The Best of John Doe This Far

The Best of John Doe This Far

by John DoeJohn Doe


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John Doe released his first solo album in 1989, and after 25 years, his career on his own is certainly worthy of an enthusiastic appreciation. Doe is still best known as the bassist and co-lead singer in X (not to mention his work as an actor in film and television), but pretty much everything that made his music with X so powerful is clear and present on his solo recordings -- tough but emotionally compelling melodies, deep focus lyrics, outstanding and soulful vocals, and gifted collaborators. If Doe's music is sometimes subtler and more cerebral than X's more straightforward punkabilly attack, it's not hard to see his more recent albums as a more mature variation on X's themes, and that certainly comes through on The Best of John Doe This Far, a 21-song overview of Doe's recorded work. This Far offers a well-balanced sampling from Doe's albums, though there are a few curious gaps -- there's nothing from his excellent 2012 collaboration with the Sadies, Country Club (perhaps because it was dominated by covers), and Doe's over-produced but satisfying 1989 debut Meet John Doe is represented by two tunes that didn't actually appear on the album, a scruffier alternate take of "Dyin' to Get Home" and a new solo acoustic version of "Take #52" (which is one of two new tracks on the album, the other a guitar-and-vocal recut of X's "Poor Girl"). But the album does offer three tracks from 1992's overlooked and underrated Kissingsohard, and it shines as an index to Doe's 21st century solo renaissance, cherry-picking the best moments from 2002's Dim Stars, Bright Sky, 2003's Freedom Is..., 2005's Forever Hasn't Happened Yet, and 2007's A Year in the Wilderness, among others. Between first-class rockers like "Never Enough," powerful love songs like "The Golden State," emotionally forceful mood pieces like "This Far," and languid journal entries like "Sueltame," this collection is a potent reminder that John Doe can write and sing as well as anyone to emerge in American rock & roll since 1980, and if you need a guided tour of his back catalog, The Best of John Doe This Far is just what you need.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2014
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457238121
catalogNumber: 2381
Rank: 74651

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Doe   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jill Sobule   Vocals
Richard Lloyd   Electric Guitar
Jane Wiedlin   Harmony
Aimee Mann   Vocals
Steve Berlin   Saxophone
Chris Bruce   Electric Guitar
Jeff Donovan   Drums
Jon Dee Graham   Electric Guitar
Brad Houser   Bass
Stuart Johnson   Drums
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Marsico   Electric Bass
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano,Keyboards
Grant-Lee Phillips   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Bob Thomson   Bass
Michael Ward   Electric Guitar
Smokey Hormel   Electric Guitar,Harmony
Dave Pilch   Electric Bass
Joey Waronker   Drums
Chalo Quintana   Drums
Lori Golstun   Cello
Neko Case   Vocals
Dave Way   Percussion,Loops,Drum Loop
David J. Carpenter   Electric Bass,String Bass
Mark "Money Mark" Ramos-Nishita   Keyboards
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Kathleen Edwards   Vocals
Bryan Head   Drums
Ryan Feves   String Bass
Eyvan Kang   Violin
Ben Peller   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Exene Cervenka   Composer
John Doe   Composer,Producer
Joe Henry   Producer,Engineer
Davitt Sigerson   Producer
Don Gilmore   Producer,Engineer
John Beverly Jones   Engineer
Howe Gelb   Producer
B.C. Smith   String Arrangements
Jim Herrington   Cover Photo
Travis Dickerson   Engineer
S. "Husky" Hoskulds   Engineer
Neil Kellerhouse   Art Direction
Chris Schultz   Engineer
Dave Way   Producer,Engineer
Edward Cervenka   Composer

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