'The Very Best Of Mick Jagger' features essential tracks from all four of his solo albums, plus soundtrack songs and three previously unreleased tracks incl. Charmed Life (MJ), Too Many Cooks (Angelo Bond/Ronald Dunbar/Edith Wayne), Lucky In Love (MJ/Carlos Alomar) -new edit version, Checkin' Up On My Baby (Sonny Boy Williamson).
Arguably the most iconic and famous rock star of all time, Mick Jagger has gathered no moss during his time off from fronting the world’s biggest rock band, The Rolling Stones. For the first time ever, his work as a solo artist is examined in an essential singledisc anthology spanning over thirty years of highlights, with tracks selected by Jagger himself. The retrospective reaches as far back as 1970 to include the Jagger/Richards-penned classic Memo From Turner that Mick recorded without his Glimmer Twin for the soundtrack to the 1970 cult film Performance. Jagger’s indelible voice is spotlighted on other stand-outs including the 1985 hit Just Another Night from his solo album debut She’s The Boss, duets with Peter Tosh, David Bowie and Bono, tracks with Lenny Kravitz and Dave Stewart, three previously unreleased tracks, including the John Lennon-produced treasure Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup), and more. A limited edition bonus DVD companion ups the ante for collectors and fans upon initial release.
Pretty much exactly what it says it is – a combination of the two releases, the Bloodied But Unbowed compilation and the War On 45 EP, on one compact disc. The remastering job is fine, the cover art is all reproduced, and there are even complete lyrics, with one or two exceptions. Anyone wanting to give these guys a listen should start right here.
Gang of Four's existence had as much to do with Slave and Chic as it did the Sex Pistols and the Stooges, which is something Solid Gold demonstrates more than Entertainment! Any smartypants can point out the irony of a band on Warner Bros. railing against systematic tools of control disguised as entertainment media, but Gang of Four were more observational than condescending. True, Jon King and Andy Gill might have been hooting and hollering in a semiviolent and discordant fashion, but they were saying "think about it" more than "you lot are a bunch of mindless puppets." Abrasiveness was a means to grab the listener, and it worked. Reciting Solid Gold's lyrics on a local neighborhood corner might get a couple interested souls to pay attention. It isn't poetry, and it's no fun; most within earshot would just continue power-walking or tune out while buffing the SUV. Solid Gold has that unholy racket going on beneath the lyrics, an unlikely mutation of catchiness and atonality that made ears perk and (oddly) posteriors shake. With its slightly ironic title, Solid Gold is more rhythmically grounded than the fractured nature of Entertainment!, a politically charged, more Teutonic take on funk. It's a form of release for paranoid accountants.