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The Very Best of Marc Cohn : Greatest Hits

Marc CohnAudio CD
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Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has been obsessed with pop music for as long as he can remember: “I was hooked from day one. My older brother had a band that rehearsed in our basement, so I heard Bacharach, The Beatles, Ray Charles, and Motown coming up through the floorboards from the time I was six years old. By the time I was eleven though, the Beatles were breaking ... Read more in Amazon's Marc Cohn Store

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  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000F2C7M2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walking In Memphis
2. True Companion
3. Silver Thunderbird
4. Ghost Train
5. Perfect Love
6. Dig Down Deep
7. Walk Through The World
8. The Rainy Season
9. Rest For The Weary
10. Paper Walls
11. The Things We've Handed Down
12. Lost You In The Canyon
13. Saints Preseve Us
14. Olana
15. Turn On Your Radio
16. Fallen Angels
17. Healing Hands
18. One Safe Place (Live)

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Born in Cleveland, OH, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn will forever be associated with another great American city by virtue of his signature hit, 'Walking In Memphis,' one of the stand-out songs of the 1990s. The melodic, literate and dramatic masterpiece spun off his acclaimed self-titled debut album in '91, the same year Cohn won the GRAMMY for Best New Artist. His elegant songwriting artistry shines on two more beautiful and intelligent albums, The Rainy Season and Burning The Daze. Rhino's new collection the first-ever retrospective of Cohn's work pulls favorites from his entire repertoire, including 'Silver Thunderbird,' 'True Companion,' 'Walk Through The World,' plus a rare live version of 'One Safe Place.'

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 Jewels of Life Stories from Marc Cohn August 22, 2006
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Marc Cohn's Greatest Hits features a sweet, sipping bourbon voice from a song writer with a poetic glance and deep understanding of life stories. The music, written and song by Cohn is arranged and accompanied with a rich intricate afterglow of folk rock, down south gospel with a sprig of delta blues. The musicans and choir, including Cohn, rise and fall with a professional clarity that paints the mood and meaning of the notes and lyrics. The quality of the recording honors the effort of the CD.

All 18 songs on this CD are worth the listen and reflection on what they have to tell us of life. The journey through the songs is one of continuity; yet each song has it's own tale.

"Walking In Memphis" is a classic worth the price of the CD alone, but it is only the beginning to a set of masterpieces. I bought the CD for the last song, "One Safe Place" (song live), but would dishonor the effort to say I have a favorite on the album or a lesser favorite.

Truly great recordings become worthy of 5 stars to me when one will return to them over and over again, because they are timeless in their ability to move the soul. Marc Cohn's Greatest Hits is such a treasure.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB COMPILATION October 3, 2006
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I don't have this album, but I do have MC's 3 'regular' albums. All of the tracks (with the exception of 'Fallen Angels' and 'One Safe Place') are taken from these albums. MC is probably best known for his big hit 'Walking In Memphis'. There can be little doubt that this is an exceptionally good song, but there are others here which are as good, if not, better (for example - 'True Companion', 'Silver Thunderbird', 'Healing Hands' and MC's very 'laid back' version of the Harry Nilsson song 'Turn On Your Radio').

There is a lot of vocal and instrumental variety here, and the album also demontrates how MC can deliver quality popular music with a wide range of styles and moods (atmospheric/acoustic - southern rootsy/bluesy - funky rockers etc.); all this, together with songwriting of the highest order. Three of the songs feature brief contributions by James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Patty Griffin (yes, it's all good stuff) and I think this gives an idea of where MC is 'coming from'.

I would like to have seen 'Strangers In a Car', 'Ellis Island' and 'From the Station' included, with the possible exclusion of 'Perfect Love' and 'Saints Preserve Us' - but this is just a matter of my personal preference. Nevertheless, this is an excellent compilation of well chosen songs from MC's 1990s repertoire.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Put on my blue suede shoes and I boarded the plane January 9, 2008
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Forever tied to his one masterful hit, Marc Cohn is so much more than "Walking In Memphis." This long deserved best of collects the Grammy winning some of the best of this singer-songwriter's three Atlantic albums Marc Cohn, The Rainy Season and Burning the Daze plus a pair of new tracks. Cohn's style harkens back to the seventies school of sensitive writers; it's no coincidence that James Taylor pops up on "Perfect Love."

Cohn's music also took on a richly darkened hue as his albums progressed. The themes of loneliness and loss explored on "The Rainy Season" and "Burning The Daze" spoke of an artist maturing through his songs, even while his audience was diminishing. "Things We've Handed Down" is an amazing song about the expectations we place on our newborn children. As others have commented, the lovely "One Safe Place" (one of the new songs here) was featured on an episode of "House MD," to capture the meaning of a life passing.

It is, sadly, Marc's brush with death that has brought him back into the public eye. He was shot in the face during a car-jacking incident, landing him both in the headlines and on ABC's 20/20. (Caveat: Cohn is married to ABC correspondent Elizabeth Vargas.) It makes some of these stories of family life and love ("Rest for The Weary," "True Companion" and "Silver Thunderbird") all the more poignant, and his new "Join The Parade" a late season stunner.

If your library includes James Taylor, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne or Bonnie Raitt (who guests here on "Walk Through The World"), "The Very Best of Marc Cohn" will thrill you. His 2007 release, Join the Parade, stands up with his best work, as well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like the TV series "House" ?? September 1, 2006
By BigMutt
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I came upon this singer/songwriter as a result of being a fan of the TV series "House", including the music in the episodes.

"One Safe Place" from episode "Euphoria (2)", the one where Dr. Foreman is rapidly dying, finally did it for me. I had to find out who this musician was, and try to get more of his music.

He won a Grammy fifteen years ago and has not been "in the news" so much since then, but contributing music to the popular TV series should help him out a lot. He's a wonderful musician and I love this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music June 3, 2011
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This CD exceeded my expectations beyond belief! I would recommend this CD to anyone - the soulful music is fantastic. The songs really grow on you - I find myself thinking about their meaning since I listen to the CD all the time. Marc Cohn is very talented and has a great voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant January 22, 2011
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This is a fantastic album for those who are new to Marc Cohn and wish to learn more. It covers his career to date and has a great selection of tracks that gives a good representation of what his music is like. This artist is seriously underrated and hopefully this album will spread the word just that little bit more. It also has an interesting essay in the booklet. A great selection of music from a great artist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
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Published 4 days ago by dean divella
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Published 5 days ago by Peter Roseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Singer Songwriter
I bought this compilation of Cohn's 'hits" because I was going to see him in concert while on a trip. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Gorg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
Marc Cohn has such a great voice, and his music is wonderful, I hear his music
in so many movies that I love and I had to have his CD!
Published 3 months ago by Janet Marie Ewing
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice & music!
Very comforting voice. Lyrics are lovely. Music is so nice. I'm not going to analyze each song, but will only say try this CD if you need music to chill with. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bostonian
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift
Gave this to daughter and she really likes this CD. Walking to Memphis us our favorite song and Marc nails it! Thus us great mystic to enjoy as you unwind from the day... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. D. Cohron
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohn Fan
It spends about 6 months a year on my 5 disck player. What else is there to say. to say to say to say.
Published 4 months ago by GaryLL
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Best Of Marc Cohn
I I bought this album after hearing "True Companion" on a classic rock station. I of course knew "Walking in Mephis" , but didn't know the artist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tesa Devlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc Cohn
Not many artists impress me like Marc Cohn, up there with all of the other music legends!
Some of his songs are a tissue paper thickness away from perfection... Read more
Published 9 months ago by MrSpook
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice way to get more mark cohn
I bought the first album when it came out and this collection has many of those and several others. I believe his first album to be the best, but the other material also has great... Read more
Published 10 months ago by chris
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