The Best of Marshall Crenshaw: This Is Easy

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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227991524
  • Catalog Number: 79915

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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