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Very Best of Sheryl Crow
     

The Very Best of Sheryl Crow

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by Sheryl Crow
 

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This 16-track collection spans Sheryl Crow's career, including high points such as the No. 1 hit "All I Wanna Do," alongside other top 10 singles and unreleased tracks. The deluxe package comes in a special Digi-pak that includes the greatest hits CD, plus a DVD featuring a dozen Sheryl Crow videos.

Overview

This 16-track collection spans Sheryl Crow's career, including high points such as the No. 1 hit "All I Wanna Do," alongside other top 10 singles and unreleased tracks. The deluxe package comes in a special Digi-pak that includes the greatest hits CD, plus a DVD featuring a dozen Sheryl Crow videos.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sheryl Crow was one of the key artists of the '90s, if the yardstick is capturing the sound and spirit of the time. A former backing vocalist for Michael Jackson -- an association that led to dubious tabloid headlines romantically linking her with the singer long before she was a star in her own right -- she rode the first great wave of Women in Rock hysteria of the alt-rock explosion to fame with her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club, in 1994, settling into the weary aftermath of the post-grunge years with her brilliant eponymous second album in 1996, riding out the end years of the Clinton administration with the measured, mature Globe Sessions in 1998, and then defying the gloom of the W years by soaking up the sun on 2002's C'mon C'mon. It was a body of work that defined the times without getting too much critical respect (similar to Billy Joel in that respect, even if the music is totally dissimilar), and while her albums were always good and occasionally terrific, she made her greatest mark as a singles artist on the ever-morphing world of '90s radio. Released in late 2003, The Very Best of Sheryl Crow is the first attempt to summarize those years, and it does a pretty good job of it. All of the big hits are here: the deceptively effervescent "All I Wanna Do," the defiantly effervescent "Soak Up the Sun," the sweet resignation of "My Favorite Mistake," the giddy "Everyday Is a Winding Road," the evocative "Leaving Las Vegas," the sexily exhausted "If It Makes You Happy," the soccer-mom anthem "A Change Would Do You Good," the absurd escapism of the heavily Pro Tooled "Steve McQueen," and best of all, "Picture," a superb country duet with Kid Rock previously unavailable on any of Crow's albums. If the collection seems to be missing songs, it's because it is. Like most contemporary hits collection, it chooses to highlight album tracks ("Home," "The Difficult Kind," "I Shall Believe") in lieu of minor hits -- a tactic that is highly debatable, since those album tracks may be favorites of the artist or the concert-attending audience yet those who follow an artist via the radio will find many songs absent, some more noteworthy than others. In this case, "Run Baby Run," "Can't Cry Anymore," "D'yer Mak'er," "Anything but Down," "Sweet Child O Mine," and "C'Mon C'Mon" are all missing in action, with "Can't Cry Anymore," "Anything but Down," and maybe "Run Baby Run" being truly missed (the covers of Zeppelin and Guns N' Roses being the byproduct of the '90s pop climate where major and minor artists alike had more contributions to soundtracks, benefit albums, and tribute records than could be counted; some hit the charts, as in this case, but most didn't). This is a minor quibble, since it effects the general texture and feel of the album more than the overall effect, but it's enough to keep it from being the unqualified home run that it should have been. Even so, The Very Best of Sheryl Crow does capture her biggest and best songs, adding two good new songs to the mix (a cover of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest," which uses Rod Stewart's version as the starting point, and the solid new song "Light in Your Eyes"), that in turn capture the feel of the '90s by proxy.
Blender - James Slaughter
Maybe because she's older than most of her early-'90s femme-rock peers, Sheryl Crow's work has also aged better.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0602498611548
catalogNumber:
000152102
Rank:
2190

Tracks

  1. All I Wanna Do
  2. Soak Up the Sun
  3. Favorite Mistake
  4. First Cut Is the Deepest
  5. Everyday Is a Winding Road
  6. Leaving Las Vegas
  7. Strong Enough
  8. Light in Your Eyes
  9. If It Makes You Happy
  10. The Difficult Kind
  11. Picture
  12. Steve McQueen
  13. A Change Will Do You Good
  14. Home
  15. There Goes the Neighborhood
  16. I Shall Believe

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheryl Crow   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar
Matt Rollings   Piano
Kid Rock   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Abraham Laboriel   Drums
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Kenny Olson   Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar
Shirley Hayden   Background Vocals
John Shanks   Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Jimmie Bones   Keyboards
Misty Love   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Baerwald   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Kid Rock   Producer
Sheryl Crow   Composer,Producer
Bill Bottrell   Composer,Producer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Garth Fundis   Producer
Kevin Gilbert   Composer
David Ricketts   Composer
Sutton   Engineer
Jeff Trott   Composer,Producer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
David Wild   Liner Notes
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Wyn Cooper   Composer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Robert J. Ritchie   Composer
Brian Macleod   Composer
C. Stevens   Composer

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The Very Best of Sheryl Crow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best collection available from Sheryl Crow I remember getting this CD from my dad for my 11th birthday in 4th grade in 2004. Even though I didn't like it at first, not so long after he gave this CD to me I was instantly hooked on Sheryl's music. This CD is a must for any Sheryl fan! Buy it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I might be biased because I am a huge Sheryl Crow fan, but this cd most definitely includes her best songs that make her so great. If you ever own a cd of hers, this would be the one to have. I love it, I love it, I love it.
Stumptown-Johnny More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing Sheryl's "All I Wanna Do" video years ago. I instantly became an ardent fan. What more can you say about an artist who can join Clapton on stage, or have Jagger call you at 4:30 in the morning to join his tour in Tampa? Only this-she is probably one of the most talented singer/songwriters on the current music scene. There are no "fillers" in this compilation of Crow's greatest tunes. In fact, I augmented this CD by purchasing the accompaning DVD of the same title. Always backed by a superior group of musicians, Sheryl weaves all sort of melodic moods, from the rocking rebellious theme of "Steve McQueen," to the more tender and introspective ballad, "Picture." Please don't ask me to pick a favorite track off this album, because each track is essential to understanding her creative process. Her success mainly lies in a lot of hard work, and being talented enough to translate her achievements and failures alike into great songs which will remain timeless. If you enjoy Sheryl Crow, but don't want to invest in her subtantial volume of individual releases, then I recommend purchasing this CD, as it satisfies those who remember Crow for these hit songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it when there is a CD that you can just let play all the way through without skipping over songs!!! This CD is definately one of them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is worth the money.If you liked what you heard on the radio you'll love everything else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow this cd is so cool the songs are cool Sherly Crow is a great singer my favorite songs on the cd are all i wanna do soak up the sun favorite mistake first cut is the deepest a real cool cd!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like some of the other reviewers on here I still remember hearing “all I wanna do” on the radio many years back. From that day forward Sheryl Crow has always been an artist I have enjoyed and who’s career I have watched closely. This album takes all her most commercially successful material and brings it all together into something that represents Sheryl at her very best! With so many ‘best of’ albums coming out at the moment this is one of the few that is actually work listening to! Tori Amos’ new ‘best of’ album called ‘tales of a librarian’ is also amazing... so you might want to check that out too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think, this is a great album (cd), especially Kid Rock on "Picture", but not just that, Sheryl Crow brings together country, and rock 'n' roll, it seems. Sheryl Crow is very artistic, and performs beautifully. Highly recommendable.
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