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Holiday Gift Guide Review: A Classic Christmas With Rosemary Clooney, Frank DeVol

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White Christmas - Clooney

Welcome to Part One of a two-part series exploring the recent line-up of Christmas releases from Real Gone Music!

1954’s White Christmas, quite simply, remains one of the most beloved holiday musicals to ever hit the silver screen. Built around the songbook of Irving Berlin – who lived to the age of 101 in 1989 but was already a Grand Old Man of American music by 1954 – the film starred Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen. Such a quartet promised an evening’s entertainment filled with song and dance, and the movie more than delivered. But what it couldn’t deliver was an accompanying soundtrack album.

Bing Crosby was a Decca recording artist and Rosemary Clooney was on Columbia. (This wasn’t the first time this particular problem plagued an Irving Berlin musical. The 1950 Broadway production of Call Me Madam starred Decca’s Ethel Merman. Yet due to RCA’s holding the rights to the cast album, that label’s Dinah Shore subbed for The Merm on record, leaving Ethel to record her own version of the score with Dick Haymes at Decca.) Crosby and Kaye appeared along with Trudy Stevens (dubbing dancer Vera Ellen) on the nominal soundtrack release, with Decca’s star Peggy Lee subbing for Clooney. As for Rosemary, she, like Merman before, was left to record a “studio” version of the score to her big hit musical. Clooney’s 8-song, 10-inch record has just been reissued and expanded by Real Gone Music (RGM-0309) in a wonderful new edition.

At Columbia, Clooney couldn’t exactly replicate the film’s performances. The full minstrel sequence required a large ensemble; songs like Crosby’s “What Can You Do with a General” and Kaye’s “Choreography” weren’t exactly extractable or particularly suitable for her talents. So on the album overseen by Mitch Miller, Clooney reprised her stunning “Love – You Didn’t Do Right by Me,” turned “Snow,” “Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” into solos, took over for Crosby on “White Christmas” and Kaye on “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” and extracted “Mandy” from the minstrel show. Notably, she also reprised “Sisters,” but with her own sister and onetime singing partner Betty Clooney happily filling in for Vera Ellen. The latter is one of the album’s undisputed highlights; if the album versions of “Snow” (a quartet in the film) and “Count Your Blessings” pale in comparison to the movie arrangements, the strength of Clooney’s vocals on these quintessential Berlin songs keeps them wholly enjoyable. Clooney was an innate jazz singer, a quality which would come to the fore in her later years. Her interpretive skills, pure tone and sly vocal wit elevated even the most absurd novelty material foisted on her by Miller; matched with Irving Berlin, the results could hardly be less than delightful. Rosemary Clooney in Songs from the Paramount Pictures Production of White Christmas, as the full title goes, isn’t a true “Christmas album,” but it’s certainly right for the season – or any other.

After the jump: more on White Christmas, plus a look at a rare title from Frank DeVol and the Rainbow Strings! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

December 9, 2014 at 11:48

Release Round-Up: Week of November 4

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Dylan and The Band - Basement Tapes Complete

Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete and Raw  (Columbia/Legacy)

At long last, here are the complete and unexpurgated Basement Tapes – 6 discs and over 140 songs recorded in the creatively fertile days of 1967 and 1968 by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm.  Quite simply, this treasure trove of Americana may well be the Catalogue Music Event of the Year.

CompleteAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.


CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Venus and Mars Box Set

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Wings, Venus and Mars (Hear Music/MPL, 2014)

Paul McCartney continues his Archive Collection with deluxe, bonus-packed editions of two Wings classics: 1975’s Venus and Mars and 1976’s Wings at the Speed of Sound!  Full details including track listings and more can be found right here!

2-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Book Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / 2-CD Standard Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Gatefold Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Wings at the Speed of Sound

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Wings, At the Speed of Sound (Hear Music/MPL, 2014)

2-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Book Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / 2-CD Standard Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Gatefold Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.


Robert Goulet: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) /  Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers: The Williams Brothers Christmas Album (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) / The Statler Brothers: The Complete Mercury Christmas Recordings Featuring the Albums “Christmas Card” & “Christmas Present” (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K. ) / The Brothers Four: Merry Christmas (Expanded Edition) (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K. ) / The Kingston Trio: The Last Month of the Year (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K. ) /  Rosemary Clooney: In Songs from the Paramount Pictures Production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Expanded Edition) (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) / Frank DeVol and the Rainbow Strings: The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) / Dick Wagner: Dick Wagner (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.)

Williams Brothers

Christmas arrives early this year thanks to our friends at Real Gone Music!  The label has a whopping seven Christmas albums due this week from artists including rare holiday music from Rosemary Clooney, The Statler Brothers, The Kingston Trio, Frank DeVol and The Brothers Four!  And that’s not all.  We’re particularly excited about two of Real Gone’s releases.  Joe compiled and annotated Robert Goulet’s Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings featuring both of Goulet’s classic holiday LPs plus a host of bonus tracks, and he has also written the notes for the first CD reissue  from the original master tapes of Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers’ Christmas Album!  Get a head start on the Christmas season with these happy holiday reissues!

T Rex - Albums Collection

T Rex, The Albums Collection (Edsel) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Edsel has boxed up T Rex’s eight studio albums and added two CDs of selected bonus material for this one-stop-shopping set.

Stones - Hampton

Rolling Stones, From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum 1981 (Eagle Rock)

This 1981 live concert from The Rolling Stones’ digital archive goes physical on CD, LP, DVD and standard definition Blu-ray.  The program continues later this month with similar releases for L.A. Forum – Live in 1975!

CD: Amazon U.S.

Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

DVD [NTSC] + CD Set: Amazon U.K.

John Denver - All of My Memories

John Denver, All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection (RCA/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

This new box set traces the beloved, late troubadour’s career over four CDs and 90 songs recorded between 1964 and 1997.

Big Star - Live

Big Star, Live in Memphis (Omnivore)

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 

Vinyl with Download Card: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Roger Taylor - Best

Roger Taylor, Best (Omnivore)

The first-ever best-of for the Queen drummer features 18 tracks from his criminally-unknown solo catalogue!

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

King Crimson - Starless

King Crimson, Starless (DGM) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

This King Crimson treasure chest contains 27 discs – including CDs, DVD-As, and BDs – for an immersive, in-depth look at Crimson circa 1973-1974, live and in the studio.  Full details on this stunning collection can be found here!

Ronnie Milsap - RCA

Ronnie Milsap, The Complete RCA Albums Collection (RCA/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

This 21-CD set chronicles the Country Music Hall of Famer’s career at RCA Records, from 1973 to 1991, plus his return to the label in 2006!


Yes, Relayer CD/DVD-A and CD/BD (Panegyric)

CD/DVD-A: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

CD/BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Steven Wilson works his magic on Yes’ 1974 Relayer, the band’s seventh studio album!  Wilson provides new stereo and surround mixes available on CD + DVD-A or BD configurations.

XTC - Drums

XTC, Drums and Wires CD/DVD-A and CD/BD (Ape House)

CD/DVD-A: Amazon U.S. TBD / Amazon U.K.

CD/BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Wilson takes the same approach for the newest volume in Ape House’s series of deluxe XTC reissues on CD/DVD-A and CD/BD: 1979’s Drums and Wires, the band’s third album.

Scorpions - Blackout

Scorpions, Blackout SACD (Audio Fidelity) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

The eighth studio album from Germany’s favorite hard rockers arrives on hybrid stereo SACD, playable in all CD players, from Audio Fidelity.

Blue Note - Uncompromising

Various Artists, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression (Blue Note) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Blue Note celebrates its 75th anniversary with 75 single sides collected on this new 5-CD box set.  Each disc represents a different era in the label’s history – which is, to say, the history of jazz!

Monk - 'Round Midnight

Thelonious Monk, ‘Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952 (Blue Note) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Thelonious Monk’s recordings for Blue Note signaled the label’s move from boogie woogie and vintage jazz to cutting-edge hard bop. These recordings, which include the first version of Monk’s classic composition “‘Round Midnight” (originally recorded as “‘Round About Midnight”), were released on a series of fifteen 78 RPM singles. Later, the singles were re-compiled on 10-inch and 12-inch LPs.  This collection, housed in a hardbound digipak, will present for the first time Monk’s Blue Note singles in their original 78 RPM sequence of release, adding as bonus tracks the alternate takes that appeared on later LP and CD releases.  All told, the 2-CD set includes nine tracks not available on any current reissues of the great pianist/composer’s albums.


Frank Sinatra, Come Fly with Me / In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning / This is Sinatra! / A Jolly Christmas with Frank Sinatra / Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass / Moonlight Sinatra (Vinyl) (Capitol/UMe)

As part of the Signature Sinatra initiative, Capitol/UMe has been releasing a series of select original Sinatra LPs from both his Capitol and Reprise catalogues in limited edition, remastered heavyweight vinyl pressings.  Look for this series to continue with more releases in the very near future!  We’ve been able to obtain few details about these releases, but we can confirm that Come Fly with Me is mono, as is A Jolly Christmas with Frank Sinatra.  (No true stereo version of the latter has ever been issued.)  (Thanks to The Sinatra Family Forum for their valuable info on these releases!)

Come Fly with Me (Mono – Amazon shows incorrect stereo cover): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

In the Wee Small Hours: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

This is Sinatra! : Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

A Jolly Christmas with Frank Sinatra (Mono): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Moonlight Sinatra: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Carly Playlist

Carly Simon, Playlist: The Very Best of Carly Simon (Arista/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

This 14-track Playlist volume combines Carly’s hit Arista recordings (“The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of,” “Coming Around Again,” “Better Not Tell Her”) with live cuts (“You’re So Vain,” “Anticipation”) and one new-to-CD track: the Live from Grand Central performance of “Touched by the Sun.”


Judy Collins - Very Best

Judy Collins, Both Sides Now: The Very Best of Judy Collins (Wildflower) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

The catalogue of Collins’ own Wildflower Records is tapped for this 2-CD, 28-track set drawn primarily from recent and late-period recordings.


Bette Midler, It’s the Girls (Warner Bros.) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

The Divine Miss M returns with her tribute to the greatest girl groups of all time – and Bette isn’t limiting herself to any one era, as she tackles songs by The Andrews Sisters, The Shirelles, The Supremes, TLC and more!  Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Smash) produces this spirited set!


Neil Young, Storytone (Reprise)

For his latest album, Neil Young fulfilled his ambitions to record an LP live with an orchestra in the same room.  The lush Storytone features a 92-piece orchestra and choir, and is available in a deluxe edition with a second disc of Neil’s solo renditions of its songs.  With material ranging from dramatic ballads to finger-snapping swingers, this is truly a departure from anything Young has done before – and is well worth checking out for that reason alone.

Deluxe 2-CD Version (Orchestrated and solo albums): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Standard Edition (Orchestrated album only): Amazon U.K.

180-gram Double Vinyl (Orchestrated and solo albums): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Doobie Brothers - Southbound

The Doobie Brothers, Southbound (Arista Nashville) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Listen to the music!  For this greatest-hits duets set, The Doobie Brothers (including Michael McDonald) have teamed up with current country stars including Blake Shelton, The Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Toby Keith and Vince Gill.  Southbound marks the first Doobie Brothers album to feature Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald since 1976’s Takin’ It to the Streets!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Real Gone Christmas: Label Preps Robert Goulet, Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers, B.J. Thomas, More

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GouletThe first day of autumn is almost here, but Real Gone Music is looking ahead to winter – and the most spectacular line-up of holiday music we’ve seen since The Second Disc started up nearly five years ago!  The label has just unveiled its release slate for November 4, with a whopping seven Christmas titles, two contemporary Christian albums from a classic pop legend that make a perfect seasonal  complement, and – just to keep things rocking – a hotly-anticipated CD from a classic rock great.

I’m doubly proud to announce that four of the titles in this batch are extra-special to us here at Second Disc HQ.  I’ve compiled and annotated the first-ever collection of The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings of the one and only Mr. Robert Goulet!  That means both of Mr. Goulet’s sparkling holiday LPs (This Christmas I Spend with You and Robert Goulet’s Wonderful World of Christmas), of course, but we’re also adding a little extra under the Christmas tree with both sides of a rare mono 45 and all three duets recorded by Goulet and his then-wife Carol Lawrence – including “The Christmas Waltz,” never before on CD!  Spectacularly remastered at Sony’s Battery Studios, these long out-of-print Christmas classics from one of the most distinctive vocalists of all time have never sounded better!

Williams BrothersI’ve also written the liner notes for another true labor of love for the Real Gone team: the first-ever wide-release CD issue of 1970’s The Williams Brothers Christmas Album – the only full-length album featuring Andy Williams and his brothers Bob, Dick and Don!  With some of the most spectacular harmony singing ever put on a Christmas record, the album is highlighted by an amazing side-long medley of holiday favorites and the Williams Brothers’ renditions of Kay Thompson’s “The Holiday Season” and “Jingle Bells,” this original Barnaby Records release – freshly remastered from the original tapes for the first time by Mike Milchner at SonicVision – finally can take its place among Andy Williams’ Christmas treasures on compact disc.  This reissue of  The Williams Brothers Christmas Album follows last year’s comprehensive, 2-CD release from Real Gone of Andy’s complete Columbia Christmas recordings!

BJ - Home HappyReal Gone is also chronicling a key chapter in the career of B.J. Thomas with two new releases.  In the mid-1970s, Thomas became one of the most successful artists ever in the field of contemporary Christian music, recording a series of record-breaking, Grammy Award-winning albums for the Myrrh label that reflected the style and high production values of his pop material but with a spiritual emphasis.  Featuring key players from Muscle Shoals and the Nashville A-Team and songs by Hal David, Chris Christian, Archie Jordan, Pete Drake, and B.J. and his wife Gloria, these albums have never received their due on CD – until now!  Home Where I Belong/Happy Man and You Gave Me Love/Miracle, with two albums on each CD, reveal a major chapter in the career of B.J. Thomas – and these amazing, heartfelt and incredibly catchy records aren’t just for Christian music fans!  Best of all, B.J. was kind enough to contribute to my liner notes for both releases, illuminating this often-misunderstood period of his remarkable, and still-thriving, career.

These four titles are joined by other must-have stocking stuffers from The Statler Brothers, The Brothers Four, The Kingston Trio, Frank DeVol and Rosemary Clooney – plus Real Gone has the long-lost solo album from Alice Cooper and Lou Reed’s frequent collaborator Dick Wagner on CD!  After the jump, we have the label’s press release and pre-order links! Read the rest of this entry »

Duke Ellington Is “In Grand Company” with Ella, Basie, Satchmo, Coltrane and More

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Duke Ellington - In Grand CompanyThe legendary composer-arranger-pianist-bandleader Duke Ellington is In Grand Company on a new collection of the same name from Starbucks Entertainment, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings.  Much has been written of Ellington’s fertile creative partnership with “Take the ‘A’ Train” composer Billy Strayhorn, and indeed, Strayhorn is represented on this disc.  But he’s just one of the many, varied artists represented on this collection’s fifteen tracks.  Spanning four decades of recording on many labels,  In Grand Company explores the Duke as collaborator, with luminaries from the worlds of jazz (John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald), big band (Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie), pop (Rosemary Clooney) and gospel (Mahalia Jackson).

The earliest track on In Grand Company dates all the way back to 1940, when Ellington teamed with bassist Jimmie Blanton for “Pitter Panther Patter” (heard here in Take 2).  The collection’s most recent performance, 1972’s “Do Nothin’ ‘Till You Hear from Me” was recorded by the then-73-year old Ellington and the much younger Ray Brown, 45.  Appropriately, it came from the album This One’s for Blanton, on which Ellington celebrated the life of his one-time bassist who died in 1942 at the age of 23.  In between, the compilation offers a selection of Ellington’s most definitive collaborative performances.  He proved himself sympathetic to vocalists when he teamed with Rosemary Clooney on the 1956 album Blue Rose, from which “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” is excerpted.  Ella Fitzgerald recorded an entire album of Duke’s standards in 1957 as part of her groundbreaking Songbook series; “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues” is the selection included here.  Mahalia Jackson is featured on a segment of Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige suite, written in 1943 and recorded, in revised form, in 1958.  (Too bad a song from Ellington’s pairing with his Reprise Records chief and labelmate, Frank Sinatra, couldn’t be included.)

There’s much more on Ellington after the jump, including the full track listing and order link! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

January 24, 2013 at 09:56

Legacy Orders Another Round of “Playlist”

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It feels like it’s been a long time since the last batch of Playlist titles from Legacy (by our records, it’s been five months), but a bunch of new titles are on shelves as of yesterday.

There’s a lot of country and modern rock in this batch, including titles from Gene Autry, Phil Vassar and Joe Diffie (on the country end) and Say Anything, Coheed and Cambria and Mudvayne (on the rock end). There’s also one from rap/reggae artist Matisyahu (surely you recall the Orthodox Jewish musician, whose toasting abilities were stunningly high), sets from The Hooters, Kris Kristofferson, Rosemary Clooney and Phoebe Snow and at least one title pushed back from a previous batch (Philly-soulsters The Intruders).

All the sets are pretty generic hits-and-album-cuts compilations, the standard Playlist fare for sure (the Phil Vassar set is actually identical to his 2006 compilation Greatest Hits Vol. 1), but the set for former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland features a great amount of remixes from promos and hard-to-find CD singles that hardcore fans would probably want to add to their collections.

Hit the jump to check out all the titles and order them on Amazon here.

Kelly Rowland, Playlist: The Very Best of Kelly Rowland (Columbia/Legacy 88697 56711-2, 2011)

  1. When Love Takes Over – David Guetta with Kelly Rowland
  2. Dilemma (with Nelly)
  3. Haven’t Told You
  4. I’m Beginning to See the Light
  5. Beyond Imagination
  6. Work (Freemasons Radio Edit)
  7. Train on a Track (Rob Fusari Remix)
  8. Stole (5AM Remix)
  9. Like This (with Eve)
  10. Comeback
  11. Every Thought is You
  12. Still in Love with My Ex
  13. Daylight
  14. Can’t Nobody (Cedsolo Hip-Hop Remix)

Track 1 from One Love (Virgin/EMI, 2009)
Tracks 2-3 and 5 from Simply Deep (Columbia, 2002)
Track 4 from Mona Lisa Smile: Music from the Motion Picture (Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax, 2003)
Track 6 from “Work” CD single (Columbia, 2007). Original version from Ms. Kelly.
Track 7 from “Train on a Track” international CD single (Columbia, 2003). Original version from Simply Deep.
Track 8 from “Stole” U.K. CD single (Columbia, 2003). Original version from Simply Deep.
Tracks 9-12 from Ms. Kelly (Music World/Columbia, 2007)
Track 13 from Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe (Music World/Columbia, 2008)
Track 14 from “Can’t Nobody” U.K. CD single (Columbia, 2003). Original version from Simply Deep.

Matisyahu, Playlist: The Very Best of Matisyahu (Epic/Legacy 88697 80499-2, 2011)

  1. King Without a Crown
  2. Chop ‘Em Down (Live)
  3. Close My Eyes (Live)
  4. Youth
  5. Warrior
  6. Jerusalem (Out of Darkness Comes Light)
  7. Indestructible
  8. Spark Seekers
  9. Message in a Bottle
  10. One Day
  11. I Will Be Light (Live Acoustic)
  12. Smash Lies
  13. For You
  14. Temple

Tracks 1, 4 and 7 from Youth (JDub/Or/Epic, 2006)
Tracks 2-3 from Live at Stubb’s (JDub/Or, 2005)
Tracks 5-6 and 9 from No Place to Be (JDub/Or/Epic, 2006)
Track 8 from Youth Dub (JDub/Or/Epic, 2006)
Tracks 10 and 12-13 from Light (JDub/Or/Epic, 2009)
Track 11 previously unreleased
Track 14 from iTunes edition of Light (JDub/Or/Epic, 2009)

The Intruders, Playlist: The Very Best of The Intruders (Epic/Legacy 88697 80920-2, 2011)

  1. Together
  2. A Love That’s Real
  3. (We’ll Be) United
  4. Cowboys to Girls
  5. Me Tarzan, You Jane
  6. Friends No More
  7. Slow Drag
  8. (Love is Like a) Baseball Game
  9. Sad Girl
  10. When We Get Married
  11. Jack Be Nimble
  12. (You’d Better) Check Yourself
  13. I’ll Always Love My Mama
  14. Energy of Love

Tracks 1-3 and 12 from The Intruders Are Together (Gamble, 1967)
Tracks 4, 6 and 8-9 from Cowboys to Girls (Gamble, 1968)
Track 5 from Gamble single 225, 1969
Track 7 from Gamble single 221, 1968
Track 10 from When We Get Married (Gamble, 1970)
Track 11 from Music Voice single 504, 1964
Track 13 from Save the Children (Philadelphia International, 1973)
Track 14 from Energy of Love (TSOP, 1974)

Say Anything, Playlist: The Very Best of Say Anything (RCA/Legacy 88697 88912-2, 2011)

  1. The Writhing South
  2. Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too
  3. Woe
  4. I Want to Know Your Plans
  5. Every Man Has a Molly
  6. Admit It!!!
  7. Baby Girl, I’m a Blur
  8. Shiksa (Girlfriend)
  9. The Church Channel
  10. Hate Everyone
  11. Do Better
  12. Less Cute
  13. Crush’d
  14. Cemetery

Tracks 1 and 3-6 from Say Anything…is a Real Boy (Doghouse, 2004 – reissued J, 2006)
Track 2 from Say Anything…Was a Real Boy bonus disc (J, 2006)
Tracks 7-9 from In Defense of the Genre (J, 2007)
Tracks 10-14 from Say Anything (RCA, 2009)

The Hooters, Playlist: The Very Best of The Hooters (Columbia/Legacy 88697 92780-2, 2011)

  1. Brother, Don’t You Walk Away
  2. Day by Day
  3. All You Zombies
  4. And We Danced
  5. Satellite
  6. Karla with a K
  7. Fightin’ on the Same Side
  8. South Ferry Road
  9. Deliver Me
  10. Johnny B.
  11. Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It
  12. 500 Miles
  13. Blood from a Stone
  14. Graveyard Waltz

Tracks 1, 9, 11 and 12 from Zig Zag (Columbia, 1989)
Tracks 2-4, 8 and 13 from Nervous Night (Columbia, 1985)
Tracks 5-7, 10 and 14 from One Way Home (Columbia, 1987)

Mudvayne, Playlist: The Very Best of Mudvayne (Epic/Legacy 88697 93187-2, 2011)

  1. Dull Boy
  2. Dig
  3. Not Falling
  4. Fish Out of Water
  5. Do What You Do
  6. Beautiful and Strange
  7. Determined
  8. Scream with Me
  9. World So Cold
  10. Death Blooms
  11. Fall Into Sleep
  12. -1
  13. 1000 Mile Journey
  14. Happy?

Tracks 1 and 4-5 from The New Game (Epic, 2008)
Tracks 2, 10 and 12 from L.D. 50 (No-Name/Epic, 2000)
Tracks 3 and 9 from The End of All Things to Come (Epic, 2002)
Tracks 6, 8 and 13 from Mudvayne (Epic, 2009)
Tracks 7, 11 and 14 from Lost and Found (Epic, 2005)

Coheed & Cambria, Playlist: The Very Best of Coheed & Cambria (Columbia/Legacy 88697 93190-2, 2011)

  1. Welcome Home
  2. Here We Are, Juggernaut
  3. Devil in Jersey City
  4. Feathers
  5. The Running Free
  6. Pearl of the Stars
  7. The Suffering
  8. Ten Speed (of God’s Blood and Burial)
  9. A Favor House Atlantic
  10. Everything Evil
  11. No World for Tomorrow (Live)
  12. Blood Red Summer
  13. In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
  14. Wake Up (Acoustic)

Tracks 1 and 8 from Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (Columbia, 2005)
Tracks 2 and 6-7 from Year of the Black Rainbow (Columbia, 2010)
Tracks 3 and 10 from The Second Stage Turbine (Equal Vision/Defiance, 2002)
Tracks 4-5 from Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume 2: No World for Tomorrow (Columbia, 2007)
Track 11 from Neverender: Children of the Fence (Columbia, 2009)
Tracks 9 and 12-13 from In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (Equal Vision/Columbia, 2003)
Track 14 exact origin unknown

Phoebe Snow, Playlist: The Very Best of Phoebe Snow (Columbia/Legacy 88697 93886-2, 2011)

  1. Autobiography (Shine, Shine, Shine)
  2. Two-Fisted Love
  3. Teach Me Tonight
  4. No Regrets
  5. In My Girlish Days
  6. San Francisco Bay Blues (Live)
  7. Pre-Dawn Imagination
  8. Goin’ Down for the Third Time
  9. Sweet Disposition
  10. Garden of Joy Blues
  11. At Last (Live)
  12. There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New York
  13. Poetry Man
  14. Good Times (Live)

Tracks 1, 3 and 5 from It Looks Like Snow (Columbia, 1976)
Tracks 2, 4, 7-9 and 12 from Second Childhood (Columbia, 1976)
Track 6 exact origin unknown
Track 10 from Never Letting Go (Columbia, 1977)
Track 11 from The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon (Giant, 1991)
Track 13 from Phoebe Snow (Shelter, 1974)
Track 14 from The Very Best of Phoebe Snow (Columbia/Legacy, 2001)

Rosemary Clooney, Playlist: The Very Best of Rosemary Clooney (Columbia/Legacy 88697 94178-2, 2011)

  1. Come On-a My House
  2. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
  3. Hey There
  4. Half as Much
  5. Botch-a-Me (Ba-Ba-Bacciami Piccina)
  6. The Lady is a Tramp
  7. You Started Something
  8. You Make Me Feel So Young
  9. Blue Rose
  10. Love, You Didn’t Do Right by Me
  11. Blame It on My Youth
  12. Mambo Italiano
  13. This Ole House
  14. Tenderly
  15. Mangos
  16. From This Moment On

Billy Swan, Playlist: The Very Best of Billy Swan (Monument/Legacy 88697 94237-2, 2011)

  1. Everything’s the Same (Ain’t Nothin’ Changed)
  2. Your True Love
  3. Shake Rattle and Roll
  4. Number One
  5. I Just Want to Taste Your Wine
  6. Don’t Be Cruel
  7. Ubangi Stomp
  8. You’re the Pain (in My Heart)
  9. (You Just) Woman Handled My Mind
  10. Stranger
  11. Matchbox
  12. Vanessa
  13. Rock and Roll Moon Blues, Pt. 1
  14. I Can Help

Tracks 1, 7-10 and 13 from Rock ‘n’ Roll Moon (Monument, 1975)
Tracks 2, 4-5 and 12 from Billy Swan (Monument, 1976)
Tracks 3, 6 and 14 from I Can Help (Monument, 1974)
Track 11 from Choice Cuts (BMG, 1997)

Kris Kristofferson, Playlist: The Very Best of Kris Kristofferson (Monument/Legacy 88697 94238-2, 2011)

  1. Why Me
  2. To Beat the Devil
  3. Me and Bobby McGee
  4. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
  5. The Silver Tongued Devil and I
  6. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  7. Sugar Man
  8. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  9. Stranger
  10. The Taker
  11. Nobody Wins
  12. For the Good Times
  13. Once More with Feeling
  14. Living Legend

Tracks 1, 7 and 11 from Jesus Was a Capricorn (Monument, 1972)
Tracks 2-4, 6 and 12 from Kristofferson (Monument, 1970)
Tracks 5, 8 and 10 from The Silver Tongued Devil and I (Monument, 1971)
Track 9 from Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame (Monument, 1975)
Track 13 from Shake Hands with the Devil (Monument, 1979)
Track 14 from Easter Island (Monument, 1978)

Gene Autry, Playlist: The Very Best of Gene Autry (Legacy 88697 94240-2, 2011)

  1. Back in the Saddle Again
  2. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
  3. You’re the Only Star (in My Blue Heaven)
  4. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
  5. My Mexicali Rose
  6. Blueberry Hill
  7. You Are My Sunshine
  8. I Hang My Head and Cry
  9. I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  10. At Mail Call Tonight
  11. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  12. Don’t Fence Me In
  13. Red River Valley
  14. Home on the Range

Track 1 from Columbia single 37010
Tracks 3 and 5 from Columbia single 37002

Joe Diffie, Playlist: The Very Best of Joe Diffie (Epic/Legacy 88697 94367-2, 2011)

  1. Home
  2. If You Want Me To
  3. If the Devil Danced (in Empty Pockets)
  4. Is It Cold in Here
  5. Not Too Much to Ask
  6. Ships That Don’t Come In
  7. Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)
  8. Honky Tonk Attitude
  9. John Deere Green
  10. Pickup Man
  11. Third Rock from the Sun
  12. So Help Me Girl
  13. Bigger Than The Beatles
  14. This is Your Brain

Tracks 1-3 from A Thousand Winding Roads (Epic, 1990)
Tracks 4 and 6 from Regular Joe (Epic, 1992)
Track 5 from Come On Come On (Columbia, 1992)
Tracks 7-9 from Honky Tonk Attitude (Epic, 1993)
Tracks 10-12 from Third Rock from the Sun (Epic, 1994)
Track 13 from Life’s So Funny (Epic, 1995)
Track 14 from Twice Upon a Time (Epic, 1997)

Phil Vassar, Playlist: The Very Best of Phil Vassar (originally released as Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – Arista Nashville 82876 78729-2, 2006 – reissued Arista Nashville/Legacy 88697 96972-2, 2011)

  1. Bye Bye
  2. In a Real Love
  3. Carlene
  4. I’m Alright
  5. Last Day of My Life
  6. My Next Thirty Years
  7. Little Red Rodeo
  8. American Child
  9. Twenty One
  10. Just Another Day in Paradise
  11. For a Little While
  12. The Woman in My Life
  13. Six-Pack Summer
  14. That’s When I Love You
  15. I’ll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)

Tracks 1, 4-7, 9, 11 and 12 from Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Arista Nashville, 2006)
Tracks 2 and 15 from Shaken Not Stirred (Arista Nashville, 2004)
Tracks 3, 10, 13 and 14 from Phil Vassar (Arista Nashville, 2000)
Track 8 from American Child (Arista Nashville, 2002)