There is no question that when it has came down greatest hits records, there always has been something missing. From overlooked tracks and lack of hits, to the feeling of more songs to please the audience. That has honestly has been the case with so many hits collections from Whitney Houston's 2000 The Greatest Hits, to Luther Vandross's 2006 Ultimate Luther Vandross. That also has been with the heart of the matter for Don Henley. After his well-acclaimed career with The Eagles had fizzled out in the 80's, his solo career had made Don's music go to new heights, with his acclaimed solo records from Building The Perfect Beast, to his 1989 landmark album The End Of The Innocence. Now, a second hits record is out that tries to reintroduce Don, to a whole new era of fans.
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-