The blessing and the curse of Rhino's 2002 collection The Best of Tyrone Davis is its very completeness. It spans from his very first single for the tiny Sack records, "I Tried It Over (And Over Again)," in 1967 to his '90s recordings for Ichiban. This does mean that it's a comprehensive retrospective, tracing the story of his career, but that is a fault because his best material is from the late '60s and early '70s. Although there are certainly fans of Davis' entire career, those classic recordings are what many collectors and fans prefer to hear, and this collection would have been better if it stuck to that. As it stands, this is good for what it is, but there are other collections -- collections without a preponderance of '80s and '90s cuts -- which are better listens.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine