Kenny Loggins The Essential Kenny Loggins (3-CD)
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Format: CD (3 Discs)
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- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: August 26, 2008
- Label: Sony Legacy
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Your Mama Don't Dance
- 3.Danny's Song
- 4.House At Pooh Corner
- 5.A Love Song
- 6.Watching The River Run
- 7.Angry Eyes [Single Version]
- 8.Celebrate Me Home
- 9.I Believe In Love
- 10.Wait A Little While
- 11.Whenever I Call You "Friend"
- 12.This Is It
- 13.Keep The Fire
- 14.Now And Then
- 15.I'm Alright (Theme From Caddyshack)
- 17.Heart To Heart
- 18.I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)
- 19.Don't Fight It
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.No Lookin' Back
- 4.Danger Zone
- 5.Vox Humana
- 6.Meet Me Half Way
- 7.Nobody's Fool
- 8.All The Pretty Little Ponies
- 9.Leap Of Faith
- 10.The Real Thing
- 11.For The First Time
- 12.Conviction Of The Heart
- 13.Your Heart Will Lead You Home
- 14.Return To Pooh Corner
- 15.The Unimaginable Life
- 16.What A Fool Believes - (live)
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Till The Ends Meet
- 2.The More We Try
- 3.Easy Driver
- 4.Love Will Follow
- 5.Sweet Reunion
- 6.Always, In All Ways
- 7.Junkanoo Holiday (Fallin'-Flyin')
This limited edition of The Essential Kenny Loggins includes Loggins & Messina Classics.
Personnel includes: Kenny Loggins (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica, bass); Michael McDonald (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano); David Crosby, Graham Nash (vocals); Robben Ford (acoustic guitar); Lee Ritenour, Eric Gale (electric guitar); Jim Messina (guitar, mandolin, bass, background vocals); Earl Klugh, Steve Lukather (guitar); Al Garth (violin, bass clarinet, alto & tenor saxophones); Jon Clarke (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, English horn); Marc Russo, Everette Harp (saxophone); Richard Tee (organ); Bob James (keyboards); Terry Wilson, Brian banks (synthesizer); Ed Mann (vibraphone); Freddie Washington, Nathan East, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Baird (bass); Kevin Ricard (drums, percussion); Harvey Mason, Carlos Vega (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Producers include: Jim Messina, Phil Ramone, Bob James, Tom Dowd, Kenny Loggins.
Compilation producer: Jeff Magid.
Recorded between 1972 & 2000. Includes liner notes by David Wild.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Kenny Loggins (vocals, guitar, guitars, harmonica, keyboards, background vocals); Jim Messina (vocals, guitar, guitars, mandolin, bass instrument); Mike Hamilton (vocals, guitar, bass instrument); Michael Hamilton (vocals, guitar); Hiram Bullock (vocals, acoustic guitar); Jon Clarke (vocals, alto flute, bass flute, recorder, bass clarinet, oboe, English horn, reeds, woodwinds, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, horns, steel drum, percussion); Brian Mann (vocals, accordion, keyboards); Vince Denham (vocals, bass clarinet, woodwinds, horns, percussion); Greg Phillinganes (vocals, synthesizer); George Hawkins (vocals, bass instrument, bass guitar, background vocals); Larry Sims (vocals, bass instrument, background vocals); Merel Bregante (vocals, drums, background vocals); Herman Matthews, Tris Imboden (vocals, drums); K.C. Logs, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Perry , Smokey Robinson (vocals); David Williams , Dann Huff, Dean Parks, Michael Landau, Neil Giraldo, Richie Zito, Steve Lukather, Tim Pierce, Howard "Buzz" Feiten (guitar); Guy Thomas (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Hugh McCracken, Robben Ford (acoustic guitar); Mark Mancina (acoustic 6-string guitar, Hammond b-3 organ, bass guitar); Paul Jackson, Jr. (electric guitar, classical guitar); Eric Gale , James Harrah, Lee Ritenour (electric guitar); David Lindley (electric slide guitar); Munyungo Jackson, Bill Summers (berimbau, congas, udo drum, bata, djembe, pandeiro, shaker, shekere, tambora, tambourine, tom tom, caxixi, bells); Al Garth (mandolin, violin, fiddle, recorder, bass clarinet, woodwinds, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, horns); Lester A. Garth (violin, recorder, saxophone, steel drum, background vocals); Stephen Erdody (cello); John Barnes (strings, piano, synthesizer); Ed Rockett (pennywhistle); Michael Omartian (concertina, piano, Clavinet, organ, keyboards, steel drum); Lorin Grean (recorder); David Sanborn, Everette Harp, Marc Russo (saxophone); Steve Wood (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Robbie Buchanan (piano, keyboards); Richard Tee (organ); Claude Gaudette (keyboards, programming); David Paich, Jai Winding, James Newton Howard, Neil Larsen, Bob James, Walter Afanasieff (keyboards); Giorgio Moroder, Anthony Marinelli, Terry Wilson , David Foster, Brian Banks (synthesizer); Michael Boddicker (bass synthesizer, percussion); Jason Ruder (midi, programming); Ed Mann (vibraphone); Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington (bass instrument, fretless bass); Larry Klein, Nathan East, Randy Jackson (bass instrument); Dennis Conway, Michael Baird , Harvey Mason, Sr. , Alvino Bennett, Carlos Vega (drums); Vince Charles (steel drum); Ralph MacDonald (tambourine); Peter Asher (percussion, drum programming); Milt Holland, Paulinho Da Costa, Steve Forman , Zakir Hussain, Kevin Ricard (percussion); Jeff Pescetto, The Screamers, Rickey Washington, Donna McDaniels, Marilyn Dorman, Kate Price, Marilyn Martin, Terry Nelson, Sheryl Crow (background vocals); Derek Makamoto.
Programmer: Derek Makamoto.
Arrangers: David Campbell ; David Pack; James Newton Howard; Paul Buckmaster; Robbie Nevil; Steve Dubin; Jon Clarke; Bill Eaton; Bob James; Brian Mann .
Columbia/Legacy's 2001 release The Essential Kenny Loggins lives up to its billing, and not just because it has all of Loggins' solo hits. No, this collection earns its title because it contains no less than seven Kenny-fronted Loggins & Messina tracks, along with all his big solo hits, plus a sharp selection of album tracks and latter-day material, for a grand total of 35 tracks over two CDs. That's a lot of material, and many listeners may find that they are drawn to the first disc, which truly captures him in his prime by spanning from "Your Mama Don't Dance" to the era just before "Footloose." This is a compulsively listenable disc, from the sweet singer/songwriterisms of "Danny's Song" and "House at Pooh Corner" to the exquisitely crafted soft rock of "This Is It" and "Heart to Heart," two of the greatest singles of their kind. If the second disc isn't as good, it's largely because it's a mishmash of dated '80s productions and latter-career cultism; there's still good stuff here, but apart from the first six songs, it's for the serious fan. That, however, is not a criticism that can be lodged of The Essential Kenny Loggins as a whole, since it far exceeds any other compilation in its scope and its success, presenting all sides of this fine, mellow singer/songwriter. Plus, the first disc is a stellar listen in its own right. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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