Best of Chris Isaak [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In many ways, Chris Isaak is a perfect candidate for a "best-of" compilation: he has been consistent over the years, not only in the quality of his output but in his music, which hasn't strayed much from the sweetly moody retro-pop -- part Elvis, a large part Roy Orbison, a small part early Neil Diamond -- he essayed on his 1985 debut, Silvertone. As such, his records can be a little interchangeable, but even the bad ones are enjoyable, and when they're mixed and matched as they are here on his first-ever compilation, they hold together as well as if it were a proper album. Not that Best of Chris Isaak is exactly a "greatest-hits" -- he only had seven charting ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In many ways, Chris Isaak is a perfect candidate for a "best-of" compilation: he has been consistent over the years, not only in the quality of his output but in his music, which hasn't strayed much from the sweetly moody retro-pop -- part Elvis, a large part Roy Orbison, a small part early Neil Diamond -- he essayed on his 1985 debut, Silvertone. As such, his records can be a little interchangeable, but even the bad ones are enjoyable, and when they're mixed and matched as they are here on his first-ever compilation, they hold together as well as if it were a proper album. Not that Best of Chris Isaak is exactly a "greatest-hits" -- he only had seven charting Billboard singles, and three of them aren't here; it's understandable that the 2004 Christmas tune "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" isn't here, but 1989's "Don't Make Me Dream About You" and 1995's "Go Walking Down There," while not big hits, may be missed by some casual listeners, particularly since this is a generous 18-track compilation that finds space for such OK relative rarities as a cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" and an acoustic version of "Forever Blue." But these are the kind of complaints that are found only if somebody is looking for flaws, since otherwise Best of Chris Isaak is an expertly chosen selection of his best easy-rolling, slyly sexy retro-pop, containing his four big hits ("Wicked Game," "Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me)," "Somebody's Crying," "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing") along with many of his best album tracks, like "San Francisco Days," "Two Hearts," "Speak of the Devil," "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love," and "Dancin'," among others. It's so well done and so comprehensive, it's easy to imagine that for many listeners -- particularly those who liked Isaak's style, whether musical or personal -- that this will be all the Chris Isaak they'll ever need. [Best of Chris Isaak was also released as a two-disc edition containing a DVD with 18 music videos, including two versions of "Wicked Game" and songs that didn't appear on the album proper. Isaak also does commentary for each video, making this an excellent bonus for serious fans.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624998129
  • Catalog Number: 49981

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 San Francisco Days (2:59)
  2. 2 Somebody's Crying (2:47)
  3. 3 Wicked Game (4:46)
  4. 4 Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing (2:56)
  5. 5 Let Me Down Easy (4:05)
  6. 6 Two Hearts (3:34)
  7. 7 King Without a Castle (3:06)
  8. 8 Only the Lonely (2:53)
  9. 9 Speak of the Devil (3:30)
  10. 10 Blue Spanish Sky (3:57)
  11. 11 You Owe Me Some Kind of Love (3:47)
  12. 12 Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me) (3:37)
  13. 13 Let's Have a Party (3:27)
  14. 14 Dancin' (3:45)
  15. 15 Blue Hotel (3:12)
  16. 16 Please (3:36)
  17. 17 I Want You to Want Me (3:21)
  18. 18 Forever Blue (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wicked Game
  2. 2 Dancin'
  3. 3 Somebody's Crying
  4. 4 San Francisco Days
  5. 5 Blue Spanish Sky
  6. 6 Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing
  7. 7 Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me)
  8. 8 Let Me Down Easy
  9. 9 Blue Hotel
  10. 10 Dark Moon
  11. 11 Don't Make Me Dream About You
  12. 12 Think of Tomorrow
  13. 13 Go Walking Down There
  14. 14 You Owe Me Some Kind of Love
  15. 15 Gone Ridin'
  16. 16 Please
  17. 17 Washington Square
  18. 18 Wicked Game
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Isaak Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chris Isaak Composer, Producer, Illustrations, Video Director
Roy Orbison Composer
Brian Elliot Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Erik Jacobsen Producer
Rick Nielsen Composer
Eric Ivan Rosse Producer
Stephen Walker Art Direction
David May Producer
Jean Baptiste Mondino Video Director
John Shanks Producer
Herb Ritts Video Director
Theodoros Bafaloukos Video Director
Geoff Barish Video Director
Howard Kaufman Management
Gus Van Sant Video Director
Bruce Weber Video Director
Joe Thomas Video Director
Joe Melson Composer
Billy Pope Video Director
Mark Lebon Video Director
Sheryl Louis Management
Jonathan Bendis Video Director
Nicole Pecorini Video Director
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