Best of Marshall Crenshaw: This Is Easy

Best of Marshall Crenshaw: This Is Easy

by Marshall Crenshaw
     
 

Marshall Crenshaw makes it look so easy. Over the past two decades, he's cranked out album after album of thoroughly modern pop songs informed by his impeccable affinity for classic rock 'n' roll, R&B, and soul styles. This Is Easy, the first compilation of his work, showcases Crenshaw's consistently impressive songwriting with 22 well-chosen highlights fromSee more details below

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Marshall Crenshaw makes it look so easy. Over the past two decades, he's cranked out album after album of thoroughly modern pop songs informed by his impeccable affinity for classic rock 'n' roll, R&B, and soul styles. This Is Easy, the first compilation of his work, showcases Crenshaw's consistently impressive songwriting with 22 well-chosen highlights from his remarkable catalog. The simple, swinging "Someday, Someway" and the cheeky "Cynical Girl" from his classic 1982 debut sound as fresh and vibrant as such recent favorites as the heartfelt "What Do You Dream Of?" and the infectious "Better Back Off." This Is Easy also features a couple of hard-to-find cult favorites, including the rare indie single "Something's Gonna Happen." With detailed liner notes from the late Cub Koda as well as irreverent blurbs on each song from Crenshaw himself, hardcore fans will be as pleased as initiates to delve into this set. This Is Easy is a definitive compilation of Marshall Crenshaw's most beloved songs; with any luck, it may finally win him the recognition he deserves.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Co-compiler Gary Stewart and project assistant David Gorman waste no time at all before addressing the question that has plagued rock critics and fans since 1981: "how can we rationalize the continued underappreciation of Marshall Crenshaw?" It's not just that Crenshaw is a cult favorite and critics' pet; he's also steeped in rock & roll traditions that date back to Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent, and his records are such ear candy that you'd figure they would attract a big audience. Instead, only three of Crenshaw's previous ten albums have even reached the charts, along with just one single; Stewart and Gorman hope this compilation will "set things right." If only it could. Running from 1981 to 1996, the 22-track collection gathers four tracks each from Crenshaw's first three albums, as well as his first indie single "Something's Gonna Happen," the exceptional B-side "You're My Favorite Waste of Time," and assorted tracks from four subsequent albums. Crenshaw doesn't so much write songs as he makes records, at least as interested in guitar textures and what echo is placed on his vocal as what he's singing about. For all the surface pleasure his work provides, the only depth it reveals is one of craft; one is more impressed than really involved. And yet, it would be hard for a rock & roll fan not to enjoy this record, which cherry-picks Crenshaw's albums, diminishing, for example, the inappropriately bombastic production Steve Lillywhite brought to Field Day. The tracks are all pop gems, and they do, as Stewart and Gorman claim, induce the fantasy of a world in which classic, 1965-vintage pop
ock was still on top 20 years later. It's a nice dream for rock & roll fans; with this album they can close their eyes and, for 75 minutes, pretend it's true.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227991524
catalogNumber:
79915

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marshall Crenshaw   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals
Rosie Flores   Vocals
Peter Case   Harmonica
Don Dixon   Vocals
David Lindley   Steel Guitar
Tom Teeley   Vocals
Michael Osborn   Percussion
Sonny Landreth   Slide Guitar
Steven Soles   Vocals
T Bone Burnett   Vocals
Mickey Curry   Drums
Chris Donato   Bass,Vocals
Mitch Easter   Piano
Mitchell Froom   Keyboards
Richard Gottehrer   Percussion
Faye Hunter   Bass
Warren Klein   Tamboura
Tony Levin   Bass
Bob Marlette   Organ
Jerry Marotta   Drums
David Miner   Standup Bass
Fernando Saunders   Bass
Ed Stasium   Percussion
Andy York   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marshall Crenshaw   Producer,Engineer
Don Dixon   Producer,Engineer
Cub Koda   Liner Notes
John Aguto   Engineer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Jim Ball   Engineer
Alan Betrock   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
T Bone Burnett   Producer,drum programming
Thom Cadley   Engineer
Judy Clapp   Engineer
Lincoln Clapp   Engineer
Mitch Easter   Producer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Lolly Grodner   Engineer
Steve Haigler   Engineer
Paul Hamingson   Engineer
John Hampton   Engineer
Tim Hatfield   Engineer
Larry Hirsch   Producer,Engineer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Willy Levins   Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Scott Litt   Engineer
Paul McKenna   Producer,Engineer
Gary Peterson   Annotation
Garry Rindfuss   Engineer
Will Schillinger   Engineer
Ed Stasium   Producer
John X. Volaitis   Engineer
Randy Wine   Engineer
Gina Immel   Engineer
Alex Haas   Engineer
Craig Doubet   Engineer
Brian Sperber   Engineer
David Gorman   Liner Notes,Art Direction
Elijah Shaw   Engineer
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
M. Crenshaw   Composer

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