- Released: February 25, 2003
- Label: Taragon
- 1.I'm Your Man
- 2.That's Life
- 3.Beyond the Next Hill
- 4.The Season
- 5.The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp
- 6.Main Street Mission
- 7.Little Green Apples
- 8.Isn't It Lonely Together
- 9.Honey (I Miss You)
- 10.Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife
- 11.Daddy's Little Man
- 12.Me and You
- 14.Primrose Lane
- 15.Baby I Need Your Loving
- 16.Downtown U.S.A.
- 17.I've Been There
- 18.Help Me Make It Through the Night
- 19.Suddenly, It's All Tomorrow - (from "The Otto Preminger Film "Such Good Friends"")
- 20.Don't Misunderstand - (from "The MGM Picture "Shaft's Big Score!"")
- 21.La La Peace Song
- 23.Simple Life
Producers include: Allen Staton, Jack Gold, Jerry Fuller, Snuff Garrett, Thomas Shepard, Johnny Bristol.
Compilation producer: Eliot Goshman.
Recorded between 1965 & 1977. Includes liner notes by Colin Escott.
Audio Mixer: Eliot Goshman.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: 09/20/1965-??/??/1977.
Arrangers: Ernie Freeman Combo; H.B. Barnum; John Guerin; Al Capps; Mort Garson; Torrie Zito.
The Very Best of O.C. Smith concentrates on the former Count Basie singer's R&B years spent with Columbia -- between the late '60s and early '70s -- including "Little Green Apples" (number two pop, 1968), "Baby I Need Your Loving" (number 30 black singles, 1970), "Daddy's Little Man" (number nine black singles, 1969), "Primrose Lane" (number four adult contemporary, 1970), "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (number 38 black singles, 1971), and "Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife" (number 25 black singles, 1969). At 23 tracks, it provides an extensive overview of the period being covered, including significant album cuts. The disc is the best Smith overview available, topping Collectables' Greatest Hits/Help Me Make It Through the Night combo. ~ Andy Kellman