Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by The RembrandtsThe Rembrandts


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The Rembrandts' Danny Wilde and Phil Solem may have provided the world with one of the most excruciatingly catchy theme songs in the history of television ("I'll Be There for You"), but the Los Angeles-based duo were capable of writing some top-notch adult alternative/jangle pop as well. This excellent overview from Rhino features 20 original cuts -- do not confuse this Greatest Hits collection with 2005's re-recorded Choice Picks anthology -- including two culled from their original incarnation as Great Buildings. While the group did actually exist before Friends -- their 1990 debut boasted the Top 20 smash "Just the Way It Is, Baby" -- it took a sitcom about a bunch of New York City twentysomethings to give the band a place in popular culture. "I'll Be There for You" was originally a 45-second soundbite attributed to five co-writers, and it wasn't until a Nashville DJ looped the cut into a three-minute song -- prompting a flurry of requests -- that the studio asked the duo to record an extended version. What followed was both an albatross and a blessing, providing the group with a sizable income but hindering their attempts at getting anything else across to the public.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227767327
catalogNumber: 77673
Rank: 20738

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rembrandts   Primary Artist
Van Dyke Parks   Conductor
Marc Johnson   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
Danny Tate   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Lauren Christy   Background Vocals
Danny Wilde   Harmonica,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Ian Ainsworth   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Kim Bullard   Clarinet,Guest Appearance
Pat Mastelotto   Percussion,Drums
Michael Ramos   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Phil Solem   Guitar,Vocals
Graham Edwards   Bass,Vocals
Joe Englund   Cello,Guest Appearance
Jon Niefeld   Drums
David Zeman   Synthesizer,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Michael Severens   Cello
Dorian Crozier   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Phil & Debi Jones   Percussion
Richard Sandford   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Mitchell   Engineer
Danny Wilde   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ian Ainsworth   Composer
John Boylan   Producer
John Fields   Producer
Michael Frondelli   Engineer
Greg Goldman   Engineer
Paul Grupp   Engineer
Gavin MacKillop   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Pat Mastelotto   Composer
Don Smith   Producer,Engineer
Phil Solem   Composer,Producer
Allee Willis   Composer
Graham Edwards   Composer
Jesse Valenzuela   Composer
Jean Krikorian   Art Direction
Michael Skloff   Composer
Ian Fletcher   Video Director
Marta Kauffman   Composer
John Borack   Liner Notes
David Crane   Composer

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