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This posthumous compilation, released on Goodman's own Red Pajamas label, spans two discs: the first highlighting his best studio cuts, with the second disc exclusively devoted to live tracks. About half of the songs are previously unreleased material or unreleased live recordings. This is probably overkill for the casual fan who just wants the "hits." Diehard Goodman aficionados, however, are in luck. The live disc especially brings out the artist's witty, versatile songwriting personality, showing how he could work a crowd by not taking the material (or himself) too seriously. Copious liner notes from close friends and family pay tribute to Goodman the man, songwriter, and performer. An essential buy for completists (due to the unreleased material), the compilation takes material from Goodman's Buddah and Asylum albums, making it perhaps the best survey of his career to date.

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Maybe This Year!

If you have ever been to a game at Wrigley Field and your beloved team has won the game the first thing you here is the song "Go Cubs Go" with 30,000 + singing right along, it is truly one of the great experiences of MLB and Wrigley. To bad Steve isn't here to enjoy everyone singing his song! If your looking for a true hidden treasure of Chicago music check out Steve Goodman and all his wonderful songs.

Love the Song Go Cubs Go

Go Cubs

We miss ya Stevie

Chicago Shorty ( Steve Goodman) was a great talent..taken from us to soon. He wrote my favorite all time song City of New Orleans...and of course Linclon Park Pirates..Had my car towed by them so I could relate...We Miss ya Shorty!


Born: July 25, 1948 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Growing up in what he called "a Midwestern middle-class Jewish family," Steve Goodman began playing the guitar as a teenager. He was influenced by the folk revival of the early '60s and by country performers such as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. After attending college in the mid-'60s, he turned to playing in Chicago clubs by night and writing commercial jingles by day. In 1971, he opened for Kris Kristofferson and was seen by Paul Anka, who financed demo recordings that led to a contract with...
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