Jackie DeShannon

The Ultimate Jackie DeShannon

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A gifted songwriter and an amazingly versatile and soulful singer, Jackie DeShannon has been woefully under-appreciated by the general listening public, and her body of work -- both as a singer and as a writer -- is long overdue for a critical reappraisal. This generous collection has some wonderful sides, including DeShannon's early version of Sonny Bono's "Needles and Pins," her lost folk-rock classic, "When You Walk in the Room," a brilliant Supremes facsimile, "Are You Ready for This," and her biggest hit, a rendition of the Bacharach/David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love," a song that philosophically can never go out of style. This is a great set, as far as it goes, but it lacks any of her later work, like the original version of one her greatest compositions, "Bette Davis Eyes," which was a huge hit for Kim Carnes. Raven's The Best of Jackie DeShannon does a wonderful job of fitting the highlights of her complete career on one disc, with Rhino's compilation -- also called Best of Jackie DeShannon -- coming in as a close second. This set will definitely do in a pinch, but it doesn't tell the whole story.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:00
2 2:32
3 2:40 Amazon
4 3:44
5 3:37
6 2:29 Amazon
7 2:02
8 2:40 Amazon
9 2:35
10 2:40 Amazon
11 2:41 Amazon
12
2:41
13 2:25 Amazon
14 2:19
15 1:54 Amazon
16
2:29
17 2:43
18 3:00
19 2:13 Amazon
20 2:16
21 2:37
22
3:29
23 2:24
24 3:07 Amazon
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