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Best of Friends [DVD]
     

Best of Friends [DVD]

by Jools Holland
 

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By 2007, Jools Holland was a national institution, performing jazz and good-time big-band music when it was totally out of fashion. Best of Friends was yet another album in the Small World Big Band series and featured many of the highlight tracks from other albums in the series, including the original Small World Big

Overview

By 2007, Jools Holland was a national institution, performing jazz and good-time big-band music when it was totally out of fashion. Best of Friends was yet another album in the Small World Big Band series and featured many of the highlight tracks from other albums in the series, including the original Small World Big Band, More Friends, Friends 3, and Moving Out to the Country. The album opened with one of Holland's favorites, "Tuxedo Junction," which he played alone -- well, with the help of his big-band R&B orchestra. A boogie-woogie piano and a big-band orchestra were not typical sounds heard on many albums from the mid-2000s. But then the collaborations came thick and fast, with guest stars who had appeared on his regular TV series, Later with Jools Holland, or his New Year's Eve specials, Jools Holland Hootenanny, which since 1992 had replaced the traditional Scottish Hogmanay celebrations as the only totally musical New Year's Eve show on mainstream TV. Reading like a who's-who of the music business, singers old and new joined Holland playing the piano and in most cases with the big band backing them, and the album featured styles across as wide a range as could be found on any album from this time. Venerable acts included Lulu on "Where Have All the Good Guys Gone," Edwin Starr on "Snowflake Boogie," Prince Buster on the ska track (what else?) "Enjoy Yourself," and Tom Jones on "Think." Among the more contemporary artists, Norah Jones guested on the track "In the Dark," Stereophonics on a version of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," KT Tunstall on "Darkness on the Face of the Earth," and India.Arie on "Georgia on My Mind," a track that first appeared on Holland's country album. There was a remixed and updated version of one of George Harrison's last songs before he died, "Horse to the Water," and other highlights included David Gilmour playing a distinctive guitar on Mica Paris' "I Put a Spell on You" and Eric Clapton with Solomon Burke on "Mabel." Apart from boogie-woogie, jazz, blues, and soul, the songs ranged from the pop-ska fun song "Oranges and Lemons Again" with Suggs from Madness to a 1930s-style torch song, "Out of This World," featuring Chrissie Hynde. With a running time of nearly 80 minutes, almost the maximum that could be fit onto one CD, Best of Friends also certainly provided value for the money. [Warner Bros.'s 2007 edition came packaged with an additional DVD of bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227992835
catalogNumber:
510924
Rank:
48724

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jools Holland   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Solomon Burke   Guest Appearance
Mica Paris   Guest Appearance
Edwin Starr   Guest Appearance
Joe Strummer   Guest Appearance
Ruby Turner   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Eric Clapton   Guest Appearance
David Gilmour   Guest Appearance
Roger Goslyn   Trombone
Chrissie Hynde   Guest Appearance
Gilson Lavis   Drums
Nick Lunt   Baritone Saxophone
Shane MacGowan   Guest Appearance
Winston Rollins   Trombone
Fayyaz Virji   Trombone
Rico Rodriguez   Trombone
Jason McDermid   Trumpet
Norah Jones   Guest Appearance
Louise Claire Marshall   Vocals
Chris Storr   Trumpet
Phil Veacock   Saxophone
Dave Swift   Bass
Lisa Grahame   Saxophone
KT Tunstall   Guest Appearance
Christopher Holland   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Derek Nash   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Ewan MacColl   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Solomon Burke   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jools Holland   Composer
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Julian Dash   Composer
Lulu   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Laurie Latham   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Pete Long   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Billy Laurie   Composer
Lillian "Lil" Green   Composer
Lawrence Impey   Cover Photo
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Paul Loasby   Management
Jason McDermid   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Ron Burrow   Engineer
Phil Veacock   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Christabel Holland   Cover Design
Derek Nash   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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