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Very Best of

Jesse Colin YoungAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • ASIN: B000A9QL3G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hey Babe (The Youngbloods)
2. Get Together (The Youngbloods)
3. Sunlight (The Youngbloods)
4. Sugar Babe
5. Good Times
6. Lovely Day
7. Ridgetop
8. Song For Juli
9. California Child
10. Light Shine
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Eyes On The Prize
2. Four In The Morning
3. Sometimes (The Youngbloods)
4. Grey Day
5. Workin’
6. Perfect Stranger
7. Fight For It
8. The Highway Is For Heroes
9. Do It Slow
10. Desire
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

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 Young’s 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 Young’s 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 Young’s 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 Jesse’s 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.’

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, we’ve been re-mastering my solo catalog from the original tapes and I’ve 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 who’ve 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 can’t tell you how grateful I am that music is my life’s work and it’s 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

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE! May 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anyone who grew up in the 60's & 70's NEEDS this one.

Disc 1 was flashback after flashback!!

Excellent instrumentals, Jesse's vocals are incredible!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Jesse Potpourri June 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If I were to ask someone, in the year 2008, to name a male folk singer from the 1960's I would assume that if I were to get an answer to that question that the name would be Bob Dylan. And that would be a good and appropriate choice. One can endlessly dispute whether or not Dylan was (or wanted to be) the voice of the Generation of '68 but in terms of longevity and productivity he fits the bill as a known quality. However, there were a slew of other male folk singers who tried to find their niche in the folk milieu and who, like Dylan, today continue to produce work and to perform. The artist under review Jesse Colin Young is one such singer/songwriter.

The following is a question that I have been posing in reviewing the work of a number of male folk singers from the 1960's and it is certainly an appropriate question to ask of Jesse as well. I do not know if Jesse Colin Young, like his contemporary Bob Dylan whom he followed in moving from acoustic folk to electric folk rock, started out wanting to be the king of the hill among male folk singers but he certainly had some things going for him. A fair to middling acoustic guitar but a very interesting and mournful voice in the early acoustic days. Then the switch to electric folk rock and beyond, and the joining up with the Youngbloods that forms the core of this greatest hits compilations.

Jesse Colin Young and the Youngbloods were one of the signature groups of the 1960's not so much for their sound that was a pretty much a familiar one from the period but the lyrics and the politics. Songs like Get Together, Sunlight, Darkness, Song for Juli and some others created a mood of hope (sometimes with dope) that got a number of people through the hard times of growing up in that time. Personally, though as much as I liked some of what the Youngbloods did I still go back to that old Jesse classic from the acoustic days Four In The Morning- that's the ticket. If you need to hear it all though, this is a good bet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Jesse Colin Young is excellent January 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This CD is excellent. For those not familiar with JCY, he is a great singer, sweet guitar player and writes fantastic songs. He is similar and compares very favorably with James Taylor. His music includes several styles: ballads, blues, soft rock, reggae, and now Hawaiian. I especially like that he uses jazz influences (flute and horns) in many of his songs to great effect. He produced this CD himself and has been very generous - 34 songs spanning his career (wish he'd put Love on the Wing on there) and about 3/4 of them are topnotch. You won't regret buying this CD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Of February 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This 2 disc set is like many compilations; one decent CD and one that is just material that never went anywhere. Disc 2 is all over the map,jumping from one tempo to another, then changing rhythmically and thematically into a jumbled up mix. Speaking of mix, the sound on disc 2 is horrible. JCY's voice is drowned out in horns, blaring guitars, piano's and backup singers. It doesn't flow together in any coherent way. I say this is not the best of JCY by a long shot.
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