The Essential

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Concrete Blonde's entry in Capitol's Essential series is similar to its Classic Masters retrospective from 2002. In fact, it's exactly the same track listing until Essential opts for "Happy Birthday" and "Sun," two tracks from 1989's Free. But neither collection adequately replaces 1996's comprehensive, out of print Recollection: The Best of Concrete Blonde, and Essential only goes as far as the 1992 LP Walking in London, excluding the following year's Mexican Moon. It's also curious that nothing unreleased could be scrounged from the vaults for this set. Still, diehards can cover with 2003's Live in Brazil Ark 21, meaning Essential is probably OK for the casual Concrete ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Concrete Blonde's entry in Capitol's Essential series is similar to its Classic Masters retrospective from 2002. In fact, it's exactly the same track listing until Essential opts for "Happy Birthday" and "Sun," two tracks from 1989's Free. But neither collection adequately replaces 1996's comprehensive, out of print Recollection: The Best of Concrete Blonde, and Essential only goes as far as the 1992 LP Walking in London, excluding the following year's Mexican Moon. It's also curious that nothing unreleased could be scrounged from the vaults for this set. Still, diehards can cover with 2003's Live in Brazil Ark 21, meaning Essential is probably OK for the casual Concrete fan. It's in chronological order for one thing, beginning with the fabulously hungry "Still in Hollywood" and rolling right through to "Caroline," "Joey," and "Tomorrow, Wendy" from the 1990 breakthrough, Bloodletting. The band's atmospheric cover of Hendrix's "Little Wing" dates from the same year, as does a live version of "Roses Grow." Both were originally released on the Caroline single. It might have switched out "Sun" for "Bloodletting The Vampire Song." And it really could have used the title track to Mexican Moon. But otherwise, Essential is a pretty satisfactory overview of Concrete Blonde's IRS output.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724386370822
  • Catalog Number: 63708
  • Sales rank: 24,359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still in Hollywood (3:43)
  2. 2 True (3:00)
  3. 3 Dance Along the Edge (5:30)
  4. 4 God Is a Bullet (4:23)
  5. 5 Happy Birthday (2:20)
  6. 6 Sun (2:18)
  7. 7 The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden (2:37)
  8. 8 Caroline (5:29)
  9. 9 Joey (4:06)
  10. 10 Tomorrow, Wendy (5:06)
  11. 11 Little Wing (4:16)
  12. 12 Walking in London (4:49)
  13. 13 Someday? (3:29)
  14. 14 Roses Grow (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Concrete Blonde Primary Artist
Johnette Napolitano Drums, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Harry Rushakoff Drums
Paul Thompson Drums
Alan Bloch Bass Guitar
Jim Mankey Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Evren Göknar Mastering
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Gary Kemp Composer
Geri Miller Liner Notes
Johnette Napolitano Composer
Diana Barnes Art Direction
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