The Very Best of Mick Jagger

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The Very Best of Mick Jagger is the first-ever single-disc survey of the Stones frontman's career. Spanning over 30 years of music, the collection includes Jagger's solo version of "Memo from Turner," recorded for the 1970 cult film Performance, his 1985 hit "Just Another Night," and duets with Peter Tosh, David Bowie, and Bono. Among the three previously unreleased tracks is the John Lennon-produced rarity "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There is no rock star greater than Mick Jagger. There are plenty other as great, but nobody eclipses Mick in terms of art and influence, as he virtually created the ...
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Barnes & Noble
The Very Best of Mick Jagger is the first-ever single-disc survey of the Stones frontman's career. Spanning over 30 years of music, the collection includes Jagger's solo version of "Memo from Turner," recorded for the 1970 cult film Performance, his 1985 hit "Just Another Night," and duets with Peter Tosh, David Bowie, and Bono. Among the three previously unreleased tracks is the John Lennon-produced rarity "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There is no rock star greater than Mick Jagger. There are plenty other as great, but nobody eclipses Mick in terms of art and influence, as he virtually created the modern-day rock & roll rebel. Given that, why is it that almost nobody takes his solo recordings seriously? Even his longtime partner Keith Richards is quoted on record calling Jagger's 2001 album Goddess in the Doorway "Dogsh*t in the doorway," a tacit signal that all the dismissive reviews of Jagger's solo stuff were not only justified, but appropriate -- a judgment that may be a bit extreme, but in a way it's understandable, because Jagger's solo recordings showcased his least lovable aspects, particularly his relentless social climbing and obsession with style. In the Rolling Stones, this trend-chasing clashed with Richards' stubborn traditionalism, a creative tension that often resulted in tremendous music, but on his own Jagger was able to indulge his taste for fleeting fashion, which gave his solo albums a brittle, dated sound that also accentuated his cold, mercenary edge, which, in turn, made them feel a bit desperate. The Very Best of Mick Jagger, the first-ever compilation of his solo career, doesn't erase that impression, but it does illustrate some merit in it. By not relying strictly on hit singles and mixing in solo cuts from the '70s, when Jagger had yet to start his solo career in earnest, this 17-track set paints a better picture of what Jagger was attempting to achieve outside the Stones, capturing a rocker desperate to leave his status as the leader of the greatest rock & roll band ever far behind. Only "Memo from Turner," his contribution to the 1970 film Performance, truly treads close to the Stones, a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Checkin' Up on My Baby," an unreleased track from his 1993 session with the L.A. blues band the Red Devils, coming in a close second. Jagger's solo career was all about running away from the Stones, but it's nice to have that reminder of his strengths here, since so much of his solo career is so carefully competent, playing to the sounds of the time, whether it's the stiff Nile Rodgers dance-rock of "Just Another Night," the tasteful classicism of the Rick Rubin-produced Wandering Spirit, or the featureless studio sheen of Goddess in the Doorway. More than anything, it's the productions that hurt the Jagger solo albums, as they lack the heart and muscle of the Stones, substituting it for careful craft. At least that sense of craft could still be heard in many of the songs, and many of the best are here, including his first solo hits "Lucky in Love" and "Just Another Night," but also latter-day songs like the lively "Put Me the Trash" and the terrific country tune "Evening Gown." These are solid songs; they're only weighed down by the professional polish, so determined to fit into the mainstream that it winds up being too bland. And that's why all the odd detours that are sprinkled through the album stand out so much: not just "Memo from Turner" and "Checkin' Up on My Baby," but his duet with Peter Tosh on "(You Got to Walk And) Don't Look Back," his goofy duet with David Bowie on "Dancing in the Street," and especially, the John Lennon-produced disco of "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)," heavily bootlegged but unreleased until now and easily the highlight of this collection. These are times where the music is alive and unpredictable, a perfect contrast to Mick's meticulousness -- which, of course, means they feel like the Stones, which is why Jagger never followed their path on his actual solo albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227464028
  • Catalog Number: 74640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Gave Me Everything (3:32)
  2. 2 Put Me in the Trash (3:34)
  3. 3 Just Another Night (5:15)
  4. 4 Don't Tear Me Up (4:12)
  5. 5 Charmed Life (3:35)
  6. 6 Sweet Thing (4:18)
  7. 7 Old Habits Die Hard - Dave Stewart (4:24)
  8. 8 Dancing in the Street (3:18)
  9. 9 Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup) (4:04)
  10. 10 Memo from Turner (4:03)
  11. 11 Lucky in Love (5:02)
  12. 12 Let's Work (4:44)
  13. 13 Joy (4:40)
  14. 14 Don't Call Me Up (5:13)
  15. 15 Checkin' Up on My Baby - Red Devils (3:21)
  16. 16 (You Got to Walk And) Don't Look Back - Peter Tosh (5:17)
  17. 17 Evening Gown (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mick Jagger Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Slide Guitar
Wally Badarou Synclavier, Ob Xa
Jeff Beck Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
David Bowie Vocals
Jack Bruce Bass
Jim Capaldi Drums
Ry Cooder Bottleneck Guitar
Al Kooper Keyboards
Lenny Kravitz Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Harry Nilsson Background Vocals
Billy Preston Organ, Piano, Clavinet
Earl Slick Guitar
Pete Townshend Guitar
Ruby Turner Background Vocals
Steve Winwood Bass
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Omar Hakim Drums
Herbie Hancock Synthesizer, Fairlight CMI
Bill Laswell Synthesizer
Courtney Pine Saxophone
David Sanborn Saxophone
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar
Kevin Armstrong Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Steve Nieve Keyboards
Simon Phillips Drums
Rabbit Synthesizer
Ian Thomas Drums
Jocelyn Brown Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Bill Evans Saxophone
Phillip Ashley Keyboards
Bill Bateman Drums
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano
David Bianco Moog Synthesizer
Curt Bisquera Drums
Lester Butler Harmonica
Lenny Castro Percussion
Matt Clifford Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Ray Cooper Percussion
Richard Cottle Keyboards
Lynn Davis Background Vocals
Craig Derry Background Vocals
Aiyb Dieng Shaker, Water Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums, Gato
Anton Fier Drums
Guy Fletcher Synthesizer
Bernard Fowler Background Vocals
Luther Fran├žois Soprano Saxophone
Marti Frederiksen Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Dean Garcia Bass
Stan Harrison Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rob Rio Piano
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Brenda King Background Vocals
Donald Kinsey Guitar
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Trevor Lawrence Saxophone
Chuck Leavell Organ
Robert Lyn Organ, Piano, Clavinet, fender rhodes
JayDee Mannes Pedal Steel Guitar
Jean McClain Background Vocals
Larry McDonald Percussion
Ally McErlaine Guitar
Peter Tosh Acoustic Guitar, Autoharp, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Clavinet
Denzil Miller Keyboards
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Brendan O'Brien Guitar
Pedro Ortiz Percussion
Jeff Pescetto Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
Lenny Pickett Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Pierce Bass
John Regan Bass
Vernon Reid Rhythm Guitar
Craig Ross Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Matthew Seligman Bass
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Guitar
Chris Sharrock Drums
G.E. Smith Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Phil Spalding Bass
Helena Springs Background Vocals
Keith Sterling Keyboards
Doug Wimbish Bass
Neil Conti Drums
Jimmy Rip Guitar, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar
Frank Simes Guitar
Yolanda Charles Bass
Mikey Mao Chang Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Ron Magness Synthesizer
Pat Seymour Keyboards
Mike Rowe Keyboards
Paul "The Kid" Size Guitar
Kris Fredriksson Bass
Steve Knightley Cello
Jim Barber Rhythm Guitar
Royce Nelson Background Vocals
David A. Stewart Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dave Lee Bartel Rhythm Guitar
Harrison College Choir (Barbados) Background Vocals
Karis Jagger Background Vocals
Sweet Singing Cava Leers Background Vocals
Sticky Percussion
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
David Bowie Collaboration
Marvin Gaye Composer
Mick Jagger Composer, Producer, drum machine, Audio Production, Collaboration
Lenny Kravitz Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
John Lennon Producer, Audio Production
Smokey Robinson Composer
Bill Laswell Producer, Audio Production
Clive Langer Producer, Audio Production
Jack Nitzsche Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Nile Rodgers Producer
Angelo Bond Composer
Carlos Alomar Composer
Michael Barbiero Producer
Jon Bavin Engineer
Stephen Benben Engineer
David Bianco Engineer
Geoffrey Chung Engineer
Richard Chycki Engineer
Roy Cicala Remixing
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Matt Clifford Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Keith Diamond Programming
Ronald Dunbar Composer
Sly Dunbar Simmons
Marti Frederiksen Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Henry Hirsch Engineer
Dave Jerden Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Remastering
Peter Tosh Arranger, Producer, Audio Production, Collaboration
Stephen McLaughlin Engineer
Karl Pitterson Remixing
Keith Richards Composer
Olle Romo Programming
Bob Rosa Engineer
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Mark Saunders Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Audio Production
Ed Stasium Engineer
Dave Stewart Audio Production
Errol Thompson Engineer
Steve Thompson Producer
David Tickle Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Alan Winstanley Producer, Audio Production
Dave Stewart Composer
Jimmy Rip Arranger, Composer, Music Direction
Martin "Max" Heyes Engineer
Ashley Beedle Remixing
Manu Guiot Engineer
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Tony Wadsworth Executive Producer
Charles Shyer Executive Producer
Edith Wayne Composer
Ned Douglas Programming
Masaki Koike Art Direction
David A. Stewart Producer
Robin Eggar Liner Notes
Lisa Portman Executive Producer
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