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|9. Who Owns This Place?|
|10. Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat|
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Deluxe CD/DVD edition.The DVD features six iconic Henley music videos and four bonus audio tracks, all soundtrack favorites. The Very Best Of Don Henley is the first career-spanning collection of all his classic solo hits, covering his tenures at Elektra, Geffen and Warner Bros Records. The collection features some of the most enduring songs in recent pop/rock history, such as 'Dirty Laundry,' 'The Boys Of Summer,' 'The End Of The Innocence' and 'The Heart Of The Matter.' These classic songs feature the talents of a veritable `who's who' of writers and musicians including most members of Eagles, Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Toto, as well as Danny Kortchmar, Martha Davis, Patty Smyth, Axl Rose, Bruce Hornsby, Wayne Shorter, Take 6, Larry Klein, J.D. Souther and Sheryl Crow. Unlike all but a handful of artists in contemporary music, the Grammy-Award winning Henley has had chart hits across numerous radio formats, including Adult Contemporary, Top 40, Classic Rock, Rock, Triple A and even Country radio. It's time to re-discover the thought-provoking music of Don Henley.
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The track lineup of the first disc is almost identical to 1995's Actual Miles: Don Henley's Greatest Hits (just take two of the three then-new tracks from that CD, add three tracks from Henley's 2000 Inside Job album). The additional tracks on disc 2, however, aren't quite as easy to find. At first, this 2-disc set looks like the only way (however pricey) to get 1992's excellent "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," besides the otherwise unremarkable (and out-of-print) soundtrack to Leap of Faith.
Trouble is, disc 2 is a DVD, meaning it isn't as simple as simply extracting the four tracks to your iPod, or even just popping the CD into a car stereo. Five dollars extra for four songs that aren't usable is a ripoff. Unless you're dying to have the incomplete selection of six music videos, save the money and get either the regular version of this album, or Actual Miles, since they're practically the same.
First off, couldn't the record company put a little thought into disc 1. why replicate the 1st GH's - the inside Job tracks and - the 2 new songs. I am sure there are a few more worth while tracks from Can't Stand Stil. Also why put all ballads from IJ, Working It was the 1st single. As far as the the so called 'rare' tracks, those also would've fit in nicely on the 1st disc. Why not use your imagination, put some Live' tracks or Live footage on the DVD. Give the Fans a reason to purchase a GH's, Atleast you enjoy watching the live footage more than music videos. Geffin could've even put the soundtrack songs with the 2 new tracks from previous greatist hits and add some unissued tracks or a new song for this CD. Make it a bonus CD, so we can litsten to it. And use the DVD as mentioned. I guess the record company is a cash cow, and feels DH fans want to buy a GH's Twice, below is my idea for the GH's that should've been, feel free to comment. Maybe we will get a new CD down the road from Don. -Mike Sippie
-Can't Stand Still
-Talking To The Moon
-You Better Hang Up
-Boys Of Summer
-Not Enough Love In The World
-All She Wants To Do Is Dance
-Who Owns This Place
-End Of The Innocence
-I Will Not Go Quietly
-New York Minute
-Heart Of The Matter
-Last Worthless Evening
-How Bad Do You Want It
-Sit Down Your Rocken The Boat
-Goodbye To A River
DISC 2. (Bonus CD)
-Garden Of Allah
-You Don't Know Me
-Unissued Songs or newly recorded for this project
*Inside Job Concert DVD or "Live" Footage from (1982-2000).
The Very Best Of Don Henley (Deluxe Edition) feels like it is honestly more like a mixed bag of tricks that doesn't stand out to be as definitive as either the single disc edition, or his 1995 hits album Actual Miles. The double disc collection tries to draw in more for hard core Don Henley fans, but that misses the mark. While the first disc does well at bringing in his biggest hits like Sunset Grill, Heart Of The Matter, and the somber The Last Worthless Evening, it honestly is his the DVD disc that draws to be a bit of a dissapointment. While it does showcase Don's biggest videos like The Boys Of Summer, and The End Of The Innocence, it brings in a few of his soundtrack works like Through Your Hands from the John Travolta film Michael, only for DVD listening, but not on the C.D. part of the extended version. The second problem is that the album doesn't completely seperate itself from Actual Miles. In fact, the first 10 tracks are in the same order as was Actual Miles, but could've added in some of his duets he had over the years like his duet with Stevie Nicks on Leather & Lace, or Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough with Patty Smyth Of Scandal.
All in all, I was honestly a bit more unhappy with the deluxe edition of The Very Best Of Don Henley. It could've had more for both hard core fans of Don's, and misses out on reintroducing his music to a whole new generation of fans. Instead, I really recommend either the standard version, or getting Actual Miles instead if you don't have anything of Don Henley's in your music library, and tell this version of the collection that it isn't completely the trip down the sunset grill.
Album Cover: B
Overall: C 1/2-
i also agree with other reviewers that the 4 bonus tracks should have been on the cd not the dvd.
minor point, i know Don is Mr. Serious, but there must be tons better photos for the cover than the one chosen.
But I tend to agree with a number of customers who shared their thoughts about how this version could have been done better. Henley has always been known as a perfectionist. It is, in fact, one of the reasons he often cites when he is asked why it takes him years to come out with albums. In this case, I'm not that certain if he had a 100% direct hand in the inclusion of the material that comprised this retrospective. It doesn't seem to be as well thought-out as the music and the lyrics that he painstakingly scrutinizes and revises.
Re: the music videos - where is THE END OF THE INNOCENCE?; weren't there videos for TAKING YOU HOME and NEW YORK MINUTE?; what about THE GARDEN OF ALLAH and DIRTY LAUNDRY? Moving forward, perhaps a music video retrospective is in the offing? Maybe on the occasion of the 25th year anniversary of THE END OF THE INNOCENCE? If yes, I hope it will include Henley's UNPLUGGED and VH1 STORYTELLERS episodes. He has 2 of the latter I think (one circa The End of the Innocence and another one circa Inside Job.)
Re: the soundtracks - where are COME RAIN OR COME SHINE (from Leaving Las Vegas), SHE'S ON THE ZOOM (from VISION QUEST), and his recent musical foray in animated film? Again, here's hoping this compilation is a preview of what is to come a'la STING AT THE MOVIES perhaps?
Yet another interesting wishful compilation would be his collaborations with other artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Stevie Nicks, Patty Smyth, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the like.
What I'm ultimately driving at here is perhaps it's high time for Don and his management team to consider the possibility of releasing a box set. He has enough solo material to come up with one and enough fans around the world to guarantee a good ROI.
In the meantime, perhaps we would all do well to enjoy this compilation even as we look forward to the two albums that he is currently working on: a country album and a blues/soul album.