Album Details

March 07, 2005
EMI Music Distribution
Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Folk-Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Early Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, AM Pop, Brill Building Pop, Sunshine Pop

Album Review

A gifted songwriter and an amazingly versatile and soulful singer, Jackie DeShannon has been woefully under-appreciated by the general listening public, and her body of work -- both as a singer and as a writer -- is long overdue for a critical reappraisal. This generous collection has some wonderful sides, including DeShannon's early version of Sonny Bono's "Needles and Pins," her lost folk-rock classic, "When You Walk in the Room," a brilliant Supremes facsimile, "Are You Ready for This," and her biggest hit, a rendition of the Bacharach/David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love," a song that philosophically can never go out of style. This is a great set, as far as it goes, but it lacks any of her later work, like the original version of one her greatest compositions, "Bette Davis Eyes," which was a huge hit for Kim Carnes. Raven's The Best of Jackie DeShannon does a wonderful job of fitting the highlights of her complete career on one disc, with Rhino's compilation -- also called Best of Jackie DeShannon -- coming in as a close second. This set will definitely do in a pinch, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
  2. It's All in the Game
  3. Love Will Find a Way
  4. Lay, Baby, Lay
  5. Sunshine of Your Love
  6. I Can Make It With You [Edit]
  7. Summertime
  8. When You Walk in the Room
  9. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  10. Needles and Pins
  11. Hold Your Head High
  12. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  13. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  14. Call Me
  15. Are You Ready for This
  16. Music Man
  17. A Proper Girl
  18. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
  19. Lonely Girl
  20. Music and Memories
  21. Crystal Clear
  22. Down by the Riverside
  23. Keep Me Warm
  24. What the World Needs Now Is Love