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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Maiden Voyage 7:55
2. Cantaloupe Island 5:28
3. Wiggle Waggle 5:50
4. Chameleon 7:41
5. St. Louis Blues 5:52
6. Chan's Song (Never Said)
7. River 5:26
8. Don't Explain 4:53
9. All Apologies 5:07
10. Watermelon Man 6:28
11. Rockit 4:05
12. River 5:36
13. Maiden Voyage (Amazon Exclusive) 9:15

Line-up / Musicians

An All Star Cast Of Session Players Backed Herbie Over His Career On Many Of These Classics Including Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller And John Scofield.

Releases information

This Definitive Collection Includes Three Live Versions Of Some Classic Herbie Tracks Recorded In March 2008. "Maiden Voyage" (Available Only On Amazon Exclusive), "Rockit" And "River". The Version Of "River" Features Joni Mitchell Singing Her Classic With Herbie Available Only On This Set. Also Featured On Vocals Are Stevie Wonder On "St. Louis Blues", Damien Rice And Lisa Harrigan On "Don't Explain", Bobby Mcferrin On "Chan's Song" And Corrine Bailey Rae On "River"
De Luxe Edition (with 16 songs) is released as well (Verve, 2008)

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Review by snobb
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2 stars One more unfocused Hancock compilation. There are his five great songs from very early post-bop period and all other space is filled with his late r'n'b oriented songs or contemporary jazz of today. OK, it is written in album name, but what was the reason to release so strange thing at all (ok, I know the answer -money).

There are not too much of Hancock most influential Mwandishi Trilogy with heavy experimental works, or Headhunters period with technical jazz-funk. So, the compilation represents him in his most conservatively commercial aspect ( post-bop plus r'n'b plus pop jazz). Even his terrible hip-hop and disco hits aren't included there!

I believe that this release is oriented to specific target group (as comfortable listening). But what for there are two different versions of Maiden Voyage or River included? This listener isn't collector of all possible variations of the same theme.

So, even including some great compositions, this strongly commercial release has not too much sense.

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