The Very Best of Joe Brown: 50th Anniversary

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
The very cheeky, chirpy cockney sparrow Joe Brown celebrated his 50th anniversary in the music business early in 2008, although his first few years were as a rather good but anonymous guitar player in backing bands, playing for brighter stars such as Billy Fury. When he finally broke out as a solo singer and guitarist in 1960 with his first hit, "Darktown Strutters' Ball," he came across as less of a serious rock & roller than his former mentor Billy Fury and instead as an artist whose songs owed more to music hall comedy and skiffle than rock & roll, especially "What a Crazy World We're Living In" and "I'm Henry the Eighth I Am." Brown then turned out a series of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
The very cheeky, chirpy cockney sparrow Joe Brown celebrated his 50th anniversary in the music business early in 2008, although his first few years were as a rather good but anonymous guitar player in backing bands, playing for brighter stars such as Billy Fury. When he finally broke out as a solo singer and guitarist in 1960 with his first hit, "Darktown Strutters' Ball," he came across as less of a serious rock & roller than his former mentor Billy Fury and instead as an artist whose songs owed more to music hall comedy and skiffle than rock & roll, especially "What a Crazy World We're Living In" and "I'm Henry the Eighth I Am." Brown then turned out a series of lightweight pop songs, including "A Picture of You" (his biggest hit, reaching number two in the summer of 1962), "That's What Love Will Do," "It Only Took a Minute," and "Sally Ann," before the arrival of Merseybeat and new pop groups swept him and his kind away. Brown was a well-respected guitarist but this was never really given a chance to show through, although the Israeli tune "Hava Nagila," a very Shadows-sounding guitar instrumental, did give his fingers a workout. It says something about the pop records of the time that Universal managed to squeeze 25 tracks onto this single-CD compilation with a running time of 72 minutes. Even though it was over 30 years old at the time of its release here, a cover of Ram Jam's "Black Betty" gave the album a contemporary feel as well as being a retrospective of an artist who had long since departed the charts. In 2008 Billy Fury successfully placed a compilation of his work in the Top Ten and Universal reckoned on Joe Brown following him there, but Brown only had 11 hits -- and strangely, four of them were omitted from this collection. Surely, if Brown's back catalog had been properly researched and these tracks included, The Very Best of Joe Brown would have been more complete -- "Your Tender Love," "Nature's Time for Love," "With a Little Help from My Friends," and "Hey Mama" could easily have been substituted for the final three tracks, re-recordings of his hits that had already appeared earlier in the running order: "A Picture of You," "Sally Ann," and "It Only Took a Minute."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 042288238539
  • Catalog Number: 882385
  • Sales rank: 67,797

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Brown Primary Artist
Dave Edmunds Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jools Holland Organ, Guest Appearance
Herbie Flowers Bass, Guest Appearance
Mike Sheridan Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Marty Wilde Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Phil Capaldi Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Richard Newman Drums, Guest Appearance
Pete Brown Brooklyn Blues Blowers Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Human Whistle, Slide Guitar, Mandola
Technical Credits
Joe Brown Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Woody Harris Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Hal David Composer
Benny Gallagher Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Graham Lyle Composer
Joe Mauldin Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Danny O'Keefe Composer
William Henry Monk Composer
Alan Klein Composer
Fred Murray Composer
Ford Dabney Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Traditional Composer
Judy Totton Cover Photo
Trevor Peacock Composer
Pete Brown Brooklyn Blues Blowers Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
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