Best of Friends [DVD]

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227992835
  • Catalog Number: 510924
  • Sales rank: 55,309

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tuxedo Junction - Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (3:33)
  2. 2 Where Have All the Good Guys Gone? - Lulu (3:31)
  3. 3 Out of This World - Chrissie Hynde (3:36)
  4. 4 Snowflake Boogie - Edwin Starr (3:34)
  5. 5 In the Dark - Norah Jones (3:00)
  6. 6 Horse to the Water (5:13)
  7. 7 To Love a Child - Ruby Turner (3:10)
  8. 8 Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) - Prince Buster (3:02)
  9. 9 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Stereophonics (3:56)
  10. 10 Seventh Son - Sting (3:04)
  11. 11 Just to Be Home with You - Shane MacGowan (3:18)
  12. 12 Darkness on the Face of the Earth - KT Tunstall (3:48)
  13. 13 The Return of the Blues Cowboy - Joe Strummer (2:40)
  14. 14 I Put a Spell on You - David Gilmour (4:07)
  15. 15 Rock Me - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (2:32)
  16. 16 Georgia on My Mind - India.Arie (3:47)
  17. 17 Think - Tom Jones (4:00)
  18. 18 Valentine Moon - Sam Brown (4:06)
  19. 19 Oranges and Lemons Again - Suggs (3:37)
  20. 20 Mabel - Eric Clapton (4:54)
  21. 21 If You Wear That Velvet Dress - Bono (6:15)
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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
David Gilmour Girls Composer
Christabel Holland Cover Design
Derek Nash Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
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