Essential Eddie Money

Essential Eddie Money

by Eddie Money
     
 

Eddie Money was never the flashiest rocker around. He looked like what he was, a regular guy who quit the N.Y.C. Police Academy to try to be a rock star. Take a look at the photos in the booklet of this career retrospective; when Money tried to look sexy, he simply ended up looking dorky. He didn't have the greatest voice either, sort of a regular Joe growl without… See more details below

Overview

Eddie Money was never the flashiest rocker around. He looked like what he was, a regular guy who quit the N.Y.C. Police Academy to try to be a rock star. Take a look at the photos in the booklet of this career retrospective; when Money tried to look sexy, he simply ended up looking dorky. He didn't have the greatest voice either, sort of a regular Joe growl without much range. What he did have, however, were great songs and a tough, no-nonsense sound that made him an album rock radio fixture for much of the late '70s and early '80s. He also did the almost unthinkable for rock & roll and made a comeback. After a few weak albums in the mid-'80s that had people writing him off completely, he returned and hit the charts and airwaves even harder. This 15-track collection, The Essential Eddie Money, almost lives up to its title. It delivers one knockout blow after another, one AOR radio staple after another, until you are left shaking your head in wonderment. Beginning with the one-two punch of "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On," continuing with the killer album rock radio hits of "Trinidad," the amazing "Shakin'," and the ultra-poppy "I Think I'm in Love," Money's best five songs of the late '70s/early '80s stand up admirably next to any other artist of the era and still sound vital and alive in today's rock climate. The songs that weren't hits, like the strutting "No Control" and the country-rock-styled "Gimme Some Water," are nowhere close to being filler and are quite enjoyable too. His comeback songs from 1986, "Take Me Home Tonight" and "I Wanna Go Back," add layers of studio gloss to Money's clean and unadorned sound and lean more toward the pop side of pop
ock, but don't suffer for the change in approach. And no one can argue that the moment when Ronnie Spector breaks in with part of "Be My Baby" on "Take Me Home Tonight" isn't one of the coolest, most heartwarming moments in recorded rock history. His last hit, "Walk on Water" from 1988, is a big synth-dominated rock ballad that had Money going out in style. The last three songs are best skipped over as they are extremely weak and, in the case of "There Will Never Be Another You" (featuring the always questionable Boney James on sax), downright cheesy. If you can ignore those last three songs, this is a perfect collection of one of the great unsung rockers of any era.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998921320
catalogNumber:
89213

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Money   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Lindley   Guitar
Tom Scott   Horn
Carmine Appice   Drums
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Ronnie Spector   Vocals
Marc Tanner   Background Vocals
Boney James   Saxophone
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Angelo Arcuri   Background Vocals
Michael Baird   Drums
Jo Baker   Vocals
Arthur Barrow   Bass,Keyboards
Kim Bullard   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kevin Calhoun   Percussion
Lynn Carter   Background Vocals
Ralph Carter   Bass
Gary Chang   Keyboards
John Corey   Guitar
Sandy Sukhov   Background Vocals
Don Cromwell   Bass
Greg Douglas   Guitar
Charley Drayton   Drums
Steve Farris   Guitar
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tommy Funderburk   Vocals,Background Vocals
Claude Gaudette   Keyboards
Tom Girvin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Paul Hanson   Saxophone
Jesse Harms   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tracy Harris   Background Vocals
David Lewark   Guitar
Kenny Lee Lewis   Bass
Maureen McCormick   Background Vocals
Jenny Meltzer   Background Vocals
Ron Nevison   Background Vocals
Randy Nichols   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gene Pardue   Drums
Alan Pasqua   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
John Pierce   Bass
Joe Pizzulo   Background Vocals
Stevie Salas   Guitar
John Snyder   Drums
Glenn Symmonds   Drums
Lonnie Turner   Bass
Marty Walsh   Guitar
Fred Webb   Keyboards
Becky West   Background Vocals
Richie Zito   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Gary Mallaber   Percussion,Drums
Danny Hall   Saxophone
Don Schiff   Bass
Brian Gary   Keyboards
Randy Jackson   Bass
Jerry Deaton   Keyboards
Curt Coumo   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Nelson   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Gary Ferguson   Drums
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass
Jack White   Drums

Technical Credits

Eddie Money   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Paul Collins   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Chris Lord-Alge   Producer
Michael Baird   drum programming
Jeff Barry   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Producer
Monty Byrom   Composer
Ralph Carter   Composer
Todd Cerney   Composer
Danny Chauncey   Composer
Lloyd Chiate   Composer
Mike Clink   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Michael Frondelli   Engineer
Claude Gaudette   drum programming
Jesse Harms   Composer
Andy Hill   Composer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Phil Kaffel   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Leo Lyons   Composer
Ron Nevison   Producer,Engineer
Randy Oda   Composer
Keith Olsen   Engineer
Brian Reeves   Engineer
Peter Sinfield   Composer
Chris Solberg   Composer
Lonnie Turner   Composer
Peter Vale   Composer
Ira Walker   Composer
Richie Zito   Producer,Executive Producer
Shay Baby   Engineer
Peter Fletcher   Track Compilation
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Randy Jackson   Producer
Michael Leeson   Composer
Antonina Armato   Composer
Curt Coumo   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Anthony Neely   Art Direction
J.W. Gunn   Composer
Elizabeth Myers   Composer
Dave Donnelly   Mastering
James Lyon   Composer

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