Jonathan Richman

The Best of Jonathan Richman: I Must Be King

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Cooking Vinyl's Best of Jonathan Richman: I Must Be King collects 18 tracks from the beloved, nasally challenged proto-punk singer/songwriter from New England, relying mostly on his work with the Modern Lovers. Most of the classics are here, including "Roadrunner," "Pablo Picasso," "Action Packed," and "Fender Stratocaster," but it's far from comprehensive. If it's the Modern Lovers that you crave, then Sanctuary's Roadrunner, Roadrunner: The Beserkley Collection is a must, and for the solo Rounder years, Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman serves a great sampler, but for those looking for an anthology that splits the difference, as of 2008 you're pretty much S.O.L.