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Jack Johnson & Friends: The Best of Kokua Festival

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jack Johnson is such a big deal in his native Hawaii that whatever guests he hires to appear on his Kokua Festival can follow his rules. At the very least, he's gotten Jackson Browne to rewrite part of "Take It Easy," giving the "Winslow Arizona" verse a distinctly island spin. This is the most overt display of deference on Jack Johnson & Friend: The Best of Kokua Festival but it's hardly the only moment where Johnson is clearly the Big Kahuna, nor is Browne the biggest star here. Eddie Vedder stops by, along with many other rockers and guitar strummers of all stripes, and there is a sense of communal good times that's palpable and often ingratiating, even ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jack Johnson is such a big deal in his native Hawaii that whatever guests he hires to appear on his Kokua Festival can follow his rules. At the very least, he's gotten Jackson Browne to rewrite part of "Take It Easy," giving the "Winslow Arizona" verse a distinctly island spin. This is the most overt display of deference on Jack Johnson & Friend: The Best of Kokua Festival but it's hardly the only moment where Johnson is clearly the Big Kahuna, nor is Browne the biggest star here. Eddie Vedder stops by, along with many other rockers and guitar strummers of all stripes, and there is a sense of communal good times that's palpable and often ingratiating, even to those who don't quite cotton to Johnson's notion of surf-n-sun good times. Even here, where he is quite clearly the ringleader, Johnson remains an affable but not forceful presence on record: Browne, Vedder, Willie Nelson, even Dave Matthews and Ben Harper, all easily overpower him. And yet there's no question that this is his party: his sweet, accommodating nature is evident throughout these cuts, so much so that they may elicit a smile from the sour doubters who've never found a reason to like his studio records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527993034
  • Catalog Number: 001674702
  • Sales rank: 8,028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Better Together (4:24)
  2. 2 Cry Cry Cry (4:03)
  3. 3 A Pirate Looks At Forty (3:52)
  4. 4 Mudfootball (3:56)
  5. 5 Constellations (3:44)
  6. 6 Take It Easy (3:59)
  7. 7 Island Style - John Cruz (3:56)
  8. 8 Breakdown (4:13)
  9. 9 Further On Down the Road (5:00)
  10. 10 Welcome To Jamrock (4:17)
  11. 11 High Tide or Low Tide (5:04)
  12. 12 Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain (3:17)
  13. 13 I Shall Be Released - Zach Gill (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Johnson Primary Artist, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals
Taj Mahal Harmonica, Vocals
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Jackson Browne Guitar, Vocals
Ben Harper Vocals, Weissenborn
Ziggy Marley Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Vedder Guitar, Vocals
G. Love Harmonica
Ernie Cruz Jr. Tambourine, Vocals
Ozomatli Percussion, Horn, Tres
Merlo Podlewski Bass, Percussion
Salaam Tillman Percussion
Adam Topol Percussion, Drums
Boom Gaspar Wurlitzer
Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele
Zach Gill Piano, Vocals, Melodica, Wurlitzer
John Cruz Guitar, Vocals
Paula Fuga Vocals
The Girlas Percussion, Vocals
Kawika Kahiapo Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Jimmy Buffett Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Glenn Frey Composer
Ini Kamoze Composer
Ziggy Marley Composer
Stephen Marley Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Robert Russell Composer
Paul Huston Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Composer
Robert Carranza Engineer, Mastering
Jack Johnson Composer, Track Selection
John Cruz Composer
Emmett Malloy Track Selection
Jim Russi Cover Photo
Michael Pollock Engineer
Dan Nakamura Composer
Kim Johnson Art Direction, Paintings, Track Selection
Lokelani Cochrane Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Nice blend of Jack and friends

    Classic Jack with some nice vocals by others. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was I would have preferred no audience.

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