Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Essential Kenny Loggins (2002)


This double disc compilation is a mixed-bag out of necessity - Loggins has had no fewer than 4 career phases: soft rock, (solo and with Jim Messina), '80s soundtrack king, children's albums, and currently, country with the Blue Sky Riders.  This disc covers as much of that as it could, with 35 songs covering the years 1971 - 1997, in (roughly) chronological order. I've got some Loggins on vinyl; this purchase was an attempt to get some digital versions of those late '70s - 80's tunes that weren't on the Footloose soundtrack.  The fanboy liner notes are rather brief and weak for such a compilation.


This "limited edition" is still readily available.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart:  Did not chart

Tracks:
Disc 1:


YearTitleHot 100 AC
 1972
Your Mama Don't Dance419
 1971
Vahevala

 1971
Danny's Song

 1971
House At Pooh Corner

 1973
A Love Song

 1973
Watching The River Run
36
 1972
Angry Eyes

 1977
Celebrate Me Home

 1977
I Believe In Love
37
 1978
Wait A Little While

 1978
Whenever I Call You "Friend"59
 1979
This Is It1117
 1979
Keep The Fire3640
 1979
Now And Then

 1980
I'm Alright7
 1982
Heartlight2417
 1982
Heart to Heart153
 1984
I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)22
 1982
Don't Fight It17

Disc 2:


YearTitleHot 100 AC
 1984
Footloose1
 1985
No Lookin' Back

 1985
Forever 405
 1986
Danger Zone2
 1985
Vox Humana29
 1988
Meet Me Half Way112
 1988
Nobody's Fool842
 1994
All The Pretty Little Ponies

 1991
Leap Of Faith

 1991
The Real Thing
5
 1996
For The First Time
1
 1991
Conviction Of The Heart
9
 2000
Your Heart Will Lead You Home

 1994
Return To Pooh Corner
25
 1997
The Unimaginable Life

 1993
What A Fool Believes (Live)
17

My Loggins favorites, Kasem-style:
10. Celebrate Me Home
9.   Your Mama Don't Dance
8.   Danny's Song
7.   Footloose
6.   Don't Fight It
5.   Heart to Heart
4.   I'm Alright
3.   This Is It
2.   Nobody's Fool
1.   Whenever I Call You "Friend"
Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  My family moved in the late summer of 1978 and I started a new school year in a new school.  Whenever I Call You 'Friend' peaked around that time and never fails to remind me of that time.

I had the 45 single of I'm Alright.  It was the first song that I would listen to over and over, analyzing the arrangement and production gimmicks.  It's pretty much a one chord song, it's everything else that makes it good.


3 comments:

  1. Nice Top 10 you've got there, Kid... I've gotta' admit, though, I'm absolutely stunned to see 1988's "Nobody's Fool" at #2... Ahead of "Footloose", no less! If I were a betting man, I'd definitely have bet on "The Foot" being in your Top 5 (fo' sho'). You learn something new every day, I guess.

    Now, if I were forced to pick my own favorites from the "Essential K-Log" tracks above? I think it might go a little something like this:

    10) I Believe In Love
    09) Forever
    08) I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)
    07) Don't Fight It
    06) Celebrate Me Home

    05) Whenever I Call You "Friend"
    04) I'm Alright
    03) Danny's Song
    02) Heart To Heart
    01) This Is It

    *FYI: Dirk's list is not admissible in a court of law, and cannot be used against him... So there!

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    1. Dirk ain't nobody's fool! We aren't in full agreement, but at least we're not in the danger zone.

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  2. Mark, I had the "I'm Alright" 45 and loved it as you did. I would play it over and over again. It really was a great groove.

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