From the Artist
Aloha Friends: I am writing to you from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I live with my family on a small coffee farm on the Big Island of Hawaii with a recording studio on the 3rd floor of our guesthouse. There is never a dull moment here and the weather is always beautiful. I love my life here
part farmer, part musician, part husband and father.
For the last year, weve been re-mastering my solo catalog from the original tapes and Ive been listening to 4 decades of my work and trying to decide which of the songs I should bring to you in this collection. As I listen, pictures come into my mind, of recording sessions, of concerts, of audiences, and all the musicians whove played with me over the years and all the engineers who helped us get the music down on tape.
There were many times in recording studios when I felt it was impossible to get the right feel, the right atmosphere, the right sound for a song to come to life. And then other times we were swept up in the magic in the headphones and felt we could do no wrong.
I cant tell you how grateful I am that music is my lifes work and its been gratifying for me to look back and see that I can be proud of every recording I have made so far.
We have tried our best to make this an interesting listening experience for you. Hope you love it and be sure that there is more music to come. - Jesse Colin Young, Kona 2005
Co-produced, compiled and sequenced by Jesse Colin Young and David Bean, THE VERY BEST OF JESSE COLIN YOUNG is a comprehensive 2-cd celebration of Youngs phenomenal four-decade career.
Disc one of this specially-priced 2-cd set represents a sonic history from the very first recording of The Youngbloods done in New York City by Jesse Colin Youngs mentor Bobby Scott in 1964, through to the recording of 'Darkness, Darkness' done at Owl Mountain in 1994.
Disc two represents the maverick side of Jesse Colin Youngs music, from 1964 to the present, starting with a new song, 'Eyes on the Prize,' a spiritual inspired by the Reverend Gary Davis.
THE VERY BEST OF JESSE COLIN YOUNG is chock full of special tracks, including 4 Classic Youngbloods tracks (Get Together, Sunlight, Hey Babe, and Sometimes), Four In The Morning (a live recording of Jesses first recognized hit, originally performed on Capitol Records 1964 'Soul Of A City Boy') and NEVER BEFORE RELEASED TRACKS including: A 1998 recording of "Darkness, Darkness with guitarist Larry Mitchell, Eyes On The Prize, the radio remix of Desire, a new vocal and instrumental interpretation of Lovin You and Sweet Good Times.