The Essential Kenny Loggins

The Essential Kenny Loggins

by Kenny Loggins

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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Columbia/Legacy's 2001 release The Essential Kenny Loggins lives up to its billing, and not just because it has all of Loggins' solo hits. No, this collection earns its title because it contains no less than seven Kenny-fronted Loggins & Messina tracks, along with all his big solo hits, plus a sharp selection of album tracks and latter-day material, for a grand total of 35 tracks over two CDs. That's a lot of material, and many listeners may find that they are drawn to the first disc, which truly captures him in his prime by spanning from "Your Mama Don't Dance" to the era just before "Footloose." This is a compulsively listenable disc, from the sweet singer/songwriterisms of "Danny's Song" and "House at Pooh Corner" to the exquisitely crafted soft rock of "This Is It" and "Heart to Heart," two of the greatest singles of their kind. If the second disc isn't as good, it's largely because it's a mishmash of dated '80s productions and latter-career cultism; there's still good stuff here, but apart from the first six songs, it's for the serious fan. That, however, is not a criticism that can be lodged of The Essential Kenny Loggins as a whole, since it far exceeds any other compilation in its scope and its success, presenting all sides of this fine, mellow singer/songwriter. Plus, the first disc is a stellar listen in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998628229
catalogNumber: 86282
Rank: 7977

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Loggins   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Amy Grant   Guest Appearance
Brian Mann   Accordion,Keyboards,Soloist,Electronic Accordion
David Lindley   Slide Guitar
Michael McDonald   fender rhodes
Jim Messina   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Graham Nash   Guest Appearance
Stevie Nicks   Vocals
Steve Perry   Vocals
Smokey Robinson   Vocals
Hiram Bullock   Acoustic Guitar,Voices,Soloist
Robben Ford   Acoustic Guitar
Omar Hakim   Drums
Bob James   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Earl Klugh   Guitar
Ed Mann   Vibes
Bill Summers   Percussion,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Bells,Berimbau,Djun-Djun,Caxixi,Pandeiro,Djembe,Bata,Okonkolo,Shekere,Udu,Gunga-Degun
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
Ralph MacDonald   Tambourine
Gary Chapman   Guest Appearance
Giorgio Moroder   Synthesizer
Sheryl Crow   Background Vocals
Kate Price   Background Vocals
Nyna-Shannon Anderson   Choir Director
Peter Asher   Percussion
Michael Baird   Drums
Brian Banks   Synthesizer
Alvino Bennett   Drums
Vernon "Ice" Black   Guitar
Michael Boddicker   Percussion,Synthesizer Bass
Robbie Buchanan   Piano,Keyboards
Rosemary Butler   Choir, Chorus
David Campbell   Conductor
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Vince Charles   Steel Drums
Jon Clarke   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Horn,English Horn,Oboe,Recorder,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tambourine,Steel Drums,Group,Soprano Recorder,Woodwind,Soloist
Dennis Conway   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Conga
David Crosby   Guest Appearance
Vince Denham   Flute,Horn,Saxophone,Cabasa
Nathan East   Bass
Gary Falcone   Choir, Chorus
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Lynne Fiddmont   Shaker
Steve Forman   Percussion
Wendy Fraser   Choir, Chorus
Eric Gale   Electric Guitar
Garth   Fiddle,Violin,Bass Clarinet,Horn,Recorder,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Claude Gaudette   Keyboards
Steve George   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Neil Giraldo   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Everette Harp   Saxophone
James Harrah   Electric Guitar
Zakir Hussain   Percussion
George Hawkins   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Heartlight School Singers & Dancers   Children's Chorus
Milt Holland   Percussion
Dorian Holley   Choir, Chorus
Melanie Howard   Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar
Luana Jackman   Children's Choirmaster
Derek Jackson   Bass
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Bells,Berimbau,Djun-Djun,Caxixi,Pandeiro,Djembe,Bata,Okonkolo,Shekere,Udu,Gunga-Degun
Raven Kane   Choir, Chorus
Larry Klein   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Neil Larsen   Keyboard Accordian
Tony Levin   Bass
Steve Lively   Choir, Chorus
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Soloist
Bob Mann   Guitar,Mandolin
Anthony Marinelli   Synthesizer
Harvey Mason   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar
Terry Nelson   Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer,Concertina,Keyboards,Steel Drums
David Pack   Guitar,Soloist
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Pescetto   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar,Soloist
Vernon Porter   Bass
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Lee Ritenour   Electric Guitar
Andrea Robinson   Choir, Chorus
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Marc Russo   Saxophone
Dan Shea   Keyboards
Larry Sims   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruill   Choir, Chorus
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Richard Tee   Organ
Guy Thomas   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Carmen Twillie   Choir, Chorus
Carlos Vega   Drums
Laura Williams   Background Vocals
Terry Wilson   Synthesizer
Terry Wood   Choir, Chorus
Richie Zito   Guitar
Arnold McCuller   Choir, Chorus,Choir Director
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Christ Memorial Youth Choir   Children's Chorus
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Lorin Grean   Recorder
Lester A. Garth   Violin,Recorder,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Steel Drums
Mike Hamilton   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Randy Jackson   Bass
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Matt Hayutin   Background Vocals
Lori Raffa   Background Vocals
Amy Rubinroit   Background Vocals
Ayanna Williams   Children's Chorus
Richey Washington   Background Vocals
Marilyn Dorman   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Guitar,Vocals
Ed Rockett   Penny Whistle
Steve Wood   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michelle Rodino   Background Vocals
Jonnie Hall   Children's Chorus
Melissa Larson   Background Vocals
John Barnes   Synclavier
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Brian Mann   Horn Arrangements
Kenny Loggins   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael McDonald   Composer
Jim Messina   Composer,Producer
Robbie Nevil   Arranger
Carla Bley   Composer
James Newton Howard   Composer
Bob James   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
David Sanborn   Contributor
Bill Summers   Contributor
David Foster   Composer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer,Producer
Peter Asher   Producer,drum programming
Bruce Botnick   Producer
Robbie Buchanan   String Arrangements
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Lee DeCarlo   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Steve Dubin   Drum Arrangements
Jud Friedman   Composer
Claude Gaudette   Programming
Munyungo Jackson   Contributor
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Dennis Lambert   Producer
Dan Loggins   Composer
Marty Paich   String Arrangements
Terry Nelson   Producer
Michael Omartian   Producer
David Pack   Arranger,Producer
Dean Pitchford   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Michael Towers   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
Tom Whitlock   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Producer
Marc Mann   String Arrangements
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
Phil Vassar   Composer
Bill Eaton   Choir Arrangement
Olika Jacobson   Packaging Manager
Allan Dennis Rich   Composer

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The Essential Kenny Loggins 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have ever been present at a live performance with Kenny Loggins, you would unquestionably agree that you’ve just witnessed an unforgettable concert event. Loggins is a musical performer in the truest sense. The CD’s we may listen to are only a shadow of the command performance Loggins’ presents on stage. While performing in Phoenix, the city experienced a power outage. Within the darkened concert hall ushers held flashlights, spotlighting Loggins who then assembled the band and in the stillness of the crowd, played a two hour acoustic session. When the lights came on, he then played on for an additional hour. Having worked with many performers—without a doubt, Loggins’ response to this unexpected interruption demonstrated exceptional professionalism. A night to remember, to Kenny Loggins and the band, a personal thank you. Buy this CD… (Digially Remastered)
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anybody that was breaking out of high-school and into college at the height of L&M, the Eagles, and the rest of the great 70's-early 80's groups, this is a must have. I drive 1 hour each way to work and a little Kenny Loggins sure takes the edge off a bad day. By the time I get home, there's no reason to kick the dog, lock the kids in the closet, or throw tuna helper noodles at the wife.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're in the mood for some truly good music, this is the cd to get into. Kenny Loggins is the quintessential rock songwriter. Spanning from the early years with Loggins & Messina, this cd covers it all. His tracks like "Highway to the Dangerzone" and "Boot Scoot Boogie" get me so energized that I often go right to the gym afterwards. When I get home, I'll take a warm bath and slip into a pair of my satin panties. Then I kick back with some white zinfandel and rub oil on my chest. Following that, I retreat to my bedroom where I cry myself to sleep. Although Kenny Loggins' career has kind of dwindled since the late 80s plethera of soundtrack tunes, this cd is constant reminder that he was a strong contributor to pop music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Kenny Loggins songs, but this album tops them all. The best of Kenny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Kenny Loggins or Loggins and Messina music, you'll like this. Two CDs packed with hit after hit to enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was having a bad day at work last summer when one of my "friends" decided to take me to dinner. I was really depressed cuz my last boyfriend, Chad, really broke my heart and I thought all was lost. But Danny took me out and showed me a GREAT time. The he took me back to his place and played me this Kenny Loggins CD. I was immediately hooked on both Danny and Kenny. Danny and I have been together for almost two years now and whenever Danny is away on business, I play "Danny's song" to remind me of my sweet Danny-Poo. This CD really helps show to all that there are great things in life- you just have to look for them.
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