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John Sebastian
Best of
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: John Sebastian
Title: Best of
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock, Oldies, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227017026, 081227017040, 081227793265

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These Are Stories Only John Could Tell
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 12/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As the frontman for the Lovin' Spoonful, there were high expectations for his solo work. And overall he didn't disappoint. This collection starts with six tracks taken from his 1970 self-titled debut following the breakup of the Spoonful, and they feature his aw-shucks good humor. "Red-Eye Express" and "I Had a Dream" are especially strong tracks from this album.The following year he released The Four of Us which is represented by only two tracks: the title song and "Well, Well, Well."It would be three years before John released Tarzana Kid--my personal bid for his best solo effort. Tracks from this 1974 album inlcude "Face of Appalachia," "Sitting in Limbo," and "Stories We Could Tell"--a song that was later covered by the Everly Brothers (and Phil sings back-up on John's version here). Four tracks from Welcome Back seems a bit excessive(not his strongest album), but the title track provided John with his only hit single from his solo years and went all the way to No. 1.My only other complaint is, though the album gets mentioned in the liner notes, there are no tracks from Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live John Sebastian. I have the album on vinyl (like all of the rest of his solo stuff in my collection) and while it's a bit ragged in spots, John works well in front of an audience and it would have been nice to see this Reprise album represented as well.If you already have Rhino's Lovin' Spoonful Anthology, then you're ready to move on to The Best of John Sebastian. As I write this I'm looking at the photo of John in the middle of the CD booklet and the smile on his face matches the smile his music will put on yours. HIGHLY Recommended"
Great, but not definitive
Steve Vrana | 01/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This "best-of" from Sebastian's years at Warners/Reprise is a good enough digest of that time, but it doesn't begin to give the listener the full scope of what this terrific performer was doing back then. Sebastian really can do it all, namely write, sing, play and ENTERTAIN, all with great results. Lest you think that all you're in for is a bunch of hippy day-glo tunes, there's "The Room Nobody Lives In," as moving a portrait of sad solitude as anything Randy Newman ever wrote when he wasn't trying to be funny; there's "Well, Well Well," a re-write of the old blues "In My Time Of Dying" which has Sebastian singing at his most crazed; there's "Hills Of Appalachia," a folk-tune by way of Little Feat that has strong lasting images. And SO WHAT if he also did the theme to "Welcome Back, Kotter?" You're gonna tell me you don't find yourself singing along when they play it over the sound system at the local supermarket? C'mon, own up!Unfortunately what're missing are tracks which showed how good a live performer John Sebastian was and is. Something from his CHEAPO-CHEAPO PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS REAL LIVE JOHN SEBASTIAN album would've been nice, especially his lovely rendition of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene." And it leaves out a LOT of mighty good stuff Sebastian did back in the Seventies. Granted, you can possibly still get one of the limited editions of the three-CD box-set showcasing all of Sebastian's Warners/Reprise recordings; Rhino sells it exclusively on their "Rhino Handmade" website for close to 70 bucks. But this sort of narrow-marketing really isn't fair to a lot of people who would enjoy hearing these recordings again after so long or, for that matter, to newer listeners who'd find a real treat in store given the chance.So, get this set by all means and hope maybe the powers that be might see fit to realease all of John Sebastian's back catalogue so that EVERYBODY has a chance to hear what he's done."
Best sing-along songs ever!!
jayhikkss | 06/13/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are great songs and really fun to sing along with. Simple, great themes and great for children. If you only like hard rock, you'll hate it; otherwise you're gonna love it!!"