. "Same Old Lang Syne" was one of those songs. Images of snow falling, shopping spree's, a warm fireplace, and someone's heart breaking (somewhere?) I'm sure came to many a listener's mind. Okay, enough of the sentimental crap. I'll readily admit that Dan can write, he can sing, he can play guitar, he had a more than competent band playing with him at times... and for the most part his music is enjoyable. Especially now that I'm 40+ years old and I'm not banging my head (to music that is) all the time now. All the songs from his 1982 "Greatest Hits" package are here minus "Power Of Gold" (why-oh-why?). That is the only drawback to this new and improved release. Take away a clunker like "A Love Like This" or "Magic Every Moment" and substitute "Power Of Gold" and you probably have a 5-star winner here. You don't here much about Fogelberg anymore... kind of like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Seals & Crofts, Neil Young, etc... you only here about them if a new 'hits' package has been released by "Rhino' or the artist has been arrested for DUI and has landed himself in jail. Fogelberg is one of those 1970's folk/ballad/country/light-rock kind of sentimental singers that had some good songs back in the 1970's and early 80's. Some of his better albums were "Nether Lands", "Twin Sons Of Different Mothers", and "Innocent Age". However, if you own nothing of his and need an introduction - start with this one. 17 tracks on one disc; remastered sound and head and shoulders above his previous "Greatest Hits" minus the exclusion of "Power Of Gold".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Greatest hits', but not necessarily his 'very best' September 6, 2001
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'Greatest hits' would have been a more appropriate title, since although many of these tracks are brilliant, much of his very best work would probably not have been suitable for single release. Because of the folky-ballad or country-rock songs chosen as his singles this collection tends to give the impression of Dan being a rather lightweight and overly sentimental artist. This is certainly not true, as his dedicated fans know. However, in this collection only the presence of 'Netherlands' represents the less commercial, more serious side of Dan's work.
For its coverage of his hit singles this collection can hardly be faulted, apart from the inexplicable omission of 'The power of gold', a very strong early hit. In comparison 'She don't look back' is dispensable, and either it or 'Rhythm of the rain' (something of an oddity here as it is the only song not written by Dan) would have been better omitted. However, there are many great tracks to enjoy here, my favourites being 'Nether lands', 'Same old lang syne', 'Make love stay', 'Heart hotels', 'Hard to say', 'Believe in me' and 'Lonely in love'.
Certainly this is the best single-album compilation of Dan's work yet released, but the thoroughly excellent 4CD 'Portrait' collection (which includes all of this album's songs) is a much better representation of the breadth of his work and I very strongly recommend it. So whilst this is good as a taster, anyone keen to explore Dan's work more thoroughly should go for the aforementioned 'Portrait' or his individual albums - which really constitute his 'very best' work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Great album from the late great artist his voice will surely be missed. His music speaks to a generation. Brings back a lot of good memories.
Published 4 days ago by David Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Great CD, brings back a lot of great memories from growing up. I always love greatest hit albums and this one did not disappoint.
Published 8 days ago by Searching for the truth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Had been looking for a mix of music from a variety of his albums and this is a really good grouping ~ love it
Published 15 days ago by lisab
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Best of Dan Fogelberg - love it!
Purchased this as a gift for my husband's birthday. It's great having all of these wonderful songs on one CD - we love it!
Published 19 days ago by Sherry Thacker
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AS EVER
Published 1 month ago by james h sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhhh.........Dan
I wonder if it's possible to wear out a CD? If so, I'm well on my way. So soothing, so enjoyable. I bought the CD for a couple songs, but found there was much more to it than... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flower Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
I just couldn't wait to get this. I just love his music. Especially ole lang syng, brings back good old memories.
Published 1 month ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Fogelberg IS the very best!
Every song is the very best from many of his CDs. What a great loss to the music industry! What a great loss to mankind!
Published 1 month ago by Mary C. Meskauskas
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration from the past
The sound quality on this CD is terrific! I had a fondness for Dan Fogleberg's songs and performances when I was in college but never replaced my lps. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
The songs are good but it is missing some of his better ones that I like. Not sure why some are considered his very best. Price was right so it was a value purchase..
Published 1 month ago by Fred Weigandt
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