The notorious leader of The Rolling Stones assembles some of his best-known solo recordings for this exhaustive collection, ranging from early Stones-era cuts all the way up to his most recent Rick Rubin-produced offerings. Jagger's trademark yearning and swaggering vocals are documented consummately in this release, from the joyous soul of 'Dancing In The Street' to the sly and sarcastic revelry of 'Memo From Turner' (co-written with Stones bandmate Keith Richards). Collaborations on this collection come from such notable figures as David Bowie, Ry Cooder, Lenny Kravitz and John Lennon, among others. The bonus DVD contains interview material and several music videos.
Additional personnel: Dave Stewart, David Bowie, Peter Tosh, The Red Devils.
Mick Jagger never achieved much commercial success with his solo material (certainly nothing that touched the hem of his work with the Rolling Stones), but across four solo albums and a number of singles and outtakes he managed to put together a respectable body of work. That work is well selected and represented on 2007's THE VERY BEST OF MICK JAGGER, the singer's first solo collection.
In contrast to the Stones' gritty, blues-drenched rock, Jagger's solo work has always been unabashedly pop, and that tendency is evident on VERY BEST. From the disco-inflected "Just Another Night" to the bouncy call-to-arms "Let's Work" to his duet with David Bowie on "Dancing In the Streets," Jagger delivers polished products that are as edible as candy. In addition to his chart hits, the set features a few choice rarities, including 1970's "Memo to Turner," and a blues-drenched cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Checkin' Up On My Baby." A DVD featuring interviews, videos, and live performances, rounds out the package.
When Mick Jagger famously declared he didn't want to be singing "Satisfaction" at the age of 40, he probably didn't dream that he would still be performing it well into the 21st century--or that he would make solo records. Nevertheless, in 1985, tensions within the Rolling Stones led members to branch out, and Jagger enlisted some of his peers in rock royalty (including Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck) to make SHE'S THE BOSS. It didn't break much new ground, but the album rocked like the best of late-era Stones. In two subsequent solo releases, Jagger broke away from the Stones formula a bit more, especially on 1993's WANDERING SPIRIT, which benefited from contributions by Flea and Lenny Kravitz.
Disc: 1 CD
1. God Gave Me Everything (Goddess In The Doorway)
2. Put Me In The Trash (Wandering Spirit)
3. Just Another Night (She's The Boss)
4. Don't Tear Me Up (Wandering Spirit)
5. Charmed Life (Unreleased)
6. Sweet Thing (Wandering Spirit)
7. Old Habit's Die Hard (Alfie soundtrack)
8. Dancing In The Streets (Duet with David Bowie)
9. Too Many Cooks (Unreleased)
10. Memo From Turner (Performance)
11. Lucky In Love (She's The Boss)
12. Let's Work (Primitive Cool)
13. Joy (Goddess In The Doorway)
14. Don't Call Me Up (Goddess In The Doorway)
15. Checking Up On My Baby (Unreleased)
16. (You Gotta Walk And) Don't Look Back (Bush Doctor)
17. Evening Gown (Wandering Spirit)
Disc 2 DVD
1. Interview 2007 [DVD]
2. God Gave Me Everything [video/DVD]
3. Just Another Night [video/DVD]
4. Sweet Thing [video/DVD]
5. Let's Work [video/DVD]
6. Lucky In Love [video/DVD]
7. Don't Tear Me Up [video/DVD]
8. Dancing In The Street [video/DVD] - Mick Jagger & David Bowie
9. Joy (1) [excerpt from Being Mick documentary/DVD] - Mick Jagger & Bono
10. You Gotta Walk And Don't Look Back [Saturday Night Live performance/DVD] - Mick Jagger & Peter Tosh