Very Best of Sheryl Crow [Australia Bonus Tracks]

Very Best of Sheryl Crow [Australia Bonus Tracks]

by Sheryl Crow

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Very Best of Sheryl Crow [Australia Bonus Tracks]

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 Dubya 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 one of Crow's albums. If the collection seems to be missing songs, it's because it is. Like most contemporary hits collections, it chooses to highlight album tracks ("Home," "The Difficult Kind," "I Shall Believe") in favor 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. [This Australian version of the album includes bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/30/2003
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0602498610930
catalogNumber: 9861093
Rank: 75044

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheryl Crow   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kid Rock   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Abraham Laboriel   Drums
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Kenny Olson   Guitar
Shirley Hayden   Background Vocals
John Shanks   Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
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
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Kevin Gilbert   Composer
David Ricketts   Composer
Sutton   Engineer
Jeff Trott   Composer,Producer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
David Wild   Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Mark Seliger   Cover Art
Bill Botrell   Producer
Wyn Cooper   Composer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Scooter Weintraub   Executive Producer
Robert J. Ritchie   Composer
Brian Macleod   Composer

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